Knoxville Thrashers QUIESCENT MANTIS Signs To Exitus Stratagem Records

Knoxville Thrashers QUIESCENT MANTIS Signs To Exitus Stratagem Records For New Album

Streaming Singles “Fight”, “Shake The Cage” + Tour Dates

L-R – Johnny Mejia – Drums, Chris Trainor – Guitarist / Backup Vocals, Jordan Mckenzie – Bass and Vocals

Exitus Stratagem Records is proud to announce their signing of Knoxville, TN death thrashers Quiescent Mantis for the release of their yet-to-be-titled first full-length album to follow the 2021 debut EP “Chapter 1”. The band has unveiled already a sneak peek of what’s come from the record with currently released singles “Shake The Cage” and the instrumental mosher “Fight”. The band aims to provide a unique experience with a mixture of old-school thrash and new-school metal techniques such as breakdowns, which will be prevalent on their new album that is being produced by Yanic Bercier (Quo Vadis, Gone In April) at WaveTransform Recording Studio.

Exitus Stratagem Records label president Jason Z. Fisher comments on the signing:

“From the moment we heard the opening chords of Shake the Cage and its throwback guitar solos and catchy chorus, we knew we had to get their music out to a broader audience. All that and a giant mantis. How can you resist? The well-envisioned science fiction undertones of their lyrics and concepts bring something fresh and new to the table. ExSR is very excited to help bring Quiescent Mantis’s first full-length album to the world. We also plan some visualizers worthy of the creative concepts they have built.”

Quiescent Mantis guitarist Chris Trainor adds:

“We are super excited about signing with EXSR. We knew when Jason came to us about our song Shake The Cage and how he described it made us truly feel he was excited about our music, which in turn we knew this was the company we wanted to push our first full-length album. With this album there is a little bit of everything for every listener super heavy unrelenting tracks to super melodic tracks there is a song for everyone and we can’t be more excited to have a great company helping us along the way.”​

The album release date, cover artwork, track listing and single will be revealed at a later date. Quiescent Mantis is recommended for fans of Orbit Culture, Power Trip, and Havok.


“Shake the Cage” –

“Fight” –

Digital stream and download at

Tour Dates:
April 7 – Another Round Bar and Grill – Richmond, VA w/ Escuela Grind, Bonginator
April 8 – Ground Zero – Total Death Fest – Spartanburg, SC w/ Krypt
May 4 – The Concourse – Knoxville, TN w/ Bleed From Within, Sidious, Wolves of Oz
June 22 – Open Chord – Knoxville, TN
June 24 – Knoxville Hardcore Fest – BrickYard Bar – Knoxville, TN
July 23 – Studio 301 – Portage, WI

Quiescent Mantis is:
Chris Trainor – Guitarist / Backup Vocals
Jordan Mckenzie – Bass and Vocals
Johnny Mejia – Drums

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Former scientists Chris Trainor, Jordan McKenzie, and Johnny Mejia were previously employed by Sub-atomic Weight of Acceleration Research Mechanics or S.W.A.R.M. While working on a project involving particle collision the team inadvertently tore open a brief doorway to the mantis homeworld exposing themselves to a mind-altering pheromone in the process.

The trio is now obsessed with opening the portal permanently allowing their mantis overlords access to our world; they are harbingers of the Swarm, selected to terraform and prepare Earth for the coming invasion. Wielding mighty instruments of sonic assault they herald the approach of the swarm of the brutal blend of thrash death metal and hardcore. The Swarm has slumbered in exile for far too long, the gates are ready to open, and it’s time to join the Swarm!