German metal duo MANTAR will host a Gimme Metal guest DJ specia this Friday, July 22nd at 12pm PT/3pm ET.
Tune in and join the chat at https://gimmemetal.com.
The guest session comes directly in the wake of Pain Is Forever And This Is The End, MANTAR’s new LP and first for Metal Blade Records, which saw release last week.
Founded in 2012, MANTAR stands among the leading forces in extreme metal within the last ten years. Loved by fans and press alike, the band took the world by storm with their truly unique sound, leading them to the Top 10 in the official German album charts with their 2018’s The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze and sold out shows throughout Europe.
The band’s most diverse and multifaceted album to date, Pain Is Forever And This Is The End sees the band taking things to an entirely new level, the songs boasting more melody and an array of guitar tones, influenced in no small part by the artists the pair covered on 2020’s Grungetown Hooligans II collection which featured MANTAR interpretations of songs from the likes of L7, Mudhoney, Sonic Youth, and The Jesus Lizard, formative bands from their respective youths
Lyrically, the songs on Pain Is Forever And This Is The End delve deep, pondering a variety of uncomfortable questions about mortality, spirituality, and the illusion of “belonging” in a world that’s unraveling and growing more fragmented by the day.
Earning critical accolades both stateside and abroad, Decibel Magazine hails, “a burning Molotov Cocktail of black metal, sludgy hardcore, and classic metal hooks,” adding, “their latest studio album may be their best yet.” Rock Hard writes, “Pain Is Forever… skillfully keeps the balance between brute destructive fury and dense atmosphere in widescreen format with real underground hit potential,” while Metal Injection champions the band’s, “thicker grooves, anthemic refrains, head nodding rhythms and a greater exploitation of the fist-in-the-air-ology school of songwriting,” and Blabbermouth writes, “MANTAR have undergone a subtle transformation, and now they are more lethal than ever.”
Pain Is Forever And This Is The End is available on CD, LP, and digital formats. Preview and purchase the record at metalblade.com/mantar.