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The Reptilians / Press

“It takes extra guts to make records like this. It goes deep, and spans wide. And not only does it stand out for some of its ass-kicking influences from some of the aforementioned prog-metal bands, it also stands out for its undeniable convictions toward the art and the humor and the creative process required for sailing an experimental prog-metal oddyssey like this. ‘The Mentalist’ is simply an amazing piece of recorded music.”

“The Mentalist is one kinghell of a project. Not only does this one track album warp your mind and soul like a weird vortex of sound it also brings to the table a massive book with amazing photo’s and a biography that definitely entertains. The layers of riffs are scorching and the steady rising drags, no pushes you up that hill. It’s dark and surging, and brooding and heavy like a hot and shimmering desert afternoon. And when you’re finally at the top after an intense twenty-five minutes; you are just thrown off… And while drowning; there is only Stanhope to cling to and that is a very bleak prospect…”

““The Mentalist” is not normal. It is not easy listening, but it is cleverly disguised as easy-to-listen-to. While it offers to stretch your mind into uncharted territory with one hand, it punches you in the throat with the other. Approaching a half hour, you might expect a 12 minute wind howling guitar feedback intro, something you won’t find. What can be found is a band getting to business laying out chapter after chapter in an unfolding story of riffs, rhythms, shape shifter vocals, one liners, ripping solos and enough weird shit to make you suspicious your coffee has been laced. To put the final polish on all this, they went and procured some exceptional production, unleashing the full fury of Steve “Jesus’” uncanny drum prowess, saddled up to crushing and crisp guitar tones layered on lava thick bass.”

“This track is heaving with ideas and elaborate thoughts that almost cannot be held with these already vast 27 minutes. The vocals become increasingly intense and bellowing in their delivery while the whole bed of riffs grows rhythmically. The earth shattering riffs continue to punish for its majority and it’s all packaged with a passion and zeal that would make Mastodon stand up and take notice.”