About the Artist
MANTICORA was formed in 1997 by Lars Larsen (vocals), Kristian Larsen (guitars) and Mads Volf (drums) - these three have made up the core of the band ever since. In the early days the band was a foursome with bass player Rene as the last member. Soon after the band recorded the now legendary mini CD "Dead End Solution", which marked the beginning of the MANTICORA-trademark sound; hard hitting power metal with both epic and thrash elements.
In early 2005 the band toured throughout Europe together with Angra and Edenbridge. The tour was a great success for the band and they made a lot of new fans and friends there. Joining the core of Lars, Mads, Kasper and Kristian was session-guitarist Stefan Johansson and Swedish keyboardist Andreas Lindahl. The band then did their first ever (highly successful) US appareance at the ProgPower Festival in Atlanta, GA (September 2005).
The band has just finalized its 5th full-length album, the first part of the 2-album concept "The Black Circus". Lyrically it deals with the horror story of a travelling circus in 19th century New England. With "The Black Circurs Part 1" you get exactly what you could expect - a band evolving and fine-tuning all their best assets, be it the power metal side of their sound, or the dark/progressive mind. MANTICORA has never sounded better!