Mar­tyrium UNIQUE LEADER Ital­ian death met­allers move past mind­less lip ser­vice

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums. Lives. Merch. - RICH HOBSON

There’s only so far that a slav­ish ded­i­ca­tion to 90s death metal tropes can take you, and Bloodtruth hit that cre­ative ceil­ing long be­fore the end of their 2014 de­but, Obe­di­ence. Luck­ily, the band have taken that record’s stand­out mo­ment – its hy­per­ac­tive epony­mous closer – and used it as the ground­work for the fu­ri­ous tech­ni­cal death metal that un­der­pins this anti-ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal con­cept al­bum. Clichés still groan through in parts – there are only so many church bell in­tros you can hear in one life­time, af­ter all – and the band’s use of Gre­go­rian chants feels more akin to a lib­eral use of sam­ples rather than a part of the record’s sonic DNA, but the sheer en­ergy and cre­ative vi­sion of Mar­tyrium en­sures the ship is head­ing in the right di­rec­tion to find ex­cit­ing new shores.


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