CD review MANTAR ‘Grungetown Hooligans II’

Mantar, the noisemakers from Bremen, started in 2012. Eight years later, the guys have with ‘Grungetown Hooligans II’ a new offer right in the starting blocks with a go-ahead signal on June 26th.. After having published three longplayers and an EP, Erinc and Hanno decided to explore some new grounds. OK, don’t be shocked. Mantar is still heavy, loud and the sound is bold and aggressive. The new thing is, that the duo decided to do a cover album.

Now, doing such an album as being a band appreciated in the metal scene normally would mean that you take e.g. some classic, like from Black Sabbath, and make them your own. This is not the Mantar way, a band that often took unconventional decisions. Therefor it’s not a surprise that the guys cover songs from the grunge era, a sound that influenced the duo and was kind of musical imprint.

It’s not bands like Nirvana or Soundgarden that made it with cover songs on ‘Grungetown Hooligans II’. It’s songs from bands like L7, Mudhoney, Sonic Youth and more that have been mantar-ized. The result of this endeavor is an aggressive and anarchic longplayer that has with the dark grooving ‘Ghost Highway’ and the rocking ‘Puss’, originally by The Jesus Lizard, great songs in the musical offer.

And by the way, if you ask yourself if you missed something, since it’s already ‘Grungetown Hooligans II’ and I can calm you. There is no real ‘part 1’ since this version was deleted coincidentally, which maybe led to this even punchier release.

Rating: 8 out of 10.


  1. The Bomb (L7 cover)
  2. Puss (The Jesus Lizzard cover)
  3. 100% (Sonic Youth cover)
  4. Ghost Highway (Mazzy Star cover)
  5. Can I Run (L7 cover)
  6. Bruise Violet (Babes In Toyland cover)
  7. Who You Drivin’ Now (Mudhoney cover)
  8. Knot (7 Year Bitch cover)

Label: Mantarecordings

Genre: Sludge/Black Metal

Release Date EU: June 26th, 2020



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