I’ve told zillion times here that it’s very hard to a reviewer, even a professional one as I am, to know each damn Heavy Metal band in this sad and lonely and pathetic planet. Here I have the effort of Lindsay Schoolcraft who happens to be the keyboardist of Cradle of Filth, a band that, please understand, I haven’t heard a song. I mean it! I’ve never heard a song from them. Ok, shame on me, but forgive me, I didn’t know better.
Not to create any biases, in general, I don’t read the releases the press send me just because I think it interferes with my work. I knew nothing about Lindsay Schoolcraft before and her work with Cradle of Filth, as I made myself clear in the beginning, but I do know that “Martyr” is completely different from what she does there. When I read the release I did understand better as former Evanescence drummer Rocky Gray co-writes this album. To say the least, “Martyr” is much more near Evanescence’s “Fallen” than any Cradle of Filth’s efforts – yeah, I actually had to listen to some of them to write this review. I’m a pro, remember?
Well, in fact, needless to say that it doesn’t affect the quality of Lindsay Schoolcraft’s work. It just shows a facete that many may not know. Lindsay Schoolcraft is much more gothic, but that gothic that borders nü Metal or modern Metal – nah, I didn’t write them wrong. It’s this way really. The capitals only for Metal. Speaking in her favor is the fact that “Martyr” is a pretty honest album. This is the music she really likes or one of the music she likes. An artist may like many kinds of music or may try or exercise his creativity with many. It doesn’t really matter. “Martyr” bounces all the time between the sweet and the sore, the hard and the soft, the rude and the gentle. In fact, if I have to be consistent with what I write I have to say that the album is good, because I wrote a zillion times that I like this. Indeed I do.
If you are a fan of Cradle of Filth please avoid “Martyr,” but if you are an Evanescence fan go for it.
Lindsay Schoolcraft “Martyr” was self-released on October 07th.
- Dangerous Game
- Into the Night
- Blood from a Stone
- See the Light
- Where I Fall
- My Way Without You
Watch “Where I Fall” official lyric video here: