Welcome to the first installment of Beyond The Hole, a Dower of Refuse special in which I will showcase my co-workers' bands. There are a lot of 'em at WF, so, barring any unforeseen shituations, this should be a long-running series. Alright, let's get down to it then, shall we?
Cuz he was the first dude to reach out and talk to me about Metal, shows, headbangin', sick guitar solos, circlepits, Kreator backpatches, etc., I present, first and foremost - that's right, I said foremost - Adam Haritan's former band Mantic Ritual. To be honest with y'all, when I found out that the clean-cut flaxen dude from Whole Body who wears a necklace with a feather and some kind of glass amulet hung on a leather strap - when I found out that that dude was the drummer of the defunct Meltdown/Mantic Ritual I nearly barfed blood, which I would've had to've cleaned up myself, so I refrained. From barfing blood, I mean. I still definitely spewed out all sorts of semi-incredulous kudos, replete with bits of chunky green envy and the usual phlegmy opaline, mussel-like pieces of bronchial congestion stuff that I'm always trying to jettison anyway.
"Dude, you were in Meltdown?!" was the resounding sentiment. And Adam just beamed that goofy smile and was like "yeah, man," psyched that I knew of them, and even more grateful that I was a fan. Then the very next time we worked together Adam had brought me a copy of the Mantic Ritual full-length that Nuclear Blast put out like three years ago. I wish I could've given him a Cool Bean, but even though our Store Leader is a total metalhead, I doubt it would've been seen as a valid reason for a CB.
But about the album itself. What's great about Thrash Metal is its inherently fun nature. For instance, with Adam's band, despite having two names throughout their career, that is Meltdown and then Mantic Ritual, they've only ever had one album title. In 2006, they released their second demo, the first one to have a title, and that title was Executioner. The following year - still named Meltdown - they self-released their debut album, also bearing the title Executioner. Then, after moving to the West Coast and changing their name to Mantic Ritual, they released, via Nuclear Blast, their second full length, Executioner. Though both albums have the exact same track listing and - thematically speaking, at least - identical cover art, they are different albums with different producers, different recordings, and two years in-between. In comparing the two full lengths, Executioner by Meltdown & Executioner by Mantic Ritual, one hears that the two year span served the band well. Their brand of ripping Thrash became not necessarily bridled, but controlled. There are still moments during the Mantic Ritual full length where it seems like the song is about to get away from them, to buck off its human riders and run wild into the foggy blackened horizon where more extreme Metal lay. But our boy Adam keeps a tight grip on the reigns and keeps his band mates astride the Thrash traditional.
With permission from the drummer, Adam Haritan, here is Mantic Ritual's Executioner in 320 kbps. A Dower exclusive, ripped by Yours Unruly Shimself . . . TOTAL REFUSE!!!: