Mark Martins

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A music addict who lives in Dublin

Articles by Mark Martins

Riding Pânico – Rabo de Cavalo

Rabo de Cavalo is short and sweet and it’s also not your conventional and run of the mill Post Rock album. Riding Pânico are one of the most special bands for me for many different reasons. I would encourage everyone to check them out. Don’t only listen to this album, also check out their back catalog. Trust me, it will be worth your time.

Dayluta Means Kindness – When You’re Young You’re Invincible

Are they the most innovative band on the planet? The answer is no. Are they talented and is this a very enjoyable album to listen to on a quiet weekend afternoon? Most definitely yes. It’s a very humble album and shows great promise for a bright future. They are young and they are invincible.

Faltre – Elegeia

Elegeia features a musical concept, illustrated by the cover artwork and song titles. It tells of past wounds and future hopes. Of a journey into uncertainty. A beginning and possibly even an end.

Soen – Lykaia

With this third album ‘Lykaia’, Soen have now found their identity and can now comfortably move on to a more advanced stage where they can take more risks and make even better albums.

indignu – Ophelia

The arrangements are exquisite and it is even several steps ahead of their previous releases. One of my contenders for album of the year

Sioum – Yet Further

Yet Further is an extremely diverse record. It’s not easy to digest and might even be hard to listen to it in one go. However, once it all sinks in, you will keep coming back for more. Without a doubt one of biggest surprises and one the best instrumental albums of 2016. By Mark Martins

Temples – ladəs

This type of music really puts a smile on my face. It’s the perfect soundtrack to the summer. – By Mark Martins

Tides From Nebula – Safehaven

This is perhaps Tides From Nebula’s most accomplished record to date. It’s melodic and soothing, perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon. Very easy and enjoyable album to listen to. – By Mark Martins

Au Revoir – Veles

It’s fearless, ambitious, risky, challenging and emphatic. I find it really hard to say something bad about it. This is one of those albums which ticks all the right boxes. I am so happy to see Au Revoir have finally found themselves and still have so much more in them for the future. Can’t wait! By Mark Martins

Kokomo – Monochrome Noise Love

Overall, great job done combining doomy, dark and intense Shoegaze with lots of heavy riffing and a fantastic sense of urgency. The album works as a whole and as a whole it is greater than the sum of its separate parts. By Mark Martins

Sonnöv – Caballo Perdedor

This album might not be extremely innovative nor groundbreaking, but this is a great album to kick off 2016 and will certainly put Sonnöv’s name on the instrumental music map. – By Mark Martins

Latitudes – Old Sunlight

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to an album of such intensity. There’s not one second on this album that is not executed to perfection. – By Mark Martins

Baroness – Purple

It’s clearly noticeable they put a lot of love into this and pushed themselves to release the best music possible. It is definitely their most accessible album to date but in no doubt another invaluable piece added to their discography. – By Mark Martins

Cataya – Sukzession

With the year coming to an end and everyone wanting to get their best of lists ready, this is by far one of the best instrumental releases of 2015 and maybe worth including in your list. – Mark Martins

Graveyard – Innocence & Decadence

Graveyard are a celebration of another era while adding some swift touches of modernness here and there. It’s laid back and a great album to sit back and enjoy a beer to. – By Mark Martins

Caspian – Dust and Disquiet

It’s risky to say, but this might well be Caspian’s best and most complete work to date. It seems they’ve captured some of their very best ideas and emotions and did a superb job passing them along to the listeners. ‘Dust and Disquiet’ is one of the most dense, emotional and epic experiences I’ve ever had with a record. – By Mark Martins

Interview: Philip Jamieson from Caspian

Mark Martins had a chance to interview Philip Jamieson from Caspian about their up and coming fourth LP ‘Dust & Disquiet’ and tour, themselves and their career so far.

Rosetta – Quintessential Ephemera

This is an extension of the work they have done so far. It is cohesive, ambitious and inspired. Isis have broken up, Cult of Luna are on a hiatus, Rosetta are here to take the throne. Please do give them the respect and recognition they surely deserve. – By Mark Martins

Interview: Matt Weed from Rosetta

Mark Martins spoke to Matt Weed from Rosetta about the recording process and the new album ‘Quintessential Ephemera’, their approach to releasing albums on Bandcamp, the past and the future.

Sisters Of… – The Serpent, the Angel, the Adversary

Sisters Of… have indeed stepped up to the plate in a time where many claim the post-rock/metal genre is overcrowded and oversaturated. They have presented us with something that is not innovative, but is fresh and expertly crafted. I cannot ask for more. – By Mark Martins

Royal Thunder – Crooked Doors

A sophomore album is always a difficult moment in a band’s career but Royal Thunder have knocked it out of the park. – By Mark Martins

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