Lord Mantis are a band from Chicago, Illinois that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very blackened form of sludge metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Death Mask" which will be released by Profound Lore.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album and a minute later you can hear background voices before the blackened sludge style screams start to kick in and the riffing starts utilizing some melody and at times the music speeds up a bit and blast beats are added in while the main focus is on the slower, darker and heavier aspects of the music.
The album starts to find its own sound on the other tracks with the music becoming a mixture of black metal and sludge and at times you can hear small amounts of punk rock being added into certain sections of the recording as well as mixing dark and melodic parts together to create an evil atmosphere and on one of the tracks traces of industrial and noise are brought in along with a brief use of more spoken and melodic vocals.
When we get more intro the album drones and psychedelic sounds become a part of the music at times along with a small amount of acoustic guitars while the main focus is still on being very heavy and on a couple of the tracks they bring in a small amount of fast and raw black metal riffs that sound even more powerful when the blast beats are added in and on one of the tracks they bring in a small amount of robotic vocals and they close the album with a track that is very long and epic in length as well as mixing in traces of melodic, post black metal with sludge..
With this album lord Mantis continue the blackened sludge of previous releases while also being a bit more experimental and adding in more melody this time around while also having a very professional sounding production and showing their misanthropic and hatred for the human race in their song lyrics.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Lord Mantis and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Death Mask" "negative Birth" and "Three Crosses". 8 out of 10.