I can think of few bands that have managed to battle their way back from the edge of oblivion the way Sepultura has, yet get so little credit for doing so. It’s no secret that following a major lineup change, the boys from Brazil spent several years in the wilderness, but what isn’t talked about is their defiant return to relevance after many had written them off. Their comeback began as early as Dante XXI, but with 2011’s crushing Kairos they regained much of their lost footing, and by the time the woefully underrated The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart rolled around in 2013, Sepultura were once again firing on all cylinders.
First thing’s first; since this blog covers both pro wrestling and heavy/extreme music, this post has the potential to cause some confusion. So to clarify, this post is a review of the sophomore album from the great German sludge/rock/punk duo Mantar, NOT an article about the magnificently crappy ’90s WWE wrestler Mantaur.