„Manntra im Interview“

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„Manntra“ sind eine kroatische Band deren musikalischer Stil eine Richtung aus Folk (dem Folk der im Mittelraum und dem jeweiligen Landesinneren gespielt wird) und aus Industrial Metal gemischt mit Gothic Atmosphäre. Das Album soll ein Schlachtruf für das Leben sein und dreht sich um Dinge wie Krieg, Angst, schwere persönliche Zeiten und Ängste, von denen man am Ende befreit wird. Produziert wurde die Platte vom Manntra-Sänger Marko M. Sekul, geschrieben aber von der gesamten Band und stellt damit eine harmonische Repräsentation der 5 Bandmitglieder dar. Ich bin sehr gespannt auf die Musik aus meinem schönen Urlaubsland Kroatien.

Marko – Manntra

Tobi – Metal and Me

Hello Marko from Manntra.  My name is Tobi.  I run a Facebook page and a webblog.  On this page I post reviews of current albums, interviews, band presentations and reports about concerts that I visit with my wheelchair.  On the one hand, to tell other wheelchair users how the venue is equipped in terms of accessibility and on the other hand, how to best proceed to get tickets, which is usually not possible with conventional ticket portals.

In the future I will also write about hygiene measures, as this is important for me as a high-risk patient and for my readers too. Of course, I also write about the bands‘ performance.  Today I have a few questions for you about your new Album „Monster Mind Consuming“.

That is awesome man! Sorry for the late reply but i was flooded with all promotion and things around our latest record!

First of all, I want to ask you, how are you and your Bandmates doing right now?

I am fine, thanks! I guess everyone else is too. It is not the best spring due to restrictions but I guess we all learned to live with it and do the best out of it!

How would you describe „Manntra“ to a stranger who doesn´t know you?

A trip to a distant dark medieval land where raw technology meets witchcraft, where superstitions are a reality and where monsters dwell in dark forests… all mixed up with heavy guitar riffing and pounding rhythm spiced with traditional instruments and electronic…

And how are you when you think back to March 26th, 2021?

I feel really good! It was a nice album release supported by a lot of love from a fast growing fanbase!


„Ori Ori“ and „Heathens“ and „Voices“ were three singles to release from your new Studioalbum.  Why this songs?

In fact there is also Slave and Barren King as singles. Well we liked all these songs and we thought they all need some attention (or some more attention).


What can we expect from your new album?

I hope that you can expect a good time listening to it, to get sucked in it and to feel it’s energy.


What is the main difference between „MMC“ and your last Releases?

It is a on going process where you grow from song to song, not to mention from album to album. So I guess the album is more serious, better sounding than any album before but surely if you ask me in the future the same question from album to album I will have the same answer! hehe

But also I guess we didn’t have any real concern on this album, we just made what we felt and that is great!


The new tracks are energetic and powerfull.  How long did you write to them and how long did it take for them to be ready for our Ears?

We have this luck to work on songs straight in the studio, so from the raw idea to the final mix sometime it takes a lot sometimes it is a matter of days. We are pretty quick in writing when we have straight ideas, when an idea doesn’t work, we just leave it. If a song doesn’t work we don’t pressure it, we just scrap it and work on some other when the right inspiration hits us!


Do you have a song that you particularly like on „Monster Mind Consuming“?

I like at the moment most of the songs. Since they are new and fresh to my ears. I really like the title song and also think Ori Ori and The Barren King are a great live asset. Heathens is getting really important for the fans which is really nice to see.


The Cover-Artwork is great. From who was the Idea?

It was a great photo so we said: “well why not? It looks really great!


A few words to the fans who definitely can’t wait to hear you live. Are there any plans about a streaming Event?

There is a plan but we are coming to it really really soon 😉


How is it to you to stay in contact with your fans via social media in these pandemic times and to find out what the mood is like in the fans‘ camp?

Well we choose to be musicians, not bloggers or tiktokers. I really don’t like that cause for me the only real way is to play the music and let the people see you. But we adapted and I guess a lot of fans like to be able to chat with us. We also like this moment where the wall between the listener and the artist is smaller and we are like a big family of friends hanging around the same music 😉


How did you as deal with the restrictions in the meantime?  How much does it restricted you in your working life?

Well it was bad, than good, than bad than good. It depends how the restrictions are. But hey, the whole world is in the same s**t so let’s look for a brighter future!


How have you spent your Free time under Covid 19 so far?

Improving my skills, learning new things and writing tons of new stuff!

If you could privately go to a concert in this, sorry for the expression, shitty corona pandemic, which one would it be?

At the moment any concert! I just miss the smell, the venues, the impact of any show. I just miss live music…

Is Heavy Metal and the Subgenres also a means for you to switch off everything in this hectic world, to Pause and just listen?

Yes, I always run from problems in early youth using metal music. I guess now days is no different, it is just that I started to perform it. Metal music has this magic to open a new world for the listener, an alternative world that is better then the one we live in.

Wich Subgenres do you listen to?

It depends on the mood. At the moment I rediscovered the old school NWOBHM. So enjoying it lately. Next month… who knows… hehe.

Get away from the music a little. What about hobbies?

For me it is cooking. I love to cook and try new foods!

Thanks for the interview, Marko. Many greetings to all from the Band.  Something that is important to me: Stay healthy and good luck for the success of your new Album!

Marko M. Sekul | lead vocals
Maja Kolarić |bass, backing vocals
Andrea Kert | drums
Boris Kolarić | guitar, bagpipe, backing vocals
Marko Purišić | guitar, backing vocals

Photo Credit: Franz Schepers

Das war mein Interview mit Frontmann Marko von Manntra. Ich hoffe, es hat euch gefallen. Falls ihr gerne meine Review zum Album lesen möchtet, so findet ihr es HIER!

Bleibt gesund und mir gewogen! Bis zum nächsten Mal wenn es heißt „…… im Interview“ 🙂