Lord Mantis
Pervertor


4.0
excellent

Review

by Greg Fisher STAFF
April 20th, 2012 | 114 replies | 12,549 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Demented, hypnotic and downright suffocating, Pervertor is one of the most staggering metal albums of the year.

Crafting an album that sounds inherently dangerous and disturbing is quite an achievement in extreme metal. Lord Mantis are one of these bands whose main task is to shock and thus make their listeners feel profoundly uneasy. The second album of Chicago foursome reaches the pinnacle of fear that so many other bands strive for. Pervertor relies on the atmosphere that's gloomy, hostile and downright suffocating by means of a staggering studio production courtesy of the great Sanford Parker. The sound of the record revolves around a decidedly warm tone which perfectly emphasizes the technical rhythm section along with muscular riffs that range from chunky and palm-muted to dissonant and hypnotic.

An essential feature of Pervertor is its monumental scope. The decision to ditch thrash tendencies of Lord Mantis' previous disc in favour of black metal aesthetics couldn't be more appropriate. As a result, the arrangements feel grander and more spacey than before. However, Pervertor is a sludge metal record in its very essence. That's why the tempo is largely sluggish and meandering throughout, while guitars retain a muddy tone which is often manoeuvred into an almost orchestral territory like in mind-blowing “Vile Divinity.” The dystopian vibe of the disc is enhanced by distorted, raspy screams of bassist/vocalist Charlie Fell who delivers a truly devastating performance in every single track. His vicious growls are an integral part of the music working in perfect symbiosis with the act's overpowering sound.

Overall, Pervertor is an immense album that finds Lord Mantis revelling in their demented brand of sludge metal. Even though the disc is nothing less than demanding in its reception, there's some sort of twisted tenderness involved in a meticulously designed style of the quartet that proves to be totally irresistible in the long run.



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greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2012



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Here's the stream:
http://www.cvltnation.com/exclusive-cvlt-nation-streaming-lord-mantis-pervertor/

This album needed to be reviewed badly.

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2012



18250 Comments


the clips i heard from this werent very good

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2012



16304 Comments


the clips i heard from this werent very good


too bad looks to be promising

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2012



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you're into sludge/doom metal, you should give it a spin.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2012



16304 Comments


Will do for sure

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2012



5992 Comments


Good review, pos.


One correction:

of the great Stanford Parker

Sanford

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2012



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. I can't edit it for obvious reasons.

Ovrot
April 20th 2012



10490 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

2012 aoty so far

dat riff in levia...
thanks for rec'ing this like 3 weeks ago greg

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jayfatha
April 20th 2012



2883 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

2012 aoty so far [2]

MO
April 20th 2012



18451 Comments


Nice will listen. Album are is all sorts of grim

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Hawks
April 20th 2012



35463 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I need to hear this.

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DDconjoined
April 21st 2012



326 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah brilliantly summed up. great great album. so far a contender. CHECK out Bereft when its released. will rival anything anyone puts out. great album

glezz
April 21st 2012



235 Comments


Will be on most sane folks best of 2012 lists.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 21st 2012



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It'll certainly end up on my year-end list. The album is a grower and it's very consistent too. I'd give it 4.25 if I could.

scissorlocked
April 21st 2012



3509 Comments


seems huge, gotta check

nice review bud

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 21st 2012



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dude.

Yeah. This is one of the most monumental sounding sludge metal LPs I've heard.

Tyrael
April 21st 2012



20801 Comments


great review man, this rules face

YUJOS
April 21st 2012



916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Levia is just so siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick. Good review Greg.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 21st 2012



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys.

Yeah. Vile Divinity and Levia are my favorite tracks on here. Levia has this sick, shoegaze-y guitar tone. It's truly epic. Some riffs in Septichrist are eerily similar to Therapy?'s The Buzzing from their latest album.

YUJOS
April 21st 2012



916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haven't checked the new Therapy? just listened only the first sinlge from the new album. But judging from their previous album, they are incorporating more and more heavier riffs into their stuff.



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