Demut - Review
It seems I live on the wrong side of the world when it comes to getting to know great bands.
Though I've heard the name Mantus
in various circles over the years, I never actually picked anything up until this album. Now i'm dying to go back and pick up much of their back-catalog. They have put together such an excellent style of mid-tempo goth-metal. This album has this great mix spanned across a dozen varied tracks that should make most fans of the genre swoon.
I first heard a few selections from previous releases which included that excellent classical style with Thalia's beautiful vocals soaring through the air. That is what sold me on this band and luckily I wasn't disappointed with what is presented here. "Vanitas" starts off the album with a driving metal edge and a faster beat which at first had me thinking this might not be exactly what I expected, but the mood remains somber and very gothic despite the grinding metal guitars. All the lyrics are in german as far as I can tell, so I can't comment too much on the content, but the overall mood is inviting and emotionally charged.
Favorites on the album are definitely when Thalia takes the lead on the vocals, it takes a bit of the edge off and these pieces also tend to lean more towards the classical influences. "Schuld" is the first of these which starts off with subtle electronics, Thalia's voice taking the lead with a solid mid-tempo beat moving it along. The guitars kick in after a bit and it all builds to an emotional climax that is really beautiful and powerful. Probably one of the most classical sounding pieces on the album is "Endlos" with it's piano mixed with the harsher guitars and the female vox really making it a dreamy masterpiece. This piece really stands out as a favorite that I'm sure listeners to our radio shows will be more than familiar with by now as a new classic goth-metal track.
Just because I'm a sucker for the softer female vocals layered over the classical music elements and grinding guitars doesn't meant the rest of the album is any less attractive. In fact I have to say that Martin's deep vocals really lend a perfect mood to the dark, brooding atmospheres of the mid-tempo beats and grinding metal guitars. "Gegen die Welt" is a favorite of this style with a nice moving beat and the guitars fading off into the background during each verse allowing his vocals to shine through. The album is well balanced with nearly Martin and Thalia trading off the lead vocals fairly often and by the time the album winds down with the slower, bombastic piece "Gespenster", I think the average listener will be satisfied with what has been presented. Overall it's an excellent work and now I look forward to future, as well as digging up past works.