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"Manthra Dei's debut is the perfect soundtrack for some midnight star gazing, it's a retro science fiction trip that won't let you go. When the vocals kick in on the third track, the band goes for a more classic, proggy 70's vibe. There are some really cool variations on this album between the vintage organ fueled desert/ space jams that will keep you hooked to the overall sound. A charming and electrifying experience. If you like a little moondust in your progressive rock, then Manthra Dei is a band you should definitely listen to."
"They're from Italy and they play (predominantly) instrumental psycho stoner prog rock. Whats more, they play it bloody well! Think Jethro Tull meets Causa Sui meets Tool. Sure, I've expressed my dislike for Tool in the past, and even as I lie here on my death bed I shall not be retracting that statement. But what Manthra Dei do here is truly awesome. They've seemingly mashed together all of their influences in one easy to swallow pill. All the sombre ambience of modern post rock crash like waves over whats fundamentally an early 70's prog rock foundation."
Ride with the Devil
"Manthra Dei are amazing musicians and they prove it time and time again on this great release. The album is beautifully produced as you have a real sense of wonder when listening to the album. You do not know if you are floating in space or moving into the next dimension. The epic soundscapes will speak volumes to you no matter what side of the galaxy you are on. An essential album to have in your record collection. Excellent and Highly Recommended."
"The CD starts off with Stone Face. This sets the mood and reminds me of Karma to Burn and Rotor at times but also a slight My Sleeping Karma vibe (but luckily not too much). Xoloti is slower and features the spacey organ playing of Paolo. The other Paolo in the band plays the guitars and has a really nice longish solo in this track before the track really picks up and rocks for the last several minutes with some killer guitar riffs."
Scott's Music Reviews
"Italy’s Manthra Dei lay down a classic in more ways than one with their self-titled stoner prog chronicle. Manthra Dei is equal parts lunar rock, runestone and an often unhinged, keyboard soaked love-letter to the ’70s. They themselves say that inside you’ll find ‘Hawkwind, Causa Sui, Can, Kyuss, Earthless, Black Sabbath, Colour Haze, King Crimson, Motorpsycho, Popol Vuh, Sleep, Goblin, Hypnos69, Jethro Tull, Ozric Tentacles mashed-up with no criteria but with horns up against the sky.’ Absolutely. The whole package is infused with a furious proggy ’70s devotion that oozes out of every instrument, especially Paolo T.’s keyboards. There’s Deep Heep wizards lobbing fireballs, liquid soundtrack vibes and plenty of prog freak outs from the heavier end to the more baroque. The rest of Manthra Dei relentlessly keep up; filler free, active and effective drum work whipped tight with muscular bass that’s agile, careening and hairy. The guitars have an expansive sound that matches the deeper, spacier probes yet stay intimate and near at hand."
Sunrise Ocean Bender
"Acid Cosmonaut Records is still a relatively new label, not the most prolific of labels, but of an incredibly high standard of output. 'Manthra Dei', the self-titled full-length debut from Brescia, Italy's quartet of psycho stoners, is just the third Acid Cosmonaut release (ACD-003) and continues to help cement the label's slowly growing reputation as a psychedelic stoner label that won't let you down."
"If you like bands with nice jam atmospheres like Causa Sui, Earthless,The Machine or others, you definitely will like Manthra Dei because they have big cojones in their music and you can hear that."
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