Monstrous black/doom/punk chimera MANTAR have released the first single off of their upcoming album, The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze, set to be unleashed August 24, 2018 via Nuclear Blast. Watch the intense new music video for the track “Age of the Absurd” here:
Guitarist/vocalist Hanno Klaenhardt says: “We decided to keep the video simple. Setting up, play, destroy. Pretty much exactly what we do all the time anyways. The song itself is a hard-line in your face kinda thing, so we thought just to show the band playing to point out our strengths. As some people claim that we turn into quite ugly animals while performing we also decided to feature this flattering accusation. Enjoy!”
The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze (as well as accompanying merchandise) is now available for pre-order in various formats: http://nblast.de/MantarAblaze
Hailing from Northern Germany, MANTAR have achieved more in five years than most bands twice their age and size. The product of a twenty-year friendship between guitarist/vocalist Hanno Klaenhardt and drummer Erinc Sakarya, theirs is a success story born entirely of one thing: hard work, with three albums, an EP and a live release already to their name. Releasing their 2014 Svart Records debut Death By Burning, an uncompromising clash of stripped-back punk attitude and metal intensity to instant critical acclaim, the band toured relentlessly, gracing stages the world over, including the hallowed likes of Roadburn (NL), Wacken Open Air (D) and Maryland Deathfest (US). They used 2016’s Ode To The Flame, their Nuclear Blast Records debut, to further build upon their incendiary live reputation, conquering not only Europe and the US, but Russia, Japan and South Africa.
The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze is a title in-keeping with MANTAR‘s symbolic obsession with fire on albums previous; this time disavowing mankind’s tendency to blindly follow those that would lead us into oblivion. This isn’t necessarily a political statement; more a morbid fascination with current smoldering tensions that threaten to set the minds of the masses on fire.
Today, MANTAR also announced the first leg of their European tour for November/December 2018. The band comments: “After months of writing, working our asses off in the rehearsal room and finally recording our new album we can’t wait to hit the road again. Playing new songs, seeing new cities we have never been to and coming back to places we love! Make sure to get tickets asap as we expect some packed venues. This package will be one of the best tours we ever did and we are more than stoked to share the stage every night with three other great bands and friends we bring along.”