Mantar

GRUNGETOWN HOOLIGANS II

  • Released: 10/07/2020
  • Label: Mantar
  • Genre: Metal

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After three studio albums, a live record and an EP in just five years, it was time to keep the band happy. The past few years have flown by: MANTAR has been busy making records and touring, more or less all around the world and the absurd idea of being a "professional band" has surprisingly become real.
After five years in which the band surprisingly became a "job", you had to ask yourself how you could continue to entertain yourself in the future. Treat yourself with good clean fun, without expectations and without fixed goals. The idea of a cover album came just in time. However, it was also clear from the start that no one would need any other loveless covers from Slayer, Sabbath or Black Flag. At least MANTAR didn't need them. The songs were recorded in Hanno's living room in Gainesville, Florida, except for the drums, which where record in a studio in Hamburg to be safe. It was then mixed in the "Black Bear Studio", one of the cornerstones of the Florida punk scene. MANTAR has always been as DIY as possible when producing their records, but with the cover songs the band wanted to go further in terms of home recording.
Even back then, the term "grunge" was as silly as the words "punk" or "heavy metal", so the similar shitty title of the record was quickly found. Being super pros, the first version was deleted by mistake, so the thing now is called "Grungetown Hooligans II". It also sounds a lot "better".
Mantar manage to sound heavier than most five piece bands you may know, in spite of the fact that no bass guitar was used on this record. Just drums and guitar set for destruction. Forget about Rock 'n Roll. This will hurt. Flogging beats and blackened melodies meet feedback orgies and doom mayhem. Early Melvins, Motorhead, Darkthrone. You name it. Don't call it sludge though. Everything as black as possible. A soundtrack for the final battle.

Tracklist
  1. The Bomb
  2. Puss [Explicit]
  3. 100%
  4. Ghost Highway
  5. Can I Run [Explicit]
  6. Bruise Violet [Explicit]
  7. Who You Drivin' Now
  8. Knot