Martyrium – Destiny Wore A Bondage Mask

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: Art Gates Records

Released: 2016
Buy Album [URL]: http://www.artgatesrecords.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=105
Band Website: http://www.martyrium.co/

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Band line-up: 

Vanja Obscure – Vocals
Count Mortem – Guitar
Sherath – Guitar
Sandmist – Bass Guitar
Úmarth – Synths & Programming

Tracklisting: 

1. Through Masochistic Submission of Confinement
2. Oraculum Strigoi
3. The Sacrament
4. Night Penetrated Mare
5. Where no Shadows Cast the FIre Light
6. Inside the Confessional
7. A Seance for the Forgotten Realm
8. Nyctophilia
9. Angelus Mortem
10. Filth to Filth
11. Necropendulum
12. Demonica Saint
13. Masters of Gore

Review:

So, I’ve just spent the last week listening to Destiny Wore A Bondage Mask, which is Malta’s very own atmospheric extreme metal outfit, Martyrium’s fourth album. I’m glad I took my time with this album, as it’s  grown on me more and more with every listen. They describe themselves as industrial elements combined with black and death metal influences. Bringing together all of these styles took me on a journey from sole staining black metal-ness to the hauntings of a  horror film soundtrack. Whilst I totally enjoyed being dragged into the lower intestine of hell, at points I was left a bit confused. Let me explain a little more. ‘Filth to Filth’ is an industrial track with almost dance drum machine beats. The following track is ‘Necropendulum’, where once again I’m eating breakfast with the beast, at the same time as having layers of my face slowly pealed away by ferocious guitars riffs and Vanja Obscure’s demonic vocals. 

‘Oraculum Strigoi’ kicks in and quickly becomes one of my favourite tracks on the album. With hints of Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir, this track is the perfect starting point for a Martyrium newbie like me. 

‘The Sacrament’ is a great track and demonstrates how well the different elements of black metal works with dark industrial samples. Vanja Obscure’s vocals sound amazing. This track showcases the diversity of her voice, from full on rotting in hell growls to sweet cleans, sandwiching distorted industrial screams tightly in the middle. The guitars and synth strings carry the track through its many sections.

The onslaught continues with ‘Night Penetrated Mare’ and the epic ‘Where no Shadows Cast the Fire Light’.

‘Inside the Confessional’, ‘A Seance for the Forgotten Realm’ and ‘Nyctophilia’ mark a distinct change in direction on this album. There’s a big shift towards industrial rather than black metal. Don’t get me wrong, I think they are great tracks. Maybe it’s because I have not listened to Martyrium before, but somehow I just wasn’t expecting such a shift. The more I listen, the more I get it, and like it. If it says black metal and industrial on the tin, why am I surprised when that’s exactly what I get?

Another standout track ‘Angelus Mortem’ takes me back to metal with thunderous double kick drumming and sweeping guitar solos. Certainly for me it’s another one of the highlights. 

‘Filth to Filth’ follows with its industrial dance beats, then comes the glorious ‘Necropendulum.’ Back to industrial dance beats for ‘Demonica Saint’ before closing out with the final, full on black metal of ‘Masters of Gor’.

Destiny Wore A Bondage Mask is a great album, with some highlights that will definitely make my iPod playlist. The production is excellent. Vanja Obscure’s vocals are awesome. The band is tighter than Robert Plants 1970’s ball crushing jeans. At times I questioned how certain tracks followed each other, almost feeling a little disjointed. But all in all, a good album. 

Review by North Roxx

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