Lord Mantis Wrote a Song About Jewish Mysticism
Four years ago, Cloudrat taught us all — or at least dumb ol’ me — the meaning of the word “Qliphoth,” which “are the representation of evil or impure spiritual forces in Jewish mysticism.” Now the reassembled Lord Mantis have released a new song called “Qliphotic Alpha,” which I guess would be, like, the Grand Puba of All Evil Spiritual Forces? That’s my best guess at least. The lyrics, although highly erotic (sample: “Pathways laid by the snake/ Our piss and shit is love and hate”), don’t really shed any light on the title’s meaning.
But I tell ya what: the song certainly sounds like it’s about the Grand Puba of All Evil Spiritual Forces. The first half has an oddly seductive quality; it’s black metal, sure, but the main riff is a hula hoopable bopper, and I think it be the first time vocoder has ever been used in this particular subgenre. And then it completely changes gears in the second half, turning into a hypnotic expression of debilitating grief.
It’s a great fucking song and you should totally listen to it.