"Martyr" (Twisted Prophet; 2015)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Let's discuss the elephant in the room before we go any further. As I've said on countless pages here on the wide world of Rough Edge, I don't like politics in my music. In fact, I usually hate it. When I hit play on my stereo, I want to have fun, I want to party, I want to bang my head with wild abandon. I want to escape the dredges of my every day life and I want to leave any lingering anger, malice or depression far, far behind. Political rock'n'roll forces me to think and, depending on the point of view, tends to rile me up. Pass. I'll take "Rock'n'Roll All Nite and Party Every Day" anytime. 

So when I opened up the gatefold on Killing Tyranny's "Martyr," and saw the Last Supper painting with pictures of politicians replacing the disciples and Uncle Sam taking the place of Jesus, I thought, "Well, this is one CD I'm not going to enjoy."

I was wrong. Again. But you're used to that if you're a regular reader.

I really enjoyed "Martyr." It's a heavy metal album in the style of Metallica and Megadeth, perhaps not quite as heavy but close. It's fast-paced, well-produced and musically adroit. Most of the tracks are driving rockers that if they're not thrash, they're damn close. Occasionally a track like the poignant "God Bless the Child" comes along, which sounds like one of those famous Motley Crue ballads (by the way, the guitar solo in  this track is fierce and perfect, as are most of the solos herein. Nice work, Daniel Waldrop!). Vocalist George Gregory has a great voice for this type of music, dripping with attitude and hitting glorious, Halford-like high notes throughout.

Yeah, some of those political statements creep in here and there, but most of them are all-encompassing rather than one-sided making "Martyr" a whole lot easier to listen to than any Rage Against the Machine album.

Killing Tyranny: George Gregory; Daniel Waldrop; Chase Ehle; Kristopher Towne Hams.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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