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Album Review

Are you ready to be sonically assaulted? If you've bravely given the "thumbs up" sign, then the_Network's 2009 exercise on non-stop noise brutality, the curiously titled Bishop Kent Manning (the title comes from a short story written by the group's guitarist, Kevin Howley) is the album for you. These fine chaps from New Hampshire lay the heavy duty riffing and vocal screams on heavy throughout the disc (as well as out-of-left-field "shifts" mid-song). The whole bloody album from beginning to end is one big endurance test as to how far the group can push things to the max, especially such crushing ditties as the album opening "From Holy Water to Holy Waters," "Service with a Smile," and the gently titled "You F*****g Fakes." For those looking for extreme music that is certainly not for the faint of heart, Bishop Kent Manning is certainly worth a spin or two.

Customer Reviews

Amazing record

Forgotten through the years it seems, very unfortunate too. The_Network was an astounding outfit, Bishop Kent Manning stands as their startling masterpiece. Their earlier stuff might've been too flagrantly noisy for most listeners, and the vocals threw people off as well, but those of us who adored it saw they already had the technicality and speed in spades. But with this album, they manage to condense all their talents into a barrage of perfectly written gut shaking hardcore. Not too fast, not too slow, but exactly where it needed to be to get anyone who possibly doubted them persuaded. A dense, blisteringly huge and rich sound bleeds through these songs. Matching a much more impressive vocal style as well. Shame they didn't assemble more of an elite audience as most of their fellow comrades did, but no matter. Times were obviously never placid for The_Network, and I am just honored to still be listening.

Not bad.

The vocals remind me at times of Josh Scogan from The Chariot. They have a pretty good sound.

This one is a keeper

Kent Manning marks an ode of departure from religion, spiritual fraud, all the likes of which look to consume your whole. The_Network delay their ability to pulverize through a spastic technical haste ridden sound. To a completely dense and discordant sludge punk groove. All musicians still clamor with the same skill and originality heard before. Only to further bleaken and solidify their craft. Beautiful. These songs are raw, and heavy as whales being buried alive.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

The Network emerged from a cloud of mystery in late summer 2003. Almost immediately, rumors and reports circulated that the members of Green Day were somehow involved in the band's out-of-nowhere rise to synth-punk power. Were Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool masquerading as Fink, Van Gough, and Captain Underpants? And if so, who were their two accomplices, Snoo and Z? The quintet's omnipresent disguises and elaborate back stories made positive I.D. difficult. Nevertheless, speculation...
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