Video premiere: Manticora “Necropolitans”

Today, Danish prog metal band Manticora premieres a new track from its forthcoming album, “Mycelium”.

After the news that they’ll be releasing their next studio album “Mycelium” in January 2024 via Mighty Music, Danish prog/heavy metallers Manticora are now back with the second digital single and lyric video from the record. “Necropolitans” is the opening track of the album; a journey deep into the symphonic aspect of the Manticora musical universe.

The video was produced by Wayne Joyner, who has done artwork and videos for Dream Theater, Everdawn, ProgPower USA, Scar Symmetry, Static X and Sevendust, among others. “I’ve known Manticora for 18 years and given their history and musical endeavours, I added a Cthuluian vibe to the video – most of the video was created in Unreal Engine, to help tell the story visually and in 3D”, Joyner comments.

Thrash, prog, power, black, death plus pure heavy metal and everything else, your metalheart desires, put into one album, is usually what Manticora is all about. The band, which started out in 1997 – nine albums ago – as a power metal outfit, has transformed and thereby developed its own unique style of heavy metal – a melting pot of everything you want to hear, as a genuine metal fan. Welcome to “Mycelium”.

After their grandiose, critically acclaimed two-album concept from 2018/2020 plus a 334-page novel (written by the band’s singer Lars F. Larsen), which the albums were based on – the Danes have scaled down a bit and written another majestic concept album, but this time only spanning a 48-minute mark, in total.

“Mycelium”, the new opus, is less symphonic and with an angrier, raw approach, with aggressiveness as the main focus. Manticora has created a DIY album, where the only outside influence has been the mastering (done by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios). Everything else is crafted by the band: concept, lyrics, music, production, artwork – you name it, Manticora provides. High-octane metal, which is only recommended for the strong at heart.

“Mycelium” will be released on CD, LP (black vinyl, limited to 500) and digital formats via Mighty Music on 26th January 2024.