The sadistic musical beast known as LORD MANTIS discloses the details of their impending fourth full-length, Universal Death Church. The album has been finalized for November release through Profound Lore Records, who this week unveils the record’s cover art and other details, including preorders for the album, and the advance single, “Damocles Falls.”
Hear the scathing advance Universal Death Church single “Damocles Falls” at THIS LOCATION.
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 honoring the memory of late drummer/founder Bill Bumgardner with their new album Universal Death Church.
With guitarist Ken Sorceron of Abigail Williams, 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.
Produced by Sanford Parker, who also provides synth work to the album, Universal Death Church also features Dylan O’Toole on three tracks, as well as guest appearances by Dallas Thomas of Pelican and Bruce Lamont of Yakuza and completed with artwork and design by VENIEN.
Watch for additional audio samples from Universal Death Church as well as LORD MANTIS tour dates and more to be issued over the coming weeks.
Universal Death Church Track Listing:
1. Santa Muerte
2. God’s Animal
3. Qliphotic Alpha
5. Low Entropy Narcosis
6. Damocles Falls
Charlie Fell – vocals, bass
Andrew Markuszewski – guitars, vocals
Ken Sorceron – guitars, vocals
Bryce Butler – drums