Mantra (Shelter album)

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Mantra
Studio album by Shelter
Released 8-8-1995
Genre Hardcore punk, melodic hardcore
Length 30:29
Label Roadrunner / Supersoul
Shelter chronology
Attaining The Supreme Mantra Beyond Planet Earth
A manifesto named SUPERSOUL, the same as Cappo's owned record label, introduces the song lyrics in the album's booklet. The message, signed by frontman Ray Cappo, matches the philosophy in most of the songs and album's concept.

In 1995 Shelter released their critically acclaimed[citation needed] album Mantra. It was the band's first and sole release by a major record label, Roadrunner — all of their previous and following works were released through independent labels, although distributed by major companies. By the time Shelter released Mantra, punk rock scene was in evidence in America, especially in California, with bands like Bad Religion, Rancid, The Offspring and Green Day achieving mainstream popularity.

With this album the band moved away from the more punk pop style and created a melodic hardcore style[citation needed]. The song “Here We Go” even became a hardcore anthem in North Apollo, Pennsylvania[citation needed]. Lyrically the album focused mainly on Hare Krishna philosophy and the problems the Western Civilization creates — as it's clear by a manifesto entitled SUPERSOUL in the album's booklet, before the songs, signed by band's frontman Ray Cappo. The first song, "Message of the Bhagavad", is introduced by an excerpt of a Bhagavad Gita verses reading.

Mantra was distributed in Brazil featuring two bonus tracks, expanding the listing from 11 to 13. The lyrics for tracks #12 and #13 were not included in the booklet though. By the time of the release, the band hadn't played live in the country yet, which happened for the first time in 1996.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Shelter except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Message of the Bhagavat"   3:00
2. "Civilized Man"   2:37
3. "Here We Go"   2:38
4. "Appreciation"   2:08
5. "Empathy"   3:33
6. "Not the Flesh"   2:45
7. "Chance"   1:15
8. "Mantra"   3:09
9. "Surrender to Your T.V."   2:32
10. "Letter to a Friend"   3:19
11. "Metamorphosis"   3:33
Total length:
30:29

Credits[edit]

  • Ray Cappo - vocals
  • Porcell - guitar
  • Adam Blake - bass
  • Dave Dicenso - drums

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Grupo Shelter deve fazer show no Brasil". Folhateen. 1996. Retrieved May 30, 2014.  In Portuguese