Band Photo: Mantas (?)
From: Orlando, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded
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For the first time ever Chuck Schuldiner’s pre-DEATH band MANTAS' recordings have been officially collected into one fully authorized compilation, entitled "Death By Metal." And Metal Underground.com has the exclusive full album stream of the collection (the standard edition). You can hear it in the player below.
"Death By Metal" is the next chapter in Relapse's DEATH reissue campaign, compiling Chuck Schuldiner’s pre-DEATH material from his first band MANTAS into one deluxe collection containing the group’s first two demos and a rehearsal. "Death By Metal" is the brutally raw sound of an entire genre being born out of the basement of Chuck Schuldiner’s Florida home close to three decades ago. These are the earliest recordings of death metal legend, pioneer and groundbreaker Chuck Schuldiner. This is the first time that these recordings have been legitimately available since their original release as the "Death By Metal" demo tape (1984).
Mantas' "Death By Metal" is set for a June 19th North American release date, June 22nd in Benelux / Germany, and June 25th in the UK and rest of Europe. The collection will be released as a CD, Limited Edition Deluxe 2CD, LP, Digital Download and a limited collector's edition containing the Deluxe 2CD, LP on an exclusive color, exclusive Demo cover T-Shirt, and a reproduction of the original Death By Metal demo cassette! Pre-order options, including a new line of exclusive MANTAS and DEATH merch plus additional release information can be found here.
"Death By Metal" follows the recent Relapse Records re-issues of DEATH’s "Vivus!," "Individual Though Patterns," "The Sound of Perseverance" and "Human." Like those reissues, this collection will contain extensive liner notes, this time featuring renowned metal biographer Ian Christe and former MANTAS guitarist Rick Rozz in addition to never-before-seen photos of the band.
Here is the "Death By Metal" track listing:
Death By Metal (1st Version) Demo
1. Legion Of Doom
2. Evil Dead
4. Death By Metal
5. Power Of Darkness
Death By Metal (2nd Version) Demo
6. Legion Of Doom
7. Power Of Darkness
8. Death By Metal
9. Evil Dead
Rehearsal Early 1984 - Rehearsal
10. Legion Of Doom
12. Death By Metal
13. Evil Dead
14. Rise Of Satan
Disc 2 (Deluxe Edition Only)
Emotional Rehearsal Demo 1984 - Rehearsal
1. Legion Of Doom - Take 1
2. Legion Of Doom - Take 2
3. Legion Of Doom - Take 3
4. Evil Dead - Take 1
5. Evil Dead - Take 2
6. Mantas - Take 1
7. Mantas - Take 2
Live at Knights Of Columbus Hall, Orlando, FL 09/01/1984
8. Legion Of Doom
10. Demon Flight
11. Death By Metal
12. Evil Dead
13. Power Of Darkness
14. Black Magic
15. Evil Chuck Solo
16. Beyond The Unholy Grave
Relapse Records posted a preview clip for the upcoming release of the Mantas demos. Mantas, of course, was the original name of death metal legends Death. The compilation will include the "Death By Metal" demos as well as the 1984 rehearsal tapes. Mantas featured the very young Charles "Evil Chuck" Schuldiner, Rick Rozz and Kam Lee.
"Death By Metal" is scheduled for release on June 19, 2012 (US), June 22, 2012 (GER/BENELUX), June 25, 2012 (UK/Words) in the following formats: CD/Deluxe 2CD/Limited Edition LP/Digital and Limited Edition Super Deluxe Package. Pre-orders can be made at this location.
The track listing for "Death By Metal" is as follows:
1. Legion Of Doom ("Death By Metal" Demo Version 1)
2. Evil Dead ("Death By Metal" Demo Version 1)
3. Mantas ("Death By Metal" Demo Version 1)
4. Death By Metal ("Death By Metal" Demo Version 1)
5. Power Of Darkness ("Death By Metal" Demo Version 1)
6. Legion Of Doom ("Death By Metal" Demo Version 2)
7. Power Of Darkness ("Death By Metal" Demo Version 2)
8. Death By Metal ("Death By Metal" Demo Version 2)
9. Evil Dead ("Death By Metal" Demo Version 2)
10. Legion Of Doom (Rehearsal Early 1984)
11. Mantas (Rehearsal Early 1984)
12. Death By Metal (Rehearsal Early 1984)
13. Evil Dead (Rehearsal Early 1984)
14. Rise Of Satan (Rehearsal Early 1984) More...
Singapore-based Pulverised Records is pleased to announce the re-signing of horror/gore death metallers BONE GNAWER.
BONE GNAWER is the collaboration between legendary growler Kam Lee (ex-Mantas, ex-Massacre, ex-Denial Fiend), Rogga Johansson (Paganizer, Demiurg, Ribspreader etc.), Ronnie Bjornstrom (Hate Ammo, Ribspreader, Taedeat) and Morgan Lie (Naglfar).
Commented Lee of the new album deal and the band's upcoming recording: "It feels good to be back with Pulverised. This is the one label that has a true understanding of the type of oldschool '90s style of death metal we play.This time around we're taking another brave and bold approach to our musical direction and lyrical concepts. We always strive to go against the grain and not cater to modern trends, all the while staying true to the oldschool death metal sound.This time around we are going for a torture and vengeance type lyrical concept, although some of those traditional 'cannibal themed' type lyrics will remain. We are [going for] a grittier feel and a much darker edged 'grind-house' appeal to our lyrical concepts taking influences from some of the more hardcore exploitation type films of the late '70s such as I Spit On Your Grave and Last House On The Left. Musically we are retaining the horrific blend of oldschool death metal we are known for, yet combining it with an even catchier flair."
Further details on the follow-up to BONE GNAWER's "Feast Of Flesh" debut are to be announced soon.
A brand new, never-before-seen video clip of DEATH making their first-ever music video for “Lack of Comprehension” has been posted online now at this location (also below). This three-minute clip was shot and edited by band manager Eric Greif and comes from a forthcoming film documenting the making of the David Bellino directed “Lack of Comprehension” video. Additional information on the film’s release will be made available shortly.
DEATH has recently seen the bulk of the band’s catalog made available for the first time digitally. It’s legendary albums "Scream Bloody Gore," "Leprosy," "Spiritual Healing," "Human," "Individual Thought Patterns," and "The Sound Of Perseverance" are available now at this location.
Relapse are also preparing to release an expanded version of the classic debut album, "The Fragile Art Of Existence," from Chuck Schuldiner’s progressive heavy metal band CONTROL DENIED in late 2010 as well as the first-ever collection by his pre-DEATH project MANTAS. The expanded version of "The Fragile Art of Existence" will include bonus tracks, extra band photography, expanded art and packaging and more. Details on both releases are forthcoming.
A range of officially-licensed DEATH, CONTROL DENIED, and MANTAS merchandise has also been issued here. Many classic album art designs will follow in the coming months, making some highly sought-after designs available officially for the first time in years.
Guitar World Magazine has recently released a special DEATH guitar transcription issue, available exclusively at this location. The book contains eight complete guitar and bass tabs for the following DEATH songs; “Pull The Plug,”,“Zombie Ritual,” “Together As One,” “Spiritual Healing,” “Flesh and the Power It Holds,” “Crystal Mountain,” “The Philosopher,” and “Scavenger of Human Sorrow.” All songs were transcribed by Guitar World’s ace transcription team and are note-for-note accurate. The book also features the complete life and times of Chuck Schuldiner, including interview with those who knew him best.
Relapse Records is honored to announce a partnership with Perseverance Holdings Ltd. and the Schuldiner family to reissue the legendary catalog of heavy metal luminary Chuck Schuldiner and his bands DEATH, CONTROL DENIED, and MANTAS. Chuck Schuldiner passed away on December 13, 2001 after fighting a long, recurring battle with brain cancer.
Relapse will also reissue an expanded version of the classic debut album, ‘The Fragile Art Of Existence’, from Schuldiner’s progressive heavy metal band CONTROL DENIED in late 2010 as well as the first-ever collection by his pre-DEATH project MANTAS. The expanded version of “The Fragile Art of Existence” will include bonus tracks, extra band photography, expanded art and packaging and more. Details on both releases are forthcoming.
Long-range plans include the completion and official release of the final CONTROL DENIED album "When Man and Machine Collide." Recorded over 10 years ago at Morrisound Studios with producer Jim Morris, "When Man and Machine Collide" was tracked by Schuldiner but left incomplete upon Chuck’s passing. More...
DENIAL FIEND, the Tampa, Florida-based band featuring in its ranks Terry Butler (SIX FEET UNDER, ex-MASSACRE, Ex-DEATH), Kam Lee (ex-MASSACRE, ex-MANTAS), Curt Beeson (NASTY SAVAGE, LOWBROW) and Sam Williams (DOWN BY LAW, PSEUDO HEROES), will be playing the Fuck The Commerce Fest in Germany on May 2nd. The festival appearance will be proceeded by a club show at Kulturwerk 118 in Zurich Switzerlandý. Also check out DENIAL FIEND at the Darkfest in Orlando, FL at the Dungeon on April 26th.
Guitarist Sam Williams Comments: "We have a lot of appearances in and out of the US coming up and these are the first few to kick it all off. We had an amazing time at the LA Murderfest and hope that the rest of our upcoming shows will be halfway as good as that."
Upcoming DENIAL FIEND dates are as follows:
April, 26 - Dungeon - Darkfest - Orlando, Florida
May, 2 - Kulturwerk 118 - Zurich - Switzerlandý w/ Massacre
May, 3 - Altes Lager - Fuck The Commerce Fest - Juterbog - Berlin w/ Massacre
July, 19 - The Canopy Club - Central Illinois Metalfest - Urbana - Illinois w/ Incantation More...
IBEX MOON RECORDS recording artists, DENIAL FIEND, recently entered the studio to record their much anticipated debut album, "They Rise." Guitarist Sam Williams offered the following update:
"Today we entered GL Studios in Brandon, FL to start recording 'They Rise!' We started with tracking drums. Curt 'the shark' Beeson blazed through three tunes before busting one of the studio's Shure SM57's. Indestructible, my ass! We thought it was pretty funny but the studio staff did not. That cut the session short. But not before we got 'Frankenstein Conquers The World,' 'Son of the Creature,' and the title track down to tape. We would have had 'Flesheaters' down (probably the fastest song on the album), except for the fact that you hear the snare mic getting hit and exploding somewhere during the take! Oh well. We'll be working on drums for the rest of the week, and then starting on guitar overdubs next week."
DENIAL FIEND is the Tampa FL based band featuring in it's ranks Terry Butler (SIX FEET UNDER, ex-MASSACRE, ex-DEATH), Kam Lee (ex-MASSACRE, ex-MANTAS), Curt Beeson (NASTY SAVAGE, LOWBROW) and Sam Williams (DOWN BY LAW, PSEUDO HEROES).
DENIAL FIEND's Dead Awakening 7" EP was released on May 21st, 2007 through IBEX MOON RECORDS. The EP consists of two alternate versions of the tracks "They Rise" and "Cover Me in Blood," which will appear on the band's upcoming full-length to be released this Fall. The pressing will be limited to a mere 500 copies and may be ordered now from the IBEX MOON RECORDS website.
According to organisers, MANTAS and NECROPHAGIST have cancelled their shows at the Inferno Festival "due to health issues within the band and close family." Their replacements are NATTEFROST and HATESPHERE. The Inferno Festival is held March 24th-26th in the two room venue known as John Dee's and Rockefeller in Oslo, Norway. The bands alternate stages, between the balconied upstairs room (capable of holding a couple thousand people), to the smaller, downstairs John Dee, limited to a few hundred.
This year's lineup is as follows: More...
Arcturus and Mantas are the first two bands officially confirmed for next year's Infermo Festival, which will be happening on March 24-25 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo, Norway.
The next two bands will be announced on December 24. Also, a kick- off party is to be held on January 27th at the Underworld in London. Bands performing live will be Arcturus, Enslaved, Red Harvest, Madder Mortem and Grimfist.