Mantic Ritual - Executioner
18 August 2007

01. One By One
02. Executioner
03. Black Tar Sin
04. Death And Destruction
05. Murdered To Death
06. Souls
07. Panic
08. Double The Blood
09. Blackout [2009 re-release bonus]
10. Thrashatonement
11. By The Cemetary [2009 re-release bonus]
12. Next Attack

Whoever said kids these days didn't appreciate the classics? Well, they certainly can't say that after hearing the debut of this very young - yet very talented band called Mantic Ritual (though this particular album was released under their previous name; Meltdown).

The first wonderful aspect you'll realize about this album is the stripped-down, no frills or gimmicks approach to the song writing. Everything down to the production seemed to be well thought-out giving it a very genuine 80's style thrash sound, easily comparable to Metallica's "Kill 'Em All". So what about the sound itself? Well, the guitar work is a nice mix of early Slayer and Metallica, with a slightly higher skill level. Vocals sound like a more out-of-control young James Hetfield. All this topped off with fairly thin (though well mixed) production.

Unfortunately this 80's worship does seem to hold back the music quite a bit. Though there are a small handful of new & unique riffs scattered throughout the album, a good chunk of the time you will get the " I've heard this before" syndrome. Compared to other bands of this uprising of old-school thrash bands that are coming out, I feel Mantic Ritual definitely have much more ability, but need to diversify their song writing with future releases in order for them to stand out in a genre that is slowly becoming more and more watered-down. Alas this is only a debut - a very promising one at that, and it's not entirely unheard of for a band to emulate their idols before branching out and experimenting with their ability, which makes this a band to definitely watch out for in the future.

All in all this is a fun little album showing thrash the way it was meant to sound; undiluted, fast, out-of-control and razor sharp. If you can get your head around the lack of significant originality this will surely be a gem to add to the collection.

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 6
Production: 8

Band profile: Mantic Ritual
Album: Executioner


written by Doc Godin | 02.02.2009

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Haddonfield - 11.09.2009 at 18:45  
Proper 80s style, I love it. Hail, Thrash Metal and thanks Mantic Ritual.
Galar - 06.07.2010 at 03:12  
Very cool dudes.
vezzy - 17.07.2010 at 00:03  
Loved this album. '80s sound appeals to me.

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