Episode #243: Vocalist Jaakko Mäntymaa and Guitarist Nico Mänttäri of the Finnish Melodic Death/Doom Metal Band Mariana’s Rest, New Album ‘Fata Morgana’ Out Now Via Napalm Records

Fresh is the Word Podcast Episode #243: Vocalist Jaakko Mäntymaa and Guitarist Nico Mänttäri of the Finnish Melodic Death/Doom Metal Band Mariana's Rest, New Album 'Fata Morgana' Out Now Via Napalm Records(Photo Credit: Miikka Järvinen)

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The guests for this episode are members of the Finnish melodic death/doom metal band Mariana’s Rest, vocalist Jaakko Mäntymaa and guitarist Nico Mänttäri. As they were still trying to find their sound, they feel like they are finally at that point with their newest album Fata Morgana, out now via Napalm Records. This album, which takes a journey into the realms of isolation, took on a new meaning as the band and the whole world went into quarantine as a global pandemic spread. During our conversation, we talked about the making of Fata Morgana and how this album represents a monumental landmark creatively for the band, along with diving into the culture of their homeland Finland and much more.

Stream/Purchase Fata Morgana: smarturl.it/MR-FataMorgana

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Web: marianasrest.com
Facebook: facebook.com/marianasrestofficial
Instagram: instagram.com/marianasrestofficial

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Kelly "K-Fresh" Frazier
Kelly "K-Fresh" Frazier has been an online advocate for Detroit hip-hop, electronic, and rock music for over a decade now. As a tastemaker in the Detroit scene, he writes about the city's music and culture through various forms of social media along with publications both here in Detroit and internationally. Outside of writing, he is a well-respected DJ within the city who has played numerous gigs in many of Detroit's most legendary venues