The Grand Manifestation is something as unusual as a debut album 32 years after the formation of the band. Unusual is also the cover art created of Raul Gonzales from the record. The album cover have been described as, would make Michelangelo turn in his grave and God himself throw up the way he is presented, one must be curious what the music is like behind this epic and riddle-filled artwork. The debut full-length album The Grand Manifestation is filled with furious black metal spiced up with elements of doom metal and death metal, and even thrash metal.
The album explodes with the hypnotic insanity and non-stop hellish vocals, and you probably feel dragged down into an ever-opening black vortex of madness. It can`t be possible with an album opener more furious, biting and cruel I guess? The album continue with Straight to the monumental As the Stars Watched The Birth of Eternity to the skull crushing doom heaven of The Third Thought From The Sun.
The variety throughout the album is well-crafted and there’s everything for everyone who love extreme metal here; brutality, heaviness, speed, melodies, chaos, doomy stuff, blast beats etc. Most of the music is done in its pure blackest form, and with a very raw but crispy wall of sound at the same time. Most of the songs are actually very catchy. The Grand Manifestation is also a concept album and part one of a trilogy. An existential and philosophical journey with lots of metaphors and symbols that can only come out of a very special mind! Fascinating with Heval Bozarslan doing things totally different from most all others.
Third Storm started I 1986 with four 14-15 year-old crazy metalheads who worshipped extreme metal of that time and wanted to make their own noise in their home town Uppsala. The band lasted two years and have som gigs in their hometown Uppsala. Actually they were not special skilled musicians due to their young age. Years passed, each member went their own way and the band dwelled in obscurity till 2014 when two original members, Heval Bozarslan and guitarist Jimmy Eriksson awakened this beast once again. Two new members joined, David Eriksson (guitar) and Daniel Ekeroth (bass). According to Bozarslan Third Storm now sounds like they wanted to sound 30 years ago.