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Type: EP
Release Date: April 29th, 2016
Genre: Black, Doom, Noise
1. SIG Safer
2. Nice Teeth Whore
3. Semblances
4. Final Division

Review by Nekrist on July 8, 2024.

Although I prefer to review full albums, sometimes shorter works can excite me enough to review them, especially if it is my favorite band. This EP called “Nice Teeth Whore” or abbreviated as “NTW”, perfectly exemplifies the most authentic and pure sound of Lord Mantis, its hallmark being the perfect amalgam between black metal and the dark sludge that they are capable of creating.

In this EP the sonorities of black metal become much more present and clear, without losing that dirty, slow and cavernous sound that penetrates deeply into the psyche, Andrew Markuszewski's riffs are as sinister and perverse as always, the compositional capacity of this musician is sublime, Scott A. Shellhamer from the technical sludge band American Heritage also contributed to the composition of the work, Dylan O'Toole is once again in charge of the lead vocals and Andrew supports him with his misanthropic and extremely rhythmic voice, being a duet vocal of very high level.

This EP not only has incredible vocal and riff execution, but it features some of the most complex and technical rhythmic patterns by the late Bill Bumgardner (R.I.P), bringing sublime consistency and depth to each of the songs, which at times becomes abrasive and ruthless when the tempo drops, see the eponymous song as an example of the above.

Although this is a short work, Lord Mantis managed to reaffirm themselves in the style of which they were and always will be masters, extreme music highly recommended for all those who seek to go beyond the limits that very few dare to cross, another great work of a unique and unrepeatable band.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10