|Review: Saratan - Martya Xwar|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Thrash Metal
Review online: May 4, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
On Martya Xwar, Poland's Saratan (Arabic for "cancer" according to Metal-Archives) try to blend some Middle East influences with their standard Death/Thrash sound. Their success rate isn't particularly high as the exotic strings and percussion are used mainly as intros/outros and are distinctly separate from the songs they begin/end. Exceptions to this would be "The Sacred Path of Martya Xwar" which has a great atmosphere, one that makes you feel like you are walking through the seedier section of the local souk, and "Asmodea," where the guitar plays a Middle East-influence melody that blends well with the rest of the song. The rest of Martya Xwar is well played but dull due, in no small part, to the vocals, which are a monotonous yell. Because of this one song on Martya Xwar sounds a lot like every other song.
Saratan can play and Martya Xwar sounds terrific, but Melechesh have set the standard for Middle East-influenced Heavy Metal. Saratan still have a ways to go.
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