Still, this is no reason to stop our work so let's go with another review:
Mantar - Death by burning
When I stumbled upon the video for 'White Nights' on YouTube, I HAD to buy this album.
I did and here we are now. Mantar, praised to me as Black/Doom/Sludge mix are actually playing a style that overall can be compared to the punk/rock/metal of Kvelertak. While smoking pot and listening to 'To Mega Therion'.
Not wondering too much that Svart Records took care of the CD and the Vinyl, I still ordered the tape version. And with that, we have the only minus.
I absolutely love it when bands do collector edition tape, thanks for that but do I really have to break the wax seal to get the tape?
I know this is bitching on a very high level but somehow my collectors heart was bleeding when I had to cut the cords to open the outside packaging. Sigh.
Style: Black / Punk / Stoner / Doom
CD and Vinyl released by Svart Recs.
Die-Hard MC lim 125 by Breathe Plastic
On like every previous review I have read that everyone had to mention that there is no bass used on this album so: There was no bass used on this album
But it doesn't matter as the guitar sounds heavy as! Heavy galore!
This mixed with a handful of wolverine blues and newer Dark Throne results in straightforward modern metal music anno 2014.
Mantar also manage to add Black Metal, Drone or even horror-like riffs to each song when they're needed which makes this album an absolute pleasure. Everything sounds right and comfy even if the music seems very minimal, they found the perfect mix between primitive and not too easy to grasp. That they left out the bass payed off here.
Let us spot the light on the great standout track that is 'The Huntsmen'. The first few seconds strongly remind me of Mastodon / High on Fire, while the next few seconds were like 'fuck yeah Motörhead' followed by 'Ugh, first wave Black Metal' just to fall into post-rock parts. These sort of structures are very distinctive for the whole album.
This still is not the sort of Rock 'n' Roll easy listening tho. 'Death by burning' is a big chunk of angry feelings and fuck off attitude paired with a sophisticated concept.
And just to disenchant everything what I have said before about the general type of songs on 'Death by burning' that are sometimes speedy thrashers but always almost droning, 'The Stoning' could easily pass off as heavy stoner rocker with a great chorus from the depths of Nebula or Wo Fat in faster moments. A fun song!
Up next is 'White Nights' followed by the outro song that is the instrumental 'March of the crows'. You can check 'White Nights' below.
There are ALOT of influences in everything here so Mantar don't sound like anything you have heard. They simple sound how they sound. Pointing their big middle finger in every direction, 'Death by burning' surely is a favorite for the 'best newcomer' crown.