Track By Tracks: Mantic Ritual - Crusader (2022)

1. Crusader:

We have a big pool of new songs, so it wasn't easy selecting the first release in 12 years! Crusader made the cut for the 7" because it has a nice balance of classic metal and thrash vibes. The later middle section is roughly inspired by part of Frank Zappa's Sinister Footwear II. Jeff and I took some time making sure it came out nicely. Lyrically, it's inspired by certain political themes in the US, largely the unfortunate amout of domestic terrorism we have to deal with. I think it's pretty self explanatory. I'm stoked with the result.

2. Black Funeral (Mercyful Fate Cover):

I can't think of a metal band I like more than Mercyful Fate; melodic, dark, and shockingly heavy at times. We've covered Doomed by the Living Dead and Gypsy in the past, but I wanted something direct and short. Black Funeral really delivers. Heavy as hell, straight to the punch and then it ends with two beautiful leads. Perfect. We wanted to do this largely note for note, true to the original, just a bit faster. My vocal style has changed a bit. I scream less, and I sing more. And my range is much bigger. This seemed a challenge, but it came out in just a few takes. All hail satan!!

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