I think it’s fair to say that German duo Mantar’s Ode to the Flame from 2016 hit the metal and alternative scene like a bombshell. The cathartic mixture of sludge, doom, black metal and DIY punk aesthetics proved a welcome break from basically any of the typical formulas we are accustomed to.
Rarely have two individuals been able to wreak so much havoc and create so much constructive noise with their respective instruments. Ode to the Flame showed that the intensity and power embedded in Erinç Sakarya (drums, vocals) and Hanno Klänhardt (vocals, guitars) is immense.
Although we are now prepared for what might be coming, Mantar are still a shock to the system. Compared to its predecessor, this is basically a case of more of everything. More heaviness, more filth, more melody, more epicness, more diversity in the compositions, more brutality.
The album begins on a fairly light note with a nice and dark intro, but then things take off in the way that the mega-hit ‘Era Borealis’ from the last album thundered ahead. This time the hit song is called ‘Age of the Absurd’, and its expression and effect is very much like that of ‘Era Borealis’. In other words, it’s super cool and downright infectious.
The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze is a natural continuation of its predecessor, still combining the above-mentioned genres in their own unique way, begetting one groovy dirt monster after the other.
Mantar are set for world domination. Look out.
1. The Knowing
2. Age Of The Absurd
3. Seek + Forget
5. Midgard Serpent (Seasons Of Failure)
6. Dynasty Of Nails
7. Eternal Return
8. Obey The Obscene
9. Anti Eternia
10. The Formation Of Night
11. Teeth Of The Sea
12. The Funeral
Playing Time: 47 minutes
Erinç Sakarya (drums, vocals)
Hanno Klänhardt (vocals, guitars)