Nice Teeth Whore came out last friday, and Lord Mantis appreciates all the support from the fans and also the reviews good and bad from the pundits. Mostly good ;). We look forward to performing more this year and coming to new places the band hasn’t been to yet. It will be interesting to see what manifests next for us!
Another Chicago show has been added to the calender for May 16th with Tombs and Hivelords.
The majority of NTW pre-orders through New Density are shipping this week save for those that include the LP version as that one is still a few weeks away from being finished at the manufacturer.
An interview with Dylan O’Toole and Andrew Markuszewski was posted at Valley of Steel and can be found here.
For anyone who hasn’t noticed or weren’t at Dark Lord Day or the release show, we have someone new playing bass with us. Will Lindsay broke his thumb fairly recently, but simultaneously he has been more focused on other things in his life which led to us putting the word out for someone to fill the slot. We were surprised by the huge interest! One thing led to another, and we rehearsed with this amazing young bass player Alletta Ergun. Honestly, it is almost weird how this situation worked itself out. She plays a five string Schecter bass, has killer tone, and has been phenomenal on stage. Scott Shellhamer isn’t a part of the lineup at this time, but his input in the band over the past year is appreciated. Lord Mantis feel awesome about this current line-up. Half the performances in the past live have been with one guitar player, and the live show takes on an interested dynamic with Andrew integrating various elements of the guitar tracks from the records. It almost has a Tool effect, and many have said they even prefer seeing us this way in the past and present. We are always open to new blood in the fold if appropriate; however, our material is deceivingly easy it could be said! A unique band requires unique but also talented contribution. Everyone currently in this line-up fulfills those roles.
For anyone curious about the past of Lord Mantis and the present – look no further but here. This is a new interview with singer Dylan O’Toole, lead guitarist Andrew Markuszewski, and drummer Bill Bumgardner. Thanks to Sludgelord for their questions.