Martyr Defiled - Young Gods album review

British deathcore upstarts learn to raise their game

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In the past year contemporary heavy music has really stepped up a notch. The grand sonic leaps of Gojira and Code Orange have meant that just turning up and beating down isn’t going to cut it in 2017. So when you first hit play on Young Gods Martyr Defiled initially only elicit shrugs. Opener Sins Of The Father and the following Bury Your Corpses Deep merely offer more of the same deathcore bluster that we’ve become accustomed to from the Lincoln quintet. So it’s credit to the band that around halfway through the record they realise this themselves and make a conscious effort to step beyond the confines of their comfort zone. Through Famine, War And Scorn adds discordant guitar lines beneath the brutality to make something truly sickening, Pestilent Bastille also features some melodic old-school lead guitars and doomy backing vocals that are miles away from typical deathcore staples. Carry on the road of the second half of Young Gods and Martyr Defiled could do something special next time around.

Stephen Hill

Since blagging his way onto the Hammer team a decade ago, Stephen has written countless features and reviews for the magazine, usually specialising in punk, hardcore and 90s metal, and still holds out the faint hope of one day getting his beloved U2 into the pages of the mag. He also regularly spouts his opinions on the Metal Hammer Podcast.