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Review: Angel Martyr - Black Book: Chapter One
Angel Martyr
Black Book: Chapter One

Label: Iron Shield Records
Year released: 2017
Duration: 58:03
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: July 5, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Black Book: Chapter One

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)

This is the debut for Italian band Angel Martyr, who play a straight-ahead style of Power/Heavy Metal with crunching guitars, plenty of hooks, and rather charmingly nasal vocals. The whole is an attempt to hark back to the sound of the 80s, similar to a lot of US bands of the era such as Omen or Attacker, also adding in a definite Italian looseness such as from bands like Wotan. The riffs on here are really class and very catchy and air-guitar worthy. The sound is rough, but in a good way, and the songs are all rather tight and well written, without a lot of wasted space or dragging arrangements. That's a lot of what makes these sound like classic metal cuts – they go for the throat and don't waste time doing anything else. Vocalist/Guitarist Tiziano Sbaragli (also of Etrusgrave) has a high-pitched, kind of squeaky voice, but he is pro and always on note, and while he is nowhere near as good as classic singers like Harry Conklin or Bob Mitchell, he hits the same kind of vibe. This is a really strong debut, with a lot of energy and talent, along with some flaws that overall just make it seem more underground. A hugely entertaining album.

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