ALBUM: Betraying The Martyrs – The Resilient

Release Date: January 27th 2017
Label: Sumerian Records
Website: www.betrayingthemartyrs.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/wearebetrayingthemartyrs
Twitter: www.twitter.com/martyrstweets

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French metalcore crew Betraying The Martyrs may be best known for covering THAT song from the Disney flick Frozen (its almost hit 6 million views on YouTube), but what you might not know is that they’re actually a credible metal band in their own right, having formed almost ten years ago.

‘The Resilient’ marks the band’s third full-length record, and straight from opening track ‘Lost For Words’ there’s a notable increase to their more melodic and symphonic sides from their previous material. Keyboardist and clean vocalist Victor Guillet delivers an anthemic chorus that is sandwiched between high amounts of synth and breakdown-infused guitars. Some intricately pacey riffing throughout give the track a relatively technical feel, showing that the band aren’t afraid to mix the standard metalcore formula up.

The melody does oversaturate a touch in places with ‘Take Me Back’, and ‘Dying To Live’ holds a couple of examples of sweetly saccharine vocals. But, what these tracks may be lacking in grit and aggression, they certainly are made up for in catchiness and addictiveness; the live environment certainly beckons for them. On the flip side, when the band go heavy, they most certainly do. ‘(Dis)connected’ and ‘Unregistered’ contain a full-on brutal death metal assault from lead vocalist Aaron Matts with bone-crushingly heavy breakdowns slowing the pace right down and delivering a superb atmosphere.

Lead single ‘The Great Disillusion’ looks to be a staple in their live set for the future, with an emotively haunting tone and frantically riffing guitars right through the duration of the track, creating an interesting earworm, while highlight of the record ‘Behind The Glass’ is just plain catchy with a huge chorus.

The lyrical content is often uplifting, as depicted by “They try to break us down / Now we stand strong” on the title-track, and the anti-terrorist messages on ‘Won’t Back Down’, although the record loses a bit of uniqueness and momentum towards the end with ‘Waste My Time’ and ‘Ghost’ leaning a bit too heavily towards nu-metal territory.

While some of the generic metalcore elements to this record may grate for some, overall there’s a fair amount of ingenuity to pique the interest and raise the quality over being merely average. The real test will be if the band can deliver the combination of aggression, hooky choruses, and gothic synths to the live environment. As it stands, ‘The Resilient’ is a decent maturing of Betraying The Martyrs‘ core sound.

Written by Neil Criddle (@DJCriddz)

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