EPIC! Yeah this is really epic! Not everybody can like this, even I didn't like this when I listened at first, but the second and third times were so happy to me, that I can't explain.
I love their previous album, 'Time of Truth', so I listened to their fourth album as soon as I could. 70% of the songs partly sound on acoustic guitar, so that seemed to me very boring and I hardly listened till the end. If I hadn't listened to the 'Time of Truth'. I would say, that this album sucks, but, now I think that this album is for only chosen ones and little quality metalheads will not understand this music, will never understand everything, what is mentioned. Nobody will penetrate this album till the end, because 'On the Way Back
' is like draw-well, from which you can take water when you want and how much you want, and this water will never end.
What can I say about vocals? Rick has really great voice, but at first it seemed simple and weak to me, but time by time I realized, that this band doesn't need very strong vocal, Rick's voice is strong enough and perfectly fits in these cut guitar riffs. Bass can never be heard out of mix, but anyway, Derek's great skills can be felt in these riffs. Sorry, I don't know bass very well, so I can't talk too much about it. I love drums fills, drummer is really young Lars Ulrich.
Cantico is a classic intro for the album. Many bands are using intros like this for their albums, so this is way banal, but anyway, I like it. I find something unusual in these vocals, It makes me feel like I'm going deeper, deeper, deeper...
Drought is more of a protest song about humanity, as I hear by listening, than song about religion. It has cut guitar riffs, as in many other songs, while drummer does his job. Main riff sounds with keyboards. Guitar sounds classically, mainly played on first and second string and solo on last string. This song has some parts, when guitars calm down, it goes on ballad sound and while drum fills it goes on rough riffs. This symbolizes, that not everything will continue as it began, I think.
is one of the best songs in the album. It starts with acoustic guitars, while it goes on electric. Vocals are really epic. Drums, along with guitars strain my feelings and it all calms down again. The best part in this song is solo. It says even more, that what was meant to. Guitar riffs and keyboard parts, which are played while solo... Simply perfection. There is also second solo, which is played along the vocals, then calming down, then little solo again...
I don't understand, why next track is called 'Song'. Yeah it's song, but why it doesn't have actual name? Well, It's not my business, I must only listen and enjoy. In this song are used longed riffs, while in others are cut. Drum rhythm is one to two. Solo is so difficult to play, it's so quick and so beautiful, that can not be described with words...
is the first song I listened in this album (I first wanted to imagine, how this album would sound). So when I listened to it, I checked, is this really Martiria
or not? It has radically different sound. This song is played in two tempos. There is the part, when it is slow, and almost suddenly it speeds up. Great chorus. This song has many surprises, including solo, so I will not write everything here, who will listen to it, will understand me.
The Sower starts with folk instruments, I guess, and it touches my soul. It's pity, that they didn't continue whole song with this sound, but anyway song is great. It has quiet, almost acoustic, riffs. Vocals are slow and drummer plays on only hihats. Then smoothly it achieves Metal
sound and tempo. It has perfect bridges, which are mainly made by keyboards. Before solo starts, keyboards play one melody several times, and at last piano ends this melody. I love this part very much, because I think, that piano can sound with guitars and give great metal melody. After this starts amazing solo, which is ended with vocals, fading in the end...
Gilgamesh starts with some sound. I don't recognize, which instrument is it. Vocals are epic, with longed guitar riffs on first and second strings. I must confess that, not only this song, whole album has especial sound. As especial as this solo is. Starts with a little rough sound on fourth string, then everything calms down, Rick sings, Umberto hits only hihats. Suddenly situation strains and starts solo. Guitars sound along with keyboards, which makes epic atmosphere.
of the Guilties is my favorite song in this album. It's haunting! Listening to it, I feel like there is trap in front of me, made for them, who is guilty, it calls me, slaughter is prepared for me, because everyone of us is guilty in something! It starts with acoustic guitar and suddenly it gets heavy. I love chorus, when Rick sings: 'Fathers and Mothers! Let's play my game' and then little instrumental part... After this everything calms down and gets heavy again. The solo with two guitars, while one guitar playes solo and second supports it with repeating riffs on fifth string. It's simply awesome!
I don't know how to start talking about song, You Brought Me Sorrow
. It's a really sorrowful song, starts with acoustic guitars and then moves to electric sound. Great chorus, which is played along keyboards. Guitar solo, played in minor and many, many more...
Steps starts with vocals, sung with one melody, then continues with guitars, playing same melody. Vocals are epic. Majestic
chorus, it makes me tremble. I love the keyboard parts. There is one melody, played on acoustic guitars and singed on calm tone. Then starts epic part, when Rick sings, while guitars play riffs on first string. It's a pity, that this song has no solo, but it is so great, that even without solo, it kicks ass.
the last track, On the Way Back
, has same name with album. This song is played on only acoustic guitars. In this song I can see Andy's great guitar skills, mainly in the end, on solo. It's so difficult to play solo on acoustic guitars, because it's almost impossible to make hammer-ons and pull-offs on it, I suppose, Andy strums on every fret and on every string. If you had never tried to make hammer-ons on acoustic guitars, you will not understand...
is the band, which divides listeners to two groups, lovers and haters. Many people only don’t understand Martiria
's music, they think that this is uninspired and very simple, but if you like song completely as soon as you hear it at first time, this means that song is shit. To enjoy this album, you must be patient and listen to it several times, so try it if you are ready to give this album some chances and you will not regret.