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Betraying The Martyrs - Breathe In Life Review

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Betraying The Martyrs - Breathe In Life

Betraying The Martyrs - Breathe In Life

Sumerian Records
Deathcore is a genre that generates a lot of negativity from those not fond of the style. The French band Betraying The Martyrs is all about positivity, even though their music is aggressive and brutal. They describe their style as “positive music from the city of love.” Their full-length debut is Breathe In Life.

Not just another generic deathcore band, Betraying The Martyrs infuse some other influences. They have a heavy emphasis on symphonic black metal style keyboards in addition to the numerous breakdowns. The songs on Breathe In Life have a lot of metalcore cliches such as the aforementioned breakdowns along with squealing guitars and alternating harsh and melodic vocals.

The harsh vocals are effective, very low pitched and menacing. There are also hardcore style frenzied yells that add some diversity. The singing vocals are adequate, but nothing to write home about. The arrangements are often very dense, with thundering drums and thick riffs cutting through a wall of symphonic atmosphere. BTM push it to the edge of cacophony on songs like “Tapestry Of Me,” but back off into a groove or inject melody at just the right time.

While deathcore and symphonic metal are the obvious primary genres, you'll also hear some progressive and math-metal elements as well. The band will briefly channel Meshuggah before diving into another neck-snapping breakdown. And though there are some songs that don't completely work, I give Betraying The Martyrs credit for trying to be innovative in a genre that can certainly use it. They are on the right track with Breathe In Life and it's a solid foundation on which to build.

(released September 20, 2011 on Sumerian Records)

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