Holy Martyr
Style: Heavy (epic) Metal
Release date: 30 May, 2011
Playing time: 54:25

An Italian band writing songs with lyrics about ancient Japan, who's waiting for it? I am not, but as long as the music is good, the lyrics are not that important. But that is the second point about Holy Martyr, the music is very cliché and doesn't inspire me. Like on their previous album, they play a kind of epic heavy metal with influences of Iron Maiden and Manilla Road. Especially the Iron Maiden parts lie on top.

When I compare the songs with 'Hellenic Warrior Spirit', I can't say that they've improved. Also the vocal capacities of Alex Mereu are still not very strong. The album breaths out a 'just not' above average feeling. I feel no excitement with the stuff and the musicians just play their instruments without giving me the impression that they want to go for it all the way. After the complete album I have no intentions to press the repeat button, because after the 6th song I get bored and I don't think that's the goal.

Uninspired cliché epic metal, just for die-hard fans.


01. Iwo Jima
02. Invincible
03. Lord of War
04. Ghost Dog
05. The Soul of My Katana
06. Shichinin No Samurai
07. Takeda Shingen
08. Kagemusha
09. Sekigahara
10. Zatoichi

Label: Dragonheart Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 1 June, 2011
Website: www.myspace.com/hmartyr