Betraying the Martyrs
Breathe In Life


3.0
good

Review

by funtenot USER (1 Reviews)
June 9th, 2012 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Betraying The Martyrs offer an album that has some very bright moments (Man Made Disaster), but the remainder is plagued by bland songwriting and no defining direction. Maybe next time.

I actually discovered this band by seeing them live on the Born of Osiris tour a while ago. I had never heard of them before, and after a half decent live show, I went home and decided to check out some of their songs at a reasonable volume. The first song that came up on youtube was the video for Man Made Disaster. Lo and behold, this song was very very strong and had me listening to it a few times in a row actually. The vocals in the song struck me as quite good. The screams are harsh and aggressive, and the cleans from the keyboard player were unique and a nice change of pace. The guitar parts were surprisingly pretty decent and kept things interesting even from a guitar players viewpoint with some nice riffage and melodic tremolo picking. The first breakdown with the nice keyboard part actually had me grooving in my computer chair like a complete doofus. The song shines as a whole and I thought this band had a lot to bring to the table. Unbeknownst to me, this song was deceivingly good and after listening to their other video for tapestry of me, I jumped the gun and got the whole album assuming the other songs were going to be up to par. Strike one for me.

The rest of the songs on this album aside from tapestry of me, have some glaring issues. For starters, I failed to recall any resemblance of the other track names, which indicates that the songs themselves fail to stand out. The other 7/11ths of this album (filler songs omitted) is a dull hodgepodge to say the least. There are almost no defining moments in the remainder of the play time. It is full of boring breakdowns, uninspired instrumentation and poor, repetitive songwriting. There is no movement and the album flatlines. I honestly felt like putting in a false advertisement claim for this album. I was quite confused at how a band could make 2 VERY strong songs in a played out deathcore genre, and then completely lay a steaming loaf for the vast majority of the tracks. Go figure.

Apart from the mostly soft songwriting, there were a few things I feel like I have to give this band credit for. I found the production on this album to be quite tasteful. The guitar tone is very heavy, but not too muddy for the most part. As far as the bass goes, I don't know about you guys but I could actually pick out the bass part quite easily which is a rarity. This added to the heaviness of the album in a very positive way. The drummer wrote some tasty parts as well considering how weak some of the songs get, so i'll give him props in that department. The guitarists actually come up with some pretty decent parts every once in a while, but then take 10 steps back by putting a half assed idea in afterward. Lastly, the vocals came out as being a strong part of this album. I rather enjoyed the combination of Aaron Matts' overly harsh vocals and the keyboardists full, clean vocals. I feel as though it would have been easy to ruin the vocals by having a whiny, high pitched singer but they compliment each other nicely. Finally, and completely unrelated, the interlude Liberate Me-Ex Inferis is actually pretty cool.........just saying.

In conclusion, if this album didn't have Man Made Disaster and Tapestry of Me, then this album is a giant waste of everyone's time. The strength of these songs has me wondering if they can pull together and put out a more driven and organized product, but don't hold your breath.


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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 8th 2012


50510 Comments


Why would anyone listen to a band with such a stupid name

Devastator
June 8th 2012


2506 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Its a very meh album, some cool moments but some downright awful ones.

TooLateToGoBack
June 8th 2012


1775 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I liked Man Made Disaster.

Devastator
June 8th 2012


2506 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Man Made Disaster is the best track off of this by a longshot.

auberginedreams
June 8th 2012


6053 Comments



Why would anyone listen to a band with such a stupid name


Digging: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Pamyu Pamyu Revolution

MMX
June 9th 2012


4829 Comments


"Why would anyone listen to a band with such a stupid name


Digging: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Pamyu Pamyu Revolution"

Different Language. If I had to guess it's probably Japanese or something Asian

auberginedreams
June 9th 2012


6053 Comments


yeah it's japanese haha. i'm just messing with trebor, i agree that betraying the martyrs is a terrible name, but it was funny seeing his pamyu pamyu dig right beneath that comment.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 9th 2012


50510 Comments


You got me there

MMX
June 9th 2012


4829 Comments


I swear to god if that's J-pop I'll kill someone

auberginedreams
June 9th 2012


6053 Comments


it is most definitely j-pop.

MMX
June 9th 2012


4829 Comments


someone is gonna die
It will probably be Flutter

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
June 9th 2012


50510 Comments


The best j pop

auberginedreams
June 9th 2012


6053 Comments


haha yeah he has it coming for that brony avatar.

auberginedreams
June 9th 2012


6053 Comments


yeah it is very good for j-pop mmx.

J0ckstrapsFTW
June 9th 2012


3652 Comments


Man made disaster is the only song worth listening to because of the BoO rip off breakdown

MMX
June 9th 2012


4829 Comments


I just hate J-pop because when I drive me and my friends I will have Fugazi or something playing. Then
in the middle of a fucking song they rip out my ipod, turn up the volume to max and start blasting J-
pop.

Fucking hate j-pop with a passion because of this.

BodomThrashMachine
June 9th 2012


316 Comments


^ Your avatar is gay son.

BodomThrashMachine
June 9th 2012


316 Comments


Sorry ponies are for non-male or 12 year olds. :D

mrbloke
June 9th 2012


200 Comments


Sounds like there was only 2 good tracks on the whole thing. Wouldn't a 3 be too high in that case?




sspedding
June 9th 2012


4773 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i lold

'The first breakdown with the nice keyboard part actually had me grooving in my computer chair like a complete doofus'

Man Made Disaster and Martyrs are rate good.



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