Ohio's MANTICORE set release date for long-awaited new HELLS HEADBANGERS album Tuesday June 21 2022, 12:55 PM
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Ohio's MANTICORE set release date for long-awaited new HELLS HEADBANGERS album


Today,  Hells Headbangers  announces July 15th as the international release date for the long-awaited fourth album of Ohio's   Manticore ,   Endless Scourge of Torment , on CD and cassette tape formats. The vinyl LP version will follow later this year.

Formed at the dawn of the new millennium,   Manticore   have been a persistent and prolific force in the black/death underground, always sticking to their guns and defying convention with quality over quantity. That they released their pivotal  Ritual Cleansing of the Whore  EP through Judas Iscariot's late/great Breath of Night label in 2002 should not go understated: from the very beginning,   Manticore   managed to create a wild 'n' warring sound that marries the muscularity of death metal with the graven aura of black metal, all performed with possessed and ritualistic execution. And although they're just now set to release their fourth full-length, the power-trio have released a treasure trove of splits with the likes of Morbosidad, Bestial Mockery, Grave Upheaval, Sweden's Kill, Canada's Necroholocaust, and Obeisance among others, underlining their dedication to the true underground, when tape-trading, zines, and fliers were still king. 

Still, a   Manticore   album is always a momentous event, and especially more so for the forthcoming  Endless Scourge of Torment  - the band's first full-length in ten interminably long years. Indeed, while they did release a split 7" with the aforementioned Kill last year,   Manticore   here sound filthier and more refreshed than ever, their pulsing 'n' pustulent sound sharper than ever. And therein lies the magic of   Manticore   in general and  Endless Scourge of Torment  in particular: for such a gnarly 'n' gnawing sound, one inherently drowned deep in the primordial muck, the trio evince a startling clarity, which only serves to make their ever-sturdy songwriting that much stronger. To that,   Manticore 's songwriting here efficiently straddles the line between bursts of angular bestiality and slow 'n' swirling doom, the latter perhaps strangely crystalized by a surprise cover of Twisted Sister's "Captain Howdy." Elsewhere, Markus Kolar (ex-Kommandant, Forest of Impaled, Sarcophagus etc) provides the album's intro and subtle orchestration on various songs, and it's all topped off by nightmarishly detailed cover art courtesy of NetherTemple Design and interior art for each song by Dahmer Art.

"The more things change, the more they stay the same," or so the cliche goes. That "black/death" underground has undoubtedly changed since the year 2000, but   Manticore   are still here - still potent, still feral, still very much   Manticore . This is the  Endless Scourge of Torment  the faithful deserve!

In the meantime, hear the recently revealed track "Empty Eyes, Hollow Temples"  HERE   at   Hells Headbangers ' official YouTube channel. Preorder info can be found   HERE . Aforementioned cover art and tracklisting are as follows:



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Tracklisting for Manticore (Ohio)'s  Endless Scourge of Torment

1. The Fields of Torment
2. Thy Seed through the Fire
3. Breath of Plague
4. Empty Eyes, Hollow Temples
5. Halo of Vermin
6. Defiled by Supremecy
7. In Dark We are Enslaved
8. Captain Howdy [Twisted Sister cover]
9. Enveloped In Hatred
10. Requiem for a Worm
11. Abrahamic Obliteration

 
 

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