A winning album!
written by Pagan Hel for Grave Concerns e-Zine

Yes for the eclectic souls among us!

I find it a bit of a shock that the band class themselves as ‘just’ a rock band, when there is clearly ‘more’ than just rock in their delightful and unusual tones, and although there are some ‘rock’ orientated connotations in their work it really is not of the conventional kind.

The tribal influences are very noticeable on Faith no More’s, ‘Paths of Glory’ along with about every other genre you can think of and yes there is indeed something for everyone on this album, which makes me think, what must a live gig be like? And what are their audience’s preferred taste?

Track two ‘Entranced’ is a real wild card but is cut short before you know what’s happening and very experimental, Avant-Garde and Noise. The punk influences are abundant in track three ‘Escaping Oblivion’ sounds like Johnny Rotten is back with a vengeance!! ‘Bliss’ is a Gothic endorsed track that looms dark and sinister with superb keyboards.Even packing in a bit of Dub Step on the track ‘Vertigo’ it then magically transforms into progressive with precision guitar – highly addictive track. ‘Go Away’ sneaks in some devious metal vocals and is metal at the start albeit for the keyboards, and then turning into more experimental of sorts, but none the less a cleverly produced little track and thoroughly immense.

“This will appeal to a lot of people up and down the scale who may then in turn want to find out more about this band or indeed the talents of Joe Gagliardi III and Brad Lane who have really smashed away any boundaries that once were and produced a very obscure and encapsulating piece of art”

‘In Utero’ finally hits on the bass and musters itself into a fiery explosion of rhythmic barrages with horror synth and everything else combined – another superb track. ‘Heaven’ is eerie dramatic and classical. A beautiful piece of writing with soft vocal entourage. I was very keen to see if this track was a cover from Kansas/Scorpions ‘Dust in the Wind’ and it is, but this is the raw and colourful version and this is rock with a difference, the keyboards keep it focused and a superb track none the less despite being a cover – it has Martyr Art stamped all over it. ‘Taking a deep breath’ is without a doubt a heavenly track that breathes deeply as its title suggests, classically influenced and beautifully executed.

To Sum up:
This album has been a little gem to sample. Indeed there may be bits in it that are not to everyone’s taste, and it may have you guessing at times at what genre it wants to be, but this is one quirky album that is not only addictive but haunting and unusual.

What other album could boast to holding Metal, Funk, Punk, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Classical, Synth, Pop, Horror, R & B, Industrial, Orchestral, Rock, Pop, Progressive, Tribal, Country, Goth, Techno, World, Avant-Garde and Noise in its structure? Not many at all, and although it may be confusing at times it keeps the listener on the edge of their seat as they are not sure what to expect.

This will appeal to a lot of people up and down the scale who may then in turn want to find out more about this band or indeed the talents of Joe Gagliardi III and Brad Lane who have really smashed away any boundaries that once were and produced a very obscure and encapsulating piece of art.

The title of the album couldn’t be more fitting to their wonderful sounds that are woven together and unrestrained in all their glory.

Check out their earlier stuff – it is guaranteed to get the juices flowing:

9.5/10

Original post: http://paganhelreviews.blogspot.com/2014/05/martyr-art-distorted-interpretations-10.html