It’s easy to say that Mantar haven’t been around for long having only existed as a band for less than a year, but February 24th 2014 sees this half German half Turkish metal monster release their debut album Death By Burning on Svart Records; an album that is completely self produced and is a true display of what “DIY” is all about.
They cite bands such as Motorhead, Melvins and Darkthrone as musical influences and you can certainly hear elements of Motorhead with their full-frontal, no-holds-barred attack on destroying the ear drums. You wouldn’t think that this band is made up of just two people, instead having the strength you would expect from any five piece. The lack of bass doesn’t even affect the hard hitting metal sound portrayed right from the get go; its pure guitar, heavy drums and metal vocals seem to be all that these guys need to create this debut album.
Despite some of the more rock ‘n’ roll melodic sounding introductions on tracks such as Astral Kannibal and Into The Golden Abyss, sounds – just like looks – can be deceiving as the metal demonic vocals kick in to bring the album back to what Mantar are all about. Spit and Swinging The Eclipse both produce a chaotic energy that one could only imagine what mayhem would be caused in a pit at a show.
Halfway through and The Berserkers Path has a slightly different approach to any other track on the album, a stand out from the ordinary; a spoken word by lead vocalist over some dirty guitar riffs brings an eeriness, but keeps the focus on what he is saying – it’s actually quite a powerful track. March of the Crows brings the album to a close, but not before creating an overall tone of discomfort and distress with its instrumental climax, a showcase of just how dark they can make their sound.
This album is a raw display of power and determination by two musicians who manage to sound heavier than some five piece black metal bands around today. They are here to cause mayhem and destruction by crushing anything that gets in their way; this is just the beginning for Mantar.