"For Rats and Plague" (Deathgasm/Hell's Headbangers; 2006/2005)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

The U.S. Midwest has been a hotbed for extreme music for some time with Ohio heading up the charge. This hotbed of activity has mainly taken the form of underground acts going about their business in traditional ways while taking advantage of modern technology to expose the band’s output to the metal masses.

The Manticore represented by “For Rats and Plague” is not to be confused with the older, now defunct Austrian band Manticore. “For Rats and Plague” contains traditional black metal that veers closely to blackened death metal more often than not. Manticore stands as a testament’s to black metal’s origins – think Venom and Bathory for cues to understand Manticore’s sound and style. “For Rats and Plague” features 10 tracks that blaze by in 31 minutes – the relentless pacing and aggression is consistent and satisfying.

“For Rats and Plague” features a cover of Archgoat’s “Rise of the Black Moon” – previously unknown to me, this is a fast/mid-paced gem that in its original form could be a hallmark track in old-school black metal and is probably treated with much respect by Manticore.

“For Rats and Plague” was produced by Manticore and engineered by Mike Carlton.

Manticore: Satanael on vocals and guitars, Ixitychyl on bass and vocals, and The Maggot Wrangler on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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