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Mantic Ritual: Executioner

Thrash Metal- the genre with rampant swift tempos and aggressive shredding riffs, also quite complex at times. Spawning many of the biggest Metal bands, there's no denying the skills possessed by the majority of the musicians involved, such as the likes of guitar wizard Alex Skolnick and legendary drummer Dave Lombardo.

Mantic Ritual are another new band to join the Thrash fold, but the question is, can this band match it with the big guns, or are they just another to add to the growing list of acts eager to rekindle the flame and jump on the bandwagon? Time and experience will tell, but this album isn't a bad way to launch their band. Executioner is the title of Mantic Ritual's debut, with the dark cover art to their lyrics; this is classic Thrash full of death, destruction, gigantic riffs and lively performances. Revolutionary this album isn't, preferring to stay old school, as Mantic Ritual are obviously playing the music they love and helping to keep that classic Thrash sound alive, and undoubtedly many a moshpit filled with devoted head bangers.

The band dive straight in with the explosive "One By One", a rapid piece that settles down for the traditional mid paced groove before setting off at pace again. "Black Tar Sin" is another of the tracks where the band alternates the tempo, without any drop in intensity. "Next Attack" has Mantic Ritual turning down the pace for the most part with some catchy riffs, reminiscent of early Metallica. In short, Executioner should provide a good launching pad for Mantic Ritual's Thrash career.

Track list
1. One by One
2. Executioner
3. Black Tar Sin
4. Death and Destruction
5. Murdered to Death
6. Souls
7. Panic
8. Double the Blood
9. Thrashatonement
10. By the Cemetery
11. Next Attack

Added: April 18th 2009
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: Band's MySpace Page
Hits: 987
Language: english

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