Lord Mantis – Death Mask

Rating

I namedropped the new Lord Mantis record in my Coffinworm review, so I figured I should probably say a few words about it.  Oppressive, abrasive, blacked sludge.  There.

Oh, so you were expecting more than a few words?  Opener “Body Choke” sounds like Neurosis set to super-slow-mo, a disturbing dash of death-doom that’ll haunt you in your dreams.  The title track is more black-metal sounding, with a bevy of blastbeats beneath some satanic screeches and tremolo-picked grimness, though they still deliver the occasional doomy downstroke.  The beginning of “Negative Birth” is as doomy as it gets, a lumbering, menacing wrecking-ball riff with a cymbal-heavy backbeat that gradually gains speed until it reaches whiplash-inducing levels.  Throw in some ghastly post-industrial whispers, at least one eerie instrumental interlude and an epic 10-minute closing track… not to mention the strangulated trans woman on the cover. Nothing pretty about this one, folks.

RATING: 6.66

Gruesome Greg

Seahawks/Stamps/Flames/Zags/Jays/Raptors fan and lifelong metal head with a beer gut and a self-deprecating sense of humour. Reviewer/blogger (Yon Senior Doomsayer) for Hellbound.ca.

6.5 Rating