Reviewed: November 2022
Released: 2022, independent
Reviewer: Kieron Hayes
Variety is the spice of life, and Thy Will Be Done has plenty of it.
Not variety in a Diablo Swing Orchestra/Igorrr sort of avant-garde way, but in merrily making use of a whole assortment of inspirations from the heavy metal toolbox to craft something flavourful and fun. It isn’t that every track is some wild experiment with exotic instruments, everything is grounded firmly in the world of heavy music we all know and love. But rather than binding themselves to a single subgenre to draw upon, Marturos’ strength is in their willingness to mix things up, throwing a range of tasty toppings onto their classic heavy metal pizza base.
We’ve got classic metal hooks and deft vocals, grand power metal melodies and lashings of thrash aggression all over. Tracks like “Liberation of Soul”, “Waiting for the End” and “As You Sow, So Shall You Reap” ramp the tempo up and add some harsher edges to the band’s bite. “Art to be Happy” is packed with metallic catchiness and grinding riffs to get the head properly banging along. “Final Judgement” takes a softer start and rises up into atmospheric metal tremolo picking alongside some roars that call the legendary Devin Townsend to mind. Elsewhere, some of the mid-tempo numbers lean into the modern sounding production job to draw on some of the crunch of groove or -core inspired works, though never straying too far from their roots.
From the fun brightness of “Ashes and Broken Bones” or the thrilling lead work in the latter half of “We’re Humans, Kings of the World” to the vicious assault of “Waiting for the End”, Thy Will Be Done knows just how to mix light and dark, bright and grim, to create a truly rewarding package.