Artist: Scar the Martyr
Album: Scar the Martyr
Released: Out Now
Some musicians become million selling megastars with not much musical talent *cough* Nickleback *cough*. Others release mega hits which leave you scratching your head about how they have got so big due to them being terrible *cough* Nickleback *cough*. Other musicians on the other hand can set up band after band who are amazing, can play multiple instruments ridiculously well and still remain cool as hell to everybody. Joey Jordison is one of those men. He is best known as the drummer in metal titans Slipknot, he also brought out amazing albums as part of the Murderdolls, man the dude even once stood in as drummer for Metallica with an hours notice to help them headline Download festival when their drummer Lars Ulrich became ill. Now he is back once again with his new metal band and their self-titled new album Scar the Martyr and what do you know, he has done it again.
This is an album that delivers metal music at it’s very finest. 14 tracks of the very finest in all things heavy come your way, opening with an industrial field of noise, creating a post-apocalyptic soundscape before busting into sludgy, riff-heavy debut single ‘Blood Host’. There is no let up but be prepared to sit and listen as this is a long album. As stated before this is 14 tracks in length and most of these songs surpass the 5 minute mark so if you are more into quick, fast, blasts then this really wont be the album for you. If on the other hand you like to immerse yourself in an album then give it a go and you will be treated to an album of astonishing vastness.
If it wasn’t for the band members other outfits (as well as Jordison the band also consists of members of Nine Inch Nails, Darkest Hour and many more) you could call this a stunning debut album but with pedigree like this it would of been more shocking if it wasn’t. It’s a dark, stomping album, plucking from the artists knowledge of industrial, of metal, of soundscapes but there is also true melody. Most prevalent in tracks like ‘My Retribution’ hitting with a melody that easily gets caught in the brain. Same can be said for ‘Prayer for Prey’, haunting, heavy, yet melodic. Singer Henry Derek hits a good balance of clean and nasty vocals throughout the album and helps to steer the album through some of the more intense mash-ups of noises you are faced with.
All in all Scar The Martyr have delivered a confident and ambitious debut album here which could very well last the distance and make them a strong name in the metal world and not just because of the band members past. It will easily stand up proud next to bands such as Fear factory, KMFDM, et-al. Big, strong, sometimes, scary Industrial at it’s finest.