With its great textural depth,
sepulchral atmospheres, and exotic, richly detailed ritualistic passages, the
stunning, self-titled debut from the Greek male/female duo Martyria signifies
the arrival of a vital new entry into the world of ritual/dark ambience and a
welcome addition to the Malignant roster.
Running 41 minutes spread over
five tracks, the disc opens with "Logos", a haunting piece track of gorgeous
female keening, angelically drifting over a bed of primitive Byzantine rhythms
and liturgical chants.
It deftly sets the tone and lays the foundation for the
proceeding pieces, which move from bottomless, subterranean drift and
luminescent drones, to more sinister realms marked by slow, tribal percussion,
resonating wood instrumentation, and elongated vocalizations.
All of it flows
seamlessly, rising from tendrils of wood smoke and incense, rooted in spiritual
and ceremonial darkness, and bound together by atavistic and organic means.
"I'm braced for dark, haunting,
atmospheric. I'm anticipating compositions which emanate subterranean
spiritualism and mystery. And this is precisely what Martyria deliver"