Lord Mantis
Death Mask


5.0
classic

Review

by Karl V.H. USER (85 Reviews)
April 29th, 2014 | 36 replies


Release Date: 04/29/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blackened Filth Sludge Masterpiece Theatre

There’s got to be something in the waters of the Midwest US, something so toxic that I can’t quite nail down the substance that is breeding an entirely new group of metal bands spewing out the most foul-stench, ferocious sludge metal this side of the 2010s. Chicago’s Indian and further down the river, Indianapolis’s Coffinworm are making huge waves with their takes on a hulking sound that fuses doom and blackened crust together into what I can only consider the heaviest bands on earth. Leave it to Chicago’s Lord Mantis to come along and absolutely blow every expectation out of the water and knock down a few steel walls at the same time too. Sharing members with Indian, Avichi, and Abigail Williams (seriously, wtf?), Death Mask is the bands third L.P. and their most fully realized album to date. While Spawning the Nephilim and Pervertor were excellent in their own regards, Death Mask is also a summation of all their perverted, twisted parts and ratcheted up to near disturbing levels of sheer terror.

It’s worth noting the controversial album art the listener will encounter before hitting play - tastefully drawn by Jef Whitehead of Leviathan fame – and I believe it’s like looking into the albums hideous subject matter through a broken, blood stained window. Honestly speaking though, this is one of those rare instances where the album art and music play a vital role together in showing the full expression of an artist rather than just painting in dicks, pussies and boobs for ***s and giggles. Diving into the music itself, ‘Body Choke’ is an appropriate album opener that slams down with a sludged-out doom tempo and in the blink of eye is off racing towards the blackened-sludge filth hills at a breakneck speed. ‘Death Mask’ is one of the speedier numbers that goes from warp speed to an immense lock-step groove that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Meshuggah album. These are the exceptional by-the-numbers tracks that only lead further into the albums perverted basement full of cess-pool doom and torturous tools of self-destruction. ‘Possession Prayer’, ‘Negative Birth’ and the godly ‘Three Crosses’ are the epitome of how to do filthy, sludge doom correctly. Each of these songs manifest into a cultish, ritual swirl of down-tuned fuzz and are built on the foundation of a junkie brawl in the deepest recesses of the murkiest alleyway, wonderfully injected with bits of powerviolence, dissonant melody (listen to that lead in ‘Three Crosses’) and a great sense of varying blackened tempo speeds. Vocalist Charlie Fell is what I would like to call the “tar icing on the scab cake” displaying a wide range of ***ed up ideas and lyrics (child molestation, suicide, death) through a range of shrieks and demonic yells. His subject matter and vocal delivery act as a further propulsion to the already massive sound the band has learned to bend and yield at their controlled disposal and it certainly gives the filth an extra edge over most bands in this field of sound.

When the album closes out, don’t be surprised when you go to push play again seeing as you will be knocked down hard on your ass the first time through and you might want to get up swinging. Lord Mantis has without a doubt created a pillar in the blackened sludge/ doom realm and it came through a time of much turmoil for most of the band members. In fact reading interviews with the members themselves, the album was almost never to be. That’s a testament in itself how much blood, sweat, semen, (name your bodily fluid of choice and insert here) the band members put into this filthy beast of an album. Whatever these guys are drinking, including all of the other Midwest US bands mining this territory, I only hope they start bottling this *** and dispensing it pronto!



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Wizard
April 29th 2014


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Stream:

http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2014/04/album-debut-lord-mantis-death-mask/

I've had this for a month and a bit and I can already tell you guys this is worth the 5. I've had the copy in my hands for weeks and it just fascinates me how fucked up this album really is.

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BigPleb
April 29th 2014


36630 Comments


Great rev as usual, Wiz! Pos'd hard.

Gna czech this but daaaamn, a 5!

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CaptainDooRight
April 29th 2014


29131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

swee

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CaptainDooRight
April 29th 2014


29131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

'this is worth the 5'

I see you 4.5'd this...

zakalwe
April 29th 2014


8084 Comments


That's your fantasy on the cover innit Plebster?
Bondage, noose, rack and tackle.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2014


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, Wiz. The album's hideous in the best way possible.

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Wizard
April 29th 2014


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I see a 4.5...

It's an objective 5 hahahaha. I will in time.

Greg, thanks buddy. I kind of want to hear your perspective on this too considering you loved Pervertor more than anyone I know (besides Josh too).

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2014


19744 Comments


cool review man. I know you have good taste so i'll give this a go

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2014


14318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Dang a 5 will read as soon as I can

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BigPleb
April 29th 2014


36630 Comments


'That's your fantasy on the cover innit Plebster?
Bondage, noose, rack and tackle.'

Fucking lol.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2014


7391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd probably end up writing something similar to your write-up, except I think Pervertor is a tad better. Coil is definitely a weak link here. It sounds cool at first, but then it gets boring.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 29th 2014


6097 Comments


Sick sound, totally ripped out.

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2014


14318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice review Wiz but you refer to the album as Body Choke twice in the opening paragraph and it's called Death Mask, or am I missing something?

Tyrael
April 29th 2014


20876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No, Death Mask is the correct album title

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Wizard
April 29th 2014


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Fixed the mistake, I was just listening to 'Body Choke' on repeat for the past week cuz it fucking makes me feel so weak and insignificant.

Tyrael
April 29th 2014


20876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tmi dude

yikes

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2014


14318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

fukken m/m/m/m/m/

CaptainDooRight
April 29th 2014


29131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

tmi dude [2]

Buzzkillr
April 29th 2014


1541 Comments


"they're" at the end of the 4th sentence should be "their". apart from that good review. Listening to Body Choke right now and the vocals remind me of Anaal Nathrakh, good stuff

Wizard
April 29th 2014


19399 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thank you Buzz for pointing that out.



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