Mantar are a band from Germany that plays a mixture of black and sludge metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Ode To The Flame" which will be released in April by Nuclear Blast Records.
A very distorted yet atmospheric drone sound starts off the album before adding in some punk influenced riffs which also leads up to a heavier musical direction where you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on t he recording and the riffs also bring in a decent amount of tremolo picking at times.
Vocals are mostly grim black metal screams and some of the riffing also brings in a small amount of melody and the slow riffs are very heavily influenced by doom metal and sludge while some of the riffing also adds in a touch of black'n'roll and there is also a brief use of death metal growls and as the album progresses some tracks also brings in a small amount of psychedelic elements while the whole album sticks mostly to either a slow or mid paced musical direction while there is a brief use of fast playing and blast beats and there is also a small amount of clean playing on one of the tracks.
Mantar plays a musical style that takes punk, sludge and doom and mixes it in with black metal screams to create a style of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark themes.
In my opinion Mantar are a very great sounding mixture of black metal, sludge, doom and punk and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out t his band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Praise The Plague" "Born Reversed" "Cross the Cross" and "Sundowning". 8 out of 10.