Remember Creatrix? I sure as hell do. It wasn’t too long ago that The Last Martyr shook the walls of ye olde Sleeping Village with their stupendous debut EP. While we’ve been slumbering, they, evidently, have been putting in the work: this Aussie outfit seemingly cranks out high-quality singles with the aptitude and piston-like precision of a well-oiled machine. It feels strange to refer to such newcomers as “markedly consistent,” but here we are, appraising a band with, like, six songs to their name as if they were genre mainstays. And all after a significant lineup change, no less. Every foray into the studio inevitably results in another solid track showcasing the band's assorted strengths in equal measure, and with their latest, The Last Martyr predictably utilized the formula to great success once more.
“Like A Ghost” is an earnestly energetic beatdown, a near-perfect blend of djenty denseness and melodic meathooks. Like all great tracks under the metalcore umbrella, an irresistible dynamism in born from the interplay between the vocals and chugs: here, a high-flying chorus leaps above the sheer headbangable heft of the riffage. As always, Monica Strut gets the job done with unprecedented intensity and professionalism, nailing both emotion and sheer power in her delivery. This could very well be her strongest performance yet, and if you’ve heard anything off Creatrix, that’s saying something.
While I am a sucker for The Last Martyr’s usage of harsh vocals, this track actually benefits from the sparser placement of meaty growls. If anything, it sets a hook for what’s to come (one can only hope) in subsequent singles. Bottom line? “Like A Ghost” is a certified banger, through and through--a very strong single from an even stronger band. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The Last Martyr are on their way to something big. Talk about a band with the x-factor for success.
The Last Martyr - Like A Ghost was released October 2019
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