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Mantak is a blackened thrash metal band from the eastern part of Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. This band is considered as the most successful and controversial Metal band in the Island of Borneo. Some said Mantak was also one of the most successful Extreme Metal band from Malaysia.

1995 (Waffat)

This band was first known as Waffat in the early days of their formation back in 1995 but they changed their name to Mantak a year after that. This band was first formed in the Island of Labuan with their first ever line up which was Hadi (Vocals), Naz (Bass), Azarul (Drums) and Najib (Guitar). The person responsible for making this band formed was Eddie (Front man for one of the earliest Black Metal band from Sabah - Kalabangan). All of Waffat’s line up were previously involved with other bands, Hadi was in a Bruneian Death metal band, Vehemence in the early 90’s, Najib was in a local rock band, except Naz and Azarul which never played in the other bands before.


In 1996 Hadi and Najib left the band because of personal matters, leaving only Naz and Azarul in the band. In no time, Naz immediately changed the band’s name to Mantak, a word in Kedayan dialect which means evil black magic. The band supposedly recorded their first demo in 1996 but have not found any recording studios to do so. Mantak recorded their first rehearsal tape in 1996 and planned to spread it but after sending it to a friend in Kota Kinabalu, he suggested that the rehearsal tape not to be released because of its poor sound quality. This friend is Hanip from a local underground label Grind Empire Productions. So Mantak decided not to release this rehearsal tape, and it was never listed on Mantak’s official discography.


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