Manntra is a promising industrial folk metal band I discovered two months ago through Submithub submissions with this amazing album, Oyka!, released in 2019. For those who haven’t heard about the band before, Manntra is officially making releases since 2014. The band has started their careers with an album called; Horizont (2014), and released three more long play albums, Venera (2016), Meridian (2017), and Oyka! (2019). Now, please give the song a listen while reading the rest of the article.
Manntra surely is an extraordinary collective, making very promising music with tons of authenticity. They have successfully blended their origins, Balcanic folk music elements, with powerful industrial metal elements, and came up with a delicious, refreshing, and irresistible music style. If I had a music label, I’d sign them in a blink of an eye. The world is dying to hear such original music with a potential like this. Well, I just gave someone a million-dollar idea, maybe someone will take it. Honestly, I don’t necessarily listen to folk music at all. But in this case, I couldn’t resist the level of creativity and originality in Manntra’s music. They have a specific style, yes, but hearing all these progressive elements in their music was quite surprising. We all know Rammstein for many years as the leader of their genre, industrial metal. In our case, Manntra has some stuff in common with Rammstein, that is true. They are the Rammstein of Croatia. However, I don’t think Manntra is copying or following anyone else’s path. They are musically richer than Rammstein, and have many diverse ideas and instruments in their music. From time to time, you hear some progressive elements in this album that confuse you for a second; you are listening to a Croatian industrial folk metal band or Opeth?
First of all, the band deserves respect for their fantastic discography. They might have a mainstream-oriented strategy in their compositions, yet they never looked for a shortcut to fame by releasing singles only. Seeing this was enough for me to respect their personalities. Their last album Oyka! is an epic album with 13 tracks, where they show incredible potential not only with their musical blend but also with their progressive ideas, groovy rhythms, catchy elements, addictive vibes, top-class production, and of course, the badass voice of their vocalist. While I was listening to some songs, they got me thinking, and Manntra is probably one of the most original and creative bands I discovered. Hands down.
I listened to the full album a few times before writing my review, as I always do. The album is both a musical and technical masterpiece from the beginning to the end. In my book, all those views and streaming numbers are well deserved. This is a very respected project that internationally represents their entire nation, Croatia, in the best way possible. I am not sure if Oyka! is Manntra’s peak, but I feel like they are at the top of their musical careers. I saw some pictures that they started touring for this album right after the release, and made an incredible impact every time they played. Well, that’s not surprising. As I said earlier, Manntra is one of the very few the most authentic metal band I have heard in their specific genre and definitely deserves worldwide recognition.