ALBUM REVIEW: Mantar – Pain Is Forever And This Is The End

Some believe that bands that are comprised of only two members will never make enjoyable music. Fortunate for us, Mantar from Hamburg, Germany would like to have a word with those folks. They have now released their fifth full-length album entitled Pain Is Forever And This Is The End (Metal Blade). Taking the sludge foundations of their earlier works and sprinkling in some black metal influences makes for ten tracks to keep your attention and release that, yes, a two-person musical group can make some kick-ass music!Continue reading

Mantar to Release Covers Album, Shares Video for Mazzy Star Cover

Germany’s two-piece blackened crust band Mantar has announced that they are releasing a mini-covers album focusing on the 1990s, Grungetown Hooligans II, June 26th on LP/Digital via Brutal Panda Records and can be pre-ordered at the link below. Also, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Mazzy Star’s release of their seminal debut album, Mantar have shared a music video for their cover of ‘Ghost Highway’, which you can see below.

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Deathrite Shares New Single, New Album Coming Soon

German death metallers Deathrite will release their new album Nightmares Reign, via Century Media on November 9th. Check out the crushing first single and title track ‘When Nightmares Reign’ right now.

The band has a brief UK tour booked for this December.

Deathrite play the UK this December w/ Mantar, Skeletonwitch & Evil Invaders:

04.12 – Manchester, Rebellion

05.12 – Birmingham, Mama Roux’s

06.12 – London, Underworld

August 24th 2018 New Music Releases

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Mantar – The Modern Art of Setting Ablaze

Earlier this year, UK-based band, Conjurer released their debut album, displaying a staggering amount of different influences mixed together to create something amazing and new. Germany based, two-piece band Mantar have done just that as well with their sophomore release, The Modern Art of Setting Ablaze (Nuclear Blast).

However, unlike the influence from more prog metal bands like Mastodon and Opeth in Mire (Holy Roar), Mantar have brought together a variety of different worlds that can be shown throughout the album with elements of Metallica, Motörhead and Machine Head combined with animalistic vocals that sound like they belong in a black metal band. The overall effect of this creates a raw, vicious sound; even though there are only 2 members of the band, the sound that they’ve produced is larger than some fully manned bands.Continue reading

Pound – Pound

Although hardly a recent phenomenon, duos are still quite the novelty in rock and metal. While often lazily lumped into that category, acts such as Satyricon, Anaal Nathrakh, and Alcest tend to utilise session musicians when it comes time to record or tour, while those who operate strictly within the parameters of two permanent members and nobody else are still pretty much a rarity in the field. However, thanks to the likes of doomsters Mantar, and Eagle Twin, the drone pair of Nadja, synthwave crew Zombi, and space-rockers Black Asteroids, there does seem to be an apparent rise in the number of genuine duos.Continue reading

Maryland Deathfest 2018 – Baltimore Maryland

For a metal fan, especially an underground metal fan with a cultured taste, Maryland Deathfest is the holy grail of music festivals. They are metal fans, so they understand metal fans. It has grown by leaps and bounds like a little cottage industry with California Deathfest, Quebec Deathfest, Netherlands Deathfest, Days of Darkness and more to come I’m sure. As I attended my first ever full weekend, I saw incredible bands on my bucket list, met a lot of great people from all over the world, hung out with friends and basically had more fun than I could imagine. It was basically summer camp for die-hard metal fans. No judgments, no fights, no fake kung fu in the mosh pit, just all awesomeness 24/7. Fun for families and even dogs. Plus Natty Bo’s and cheap and delicious street tacos! Continue reading

True Mortem Added To Maryland Deathfest, Ticket Options Selling Out Fast

Maryland Deathfest has added True Mortem to the bill to replace Inquisition. The festival is bearing down with a little over six weeks to go and ticket options are running out. The festival has also released its vendor list, which you can see with the entire band lineup below. Continue reading

Maryland Deathfest Drops Inquisition, Adds Three New Bands

Maryland Deathfest is now less than two months away. They have announced some lineup changes including Zemial, Chthe’ilist, Blk Ops, and Inquisition now being removed from the festival bill. Now added are Bölzer, Ascended Dead, and Future Terror, as well as Prong who were previously announced. A replacement for Inquisition revealed soon. Due to scheduling conflicts, The Ruins of Beverast has changed the day of their performance to Saturday from Sunday. Many of the ticket options will soon be sold out, so check our list below of current availability. Continue reading

The 2018 Northwest Terror Fest Will Feature Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Integrity, Panopticon, And More!

The 2018 Northwest Terror Fest will be taking place at three separate venues in Seattle from May 31st through June 2nd, and the lineup is absolutely insane. Continue reading