Betraying the Martyrs are a great band, of that there is no doubt. They are often better than most bands they are on any given bill with, yet they don’t seem to have reached the same level of success as those bands. Well, I think that might be about to change.
The Resilient, the band’s newest album proves that they can throw out more original ideas over the course of one album than most bands can muster over the course of an entire career. The first thing that hits when you put this album on is the accessibility of it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still heavier than T-Rex testicles, but the heavy moments are punctuated and even accentuated by the orchestration that creeps in, lending it more bombastic, operatic feel than ever before. I kid you not, there are moments on here that sound like Behemoth getting into a knife fight with Nightwish which is a compliment.
The clean vocals cut through and are used at the most opportune times and achieve maximum impact, they improve the songs rather than detract from them, and it’s nice to see an emphasis placed upon them. This is an album that feels very big in its scope and ambition. This is how heavy music should be, interesting, crushing but also accessible and like it could conquer entire worlds.
If you have never heard of Betraying the Martyrs or have found yourself on the fence about them, then I really suggest you change that by giving this album a good spin, prepare to be impressed and have some of the catchiest choruses you will hear in heavy music all year. This album is so good, in fact, that we are even prepared to let them off for that Frozen cover.
‘The Resilient’ is out now via Sumerian Records.