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Hailing from the far reaches of Montana, the quartet Martriden may be geographically ways away from the well-tread Gothenburg path, yet there's a similar strain of bleak isolation shared between this act and those which come from where metal reigns. On Martriden's 25-minute, four-song excursion, skull-crushing passages and soft interludes intertwine with the intricately dramatic blackened metal of bands such as Opeth and Enslaved on cuts like "Blank Eye Stare"in mind, while streams of death metal groove unleash your inner headbanger on tracks like "The Art of Death Infernal". This outfit's self-titled offering is a solid effort laden with the type of grandiose evil that should appeal to those into Emperor and At the Gates.
- Mike SOS