Martyr Art – FearFaith Machines

Self-Dubbed as digital metal, the Martyr Art sound is a voracious mix of varied metal and industrial/electronic textures with more besides from an artist which embraces technology as eagerly as the cauldron of flavours woven into his bold recipe of enterprise. FearFaith Machines is the new and fifth album from the band, a release which for fans and newcomers can only make for one compelling adventure.

Martyr Art is the one man project of Joe Gagliardi III, an Orange County musician whose skills on the guitar are as captivating as the songwriting, vocal prowess, and imagination which equally escape his invention. The band is truly a solo project with Gagliardi playing every instrument before recording, mixing and mastering every second of adventure making up FearFaith Machines. Since emerging in 2004, Martyr Art has shared stages with the likes of Corey Glover, Doyle, KMFDM, Drowning Pool, Saul Williams, Full Devil Jacket, Brick By Brick, Dead Empires, and Moon Tooth whilst releasing a host of well-received singles and EPs as well as those previous four full-lengths. Up to this point Martyr Art had evaded our radar but FearFaith Machines has corrected that and will for a whole new tide of fans such its striking offerings.

The album starts with Motion, metallic electronic pulses and temptations luring ears before raw steely smog brings a rousing scourge of groove and alternative metal awash with industrial espionage. Quickly Gagliardi shows his vocal diversity as throat scarred and clean tones intermingle with the former heading the virulent contagion. Equally his craft on the guitar further ignites the tempest, shredding and picking multi-cultural sonic temptations.

The following cyclone of The Pleasure of Pain is just as invasively magnetic, its industrial inclinations steering the listener towards the waiting metal bred uproar. The cycle repeats with even greater heat and intensity, vocals again a great blend of attack and enterprise matching the adventurous emprise of sound. Like a maelstrom of Rabbit Junk, Squidhead, and Cynical Existence, the track is a captivating fury more than matched by next up Who Are You. The third song scowls as it plunders the senses, raging with punk dissonance as again a web of styles and flavours unite with voracity and imagination on the way to forging another major highlight within the release.

Across the sinister almost psychotic Just and the superb Constrict, the album simply expands its landscape of sound and captivation, the second of the two almost primal in its breath yet precise in its layers of boldly varied texture and spicing while their successor, Thundering, is a dark seduction with hues of bands like Type O Negative and Sisters Of Mercy to its irresistible gothic rock/post punk serenade.

Final track is Binary Slavery, a carnivorous slice of industrial metal gnawing at the senses yet soothing the wounds with melodic caresses though they too come with an edge of trespass to their infectious exploits. It is a rousing end to the album highlighting the craft, imagination, and bold fusions making up the heart of FearFaith Machines.

Gagliardi creates something that is nothing less than unique from the familiar styles and sounds he weaves with, indisputable evidence coming with one of the most fascinatingly individual and simply enjoyable encounters this year.

FearFaith Machines is out now; available @

Pete RingMaster 01/12/2018

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Moghul: Dead Empires

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    Dead Empires, the new EP from UK metallers Moghul, reveals what it would be like to be enclosed within through the iron jaws of a leviathan, sucked down its oppressive throat, and digested within a cavernous expanse of depths with a tar thick consumption of unrelenting energy and sonic acid. It is a monster of a release, not only in weight and length but in emotive resonance and exhausting intensity.

The quartet from Birmingham since forming last year, has built a sizeable name for themselves through their live performances which has seen them alongside the likes of as Conan, Black Magician, Slab and Alunah. Their demo track Blood & Ceremony of last August also marked the band as ones to watch soon followed by the digital release of Dead Empires. Now with additional availability on a limited edition vinyl edition through Devizes Record, the EP is getting another deserved push. Consisting of just two massive tracks, the release easily explains why the quartet of vocalists/guitarists James Neuenhaus and Joseph Barber, bassist Adam Wiseman, and vocalist/drummer Tom Woods, are becoming the talk of UK rock, their fusing of doom, sludge, stoner, and classic heavy rock an epic and very persuasive mixture. Each song on the EP is a journey, an overwhelming testing sonic odyssey but one offering nothing less than the richest rewards.

First track Dead Empires is immediately gnawing slowly on the ear, its lumbering breath and ravenous heart from the first second MOGHUL Coverunleashing ten minutes of unrelenting consumption, an erosive wrap of intensive doom and somber melodic sonics. It is a bleak and sapping trudge from start to finish but equipped with a seductive swagger and slow infectious persistent groove. With leaden riffs from the prowling bass and equally intensive riffs from the guitars, the song breathes and bleeds morose dark fervency whilst the beats and rhythms just bruise until submission is inevitable but continuing with the same menace thereafter to confirm capitulation. Such its might it is impossible not to be willingly overwhelmed by the viscid tempest of sound and invention and revel in its gruelling and inspiring sludge tsunami.

The thirteen minute second track Hidden Hand, whilst remaining an intensive and melancholic wrap delves into a lighter sonic endeavour bringing a psychedelic shimmering to its caustic melodic grandeur. Do not be mistaken, the song is still a juggernaut of challenging laboured riffs and demanding rhythms but with a different acidic compulsion to its deeply expressive sullenness. Like the first, the atmosphere of the song is as contagious as the senses fretting sounds but together they explore a different diversity of shadows and emotional darkness. The bass again stands out as the prime predator but every aspect of the track is as intimidating and challenging as they are sonically seductive and irresistible.

Dead Empires is an impressive introduction to the power and imaginative craft of Moghul and the declaration of one of the best infiltrators and manipulators of the senses in quite a while. Watch out for the name and sounds of this emerging talent.

RingMaster 28/01/2013

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