Mantle are a duo from Ontario, Canada that plays an experimental form of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2015 album "Entering The Cave".
A very dark and atmospheric sounding album intro starts off the album and after the intro the music starts going into more of a heavier musical direction along with some grim black metal screams and melodic guitar leads while also retaining the atmosphere that was present on the intro and you can hear a touch of death metal in the songs.
Some of the tracks are very long and epic in length and melodies can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing and the music also brings in more of a modern black metal style and when the music speeds up a small amount of blast beats can be heard which also gives the music more of a raw feeling and flutes, clarinets and recorders can be heard in certain sections of the recording and there is also a brief use of growling vocals.
Mantle plays a style of black metal that is very modern and atmospheric while also being very experimental at times and mixing in death metal influences to create an album that takes the genre to a next level, the production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover science fiction, esotericism, and transcendental nihilism.
In my opinion Mantle are a very great sounding experimental black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Intermediaries" and "Electric Caves (Pt 2)". 8 out of 10.