Martyr - Feeding The Abscess review
|Album:||Feeding The Abscess|
|Release date:||October 2006|
01. Perpetual Healing (Infinite Pain)
02. Lost In Sanity
03. Feast Of Vermin
04. Interlude - Desolate Ruins
06. Nameless, Faceless, Neverborn
07. Silent Science
09. Dead Horizon Part I: Echoes Of The Unseen
10. Dead Horizon Part II: Romancing Ghouls
11. Dead Horizon Part III: Stasis Field
12. Dead Horizon Part IV: Shellshocked
13. Brain Scan [Voivod cover]
A handful of listeners will still remember a band called Death, who revolutionized Metal in the 90s to inspired countless bands and ultimately leaving their mark with the name of the musical style itself [Death Metal anyone?]. While lots of bands were inspired by them, the Quebec-based combo known as Martyr is taking their Technical Death Metal to another level by sounding like the successors of Death with a progressive twist. With 2000's "Warp Zone", the band led by Daniel & François Mongrain already got recognition, but 2006's "Feeding the Abscess" is the album that should elevate Martyr to worldwide fame.
The vocals are midway between Thrash and Death styles, reinforcing the comparison with mythic band Death. The guitars sound is pure, almost old-school, and creates an awesome structure to their songs. The bass pops out from the overall sound while the drums are in a perfect spot. Wherever this album was recorded at, Martyr would be inspired to continue recording there.
A lot of technical and progressive elements can be heard throughout the album, giving this one-of-a-kind death metal effort an edge that most similar bands fail to obtain nowadays. Fans of progressive death bands such as Atheist or Necrophagist will fall in love with this album for sure. With over 45 minutes of delightful prog death, including a Voivod cover and a very interesting 4-track composition called 'Dead Horizon', this album gives you a lot to enjoy.
"Feeding the Abscess" is a juggernaut of energy, topped with excellent musicianship and an aura of savoir-faire rarely encountered in Death Metal. The tracks are each leaving a mark on the listener, while being all relatively short. This fast-and-furious Death Metal is a reminder of what the genre should still sound like.
Unlike most popular Death Metal outfits currently famous on the worldwide scene, Martyr sound comes out as genuine, grounded and hearty. "Feeding the Abscess" is a gift to the Death Metal scene. In our days of polished Gothenburg albums, a true Progressive Death masterpiece such as this opus stands out as a winner.
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