If your heart was broken over the news of The Chariot calling it quits, get ready to mend some of those pieces with the hefty pulsating tones and ruthless cries of Completionist, the newest from Blood of the Martyrs. It’s every bit as intense as you would expect from a metalcore band – or as they would have it, just a group of guys doing what they love.
The album opens like a haunting score to a horror flick, before Blood of the Martyrs quickly tosses you into a heavy concoction of deep vocals and the customary metal power chords. Lyrically, they deliver a solid, faith-based message with clever wording that doesn’t seem to choke others out on faith. Completionist spreads the good news in an oxymoronic kind of way – light-hearted and brutal all at once.
Someone find me a fence to stand on, because the pros and cons of this record are about the same. The electronic inputs that show up frequently border on amateur, while the vocals have their phases of exasperation. At the same time, though, the subpar electronic parts give this album some twang amidst today’s repetitive metalcore scene. The strong foundation is in the charismatic energy of the drums and the manic and gravelly lows in the vocals – and, of course, the message professed through the lyrics.