Chicago, Illinois's Lord Mantis has returned with a new recording which continues the blackened sludge metal style of previous releases and this is a review of their 2019 album "Universal Death" which will be released on November 22nd by Profound Lore Records.
A very dark, heavy and melodic sound starts off the album while all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them. Tremolo picking can also be heard in some of the faster riffing while the vocals are mostly blackened metal screams as well as some of the tracks being very long and epic in length.
Elements of sludge and doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the songs along with the vocals also adding in an angry shouting approach at times. Spoken word parts can also be heard briefly while the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic style and the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody.
As the album progresses a small amount of synths and clean playing are also added onto the recording as well as one track also introducing acoustic guitars onto the album which also gives the music more of a desert like atmosphere and a later song also adds in a small amount of clean vocals, blast beats can also be heard briefly. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Occultism and Darkness with some touches on Sante Muerte and the Qliphotic demons.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Lord Mantis and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Santa Muerte" "Qliphotic Alpha" and "Fleshworld". 8 out of 10.