Origin: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Genres: Thrash Metal
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Mantic Ritual  


Retro thrash yet again by this Pittsburgh combo -- really, the metal scene is just teeming with such bands these days, all bursting with boundless energy and every one of them reliving 1985 as if their lives depended on it. Going by the name of Meltdown, they put out a self-financed effort entitled Executioner in 2007. This is basically Kill 'Em All crossed with Bonded In Blood (vocalist Dan Wetmore sounds a lot like the late great Paul Baloff), and while it's hard to give full marks to a sound that so derivative, the fact is that these guys nail the style perfectly, with a stellar production and even well-above-average soloing. A lot of their fellow thrashers have signed to bigger indie labels recently (Bonded By Blood to Earache, Fueled By Fire to Metal Blade, to name two), and in fact these guys followed suit, recently snapped up by Nuclear Blast. To avoid legal issues with other similarly named bands, they changed name to Mantic Ritual in September 2008. A re-recorded version of Executioner was released in March 2009.

Current Members

Dave Watson

vocals/guitars (Icarus Witch)

Jeff Potts

guitars (Warbringer)

Ben Mottsman

bass (Warbringer)

Former Members/Guests

Dan Wetmore

vocals/guitars

Adam Haritan

drums


Discography



Executioner 
2007 self-released
  1. One by One
  2. Executioner
  3. Black Tar Sin
  4. Death and Destruction
  5. Murdered to Death
  6. Souls
  7. Panic
  8. Double the Blood
  9. Thrashatonement
  10. Next Attack
  • Dan Wetmore
  • Jeff Potts
  • Ben Mottsman
  • Adam Haritan




Executioner 
2009 Nuclear Blast
  1. One by One
  2. Executioner
  3. Black Tar Sin
  4. Death and Destruction
  5. Murdered to Death
  6. Souls
  7. Panic
  8. Double the Blood
  9. Thrashatonement
  10. By the Cemetery
  11. Next Attack
  • Dan Wetmore
  • Jeff Potts
  • Ben Mottsman
  • Adam Haritan

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Metal Underground  Metal Observer 

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