Award-winning Latvian metal band “Māra” performs in Riga

On Saturday, 25 March, Latvian death / thrash / groove metal band “Māra” will perform at Riga club “Melnā Piektdiena”, TVNET was notified by the concert organisers.

“This will be a very important event for us, and we don’t know if it will be our only concert in Latvia this year, so come!” Māra said.


After a three-year break, the Latvian Metal Music of the Year awards were presented. The best records of 2020, 2021 and 2022, as well as the debutants of the past year, were determined.

“Best Record of 2020” category: “Māra” – “Self-destruct. Survive. Thrive!”

World Today News article

I can’t wait to hear a full length out of this band. This EP and the prior Therapy speak of how directly, deeply satisfying it has the potential to be, and Māra feel like a band who are going to have ever more and more to give and say going forward.

Self Destruct is another razor sharp set of rock-solid tunes that has a great deal to give any listener.

MĀRA – Self Destruct. Survive. Thrive. – (8.5/10)

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The drumming on this track is outstanding…

The [guitar] solo is impeccable…

The bass is grooving…

She has a really interesting [vocal] range…

The Therapeutics of Screaming by Māra Lisenko, and Katie from Heavy Metal Therapy .

“Absolutely delighted with this guest blog from Māra, extreme vocalist, screaming coach, and student of Melissa Cross of Zen of Screaming. Here are her reflections on the therapeutic value of screaming for her and her students. We think it’s fab 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻

‘The Therapeutics of Screaming’ on Heavy Metal Therapy Blog

‘Self-Destruct. Survive. Thrive!’ is in general an excellent display of a progressive form of Death Metal with brilliant addressed topics and excellent exciting music.

The band did well in varying the tempos internally in some songs and externally between one song and the other, as well as adding to the already variant vocals of Māra Lisenko.

MĀRA, Sold, & Neon Empire – Triple EP Review by FemMetal

Latvju ekstremālā vokāla pārstāves Māras Lisenko projekts “Māra” atkal izdevis EP un atkal ar piecām dziesmām…

EP Review on [in Latvian]

It’s time to self-destruct, survive and thrive together with the most dynamic, hardworking and promising unity of the Latvian metal scene…

Album Review by The Headbanging Moose

The groovy bass is perfect.
The vocals are undeniable one of the best of the genre.
Drums and guitars are exactly to the point.
Coherence and catchiness despite the fully intended and neatly integrated disharmony elements make it a finest piece of art.
Every song has a unique and completely different sound concept. This way the whole album receives an extremely high variety and is seemingly too short…

…For me, it is a clear recommendation to buy this EP as well as its predecessor

MĀRA survice and thrive in a self-destructed world

It’s not often that a band from the Baltic Region appears on our radar but following the success of both Jinjer and Infected Rain in recent times, the rise of the critically acclaimed MĀRA from Riga, Latvia is an intriguing one…

There is a certain pressure that comes with the immediate success of a debut record, to keep the momentum up and move to the next level…

Review: “Self​-​Destruct. Survive. Thrive!” by MĀRA