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Founded as a heavier musical outlet for guitarist Rick Richardson, MANTLE was born with friends Adam Kane, and Anna Novetske in the summer of 2008. The group wrote and practiced new material with a positive outlook available on the live bootleg, "One Live Night" and in December of that year played its first show initially opening for Manic Drive, but then due to a twist of fate playing after Manic Drive. The crowd wasn't sure what to expect. No one knew of the band before this night so veiled in secrecy were its doings. As the lights came on and the Rick's guitar roared to life, the mesmerized crowd had their heads blown off. Seriously, paramedics had to be called in. For twenty-five unrelenting minutes of heart pounding, head banging, ear ringing rock n' roll MANTLE erupted upon the musical scene in Battle Creek like a volcano pouring forth its liquid death on an unsuspecting village meeting its demise. And then, silence. The band disappeared from the scene. Appearing again in 2009 in a Bill Ballinger battle of the bands people were pistol whipped by MANTLE a second time much to the amazement and delight of their fans and friends.
In the summer of 2013, MANTLE was invited to be apart of a benefit concert that took place in beautiful downtown Battle Creek, MI. Playing alongside Rising Up and other local bands, MANTLE exploded for their longest set of songs yet, including for the first time a cover song.
Constantly writing guitar player and mad-sonicist Rick Richardson looks forward to bringing MANTLE to your town to unleash the fire and fury of years of repressed metal tendencies.
You may want to wear a helmet, seriously.