|Having built up extremely high expectations with their brilliant debut album 'Paradise Belongs To You' I must admit this album is a bit of a let down. 'Martyre' is more diverse then their previous work but also a lot less heavy. The focus has shifted more towards the atmospheric and romantic side of things than towards the death/doom side.|
The CD counts no less then 12 (one being a re-recorded version of 'Thou Art Free') romantic depressive jewels and definately knows how to touch the soul of anybody who has ever loved and lost. The epic guitar solo's combined with its slow pace give the album its sad feel. Besides the already known grunts and spoken word, Thomas now also truly sings with clean vocals and uses a type of voice best described as "Darren White'ish" (ex-Anathema).
While all in all a good album with a definite sad romantic feel to it, I can't help but get the feeling that considering 'Paradise Belongs To You' they could have done better. And since half of the members (incl. main songwriter, Kim Larsen) left the band after this album I guess we will never again witness another jewel like that.
2. Inflame Thy Heart
3. Empty Handed
5. A Poem (Written In Moonlight)
6. Softly On The Path You Fade
7. Thou Art Free
8. Drown My Sorrow
9. Lost My Way
10. Loss (In Memoriam)
11. Thus My Heart Weepeth For Thee
12. In Your Shining Eyes
Duration : Approx. 63 minutes
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