Me and That MAN – New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol.2

Adam Darski, better known as Nergal, is probably one of the most overexposed interpreters of extreme metal in the media, and this may not please purists, but it’s thanks to these characters that certain sounds manage to reach a wider audience. Moreover, the Polish musician is not afraid to get involved in genres that are far removed from those of his Behemoth and a recent example of this is the second album by Me and That Man, a project that explores sounds ranging from country, blues and folk, imbuing them with an obscure aura that makes all the difference. For New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol.2, Nergal relies on a handful of top-notch guests who can provide different contributions according to the characteristics of each one, particularly on the vocal side. Among the most illustrious names that appear along the twelve tracks are Blaze Bayley, Kristoffer Rygg, Olve Eikemo, David Vincent, Randy Blythe, Devin Townsend, Alissa White-Gluz and Myrkur, as well as Hank Von Hell, the former Turbonegro vocalist who makes his last recording appearance here, having sadly passed away a few days ago at the age of 49. His opening track, Black Hearse Cadillac, is one of the most beautiful on the album, along with the bluesy All Hope Has Gone with Bayley, the singer-songwriter Year of the Snake with Vincent and Witches Don’t Fall in Love with Rygg, and the inevitably dark folk Angel of Light with Myrkur (all filtered, of course, according to my slightly deviant taste, when one ends up in certain areas), but in general all the tracks appear convincing and functional to the work, except perhaps the more predictable and conclusive Get Your Tongue. New Man, New Songs, Same Shit, Vol.2 is a work of great merit that should attract admirers from the most varied pockets of rock and metal fans.

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