Martyr - _To Confirm When Destruction Comes_
(Regimental Records, 2002)
by: Aaron McKay (8.5 out of 10)
These guys are more than ready to run with the "big dogs" -- Dimmu Borgir, watch your back. In a street-fight, black metal to black metal, I may back Martyr to most other notable bands on the scene today. Lots of provocative saw-blade guitar style change-ups on _To Confirm When Destruction Comes_, for sure. That is a rarer spice in the black metal cauldron, if you ask me. Any band that can vary their tempo and structure without weakening the shadowed, enigmatic foundation is structurally sound from the ground up. Martyr embodies this song, lyric and delivery. Stained, but throaty vocals add a dimension to Martyr found in few extreme acts -- supplementing rather than accentuating the music enshrouding them. While this is only a six-track release with room to expand on the band's taste for harsher side of ambience, Martyr fills the available space with enough raw, blazing aggression that you'd swear you just spun Old Man's Child in the _Stormblast_ oven of Hell's kitchen. "I Am the Bringer of New Obtainment" and the title track are well worth your attention. Who knows? Martyr might very well make a fan outta you, too!


(article published 21/3/2003)

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