I never cared for Lord Mantis until one of my favourite bands, Cobalt, acquired Charlie Fell as a vocalist. His extreme performance on Slow Forever was enough to make me look into Lord Mantis. I could never have anticipated discovering this blackened sludge masterpiece, but am glad that I did. This is one of the most “alive” albums that I have ever heard, though this life is not a happy one. Expect anguish. Expect pain. Expect grime. Expect heaviness. Death Mask is here to kill you.
Favorite track: Negative Birth.