It has become clear to us all by now that the Slipknot machine is one that isn’t the easiest to start up. When they start rolling they are a formidable force, but with so much going on outside of the band, it’s obvious that getting everyone’s commitment at the same time is pretty tough. A lot of that must stem from the fact that Slipknot has more than one star in the ranks. Most bands have a frontman that roams around while the rest of the band wait for album time to come again. Slipknot have that, but they have plenty of other members capable of holding their own outside of the Slipknot camp too.
Joey Jordison is a prime example. Not happy with having Murderdolls to occupy his time off he now has Scar The Martyr to channel his creativity. This self-titled debut sees him joined by former members of Strapping Young Lad, Nine Inch Nails and Darkest Hour. Vocals are handled by Henry Derek who has cool Faith No More era Patton quality mixed with some flat out aggression of err…Corey Taylor to his pipes.
That’s where Slipknot comparisons end however. Scar The Martyr is a complete different kettle of fish.
Scar The Martyr combine some metal edged electronics, some nu metal bounce with some of the crunch and atmospherics of old Fear Factory. The overriding feeling is very classic though. These are proper songs with classic structures viewed through a modern day rock and metal lens. It’s (obviously) hard to pigeon-hole. One minute you’ll be drawing comparisons to Mudvayne, then Deftones and then…well you get the picture.
‘Anatomy of Erinyes’ has a dream-like atmospheric vibe that builds slowly. ‘Never Forgive Never Forget’ is a nastier body of work but there’s plenty in between that’s even more interesting. Early on, ‘Dark Ages’ has some pummelling riffs blasting over a harsh and eerie science fiction-type soundtrack.
It seems that Slipknot members rarely fall short of the mark when it comes to their main band and their side-projects. Scar The Martyr is yet another success for one of the boiler-suited crew. This is a cool and perhaps quite unexpected direction for Jordison. Yet we shouldn’t really be surprised at its quality should we!