Dead Mantra

Rating: A          Dwnld: Zara Says

The Dead Mantra are a four-piece rock outfit from Le Mans, that are slowly starting to make a name for themselves. This is their first EP released through Cranes Records though they do have a 10′ inch split with Dead Horse One as well. Path of Confusion, though over a year old now, still gives me goosebumps listening to it. While only five songs deep, by the end you feel as if you have experienced a work of art.

The Wave is a punch-you-in-the-face-and-then-spit-on-your-coprse opening track. It toes the line of almost punk rock while staying true to their developed sound. I feel in love with Zara Says from the initial listen and it is an automatic on any playlist I make nowadays. The song reminds me of mixture between early Blood Red Shoes and A Place To Bury Strangers. Mantra Paul’s vocals are defiant on this track. It is almost like his vocals and Ludwig’s guitar are forbidden lovers, locked away for a night in a hotel room. Song for St. Jude has distinctively pop chorus that is highlighted by a great guitar riff. Mantra’s vocal delivery here has aftertaste of Morrissey, which deliverers an almost early 90’s gothic feel. For fans of any the bands mentioned above or just the cold wave scene in general, this is a must listen.

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