Mantra are a band from France that plays a mixture of hardcore, progressive, psychedelic and death metal and this is a review of their self released 2012 ep "Toward The Light".
Drums range from slow to mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being utilized at times, while the bass playing has a very strong and powerful sound with heavy riffing that dominates throughout the recording.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast riffs that combine hardcore, progressive, psychedelic, and death metal together to create a sound of their own with some dark sounding melodies being thrown into the riffing at times as well as some soft and clean playing being used at times, while the lead guitars are very dark and melodic sounding progressive metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars they use finger picking and full chords to further advance the progressive and psychedelic sounds of the recording.
Vocals range from clean singing, extreme metal/hardcore shouts and yells and deep death metal growls, while the lyrics cover dark themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy, dark and professional sound for being a self released recording where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this ep with the songs being long and epic in length.
In my opinion Mantra are a very great sounding hybrid of hardcore, progressive, psychedelic and death metal and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Toward The Light" and "One". RECOMMENDED BUY.