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Scar the Martyr. Photo courtesy of roadrunnerrecords.com.

Scar the Martyr. Photo courtesy of roadrunnerrecords.com.

By Rick Polo (Editor-in-Chief)

Slipknot drum virtuoso Joey Jordison is no stranger to exploring unfamiliar territory. Aside from the multi-platinum nine-piece unit, Jordison serves as the guitarists and co-songwriter for horror-glam outfit Murderdolls, and has filled in behind the kit for the likes of KoRn, Satyricon, Ministry, and Rob Zombie to name a few. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that during his down time from the Knot he’s getting his hands dirty again.

Earlier this year, Joridson decided to test the waters of the industrial-metal that influenced his formative years, thus forming his new band, Scar the Martyr. Handling the duties of drums, bass and rhythm guitar for the project, Jordison recruited ex-Stapping Young Lad guitarist Jed Simon, ex-Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna for programming and relatively unknown vocalist, Henry Derek Bonner for the studio sessions. The result is Scar the Martyr’s self-titled debut, due Oct. 1 via Roadrunner Records, which fuses metalcore and death metal with elements of industrial metal.

2013 has been a good year for industrial, seeing releases from genre pioneers like Skinny Puppy, Ministry and Nine Inch Nails as well as a successful side-project of Disturbed’s David Dramain called Device. With that being said, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for Jordison to capitalize on. Although Scar the Martyr has it’s share of bleeps and bloops and ambient textures, it certainly has more of a modern metal sound than that of straightforward industrial.

Scar the Martyr begins with an instrumental album opener consisting of frightening samples, setting the tone for the album and project, leading into the track “Dark Ages.” “Dark Ages” is a slamming good time, with grinding guitars and Jordison’s signature machine gun drumming. A good introduction to the band, seeing all of its key elements at full throttle on one track.

From there, the combination of industrial-influenced riffing and slamming percussion continues over the next couple tracks, leading into the lead single, “Blood Host.” “Blood Host,” most likely alluding to some sort of parasitic nature, serves as the perfect single, with a crushing yet dissonant drone similar to Fear Factory. “Anatomy of Erinyes”  and “Prayer for Prey” give off a darker aura, with more descending riffs and tribal drumming. The album closes with the droning and brutal opus, “Last Night on Earth.”

Fans of Slipknot and/or run-of-the-mill industrial metal may be slightly put off by Scar the Martyr, typically because of the abundance of soaring vocals found in more modern styles like metalcore. However, they work in good contrast to the hints of Stapping Young Lad, Fear Factory and Ministry that also ooze throughout the album.

Overall, the album, and band, can see as yet another victory for Jordison. Not only has he futher reached into unknown territory, but he has succeed with an original take on a highly influential genre of extreme and underground metal.

Audiences have agreed, as proven on Scar the Matyr’s initial tour opening for Danzig and strong hype surrounding the album’s release. Die-hard fans of the failing industrial metal can also revel in the fact that new and interesting bands are waving the flag for the genre and taking it to new and interesting places. Without a doubt, it is with great hope that Jordison continues this project between jaunts with Slipknot and that it doesn’t fall into the vast abyss of one-off projects.

1. Ministry – Everyday is Halloween

2. Wednesday 13 – I Walked With a Zombie

3. Koffin Kats – The Way of the Road

4. Rob Zombie – Dragula

5. Misfits – Dig Up Her Bones

6. Helloween – Mr. Torture

7. Danny Elfman – This is Halloween

 

8. Nine Inch Nails – Closer

9. AFI – Totalimmortal

10. CKY – Escape From Hellview

11. Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast

12. Venom – Welcome to Hell

13. Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead

14. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You

15. Marilyn Manson – Sweet Dreams

16. Bobby “Boris” Pickett – Monster Mash

17. The Cramps – Surfin’ Dead

18. Ramones – Pet Semetery

19. Cradle of Filth – Born In A Burial Gown

20. Alice Cooper – Welcome To My Nightmare

21. Skinny Puppy – Spasmaloytic

22. Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy

23. White Zombie – More Human Than Human

24. Son of Sam – Michael

25. The Damned – Grimly Fiendish

26. Danzig – Her Black Wings

27. Slayer – Dead Skin Mask

28. Murderdolls – Dead In Hollywood

29. Type O Negative – Black No. 1

30. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

31. Misfits – Halloween