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The third album from German duo Mantar is quite honestly blowing anything they’ve produced before this out of the water.
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The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze dominates the outfit’s output of fine works thus far and with that ever so fine tinge of black metal laced throughout the delicious sludge metal they’ve been harnessing, you can be sure the combo of destructive riffs and vivid melodies means Mantar are at their prime.
Like repeated punches to the head in an epic fist fight, one after another they deliver sharp shocks of sound rife with hooks that generate a blackened atmosphere that beautifully summarises the seething tensions in the world today.
Every riff commands your attention, every song will get your head moving at one pace or another. Straight out the gate The Knowing forces you into believing there’s an ambience about to occur–nay. Mantar have a mantra and they’re quick to reach a climactic rage. Tracks like Age Of The Absurd, whose raging fires spit disdain and destruction set the precedent for the album, its spiky guitars and ferocious drums making it hard to believe this kind of noise comes from just two men. Taurus will generate a weird and welcome fear while Eternal Return pushes through the influence of Mantar’s beloved Mötörhead, reinforcing their lack of desire to conform to any one sound or genre.
Mantar waste no time in executing their songs. Like repeated punches to the head in an epic fist fight, one after another they deliver sharp shocks of sound rife with hooks that generate a blackened atmosphere that beautifully summarises the seething tensions in the world today.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Age Of The Absurd, Obey The Obscene, Eternal Return
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