flyer popped up online of an upcoming 2-day Conquer The World fest, with 2 amazing line-ups. Had it been real, I would've considered flying over to attend both days. Chokehold, Morning Again, Culture, Empathy and Thoughts Of Ionesco among others. However, it was fake, as expected, heh... Anyways, Mike Warden, who ran Conquer The World records, has had a pretty sketchy reputation for many years now. Whether that reputation is deserved or not, he did release some classic bands/records, there's no deying it. One record which he also released and which not too many people seem to be aware of tho, is the self-titled Manetheren 7", which was released in 1997. Named after a city from the 'Wheel Of Time' fantasy book series by Robert Jordan, Manetheren was more or less Mike Warden on vocals and guitar and as the insert explains it was mostly a project for him to put some of his own music and words/feelings to vinyl. He asked some people to help him out with recording this 7". They were bass-player Nathan Miller who was playing in Thoughts Of Ionesco at the time and had previously played in Empathy, second guitar player Mike Derrick who was also from Empathy, and drummer Cliff Magreta from Ambassador 990. Both Empathy and Thoughts Of Ionesco also had releases on Conquer The World btw. Anyways, this 7" would be the only recording this 'band' ever did, and I have to say, it's a pretty good effort, both musically and lyrically. Give it a try.
Manetheren - s/t 7"