Martyr Defiled
In Shadows


4.0
excellent

Review

by TBliss2 USER (24 Reviews)
September 14th, 2012 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A surpsingly dynamic affair

Being the third release from these UK based upstarts, what is most refreshing about 'In Shadows' is the apparent metallic know how they display beyond the the relentless chug dependence of countless deathcore peers.

Indeed, from the blast beat led fury and glistening guitar leads of 'r_Evolution', the lurching groove of 'Nemesis' and 'Prison Walls' with its simmering malevolence, it is certainly true to say that this seven track EP is a surprsingly dynamic affair. This is not to say however there are not moments of straight forward chug-a-lug brutality, yet the monsterous breakdowns replete in 'Vultures' or the otherwise full throttle violence of 'Goldstein' hit home with such a devastating impact it is difficult to question their payoff, placed fantastically for an incisive effect.

What is also commendable is the variety of influences on display here, foregoing the usual beatdown fest with the occasion blast beat thrown in which seems to plague the genre. The both aforementioned 'Vultures' and 'Nemesis' impress with a deathly delivery, some venomous tremelo picked riffing and guttural outpouring really ramping up the blood thirsty ambience, whilst tracks such as closer 'Isolate' barrel along with a thuggish stomp and a churning mid-paced sensibility, displaying a rather more lumbering, yet equally as aggressive, hardcore esque attack.

'In Shadows' is nothing groundbreaking by any means, yet the tracks on offer show a level of songsmithery and instrumental ability which manages to keep proceeding both engaging and satisfying. More importantly, this is a release which is chock full of fun, and on this evidence should see the inception of some truly venue demolishing live shows. Exciting stuff.



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KILL
September 14th 2012


71796 Comments


martyr are better fuck these guys

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TBliss2
September 14th 2012


504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fair play.

Eulogize
September 14th 2012


2969 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, will be checking this out soon.

TBliss2
September 14th 2012


504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers buddy, its great stuff.

Captain666
September 14th 2012


652 Comments


this may not be my thing but i wanted to stop in and show my support

good review bro, posd

TBliss2
September 14th 2012


504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers dude, much appreciated :D

wacknizzle
September 14th 2012


13226 Comments


chugaluga mutha fugga

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TwoMonthsInTheCold
September 15th 2012


288 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, pos'd. Did you hear about the UK tour they've just done/are doing where every show is £2?

TBliss2
September 15th 2012


504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man. Yeah I did, missed them unfortunately when they played near me, I've heard good things about their live show.

Slander
September 30th 2012


1 Comments


Nice review, I will definitely have to check out this EP, I enjoyed Collusion a good amount so it sounds like I should definitely dig this as well

Surtur
October 9th 2012


520 Comments


Another great review dude! Awesome EP too!

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TBliss2
October 9th 2012


504 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks mate :D


Nikkolae
July 15th 2014


4848 Comments


think this might be my only favourite deathcore band atm

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