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hexen, December 15th, 2007

Martyrs' third album continues their reign of Technical/Progressive style. A trend that any death metal fan should become familiar with is how bands, at their incipient stage, can explore their musical realms for the sake of acknowledgment only, and this is how Martyr have exceed the general expectations of a technical jazz bands in terms of creativity and existentialist thought.

However the part of this trend which is most obnoxious, is how the band then further rummage into their own twisted spiral, extending techniques and assuming that the escalated artlessness equals to ingenuity, Martyr are no exception to this and this album exemplifies how this trend can occur over such a short lifespan.

The first thing you notice about this music is the convoluted musicianship that the members possess. There is a comprehension of the direction apprehended here, but little focus on how to relate that to the nihilistic purpose which was integrated into their previous albums. Before, Martyrs' music was limitless despair, almost fatalist, now however, Martyr appear almost idealist.

Songs are structured progressively, where riffs can range of technically integrated palm muted modus operandi to catchy rhythmic segments. Guitar is controlled and highly diverse, but rarely interesting enough in musical form; this is pushing the boundaries of what music can still be considered intelligible, and this is the case with several bands.

Soloing skills are top notch, string skipping portions with dynamics and tremolo skills, with the aid of the furious drumming of Patrice Hamelin. Bassist Francois Mongrain is audible in the frenzy, with sections of syncopations being the heart of al this at were the musicians climax, were the integrity of the music appears most, but this is rare.

Songs don't get tedious unless you can expect the inevitable from this band, endless tales of skill and no real texture to correlate to actual death metal. The production here doesn't aid the efforts, it only diminishes whatever potential this album might have to be truly artistic and a brilliant album. Dos this music narrate anything near associable now? Possibly so.

Despite the abstract contradictions, Martyr are still nihilists at heart and believe in a free spirit, these aren't musicians in the entertainment field, but more or less exploring wastelands left long by modern culture. Lyrics dictate the intent of this band, but don't promulgate any reason to alter the perception of our worlds inevitable failure and death