"Loud. Abrasive. Mental. Music; a four word preface into the sound of MANIK|NETER, the side-project of Carl Kavorkian. Bringing together the essence of various adrenaline-inducing genres, this Noise-Rap project is described as an evolving experiment in crushing drums, heavy sounds, manipulated vocals, and translucent streams of consciousness. Lyrically, putting less emphasis on "bars" and more concentration on stirring emotions and simply rocking the f*ck out. Live cats to the front, wall flowers to the back when MANIK|NETER hits the stage," reads a fragmented chunk of Philly-based emcee, producer, engineer, and DJ Carl Kavorkian wrote within a recent email blast. MANIK|NETER (pronounced: "Mannequin-Eater") is the new Noise-Rap-leaning side-project from Kavorkian, who described his latest Mannequin Eater EP as sonically reminiscent of Sleep Beggar or Noise Lock; "the intensity of all those artists and all the new music I've discovered over the past three years have been an influence for MANIK|NETER. For this EP, I wanted to harness that energy using a minimal approach and build out from there, as I try more things and learn new gear." Carl Kavorkian coincidentally, runs in the same East Coast Indie Hip-Hop circles as The Witzard favorites Darko The Super, Height Keech, ialive, JE DOUBLE F, Ray Strife, Jumbled, Walter Gross, and Cody Jones. Kavorkian has self-released a whopping 21 albums, EP's, mixtapes, and assorted projects on his own Cult Member Music imprint and was featured on "Dope Skill" from DOOM's Venomous Villain (VV:2) released as Vicktor Vaughn and contributed production work to Nogatco Rd. (2006) Kool Keith's first album under his Mr. Nogatco alter-ego.
Carl Kavorkian played a show just this past Saturday, May 6th (under his MANIK|NETER alias) that was quite fittingly dubbed The Punk Rap Show and billed as "Strangers with nothing in common, except each other" along with