The Resilient is the third album from French metallers Betraying The Martyrs. It’s a fairly decent piece, if a little generic at times, but nevertheless packs a punch.
The wall of sound that the band projects is very in-your-face and doesn’t just grab your attention, it demands it. It’s noisy, it’s heavy, and it’s aggressive, which is great, but the melodic sections are a little weaker because they feel almost like they have been tacked onto the heavier sections – the lines just sound like every chorus in a metalcore song, and it messes with the flow a little because it makes the music sound less original.
Despite this, The Resilient is still a solid album, with songs such as opener Lost For Words being an awesome aural assault on your eardrums – the harsh vocals in the sparser section work especially well! – and later song (Dis)Connected features one of the better clean vocal lines in an emotionally-driven chorus that is begging to be sang along to!
The Resilient is nothing ground-breaking, but despite this it’s still a good listen to have a bit of a headbang to – and I have a strong feeling that they’ll be great in a live environment, so make sure you head down to one of their upcoming shows next month to see them for yourself!
06 Feb – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach
07 Feb – Birmingham – O2 Institute 3
08 Feb – Glasgow – Cathouse
09 Feb – Manchester – Sound Control
10 Feb – London – O2 Academy Islington