Wednesday, February 1, 2012

MARTYR LUCIFER: "Farewell To Graveland"

Rating: 7/10

Label: Buil2kill 2012

Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Martyr Lucifer certainly do impress with his latest effort, image, style, and music-wise. If you closely investigate the songs and arrangements, you'll find them dark, filthy, odorous, and utterly doomy/gloomy. The album's contents do not include words such as 'sunny' and 'warm', but does include important slow-metal attributes such as 'coffin case','cavernous creatures', as well as the odd 'dark house of compassion'.

'Farewell To Graveland' takes a musical direction that goes further away from what has previously been the Martyr trade/hallmark. The former Dogma and Hortus Animae vocalist is now heavily inspired by the darkwave/goth movement, as well as seventies progressive and psychedelic rock. The album features electronic synth arrangements while maintaining a certain metal touch. It's actually quite 'Type O'Negative' at times and the spirit of Pete certainly lives among these compostitions.

Atmospheric folk-rock and old classical melodies are nicely blended with a modern-gothic gurgling and hissing noise which remains throughout the CD. It's a pleasant glade, a small clearing where several varities of black flowers grow in a idyllic spot at the darkest and most remote part of the forest. It's a darn nice place for your Doom and Gloom party. You could have wished for a change of pace and style every now and then, but you can't always get what you want. Final verdict: Neat! Never heard of the bozo? try a couple of soundclips at the link below.

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