Formed in mid 2012, Northern Germany's two-piece monster, MANTAR, immediately took the punk/metal worlds by storm with their ferocious, infectious approach to heavy music. The half-German/half-Turkish duo, consisting of vocalist/guitarist Hanno Klaenhardt and drummer Erinc Sakarya, self-released their first 7" single in October 2013 which quickly sold out and created a palpable buzz in the underground. As a direct result of the 7"s success, MANTAR signed to renowned, international metal label Svart Records to record their full-length debut. Recorded in 2013 and titled Death By Burning, the album is a raw, self-produced, and 100% DIY display of power. Death by Burning was released on CD/LP/Digital to immense critical acclaim on February 7th, 2014. Managing to sound even heavier than most five-piece bands, in spite of the fact that no bass guitar was used on the record, Death by Burning channels early Melvins, Motorhead, and Darkthrone, to deliver a deliciously evil blend of blackened punk.
Within weeks of it´s release, the band received gig requests from all over the world as well as invitations to huge international festivals like Oya Festival (NO), Getaway Rock (SW), Jalometalli (FL) and the mecca of forward-thinking heavy music itself Roadburn 2014 (NL), where they headlined the small stage on the festival´s first night. By the end of this year the band visited 17 countries, including a three week co-headlining European tour with Inter Arma (US) and a special appearance at renowned punk rock festival The Fest in the United States. By the end of the year Death By Burning appeared on numerous year-end best-of lists including Metal Hammer Germany, LA Weekly (US), Exclaim (CA), MetalSucks (US), Terrorizer (UK) and many more publications, zines and websites. 2014 also saw MANTAR self-release another 7" single in April which sold out within weeks.
2015 will be an even busier year for the “Gruesome Twosome” as they are already confirmed for numerous festivals around the world including Wacken Open Air (DE), Temples Festival (UK), Party San (DE), Burning Light (PT) and the US´s most important extreme metal festival, Maryland Deathfest. MANTAR will also tour the US for the first time ever with Mutilation Rites (US) including an appearance at SXSW festival. The band will enter the studio in February to record their highly anticipated sophomore album. This is only just the beginning as MANTAR are here to stay!