Martyr Art ‘Through Soundwaves Volume 1’
(Review) April 17, 2020
“With the closing track ‘Red Water (Christmas Mourning)’ Joe goes on this review on slippery ice: Type O Negative is sacred and a band that you don’t just cover.”
Joe Gagliardi, the man behind one-man band Martyr Art, has started a new project. Actually a while ago, in December last year, the first of four EPs in the series ‘Through Soundwaves’ was released and it has become a compact (digital) disc, containing one original song and three covers. But adapted so that they are just recognizable.
We hear especially fast metal with a horror edge. The gloom that comes with it is immediately apparent with the spooky ‘The Desire Of Michael Myers’, in which the guitar creates an oppressive atmosphere: the beginning of a chase that gets faster and crazier as the song progresses, until it ends in the catch and “handling” human prey. Although Joe plays several instruments, we hear here especially someone who is happy with the moving of the six strings. This is also the case in a guitar-driven version of ‘A Forest’ (The Cure), where solo and rhythm guitar alternate rapidly and we are therefore confronted with a real metal version of the otherwise new wavy song. I personally think ‘In The Shadows Of Philadelphia’ stands out above the rest. A quiet, almost bluesy song that turns at some point when dark dissonances are thrown around and the voice is slightly distorted. The warm, but at the same time disturbing feeling that this creates easily creeps under the skin.
With the closing track ‘Red Water (Christmas Mourning)’ Joe goes on this review on slippery ice: Type O Negative is sacred and a band that you don’t just cover. It is therefore wise to not compare the original and this one and rather see it as a tribute. Due to the fast, hard, industrial pieces that Martyr Art adds, this variant is recognizable but different, and the whole album is a nice, fast break from the usually long, intricate doom songs that usually echo through my living room.