Guitarist/vocalist Hanno Klänhardt and drummer/vocalist Erinc Sakarya founded Mantar in 2012.
And they have been torching stages and eardrums across the world ever since, with a caustic mix of hardcore, grunge, sludge and extreme metal.
Mantar’s third album, 2018’s The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze elevated the German duo to bigger stages, and their 2020 covers album, Grungetown Hooligans II, saw the band take on tracks from the likes of L7, The Jesus Lizard, Sonic Youth and Mudhoney.
Odysseus is the second single to be taken from their forthcoming new album Pain Is Forever And This Is The End. It follows the single Hang ‘Em Low (So the Rats Can Get ‘Em), which was released in April.
In Hanno Klänhardt’s own words:
“Odysseus is about letting go, about a never-ending journey, about the feeling of never arriving, of being lost and doomed to live life in circles, and about the precious value of sleep.”
The verdict on Odysseus
According to Klänhard, on Pain Is Forever And This Is The End, the band have “steered away from ‘metal sound’ standards and more in a direction where you can hear different nuances in sound”.
And it’s certainly a more melodic version of Mantar that we can hear on the tense, Nirvana-influenced Odysseus.
But while the song is less outwardly ‘metal’ than much of the band’s back catalogue, Odysseus crackles with the act’s trademark intensity… and packs a serious emotional punch.
It bodes well for their new album.
What’s next for Mantar?
Pain Is Forever And This Is The End is set for a July 15 release on Metal Blade.
And the duo have a string of German dates lined up for the summer, including an appearance at the Wacken Open Air festival on August 5.