Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • Norway

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MANTRIC is a Christian Progressive Metalcore band from Norway. The band was started in 2007 by three former members from EXTOL: bass player John MJALAND, and guitarists Ole SVEEN and Tor GLIDJE. New recruit Kim AKERHOLDT joined behind the drumkit. The band fuses the brutal sound of Death Metal with Progressive riffs and complex melodies. The vocals are split between gruff hardcore shouts and clean melodic vocals. The music pulls from diverse sources such as EXTOL, REFUSED, CAVE IN, DEFTONES, ALCHEMIST and many others.

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4.00 | 3 ratings
The Descent

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 The Descent by MANTRIC album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.00 | 3 ratings

The Descent
Mantric Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

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4 stars A very good offering by Ex-Extol members. I actually prefer the songs here more than the last extol release as this is much, much more interesting, with some strings, here and there, and some electronic flourishes.

This album also has a nice mix of hardcore screamed vocals, and pleasant clean vocals. The songwriting is much improved in my opinion than anything extol ever released, and a ton more immersing. The guitar work is very good, with many styles being incorporated, from some post rock influences on the guitar, like the opener, The Asylum, and some more traditional heavy approach. The drums are also very good and precise.

The standouts for me on here are without a doubt Spear Of Heaven, which has a beautiful, operatic middle portion of the track, with string arrangements and some heavy riffing over this. This then fades into some almost chaotic like noise, with some feedback, and some electronic synth washings going on around all the rumblings. This then starts to fade until the song ends.

Highly recommended for people who like many genres put into a nice package, and for fans of Extol.


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