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Lord Mantis
Death Mask


4.0
excellent

Review

by WashboardSuds USER (61 Reviews)
June 24th, 2014 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist


Achieving true filth is no small feat. Oftentimes, attempts at conveying a particularly vile subjects come across as cartoonish, and getting your audience to take you seriously while eschewing the tongue-in-cheek and ironic factor requires a certain amount of tastefulness. It’s also somewhat of a prerequisite for metal acts to wield some amount of dark subject matter, so when a band comes around that is truly and utterly and absolutely filthy, you know you’re in for a treat.

Chicago’s Lord Mantis, needless to say, is one such treat. Picking up from 2012’s aptly titled Pervertor, the band continues to harness everything it takes to be genuinely vile while fully submerging anyone willing to take the plunge in pure, septic hatred with 2014’s own Death Mask. Lord Mantis didn’t just write about something gross and call it a day – they have the sonic chops to bash it into your head with the utmost conviction, as well. Screamer Charlie Fell possesses a shriek that sits comfortably on the more inhuman end of the metal vocalist spectrum. At his tamest, his hardcore punk-flavored shouts lash you mercilessly, and at his strongest point he scathes like a bat-winged fiend drenched in sulfuric acid, spewing forth pure, unhinged hatred. The instrumentation is also appropriately sinister: their brand of blackened sludge metal is a slow-burn that plays on repetition to create atmosphere, and in a Neurosis fashion, create build-ups that exacerbate tension and an encroaching sense of dread. Opener and instant standout “Body Choke” exemplifies this method perfectly, a song that climaxes to what amounts to be the best thirteen-second stretch on the song, a miniature conflagration of sorts that scourges violently while the listener can feel themselves plummeting south at a rate that peels the skin off of their face, right before reverting to a mutated state of the plodding riffs that made it the effective burst of energy that it is. These more blistering moments are utilized much more thoroughly on “Negative Birth” which, instead of reverting to a plodding pace, blast onward in triumphant black metal fashion for the remainder of the song, the kind of reward you really feel like you have earned when giving Death Mask the full-on listen it so rightfully deserves.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
WashboardSuds
June 24th 2014


5101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review was a bit cathartic for me since I rarely write about metal, so it might be more hyperbolic than I realize



comments/criticism welcome, awesome album

Wizard
June 24th 2014


20508 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Review was deserving of every hyperbolic description. Well written and you definitely should be writing more metal reviews.

BigPleb
June 24th 2014


65784 Comments


Colored Sands >>>>

R6Rider
June 24th 2014


5282 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Colored Sands is a queef in the wind compared to this.

BigPleb
June 24th 2014


65784 Comments


lol not a chance fella

Ryus
June 24th 2014


36535 Comments


this still fucking rules though

Wizard
June 24th 2014


20508 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Colored Sands >>>>



Why even compare cuz your trolling is pissing me off.

BigPleb
June 24th 2014


65784 Comments


Cos you posted on here Wiz and I know how much you secretly love Colored Sands.

BMDrummer
June 24th 2014


15094 Comments


I still have yet to hear this, sounds awesome

17WordHaiku
June 24th 2014


263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still jamming this hard. I wish this release would have launched these dudes harder but they're probably happy where they are.

Wizard
June 25th 2014


20508 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Cos you posted on here Wiz and I know how much you secretly love Colored Sands.



Fuck no, blunt as fuck answer to that? Sucky record.

Relinquished
June 25th 2014


48688 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

kid's tryna push your buttons wiz don't let his puny jabs bruise your iron abs

WashboardSuds
June 25th 2014


5101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Review was deserving of every hyperbolic description. Well written and you definitely should be writing more metal reviews."



thanks bud, means a lot

Wizard
June 25th 2014


20508 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

No problem dude! People like you keep me interested in this site after all these years.

BigPleb
June 25th 2014


65784 Comments


This is like barely a 3, good rev though!



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