Martriden
Martriden EP


4.5
superb

Review

by DoctorNurse USER (6 Reviews)
December 11th, 2008 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Taking influences from Black and Death metal, Martriden release one of the most promising debuts in recent memory.

I stumbled upon this record whilst browsing, not really looking for anything in particular. The artwork (courtesy of Travis Smith) prompted me to investigate further. Save for brief thirty second samples of each track, I really had nothing to go on: not once had I even heard passing mention of ‘Martriden’. Never the less what I heard intrigued me enough to warrant purchase and what I ended up with is one of the most promising debuts I’ve heard in some time.

Martriden combine elements of black and death metal into their sound, with vocalist Michael Cook effectively shifting between guttural growls and throaty rasp. Fans of Opeth and Emperor will likely find much to enjoy here. The EP is laden with furious riffing and harmony, both of which are carried out with precision, and for a first release, Matriden show great maturity in their song writing.

What stands out the most is just how layered the tracks are. I have been listening to this regularly for almost a year now and I still discover subtle elements I hadn’t previously noticed, largely due to keyboardist Kyle Howard, whose melodies permeate the heaviness that surrounds them. They are never intrusive and simply serve to strengthen the overall sound. The production, too, is also of a high quality with each instrument audible and crisp. On occasion the drums, chiefly the double bass, can at times sound slightly artificial, but this is never noticeable enough to detract from the overall sound.

Martriden manage to strike a balance within their music, segueing their way from all out heavy to softer acoustic passages that then build up till it is time for the distortion to kick in once more. This is especially noticeable on the track ‘Blank Eye Stare’, which contains one of the most climactic outros I’ve ever heard. If there is any criticism to be levelled at Martridens first outing it’s that their acoustic sections can at times seem slightly bare bones and you are often left with the feeling that had a little more thought gone into them they could have been expanded upon and improved.

Admittedly there aren’t exactly any particularly new ideas on show here and Martriden wear their influences brazenly on their sleeves, but they perform with such skill that lack of originality fails to become noticeable. The guitar work is exemplary for a first release, with guitarists Shane Howard and Will Thackery exercising restraint in their soloing and the overall composition never once fails to impress. What we have, then, is an EP that shows tremendous promise, and if Martriden continue to release material of such high quality there is no reason that they should not go far in the metal scene.



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DoctorNurse
December 11th 2008


475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My first review. Any help/tips/criticism are welcome.

Saidir
December 11th 2008


77 Comments


This is actually... a very good review. Espically for a first. Welcome to the site.

Listened to those two uploaded tracks multiple times: I need to somehow get this. And I just ordered their 2008 full length. Can't judge fairly yet, but this seems like a (potentially) incredible band.

rasputin
December 11th 2008


14544 Comments


Fantastic review, you write very well.

fireaboveicebelow
December 11th 2008


6837 Comments


I enjoyed their full length, but this sounds better, plus Travis Smith rules

DoctorNurse
December 11th 2008


475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the comments. I plan on reviewing their full length next.
And to saidir, this is an EP well worth tracking down. Although when I bought it, it was pretty pricey for just 4 tracks, but it's totally worth it.This Message Edited On 12.11.08

Zoo
December 11th 2008


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Solid review. This is loads better than their full length which is why I don't understand why this receives no attention. This is probably in my top five for EPs of all time and it's certainly the one I listen to the most.

Also, this is an extremely good buy at less than $5 on amazon. Get it.

[quote=Saidir]Can't judge fairly yet, but this seems like a (potentially) incredible band.[/quote]
Martriden is an incredible band and this EP is a better display of that fact than The Unsettling Dark.This Message Edited On 12.11.08

DoctorNurse
December 11th 2008


475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree, although i still really enjoy their full length, better than a lot of drivel that gets released. Reviewing this is actually why I joined the site.

Zoo
December 11th 2008


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[quote=DoctorNurse]I agree, although i still really enjoy their full length, better than a lot of drivel that gets released. Reviewing this is actually why I joined the site.[/quote]

Agreed and welcome to the site. You'll discover a lot more good music here. And make sure you check out The Absence. You'll love them if you love Martriden.


DoctorNurse
December 11th 2008


475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Actually been trolling this site for some 9 months or so now. And yes, I've discovered many good bands here. Just can't believe this hadn't ever gotten a review...

Saidir
December 11th 2008


77 Comments


Actually been trolling this site for some 9 months or so now. And yes, I've discovered many good bands here.

Same here. My music aresnal has exploded since I got to Sputnik.
I've been wanting to review something for some time now... Too lazy.

Willie
Moderator
December 12th 2008


15976 Comments


Yeah, excellent review, The two songs on here sound awesome.

Digging: Necropoli - I

AngelPhoenix
December 12th 2008


2764 Comments


Their album took a while to grow on me, but it's quite good.

rasputin
December 12th 2008


14544 Comments


Downloaded this earlier today, will be sure to listen to it tonight.

Zoo
December 12th 2008


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This ep doesn't disappoint.

Essence
December 12th 2008


3585 Comments


Tracks are killer. Will check out soon.

DoctorNurse
December 12th 2008


475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I should hopefully get their album reviewed in the next week. Working all weekend and I'm right in the middle of Uni exams so it might take a while.

jrowa001
December 12th 2008


8750 Comments


i need to get this still. im a huge fan of their LP. its actually in my top 10 of '08

rasputin
January 6th 2009


14544 Comments


Yeah so this is really good. Will get their full length soon enough.

DoctorNurse
January 6th 2009


475 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad you like it. Full length is a hell of a lot of fun.

rasputin
January 8th 2009


14544 Comments


Bumped this to a 4, it's so good. Really need to get the full length.



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