EXPLOSIVE HORROR STORIES
For almost a quarter of a century, Danish power thrash metallers Manticora have been thrilling audiences with a breathtaking tightrope walk of ambition and aggression, of progressiveness and a flair for hits. In the summer of 2020, the band around singer and horror novel author Lars F. Larsen has once again created a brilliant concept album with their ninth longplayer "To Live To Kill To Live". In May 2022, Manticora will come to Pratteln as part of their European tour to let their highly complex Danish Dynamite explode at Z7.
Manticora are back with the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2018 effort "To Kill To Live To Kill," based on the 334-page novel of the same name penned by vocalist Lars F. Larsen. The second part of the setting of the brutal horror story is called "To Live To Kill To Live" and offers 63 minutes of pure metal perfection. Actually, the album should have been released in 2019. Lars F. Larsen revealed the reasons for the delay in an interview with metal-heads.de: "The simple truth is that we toured North America, then Europe. And we played a lot of summer festivals. Then we added Japan, where we played 2 shows. At the same time we changed the bass player - Kasper Gram returned to the band - and we also had a change on the drums, as Lawrence Dinamarca was brought in as a full time member. It just wasn't organizationally possible to finish the new album within a year, as we also had to take care of our daily lives and work." Finally, at the end of August 2020, the second part of the grandiose concept was released. Once again, Jacob Hansen and David Troest have done wonders with the production. And the Danes continue to indulge their penchant for power metal, which is skillfully spiced with prog and thrash offsets. They show themselves to be more creative than ever before and present us with a complete work of art of epic proportions, which also works impressively on a purely musical level.
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