Becoming The Martyr – It Seems More Likely Sickness

Hailing out of Red Deer, AB, Becoming The Martyr rocked like hell.

Yep, I had to use the past tense. They were briefly active, 2005-2008, and only had this one LP, It Seems More Likely Sickness. It’s heavy as fuck, and really rather epic-sounding. I don’t always go for the demon-screaming vocals, but they fit these songs, and are kept to a minimum (usually). I still prefer it when he actually sings…

Anyway, the band is rock solid, and the riffs are cut from solid steel. The songs are intricate, but not overwhelming. They also usually go about 100 mph, which is awesome. Some of it brings Baroness and Mastodon, even Dragonforce to mind… The musicianship is stellar. Labels on web sites I found call it “melodic metalcore,” or “blackened metalcore.” I’m sure there are folks that know the difference, and what’s meant by these…

The production here is also noteworthy. This is just a great-sounding CD. Nothing is buried, the mix is perfect, and everything rings clear and true and frickin’ huge.

I bought this CD on spec, at work. It was still in the shrinkwrap! When I got it home and, upon opening it up, was greeted by the motto “GIVE US METAL OR GIVE US DEATH!!!!,” I knew I was onto something…

In Sum:

I really loved this CD, and will be playing it again. And again.


Posted on February 10, 2017, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. It’s my turn to go “dang”. Never heard of them! Not so keen on “metalcore” but I’ll check them out.


  2. Metal or Death? That’s a bold opening ultimatum!


  3. I’m not sure what “blackened metalcore” means, but I intend to listen and find out.


  4. Never heard of this lot. Will jump on the old Spotify train and give it a listen…


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