Saturday 22 June 2019

Devil Flower Mantis - S/T (EP Review)

Release date: June 09th 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: DD

Devil Flower Mantis – S/T – Tracklisting

1.Beyond Borders 05:47
2.The Voidwalker 06:27
3.Back on the Hunt 04:30
4.Black Fever 09:03


Nikolas K. (vocals and FX)
Dimitris Karakatsanis (drums)
Verbal Kid (bass)
Nikos Zairis (guitar)
Vaggelis Keramidas (guitar)


The Greek Stoner Rock/Metal scene has came on leaps and bounds over the last 10 years or so with a wide range of different bands starting to gain some International Attention. Though the scene is also providing new emerging talent to take notice of such as Devil Flower Mantis.

The band play a mixture of Blues Rock, Psych Rock, Doom Metal, Desert Rock and Stoner Metal. The band are perhaps influenced by KYUSS, Black Sabbath and CLUTCH the most. Devil Flower Mantis have their own demented and confident swagger to standout from the crowd.

Their debut EP offers over 25 minutes of fast-paced heavy psychedelic sounds that create a warped and heavy version of Desert/Stoner Rock grooves. The EP is expertly produced and offers a CRISP and LOUD EXPERIENCE that I didn’t expect for a debut release such as this. The music is played with extreme confidence and the band have a few cool ideas of their own to impress listeners with.

The standout songs are: Beyond Borders and Black Fever. As Devil Flower Mantis play some of the most DOOMED OUT and PSYCHEDELIC riffs contained on the EP. The other two songs on the EP are very good as well. Just not as convincing as Beyond Borders and Black Fever.

Devil Flower Mantis show a lot of promise on this EP and I want to hear more from the band in the future. I especially enjoyed how the band add trippy noises and F/X to their overall sound and that gives this EP a more SPACED OUT feel.

Overall, Devil Flower Mantis is a welcome addition not only to the Greek Stoner Rock/Metal scene but the worldwide Stoner Rock/Metal scene as well. This is an EP that should get people talking of what great bands to lookout for in the future.

Devil Flower Mantis are the real deal and this EP proves that time and time again.

Words by Steve Howe