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Lord Mantis - Spawning the Nephilim (CD)

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Origin: USA
Released: 2009
Catalog number: srule017
If you were to leave Lair of the Minotaur in the depths of whatever cavern Khanate existed in, they might come out sounding like Lord Mantis, whose appropriation of Morbid Angel-type mythological references (and a black metal-type logo) underscores the varied influences playing out in Spawning the Nephilim’s seven tracks. As the chugging modern sub-thunder riffage shows, they’re not just blasting away with aimless aggression. There’s a sense of purpose to all the chaos. Just what that purpose might be, other than sheer destruction, I haven’t a clue. Sometimes sheer destruction is enough. Anyone who dug Coffins’ Buried Death but wants something a little more cerebrally menacing would do well to dig into Spawning the Nephilim. It feels familiar on the surface, either because of the personnel, or the production, or even just the mentality; Lord Mantis’ songs have a character to them that is unique unto themselves. If that character is buried under 600 tons of riffs, well, start digging if you feel up to it.

Utilizing his time in black metal outfit Nachtmystium to his advantage, guitarist/vocalist Andrew Markuszewski has learned to embrace torment, bleakness and fury, combining them with extraordinary results in the bludgeoning outfit Lord Mantis. Doom-y and baneful, Spawning The Nephilim is a continual onslaught of scorching vocal shrieks blasting out over methodical yet odd metallic structures. When realizing the degree of demonic intensity that permeates these seven tracks, one can't help but gawk in awe at Lord Mantis's power.

Spawning The Nephilim is the perfect soundtrack for something fucked up and awful. Some dark, violent, hellish journey into the unknown. It's really heavy and insane sounding, not an album to kick back and relax to, more like an album to have an axe fight to. If you like Unearthly Trance, Lair Of The Minotaur, etc. I'd check Lord Mantis out immediately.