– by Scarlett
Artist Name: Martyr De Mona
Single Title: Memento / Contagion
Label: In At The Eye Records
Release Date: 1st December 2012
Genre: Rock / Progressive Metal
Location: Stourbridge, West Midlands
Midlands-based progressive metal outfit Martyr De Mona have been on our radar for a while now, though this is their first release with the new line-up following the bands untimely split earlier in 2012. We’ve been looking forward to hearing the outcome and to see which parts of Martyr de Mona’s overall sound survived. Thankfully the results do not disappoint! MdM retain their grunge-esque sound vocally via surviving member Louis Hale, and with their new modern metal guitar solo’s courtesy of Ant Rickett, they sound more together than ever before.
The band’s musical influences include Alice in Chains, Tool, Down, Alter Bridge, Black Sabbath and Soundgarden and I think you can hear a little piece of every one of those bands in Martyr De Mona’s latest creations.
‘Memento‘ and ‘Contagion‘ are perfect re-introductions to MdM and after listening to this double A side, we’re eager more than ever to see this new line-up live.