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Universal Death Church


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Deadpanist Even though I definitely love LM's earlier output, this is a fantastic album offering variety and, dare I say, maturity and growth. In retrospect, it is probably my favourite LM album, at least the one that I go-to the more often.
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bcb723 There are those that will say this is not as deviant as "Pervertor." Not as intense as "Death Mask." Not as direct as "Nice Teeth Whore." And they all would be correct. So then you have "Universal Death Church" - a fucked up, crawling, oozing & deliberately hazy masterpiece that is quite different than Lord Mantis' other works. But equally important. It's in the final two tracks where the band finally arrive at their creative destination. An absolutely chilling end. "Bozo the Clown..." - wtf?! Favorite track: Fleshworld.
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XUL//EXCELSI n Album van twee dele wat amper klink soos n compromise maar nie is nie want ek sien meer purpose in hierdie album. Tematiese buildup tot met .exe. fluisteringe en halfpad deur Low entropy Narcosis trek hulle die throttle terug en jy is vasgegordel in die doomed bomwerper van Icarus. Laaste helfte old Mantis the Lord Mantis. Trompette geskal en Jerigo se mure val. AF
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Santa Muerte 02:35
God's Animal 05:48
Fleshworld 08:11
Hole 08:45


The inevitable regeneration of LORD MANTIS occurred when vocalist/bassist Charlie Fell and guitarist/vocalist Andrew Markuszewski decided to mend ties and once again join forces for a new renewed union to properly carry on the LORD MANTIS legacy, mired in chaos and virulence, by honouring the memory of late drummer/founder Bill Bumgardner with their new album “Universal Death Church”.

With guitarist Ken Sorceron of Abigail Williams fame (who also joined LORD MANTIS on “Death Mask”) and new drummer Bryce Butler, along with honorary vocalist/member Dylan O’Toole of Indian, “Universal Death Church” is the result of a band who has overcome dark and chaotic chapters and bitter internal feuds to set out once again to raise the bar of extreme music after the suicide of a key founding member in the ranks.

“Universal Death Church” sees LORD MANTIS with a new sense of purpose and focus. More developed and immeasurable, vast and towering, “Universal Death Church” continues the doomed and blackened depraved metal paradigm that has become the signature resonating palpitation surrounding the LORD MANTIS sound. The threading between punishing, torturous yet direct and at times tangible industrial-influenced riffing with the more abstract, dark, blackened surreal-like crawling and swift passages paint a new disturbing sonic portrait for the band. The renewed union of LORD MANTIS became akin to that of repairing tissue of an unnamable and vile organism. Leveling up the beast.

Having that infamous reputation of being one of the more vexed acts within the extreme metal scene, as amassed on previous releases such as 2012’s “Pervertor” and most-notably their 2014 controversial “Death Mask” LP, “Universal Death Church” ups the LORD MANTIS ante in pretty much every category; the intensity, darkness, heaviness, and of course the deviance and degeneracy.


released November 22, 2019

Produced, recorded, and mixed by Sanford Parker
Mastered by Collin Jordan
Artwork by VENIEN

Universal Death Church guest appearances: Dylan O'Toole (Indian), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Dallas Thomas (Pelican)


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