Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
WHITE MANTIS is a Thrash Metal band formed in Munich, Germany in 2012. All members have already played in different bands from various styles like Black Metal, Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal or Stoner Rock.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Well, the foundation of our sound is pretty straight-forward Thrash Metal, fast and heavy. Added to this you’ll often find a punk vibe in our songs as well as the occasional weird twist. We like to keep the sound as raw as possible without losing a certain craftsmanship in the music. Thus we deliver a sound that hits you straight in the face but still offers a lot to discover.
Influences are German Thrash bands like Kreator or Destruction as well as the American pioneers like Exodus, Testament etc. You can also hear Voivod influences in some of our songs.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
We are well aware that there’s a shitload of demos, albums etc. released each month. With our demo, however, you get a release that stands out with a – as we like to think – different approach to Thrash Metal, that adds fresh nuances to an established formula. White Mantis take every aspect of their music, including lyrical concepts and artwork, very seriously and offer a great package.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
Our first demo CD “Fukkin’ Demo” was released recently. We have just started to promote it, so there has not been any feedback by the media so far. As far as we can judge from sales and feedback at our live shows fan reactions have been overwhelmingly positive.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Of course we do play live. So far live activity has been limited to the state of Bavaria, Germany and last year we had a little setback due to a change in the line-up. With our new drummer Boris we are now ready to go full throttle again and in 2015 you’ll get numerous opportunities to see us live. Check out our facebook page for upcoming shows.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
In striking contrast to the savage music, WHITE MANTIS has a clear vision about all aspects of the band like artworks, lyrics etc. We know what we want and how to deliver our idea of Thrash Metal. We think that this dedication is reflected in our music and is part of its appeal.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Plans for 2015 include recordings for our first full-length release as well as increased live activities.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/white.mantis to listen to our stuff and get in contact with us.