Released: 2000, Distinctive Design
Bass-less black metal!!! Argh. An immediate strikeout in my book. Well, I assume that it's bass-less because, a) I can't hear any, and b) there is no bass player listed in the credits of the album. I'll say it now, I like black metal as much as the next metalhead, but there's just some that I can't stand. That being said, I decided to give Martyr another chance beyond my first listen, and lo-and-behold, I quite like this little EP! Martyr really isn't doing anything that wasn't on In the Nightside Eclipse or even De Mysteriis Dom Satanas, but they do it well. This is old-style black metal, without any lame attempts at atmosphere or symphonics, just pure blasting hatred. So, while Martyr does come off as somewhat cliched (song titles and band photos are a testament to this), they do stay true to their roots and play convincingly.
The best track on the album is "Resurrection of my Prophecies", blasting open the CD in anger. Seriously, these are some really pissed off guys! Just check out the scrawled hand writing on the back on the CD case. Oh yeah, and uh, I would guess that they don't have too many Christian friends. "Mankind has Spoken" has some really cool melodic lead guitars over top of the buzzing rhythms, making the song a standout. "All things end in Sorrow" is almost like a continuation of "Mankind has Spoken", following it with the same style of melodic leads over dissonant rhythms. Still, it's a formula that works well, and the band is smart to stick with it, although some variations on the next album will be welcome. This is a worthy addition to all "true" black metal fans' collections. Oh yeah, and I did find some bass on album closer "All things end in Sorrow". For about 5 seconds (3:16-3:21). Again, bitchin' cover art! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org