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.
Lord Mantis has gone through a purgatory this winter but now steps out into the light again. This is part of the reason why the last tour with TITD had to be cut short and our appearance at Roadburn 2015 was cancelled. Now we have a new lineup in place. Dylan O’Toole (who has contributed lyrically and also performs vocals in the studio on songs for the past two records Death Mask and Pervertor) is no longer an unofficial 5th member of the band. He is now the vocalist. Will Lindsay (who also played guitar in Indian with Dylan and Bill Bumgardner) is now the bassist. Will also had a guest spot on Death Mask in the studio. To say there hasn’t been a major crossover between the Chicago bands Lord Mantis and Indian over the years would be a ridiculous statement. Indian and Lord Mantis shared the same rehearsal room together at Superior Street Studios in Chicago since the devil knows when. Scott Shellhamer, musician and artist of the band American Heritage, has also joined on guitars. The original founding member of Lord Mantis from 2005 Bill Bumgardner remains along with lead guitarist Andrew Markuszewski who has been in the band since 2008. Greg Gomer (also one of the two founding members along with Bill) hasn’t been in Lord Mantis since Pervertor which is the last record he was a part of. Greg has planned on contributing as a guest spot on the future recording currently in plan. Ken Sorceron and Charlie Fell are no longer members of Lord Mantis.
The ship has righted itself and in a very natural fashion. Even with the new lineup at this time, Lord Mantis will not be appearing at Roadburn and the subsequent tour in Europe. An EP is being worked on already to be recorded this Spring. There are no shows being booked at this time until further notice. More news on the EP and further plans for 2015 by Lord Mantis is soon to come.