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Martiria is an epic/doom metal rock band formed back in the '80s and re-founded (after a long pause) in 2002. Five album published (last one R-Evolution, with ex Black Sabbath Vinny Appice - 2014).

The band was formed back in the '80s. At the beginning the band was very much oriented towards Doom/Metal sounds such as: early Candlemass and Black Sabbath. After releasing just a few demos and featuring various musicians, in 1998 the members of the group decide to take a break for a while in order to experience different projects. (continue)

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Album: R-Evolution ( 2014 )

REVIEW

Date: February '14
Author: Chris Galea
Vote: 92%
Language: English
Website: http://www.powerofmetal.dk
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Even those tracks I liked less have enough going on….a guitar arpeggio here….a verse there…..some tasteful keyboards…..that make them worth listening to over again.

I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about Martiria’s previous album (2012’s “Roma S.P.Q.R.”). It was a good effort but there were a few specific issues that I found it hard to take in. With their new “R-evolution” album, the band seems to have addressed each of those issues with the result that…lo and behold, they’ve created an absolute killer of an album.

First surprise is the band’s new vocalist: Flavio Cosma, whose singing is huge, epic and at times gave me the goosebumps. ‘The Road to Tenochtitlan”, for instance, has him singing like a sort of Glen Hughes let loose in a moshpit. In ‘R-evolution’ Cosma showcases his vocal range and uses his Italian accent to his own advantage.

Although the drums are not as self-indulgent as one might presume when the drummer is a certain Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven And Hell), their sound is fantastic and Appice seems to have a magical feel about what’s going on. The riffs are another highlight of the album…many examples to choose from here but again ‘The Road to Tenochtitlan’ gets my top vote.

Even those tracks I liked less have enough going on….a guitar arpeggio here….a verse there…..some tasteful keyboards…..that make them worth listening to over again. In this context ‘The Mark of Cain’ springs to mind.

When Martiria play Doom Metal they’re quite amazing but “R-evolution” has the band flirting with other genres too. In ‘Grim Reaper’, for instance, the tempo and aggression point at Thrash. ‘Salem’, on the other hand, starts like a Rhapsody-inspired Power Metal song but the bass and drums give it a rougher edge. I think this musical eclecticism ultimately benefits the dynamics of “R-evolution” giving it an Epic character. Not even the artwork dampened my enthusiasm.

Great stuff!

© Chris Galea

 

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