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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: 4/5

Review online: July 15, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Black Book: Chapter One

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

I've compared a lot of bands to Iron Maiden over the years. Italy's Angel Marty do many of the same things that made Maiden's legend and they do them not only well but without actually treading on the NWOBHM titan's toes too much.

If Angel Martyr's debut, Black Book: Chapter One, was a dart thrown at the Maiden board at the local pub it would hit somewhere in the Number of the Beast/Piece of Mind/Powerslave ring, a time when the band was still writing ultra-catchy choruses but starting to get a bit more epic in terms of song length and subject matter. Despite having only one guitarist, Angel Martyr's riffs are full and crunchy with solos very much from the Murray/Harris school. The bass fills in the for the second guitar nicely at it gallops along in Steve Harris fashion. Where Angel Martyr start to forge a more individual sound are the vocals like a high, clear, less screechy John Cyriis, and the songwriting which possesses a spooky, almost Doom vibe like early Warlord. Some of the longer songs sag under their own weight at times and the "harsh" vocals on "Eric the Conqueror" are an experiment best abandoned going forward. The speed and excitement of "They...Among Us" and "Turn on the Fire" more than make amends. Even the muddy production works in the band's favor, recalling a different time in the history of metal music.

Black Book: Chapter One is a promising start for Angel Martyr and I'm anticipating big things in the future.

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