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Mantar: Ode To The Flame

Album Review

Teutonic sludge terrors hit the big time

One of the more surprising events within the pantheon of extreme music of the past year or so has been the signing of Mantar to Nuclear Blast.

Not that the punishing display of their debut Death By Burning isn’t worthy of accolades, but just how much a label that houses Slayer, Destruction, Exodus, Testament and various symphonic and power metal bands is going to gel with a German noise-slash-sludge duo is curious. Either way, all that boardroom handwringing and projection chart bullshit means little to the men of Mantar as they’ve apparently taken as many steps toward inaccessibility as not. A statement is made with the slinky, yet noisy and pounding, opener Carnal Rising, which throws in organ drones that recall 60s prog and 70s experimental music.

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