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Beneath the layer of recognized leaders of the metal scene there has always been a world of it's own - the pillars and walls that support the mighty. Over the past years MANATARK, the premium black metal act from Tallinn, ESTONIA, has taken different forms and roles in the construction of these underground halls. Manatark began to form as a solo project of the frontman DRACONIC in 1998. In a couple of years the project had grown into a full-time band that had released an album-length demo "Roosteitk" and toured lengthily in nearby metal scenes. Guitarist GATES had become the second part of the nucleus of the band and BENTON and THONOLAN joined them on bass and drums accordingly.

By releasing the debut album "VIIMANEGI VERI" CD Manatark decided to seek a path of it's own, that wouldn't lead so much to the peaks where standard metal triumphs, but into itself, where hidden patterns of uniqueness lie. While many might say that if one intends to climb the stairs all the way to the top, it is a folly to start the journey from the very groundwork, there are some who disagree. And for Manatark, it is the opinion of these few people that matters.

"We intend to steer clear of what could be called 'true' metal - there are others who do this much better than us. We enjoy lurking in the subconsiousness of the listener, we exploit the dark side of their minds," claims Draconic. "There is nothing more rewarding than being able to vibrate on the same frequency that sums up the minds you respect. And there will come a time when we are ready to move deeper, equipped to strike, taking the fan with us."

By touring various places in Europe in 2001-2002, most significantly the INFERNO FESTIVAL 2002 in Norway (22 selected bands, only 7 from outside Norway) and being the support band of choice for Mayhem, Borknagar, Impaled Nazarene and headliner for many others, Manatark has established itself as one of the most remarkable metal acts from the Baltic region.

The year 2003 proved to be a true breakthrough for Manatark - in the Spring of 2003 Draconic and Thonolan recorded the new material called "Chaos Engine", carpet-bombed worthy record labels with the CD, and it wasn't long until Metal Age Productions signed the band for a multi-record deal. The album was released in the end of 2003, got reviews from good to excellent worldwide and it was clear that the four-piece whirlwind of terror was about to take it all to a higher level.

Meanwhile, Thonolan was replaced by SUSS, one of the most talented drummers in the local scene, and since Gates left the band, Benton picked up guitar and MARTIN, a close friend of the band, was invited to play bass.

It wasn't long until the dams burst - in March 2004 Manatark was invited to be a support act for the Mayhem European Tour 2004. Together Mayhem, Manatark and Defiled conquered 10 countries and blasted away 15 concerts, which definately gave the band new bridgeheads all over Europe.

Now the path is set and gates knocked down - early 2005 Manatark will record their next full-length which will share the same furious riffing and haunting melodies, bound together by an even tighter battery and a concept that will be the next chapter to the glory of Beast in Man.

Last updated: 27/11/04
Band name: Manatark
Location: Tallinn
Genre: black metal
Style: extreme metal
Founded: 1998
Draconic - vocals, lead guitar, electronics Carnifex, Tharaphita, Loits, Kantor Voy
Benton - rhythm guitar Rattler, Dawn Of Gehenna, Winter Night Overture, Tharaphita, Sorts
Suss - drums Rattler, Mortified, Obscured, Skydancer, Must Missa, Tanka
Martin - bass Winter Night Overture, Must Missa
Previous members:
Thonolan - drums (2000-2003) Realm of Carnivora, Sorts, Bestia, Vanad Varjud, Tarm, Hord, Urt, Gas, Sõjaruun, Mass In Comatose, ÜrgSiuG
Gates - guitar (1998-2003) The Grey Calamity, Thy Lord, Must Missa, Pirit, Loits, Sorts
Mantas - bass (1998-1999) C.C.C., Loits, Pirit, Sorts
Crimson Hours 2006

1. Revival (intro)
2. Crimson Hours
3. When Death You Takes
4. My Plague Upon You
5. Spiral Swirls | mp3
6. Black Breath
7. Pulse (instrumental)
8. Sirens Calling | mp3
9. Ei Ühtegi Orja
10. The Fall (outro)

Chaos Engine 2004

1. The Principle
2. Parallels and Parity | mp3
3. Four Walls
4. We Stole Your Death
5. The Serpent's Tongue
6. Crystal
7. Devilchant
8. Lies, Blasphemy, Deceit

Viimanegi Veri 2000

1. Intro (Ärkamine)
2. Viimanegi Veri
3. Rääkigem Reetureist
4. Lambad
5. Vahk
6. Täheudu
7. Meelepett
8. Uhkusest ja Veretasust
9. Outro (Uinumine)

Roosteitk 1998

1. Intro
2. Roosteitk
3. Haldjast
4. Raevusuu
5. Nukruse Noogutus
6. Kuningveri Kroonita
7. Ood
8. Ürgolev Üks
9. Kui Kord...

  • "Four Walls" Live @ Tallinn 1/11/03
  • "For All Those Who Died" - Live @ Inferno Festival 2002
  • Website:
    E-mail: kaido.haavandi (at)
    Other contacts:
    c/o Kaido Haavandi (Draconic)
    P. O. Box 3722
    10508 Tallinn
    Last change: 10-04-2007 added review (active from 13.4.2007.)
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