MANTAR: New Hymn From German Extreme Metal Duo Streaming At Noisey; Ode To The Flame Release Day Draws Near

photo by Tim Klöcker

photo by Tim Klöcker

As the release of Ode To The Flame, the punishing new full-length from Northern Germany-based infernal metal twosome, MANTAR, slithers ever closer to release, today Noisey offers up the nihilistic sounds of “Schwanenstein” for communal feasting.

“The elemental fury of their multi-genre sound crunches black metal, doom, punk, and rock ‘n’ roll into a heavy, compact sonic gut punch,” notes Noisey of the record’s overall, Motörheadian brilliance. “The album is brutally straightforward, rife with ruthlessly catchy riffs and lyrics focused not on Satan or savagery, but on pure chaos, centering on the idea of fire as a guiding theme.”

Taste the fury of “Schwanenstein,” which comes alongside an in-depth interview with team MANTAR, at THIS LOCATION.

You can also sample Cross The Cross” (which will be available as a limited edition exclusive 7″) as well as first single, “Era Borealis” and studio footage below.

Ode To The Flame will be released on April 15th via Nuclear Blast. The album will be available as a digi-CD, vinyl (black and gold – the latter of which is only available from the Nuclear Blast Mailorder), and digital download. Preorders are available HERE.

MANTAR will inundate their native Germany with an exclusive run of shows this April beginning directly as Ode To The Flame is released, in addition to festivals throughout the Summer months. The band will also make its way to North America with confirmed appearances at Heavy Montreal, Psycho Las Vegas and California Deathfest with additional live infiltrations in their plotting stages.

4/14/2016 Doom Over Leipzig – Leipzig, DE
4/15/2016 Schaubude – Kiel, DE
4/20/2016 FZW Club – Dortmund, DE
4/21/2016 Schlachthof – Wiesbaden, DE
4/22/2016 B58 – Braunschweig, DE
4/23/2016 Stockrock – Hagen, DE
4/28/2016 Desertfest – Berlin, DE
4/29/2016 Desertfest – Berlin, DE
4/30/2016 Desertfest – London, UK
5/05/2016 Beta – Copenhagen, DE
5/07/2016 Volksbad – Flensburg, DE
5/13/2016 Post Valley – Gießen, DE
5/14/2016 Doomed Gatherings @ Glazart – Paris, FR
5/27/2016 Freak Valley Festival – Siegen, DE
5/28/2016 Visbek Rockt – Visbek, DE
6/03/2016 Metalhead Meeting – Bucharest, RO
6/05/2016 Metalfest Open Air – Plzen, CZ
6/18/2016 Hellfest – Clisson, FR
7/01/2016 Tuska – Helsinki, FI
7/16/2016 Gefle Metal Festival – Gävle, SE
8/07–09/2016 Heavy Montreal – Montreal, QC
8/17–20/2016 Summer Breeze – Dinkelsbühl, DE
8/26–28/2016 Psycho Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV
10/14-16/2016 California Deathfest – Oakland, CA

Ever since their inception in 2013 and the release of their first full-length the following year, MANTAR has been recognized as one of the hardest working among the German extreme metal underground. Melding the most sinister elements of styles like black metal, doom and punk, representing unfiltered pure primal rage, MANTAR have proven to be one of a kind. Their extremely intense live shows have been seen all over the world and have blown away unaware audiences with their unconditionally tight and brutal performances. MANTAR is a pure evil elemental force captured by only two passionate artists that strife for ultimate raw sonic power.

“The sense of darkness communicated on this record is potent; there is something almost antediluvian about the crushing might of a riff like the one that introduces ‘The Hint.’ Meanwhile, the tortured vocals belie an impressive level of control and these songs see the band’s frontman Hanno driving the listener forward with a sense of internal torment that only the gods can match. One of the things that really impresses me about Ode To The Flame is how rich the sound is, despite MANTAR being a mere two piece. These songs often feature layered harmonies and powerful rhythms coming together in surprisingly refreshing and organic ways.” – Two Guys Metal Reviews

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