ALBUM: Martyr Defiled – Collusion

Release Date: September 26th, 2010
Label: Siege Of Amidia Records
Website: None available


In recent years in the UK the government has been more observed, subjected and scrutinised by the media and most relevantly a subject of many band’s music in the alternative/rock/punk/metal scene. Sure there were always bands like NOFX going on about it, but take a look at Gallows‘Grey Britain’ and ‘Common Dreads’ by Enter Shikari.

Nottingham’s Martyr Defiled sound nothing like the aforementioned acts, but are taking on this subject with intelligence and brute force with their debut ‘Collusion’, saying themselves that it even takes a small take upon the plot of V For Vendetta; a film revolving solely around government corruption. ‘Collusion’ drives along on that very same idea, and with amount of venomous ferocity feeding its fire you’re going to pay attention.

Slowly trailing us in with in an unsuspected state with a weird synth/key effect with ‘Enigma’, you’re soon dropped in like an atomic bomb into first proper track ‘Maelstrom’, bludgeoning you every second of the way to the final seconds of instrumental closer ‘Archae’. The drum work is pummelling and intense, the guitars are relentless and intricate, and the vocals are the stuff nightmares are made out from. ‘III: Collusion’ features Ingested‘s Jay Evans for vocal contribution, and sounds like something that could well have been conjured up in the depths of the underworld, coming across as a big fuck you, screaming lines like “I want to see the look on your face as I take your life away” and “Who the fuck are you to tell me what to do?”. ‘An Act Of Sedition’ brings the exact same effect, delivering a breakdown the likes of DevilDriver and Suicide Silence would be jealous of before Matthew Jones spits out the live favourite “Freedom is a fucking lie!” with such conviction and strength to make you tremble.

The government is affecting a lot lately, especially in these times of recession. Clearly people both in the public and media are pissed off and want attention. With ‘Collusion’, Martyr Defiled doesn’t grab your attention by simply tapping you on the shoulder, instead they bring a sledgehammer to the back of your head.

Written by Zach Redrup