Lead guitarist Martin Arendal has left the progressive power metal band Manticora due to "personal reasons". For now, the band will continue focusing on writing new material as a four piece and will search for a new guitarist later.
Longstanding Danish metal band Manticora have completed the recordings of their 7th full length album, Safe, at Jailhouse Studios. Once again the album was produced and mixed under the guiding hands of Tommy Hansen (known for Jorn, Helloween, Pretty Maids).
Following the successful two-part Black Circus albums (released in 2006 and 2007 on now defunct Locomotive Music), Safe will see the band exploring a darker and heavier side of their songwriting than in recent years, and contrary to the simplicity of the album cover (a black/white cover only showcasing the band-symbol) Safe is filled with high-octane technical power-thrash.
01. In The Abyss Of Desperation
02. Silence The Freedom
Manticora have made their very first mini-CD "Dead End Solution" available for free download. The band comments:
"A looooong time ago we decided to record a mini-CD to promote ourselves and to shop the result to a record label... You've probably heard this story before, since this is the traditional way to be heard by other people than your friends and family. We've always been hiding this release since the outcome could have been better, and the fact is that it simply sold out after a lot of concerts - and there was no need for us to re-print it, since we eventually landed the record deal.
"Dead End Solution" was recorded and mixed over a weekend due to the fact that we didn't have much money... anyway, you can judge the result yourselves. The story continues today and we've now released 6½ albums including this mini-cd.
The following was posted on Jon Oliva's Pain's my space page:
Jon Oliva's Pain, Circle II Circle, & Manticora will team-up for the first leg of the North American "Global Intrusions" tour this fall. This marks the first time that Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva's Pain, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) & Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex-Savatage) have toured together since their days in Savatage in 1999.
"Wow, it's certainly been a while since I have been able to get back on the road here in America...it must be snowing in hell. It's going to be great touring in support of what I consider one of the best records of my career. We really pulled out all the stops for this one. Touring with Zak and the Circle II Circle guys is going to be a treat as well, especially for Savatage fans. We've got a few tricks up our sleeves so don't miss out as it may never happen again. Looking forward to seeing all of you soon" said Oliva. Stevens adds, "It's always special to perform on the same bill with Jon Oliva, especially here in the States! Obviously Jon has been a huge influence on my musical career and I remain one of his biggest fans. This tour will be a special event for all our fans that have enjoyed our work throughout the Savatage years and now into the new generation of Jon Oliva's Pain and Circle II Circle music."
Danish metallers Manticora have posted the following announcement on their website:
"After 4 years of searching for a keyboarder that could join the band on the same terms as the rest of the band (not just a session keyboarder), we have finally found the man!! His name is Ronni Clasen, and he is living here in Copenhagen. Ronni is in his late 20'ies, listens to prog and power metal and is extremely talented = he fits Manticora very well, hahaha. Besides, he is a very cool guy to hang around with, so the social aspect is there as well. He has already performed with us at several occasions (Copenhagen, Romania, Germany), and passed the Manticora ritual at our annual X-mas lunch, so we know we have found the right guy for the job. You are welcome to send a big hello to Ronni on our forum. We think he'd appreciate it. Picture and profile will be updated later on, but there should already be some live pictures somewhere on this page.
16/04/2007 - The Black Circus 2 - cover and samples ...
Finally you can check out the cover for "The Black Circus Part 2 - Disclosure" in the ALBUMS section . In the MEDIA section you can listen to 2 two-minute samples from the album - please write us a message on the forum or on the guestbook and tell us what you think :-)
As it has worked out, Replica Records have not been able to release our new album "The Black Circus" in France, but we have just been told that Massacre Records have made sure that the album is available in France now, through the distributor Soundworks/Season of Mist. So if you don't know what to give your brother or sister for Xmas, here is the perfect gift for them.
Please let people know about this, through posts at forums, blogs, emails, guestbooks etc, where you normally get your news about your metal.
The release date for The Black Circus pt. 1 will be August 25th in Europe (August 28th in France). The American release date should be approximately the same, Japan and Korea release should follow up on these dates.
The following message was posted on Manticora's website by the band:
We can now announce that we have booked the "Jailhouse" studios from 7th April - 7th May, where we will record our new album(s) with Tommy Hansen (Helloween, TNT, Pretty Maids, Fate) pushing the buttons.
More information about the 2 albums (yes, you read it right - TWO albums!!!) will be on this site in a short while!
Now for something else ... we've chosen to part ways with Stefan Johansson after one year of good fun together. Stefan jumped in on guitar right before our European tour with Angra/Edenbridge, and he played with us on all our gigs in 2005. We had a lot of fun, and Stefan did a great job. However, we've found out during the writing-stages of the new material, that his writing-style just didn't fit to Manticora. So, we've decided to ask Martin Arendal once again to rejoin us for the recording of lead guitars on the new album(s). Thanks to Stefan for your time in Manticora - we wish you the best of luck!!!!
'As we haven't much new stuff to upload or tell you, we can just inform that we have now finished 4 songs for the next album. 2 songs are almost finished and we have 2 in working progress. This leaves only 2 songs to be "invented" as we will have exactly 10 songs on the new album (which according to the concept/theme cannot hold more than that amount of songs).'