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An evening with Manticora !!!
An evening with Manticora !!!

An evening with Manticora !!!

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First show on the tour starts in Copenhagen!!

Our first gig on the Recaliming the land tour will start in Copenhagen in Amager bio. We’re really excited to get started and we all hope to see all our fans in the crowd!! A lot of hard work has been put into this show and we’re all really excited to finally being able to deliver the result in 12 countries around Europe!

We hope to see you there!! - stay tuned for more tour info!

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Below you’ll find all the toudates:

Denmark - Copenhagen - Amager Bio 28-05-2014
Germany - Hamburg - Markthalle 29-05-2014
The Netherlands - Hoogeveen - Het Podium 30-05-2014
Belgium - Maasmechelen - Concordia - Secrets Of Metal Festival 31-05-2014
England - London - The Underworld 01-06-2014
France - Paris - Le Divan Du Monde 02-06-2014
Germany - Essen - Turock 03-06-2014
Spain - Barcelona - Razzmatazz 05-06-2014
France - Nice - Altherax 06-06-2014
Switzerland - Pratteln - Z7 07-06-2014
Italy - Milano (Bresso) - Blue Rose Saloon 08-06-2014
Slovakia - Bratislava - Randal Club 10-06-2014
Austria - Vienna - Replugged 11-06-2014

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Manticora now endorsed by ENGL!
Manticora now endorsed by ENGL!

Manticora now endorsed by ENGL!

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Manticora now endorsed by ENGL amps
Manticora now endorsed by ENGL amps

Manticora now endorsed by ENGL amps

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Manticora - endorsed by ENGL

We’re extremely thrilled to announce that Manticora is now endorsed by the World’s best guitar amplifier manufactor, ENGL!!!

Kristian and Stefan will join the ranks of artists, such as: Glenn Tipton/Judas Priest, Andre Olbrich/Blind Guardian, Kai Hansen/Gamma Ray and many other great guitarists.

Stefan’s comment:
I have always been a traditional guitarist when it comes to amps (you know, “go with the flow” kind of guy) not knowing exactly what I was looking for. Then a friend of mine told me about the Engl Powerball 2 and that I really ought to try it out. I did! And I was not disappointed!
The diversity and attack of this amp is off the charts!
The way I can shape my tone and low end, is something I can strongly relate to. I can get the crystal clear leads I need, and I can get the low end to support my seven strings!

This amp really goes to eleven for me!

Kristian’s comment:
With Engl amps and cabinets, things just got a lot easier for me. Fast, attack based, precise and heavy sounding no matter which knob I turn. The Engl amps are born heavy sounding and with the mid-range frequency I’ve been looking for… so for me it’s a perfect match!

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Manticora live in slovakia 2012

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A lake that drained - From the latest album Safe

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Latest album review: Safe

Since Blind Guardian rates in my top 5 bands of all time when it comes to metal, I’m very intrigued by groups who take the core of their sound and interpret it in their own special way. Sweden’s Persuader would be the first to really capture an international audience during the past decade with their influence and Denmark’s Manticora following close behind. The five-piece concentrate on a lot of the speed metal aspects that became a BG staple during their “Follow The Blind” and “Tales From The Twilight World” albums- while also generating a progressive feel with some of the riff changes and time signature juggling.

Vocalist Lars F. Larsen draws comparison to Hansi of course, and yet when listening to tracks like “Complete” and the title track he delivers a compelling, convincing range of emotions with deeper depth and strength. Musically the epic 14 minute “Safe” gives the listener all aspects of the Manticora style - power, speed, turbo charged rhythms and harmonies galore in the guitar and vocal departments. Opener “In The Abyss Of Desperation” charges due to Mads Volf’s incessant snare/double bass fury and contains some of Lars’ best up and down melody making creativity - especially in the harmonic background and chorus work.

Overall on these 7 songs guitarists Kristian Larsen and Martin Arendal fill every crevice with their ability to keep the rhythms and solo work catchy and entertaining all the same. Their best work on Safe includes the Maiden-esque off time chops within “Silence The Freedom” where the duo generate a similar atmosphere as “Phantom Of The Opera” and the straightforward heaviness within “From The Pain Of Loss” where Larsen and Arendal throw down some slow building harmony solo work.

The multi-layered approach gives Manitcora and “Safe” a winning formula- one that I foresee gaining broader appeal as the band tour the world and show their wares.

Written by Matt Coe

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Latest album review: Safe

I was one of those that thought the band Manticora would be hard pressed to top their last two releases The Black Circus Pt. 1 and The Black Circus Pt. 2. Boy was I wrong! Maybe it is all the touring with Jon Oliva and Zak Stevens but with the new album Safe Manticora has established themselves as one of the premier European progressive acts. This disc is filled with a plethora of searing metal of epic proportions.

It is easily their most complete work and one that delivers on every aspect. The whole band has turned it up more than a few notches and this blast of power/progressive metal is getting very near what you could call perfection. Vocalist Lars Larsen has never sounded better and the duel guitar attack of Martin Arendal and Kristian Larsen are absolutely astounding as they are finally let loose to wreck havoc on the listener.

"In The Abyss Of Desperation" starts you on this amazing metal journey that is such a great combination of soaring epic and melodic music it may overwhelm you the first time you hear it. Always having a heavy backdrop the band takes off with some of the most tantalizing work I have heard this year. They are not afraid to draw from whatever genre they want and that gives this album a "no boundaries" type of feel. From epic power metal, to heady progressive, they throw everything at you. I even heard a little death metal growl and a hint of keyboard. The beginning of "Silence Of Freedom has an 80’s bluesy heavy metal feel before they turn you on your ear with the many twist and turns of this song alone.

Masterful guitar work is a highlight throughout the album with the solo in the song “Complete” being just one example along with the grandiose intro to “From The Pain Of Loss (I Learned About The Truth) being another where the pair of six sting slingers show just how much of a force they can be. This is just two stand out moments of many that are on this disc. This is by far the best I have ever heard them and even if it took seven albums to get here it was worth the wait.

The album ends with the 14 minute title track “Safe (A Miracle/Fading/The End)”. Encompassing everything that makes this band so good, this song takes you from one end of the spectrum to the other in the Manticora songbook. It is simply one of the most vivid pieces of music to hit the ears. This is an epic work that should put Manticora at the top of the musical heap. While they have proved to be one of the very good bands out there, this one shows the maturity, dedication to their art and the willingness to explore new territory that culminates in one of the best albums I have heard period. It is easily one that needs to be in any progressive metalhead’s collection. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Written by Scott Ward

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Wacken 2012

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Reclaiming the land tourdates 2014

Denmark - Copenhagen - Amager Bio 28-05-2014
Germany - Hamburg - Markthalle 29-05-2014
The Netherlands - Hoogeveen - Het Podium 30-05-2014
Belgium - Maasmechelen - Concordia - Secrets Of Metal Festival 31-05-2014
England - London - The Underworld 01-06-2014
France - Paris - Le Divan Du Monde 02-06-2014
Germany - Essen - Turock 03-06-2014
Spain - Barcelona - Razzmatazz 05-06-2014
France - Nice - Altherax 06-06-2014
Switzerland - Pratteln - Z7 07-06-2014
Italy - Milano (Bresso) - Blue Rose Saloon 08-06-2014
Slovakia - Bratislava - Randal Club 10-06-2014
Austria - Vienna - Replugged 11-06-2014

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