“If you only let one album rip off your head and spit down your neck this year… make it this one.” – No Clean Singing
Ode To The Flame is the smoldering, Nuclear Blast-bound new full-length from Northern Germany-based infernal metal duo, MANTAR. In advance of its April 15th worldwide street date, today Cvlt Nation spews forth the antagonistic sounds of “Praise The Plague” for mass digestion.
Kneel down and “Praise The Plague” at THIS LOCATION.
And if you missed it, scorch your ear canals with the nihilistic sounds of “Schwanenstein,” which comes alongside an in-depth interview with team MANTAR, courtesy of Noisey at THIS LOCATION as well as a teaser of “Cross The Cross” (which will be available as a limited edition exclusive 7″), first single, “Era Borealis” and studio footage below.
Ode To The Flame will be available as a CD, vinyl (black and gold – the latter of which is only available from the Nuclear Blast Mailorder), and digital download. Preorders are available HERE.
In an advance investigation of MANTAR‘s Ode To The Flame, Noisey hails an album that’s, “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.” Metal Wani concurs, championing a, “crushing, appropriately melodic, and dynamic sludge metal album that is intelligent and mature.” “The sense of darkness communicated on this record is potent,” gushes Two Guys Metal Reviews, furthering, “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.” While No Clean Singing adds, “Heavier than a very heavy thing, hookier than an abattoir, and blacker than the blackest black (times infinity), Ode To The Flame is the sound of a band truly coming into their own and stepping up into the big leagues. If you only let one album rip off your head and spit down your neck this year… make it this one.”
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 the 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 – GieÃŸen, 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.
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