Mark Martins

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A music addict who lives in Dublin

Articles by Mark Martins

Pray For Sound – Waves

In a genre where it has become more and more difficult to stand out, small things make a big difference. Pray For Sound have been around since 2011 and are part of the newer generation of American Post Rock bands. They have made themselves known by par …

PSOTY – Sunless

Sunless shows us a band at their peak of creativity, who are not afraid to explore uncharted territories and blur the lines between genres.

Glacier – No Light Ever

Glacier was clearly on a mission to show things are done, how to sound heavy, dynamic and how to create something that is their own, with their own identity. Do yourself a favour and listen to this album.

Catacombe – Scintilla

I have listened to Catacombe for quite a few years and I remember speaking to Pedro Sousa back in 2011 when he was mostly working alone in the band. At the time the band was about to release their first full length called Kinetic, which I absolutely fe …

Pillars – Cavum

As cliché as it might sound, this is a perfect balance between melody and heaviness. I don’t hear magic Post Rock formulas being used or rehashed. I hear a band with an identity. They definitely challenged themselves and upped their game with Cavum.

A Perfect Circle – Eat The Elephant

I feel A Perfect Circle didn’t release the best album of their career but they released what they wanted and what they felt was right at this time. The final result is a good balance of their distinct and cemented sound while trying to add even more dimensions, details and influences.

Toundra – Vortex

This album deserves to be appreciated. It’s inspiring, highly energetic, full of riffs, hooks, melody. What else do you need?

Coldbones – Where It All Began

There are no parts that drag on for way too long and no unnecessary fillers. I’m happy the album is the way it is and I’m sure the band is too.

Yndi Halda • Staghorn • Year of Glad – La Vitrola, Montreal

Mark Martins got up, close and personal with Yndi Halda at Montreal’s intimate La Vitrola.

Zombie Picnic – Rise Of A New Ideology

While paying homage to bands such as Pink Floyd and King Crimson, Zombie Picnic are still one of the most refreshing acts I’ve heard this year.

Sagor Som Leder Mot Slutet – II

II is devastatingly beautiful. Sagor Som Leder Mot Slutet know very well how to translate feelings into melody.

Long Distance Calling – Boundless

Overall, It’s a good, well-written album with some really strong tracks. It’s like a comfortable place, where everything is cozy and familiar.

Weedpecker – III

‘III’ checks all the right boxes: there’s melody, heaviness, riffs, guitars galore, beautiful vocals, imagery and so much more yet to discover.

This Patch of Sky – These Small Spaces

They became more minimalist, more themselves and yet there’s so much more territory to explore. The band just found a beautiful path leading to somewhere glorious.

BLAK – Between Darkness and Light & Track premier – In the Absence of Light – Eigengrau

This is music with a purpose and the purpose is to offer a very rewarding listen. Undoubtedly it will figure among the best newcomers of the year and at the top of the best album lists.

Glacier – Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet, They Shall Be White As Snow; Though They Be Red Like Crimson, They Shall Be As Wool

The musicianship has matured and the crescendos and other Post Rock clichés are gone. They have now embraced their more Post Metal side seem so comfortable with it. All their efforts were put into this and the final result is one of the best instrumental albums of 2017.

Antethic – Ghost Shirt Society

We need more bands pushing the boundaries as there still is much more to explore. We can settle for quality but the experience is much more rewarding if we add originality, creativity, passion and adventurousness. Listening to this makes me want to check their back catalog but this album is keeping me way too busy. One of the best surprises of 2017 so far.

Astralia – Solstice

I’m still blown away every time I listen to ‘Solstice’. I’m finding small details that just make me enjoy it even more. Everything about this record makes me want to close my eyes and drift away. It’s perfect evening music, it’s perfect relaxing music, it’s perfect meditation music.

Shela from Riding Pânico

It was a long 4 years since Homem Elefante but Riding Pânico are back with a few changes to their line-up. We caught up with Shela, their keyboard player, regarding their most recent effort entitled Rabo de Cavalo, what inspires the band, how they …

Russian Circles and Cloakroom – Whelan’s, Dublin

It’s impressive to see how comfortable the band has become playing these songs live and how effortless it seems.

Junius – Eternal Rituals For The Accretion Of Light

This is by far their most diverse and best effort to this day. The experience of listening to ‘Eternal Rituals For The Accretion Of Light’ has made me realize how I always took this band for granted. As much as I loved their past albums – especially ‘Martyrdom’ – I never realized how special they are for me until this point.

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