Album Review: Lord Mantis – “Nice Teeth Whore” (EP)

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lord mantis ntw epLord Mantis has had a relatively short but tumultuous history. Controversial lyrics, themes, and artwork are synonymous with the Chicago natives that have shared and traded members with the likes of Nachtmystium and the now defunct Indian. With a new line-up filled out by ex-Indian member, Lord Mantis is back with the short but chimeric Nice Teeth Whore EP to remind us all that their brand of repulsive blackened sludge makes them gods of American underground extreme music.

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Lord Mantis Interviewed By Slaves BC!!

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Lord Mantis interviewed by Slaves BC

So tomorrow — Friday the 29th — the new Lord Mantis EP NTW will be released, the band’s first recorded material since their big line-up shakeup (and merger with Indian) last year. You can read all about those changes, and take a look at that new EP as well as their previous album, 2014’s Death Mask, all right here. But beyond just reading about my thoughts and reactions to this new and old material, perhaps you might be interested in learning more about what’s been going on with the band — in their own words?

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Album Review: Otep -“Generation Doom”

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otep_generation_doomOtep is back with a new record, Generation Doom, that is due out April 15th (today). Vocalist Otep Shamalayah had claimed that she was “done” with music after touring for her 2013 album “Hydra”. I am sure that left the nu-metal masses in a wave of angsty depression over the last couple years, but fear not! Otep is back! The time off has filled her with Fred Durst-ey rapping, Jonathan Davis-ey crying, and well, Otep-ey screaming rage!

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Circle Pit, Vol. IV, April 2016: “Are Music Reviews Dead?”

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A few weeks ago, Noisey (everyone’s favorite internet-only police precinct) published this article which posed the question: are music reviews dead? We here at Nine Circles inevitably ended up having some internal dialogue about the relevancy, arrogance and conclusions of the piece. Essentially, the author goes all the way back to Lester Bangs, made popular and somehow lovable despite a history quite contrary by Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s portrayal in Almost Famous. The author supposes that Bangs’ era of journalism is the upper echelon of criticism — and that their superiority has been compromised by the dilution of their voice and sphere of influence as a result of access to blog-style publishing platforms. So this week we tackle that very same question:

From the perspective of both a writer and listener, are albums reviews still relevant?

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