German sludge metal duo Mantar has unleashed new music video for the track »Valhalla Hammering« that didn’t make it on their latest studio album, »Pain Is Forever And This Is The End«, released on July 15th, 2022 via Metal Blade Records.
Images by Vulpes Sus Frater.
Drawing by Willehad Eilers / WayneHorse.
Courtesy of Metal Blade Records:
Hanno Klänhardt comments: “»Valhalla Hammering« is one of those songs that we instantly fell in love with but never made it on the album last year. It’s one of those songs that you do not write to create an “instant classic” but much rather in order to entertain yourself as a songwriter. It’s about 7 minutes long but we really liked the concept of having the most catchy, on point songs all on the last album so it never really found its place.
I actually already knew it most likely would not end up on the album when I was writing it. In fact I wrote it with the plan already in my mind to release it quite some time AFTER we would release »Pain Is Forever And This Is The End« in order to present something completely different as a next move. It’s always good to cause confusion.
Photo by Matthis Van DerMeulen
The first two minutes are kinda a homage to our VERY early days when doom as a genre was more important to us. You can hear that for instance on the last song of our first album. It’s a song called »March Of The Crowes«. People often said that slow SUPER heavy suited us well but we were also always very song orientated, so with »Valhalla Hammering« we accomplished the best of both worlds. Slow, heavy groove and a catchy, almost trippy hook. Also We have a freakin’ flute solo around 5 minutes in. This very well might be considered the highlight of our songwriting career.
The video for the song is just as trippy as the song itself. Based on a documentary by Amsterdam based artist Willehad Eilers aka Wayne Horse. Creating the footage was way beyond a regular video shoot and to be quite frank some of it better not be explained any further. Even if we wanted to, we can’t. Enjoy the ride.”
Buy »Pain Is Forever And This Is The End« here: metalblade.com/mantar
Hanno Klänhardt – Guitars, Vocals
Erinc Sakarya – Drums