Martriden – Encounter The Monolith (2010) Review
Martriden came out of nowhere (Montana) in 2006 with a self produced album that sounded about as clean as any death metal album I’d heard before. The album will filled with awesome riffing and the tracks rocked. Some of my old “Logan’s Inbox” videos used their riffs as intro music (I sent them aGPU as a “thank you”).
Their second CD was cleaner but I didn’t think it was a catchy or as fun as the first. It was more epic and a clear progression. Now we have Encounter the Monolith. This is their most epic work to date. First, here is what the band had to say about it:
“We feel it contains some of the most brutal, epic, and perhaps most importantly, the most interesting bits of music we’ve put together. We are confident that it is the best collection of songs we’ve composed!”
I don’t want to let them review their own work but that’s a really good way to sum it up. I also want to note that they did everything themselves from the recording to the cover artwork (done by Shane Howard).
This CD is extremely epic and dynamic. There are some more progressive moments as well. The guitars will soar for a while and then we will come to an eerie calm. They incorporates strictly for the purpose of atmosphere, and there is a hell of a lot of atmosphere here. There is absolutely no cheesy moments on this album.
It’s almost hard to categorize. Before I would call them death metal and be done with it. Now there are a lot of progressive and melodic elements. If I had a gun to my head I would classify them as “blackened melodic death metal” (and the killer would be forced to shoot himself!).
The songs are more of a journey than before. Most are around 7 – 10 minutes in length and they do not get repetitive. This material is much more interesting than what they did on their last two albums (not that they are bad). You really just have to listen to it. I’d recommend if for just about anyone who likes metal.
Let me know how you like it.
Check out some samples on their evil myspace page: ..LINK..
“Encounter the Monolith” track listing:
|1.||The Three Metamorphoses||08:21|
|2.||Heywood R. Floyd||08:42|
|5.||Encounter the Monolith||06:32|
|6.||Death and Transfiguration||10:08|
|Total playing time||45:00|
There has been a lot of insanely good music coming out this year and this is right up there with the best of it.