For our second review, Metal Music Director AJ takes us into the dark world of Polish metal band MENTOR and their new album Guts, Graves, and Blasphemy. Have any suggestions / comments? hit up AJ right here!
The first album I’m reviewing is one of the first albums I received to add to the radio way back in August, however, the album wasn’t released until this past week. Needless to say, I’ve been chomping at the bit to get this album on the radio and it seems almost meant to be that my first review will be up the day after the release of the album. The name Mentor may not yet be on your radar, but you may recognize the instrumental members as the black metal band THAW.
“Guts, Graves, and Blasphemy” is the debut of the Polish metal band Mentor, and right from the opening instrumental track I was hooked. Crushing guitars and solid grooves are the first thing anyone would notice from the albums title track. The screeching guitars carry right through to the albums second song, “Gimme yer blood”, and instantaneously hits break-neck speeds and pummeling drumbeats. The bass-heavy “Murder beach” seems reminiscent of more classic metal with its almost classic rock inspired lead opening riff, which really flexes their creative range. “Scarecrow Fields” is the last song on the album, and the only one I’ve been able to release so far, is the perfect complimentary song to the opening two tracks. This song being the end seems to perfectly sum up the vibe of the whole album: Fast, Loud, and Heavy!
All in all, this is a fantastic album and I look forward to playing it on the station a lot more. Be sure to check out Mentor on Arachnophobia Records and show your support for the metal underground.