Content: “Fatum” is a ‘best of’-collection revisiting the Mantus albums that were released in between 2000 and 2012. Set up by Martin Schindler this German gothic formation caught my attention from their early beginning on the album “Liebe Und Tod”. A total of 11 albums have been released and “Fatum” is an opportunity to (re)discover 30 songs of this great gothic formation. I also like the title of the compilation featuring the real value of Mantus for Schindler: ‘Mantus is more than a band. It is his fate, his ‘Fatum’.
The early years of Mantus were characterized by strong and carrying melody lines plus the heavenly vocals of Thalia. The past few years we noticed an evolution in sound resulting in heavier guitar parts and some metal influences. Chiara became the new vocalist since the last album (cf. “Wölfe”) announcing a new chapter in Mantus’ career.
But let’s get back to this sampler and the 1st disc. The opening cuts are perfectly symbolizing the melodic aspect of the band empowered by guitar riffs. The ethereal/heavenly female vocals are excelling in grace and sensuality. A few songs like the outstanding “Legenden” (originally released on the last album) are quite medieval-like as well.
A few songs were remade and one of the most noticeable cuts is “Kleiner Engel Flügellos”. This song brings us back to the early years and the 2nd full length “Abschied”. A typical Mantus song is “Königreich Der Angst”, which still was the title song of an EP released in 2009. In a heavier style “Tousend Tode” is another cool track. I also like the sweet and more melancholic-like “Mantusalem” getting us back to the debut album of Mantus. The disc ends with an artistic adaptation of the classical track “Trauermarsch” originally written by F. Chopin.
The 2nd disc starts off in a furious way with the more metal sounding “Hoffnungslos Allein”. This is a great song featured on the recently released album “Wölfe” and featuring the new female singer. The upcoming track “Still” is a look back on the “Requiem”-album revealing delicate piano arrangements. Another great ‘remake’ is the dreamy and melody-like “Wie Ein Engel”. “Stummes Gebet” is another cool song carried by a dreamy melody line and heavenly vocals.
A new metal outburst can be heard on “Vanitas”, which was the opening song of the “Demut”-album. The most surprising song probably is “Seelenlos” featuring Black Heaven (the electro project of Martin Schindler). The way of singing is quite rap-inspired and not exactly what we’re used to hear from Mantus. The album ends with another remake, this time of “Gemeinsam In Den Tod”.
Conclusion: This is not the first ‘best of’ by Mantus as a previous one entitled “Chronik” already saw the daylight in 2006. This DCD is much more complete and revisiting the entire discography of this excellent German gothic formation.
Best songs: “Legenden”, “Kleiner Engel Flügellos”, “Hoffnungslos Allein”, “Mantusalem”, “Vanitas”.