Pulling Teeth
Martyr Immortal


4.0
excellent

Review

by Channing Freeman STAFF
January 22nd, 2008 | 21 replies | 8,889 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A 25 minute punch of hardcore.

Martyr Immortal was recorded in the year of 2007 by hardcore band Pulling Teeth. It is a record of many things; it is a punch in the face, a sonic kick to the groin that Pulling Teeth have perfected to a T, a conglomeration of ideas that excite, and most of all it does one thing throughout almost all 25 minutes of its duration: It kicks your fucking ass.

While Pulling Teeth haven't exactly offered anything new, Martyr Immortal is an extremely solid hardcore record whose metal-tinged sound makes it all the more aggressive. In accordance with most recent hardcore releases on Deathwish, Martyr Immortal is simply a concentrated blast of kickass, 25 minutes long and ending way before it can overstay its welcome. Vocalist Mike Riley has that sort of "I'm in pain" sound to his voice, as if someone really is pulling out his teeth while he screams. His delivery is exceptional; he doesn't just straight-up scream the lines. His voice fluctuates and shakes but is still exceptionally strong, adding even more emotional depth to the music.

It also helps that the lyrics are generally badass, even if they are typical of the genre. Riley screams deprecation of the human race in general, their way of life, their practices, their stagnancy, etc. He also likes to talk about the inevitable self-imposed apocalypse that we are racing towards. "Forever dissolve in my hands, no breath left to breath, I can no longer taste the sun, only chemical burn, cities choking out their citizens, fumes spew from every crack, we're forced to live like rats, the need to feed the greed," he screams in "Black Skies." The song seems to be the highlight in all areas, especially musically. Most of the "metal" comparisons are made because of the addition of shredding guitar solos to the traditional hardcore structure. Guitarists Domenic Romeo and Danny Parker utilize tapping extensively, and the solos they wrote for this album all fit the songs extremely well, something most metal bands should take note of. The speed of the tapping in "Black Skies" is offset nicely by the sludgy riffs and slow drums played underneath it. I really have no issue at all with this album. The last track kind of kills all the momentum but it's still very cool. Otherwise, Martyr Immortal is a great hardcore record, no more, no less.

the devil dances to the turn of our silence
the sin of inaction is all he desires
"sit still my children, for you need not know
the intentions of those building fires"
so we sit and we wait for things to improve
we believe what he's doing is just
we're safe and we're warm
what more could we need
soon we'll all be ashes and dust




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 22nd 2008



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fanboy alert.

plane
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2008



6094 Comments


oh hai good review

Altmer
January 23rd 2008



5652 Comments


good review

but hardcore still sucks maybe!

pixiesfanyo
January 23rd 2008



1222 Comments


in no shape or former can you ever justify this bland record as a 4.

open your ears to something different, because this is just some more of the same.

Doppelganger
January 23rd 2008



3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules.

HighandDriving
January 23rd 2008



3288 Comments


I'm pretty sure I've heard these guys before and they were just bland hardcore.
Maybe you're right and they are a good band, so I'll give em another listen.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2008



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

in no shape or former can you ever justify this bland record as a 4.



open your ears to something different, because this is just some more of the same.

brb changin my opinion

pixiesfanyo
January 23rd 2008



1222 Comments


ah, glad i could help.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
January 23rd 2008



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty good but it isn't anything amazing.
isn't "bland"

Let's Chop Cats!
January 23rd 2008



142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules, I like it a lot more than VS.

Ire
January 23rd 2008



41754 Comments


Nice avatar.

Altmer
March 4th 2008



5652 Comments


is that emily deschanel

Doppelganger
March 29th 2008



3124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gonna see them again tomorrow night. Gonna slay.

theminustimes
March 31st 2008



261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album rules


saw them last night and it was fucking awesome they're great live

walletCRACKED
July 8th 2008



21 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really solid record, i love the atmosphere it creates. and the last song is really fucking cool

foreverendeared
July 15th 2008



14678 Comments


probably gonna check this out soon.
artwork is pretty cool.

Smoochy
May 12th 2010



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this album. Still need to look into their other releases.

MalleusMaleficarum
July 23rd 2011



14294 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is so good, might have to bump.

MalleusMaleficarum
November 14th 2012



14294 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah definitely.

MalleusMaleficarum
December 10th 2012



14294 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so in the past two years im the only user to comment on this wtf? yall need help



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