CD review LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT ‘Martyr’

(8/10) Canadian musician Lindsay Schoolcraft is known by many of you as being the keyboarder of UK metallers Cradle Of Filth. Next to her contribution the Cradle Of Filth, Schoolcraft also teamed-up with former Evanescence drummer Rocky Gray, both working on Schoolcraft’s solo debut.

The outcome of this cooperation is entitled ‘Maryr’, an album that features eleven songs. This solo album can’t be compared with the sound of Cradle Of Filth. ‘Martyr’ talks things wider and with Schoolcraft’s classical background it’s more nuances that comes to surface with this album. Rooted in Gothic Rock it’s well-crafted anthems like ‘Dangerous Games’ that can be more compared with Evanescence than Cradle Of Filth. There are expiations though. ‘See the Light’, which includes some growls as a counterpart to Schoolcraft’s clean vocals, shifts more towards heaviness than some of the other tracks on this album.

‘Martyr’ comes with a dark vibe, being the common theme throughout. It’s an album that reflects many shades of grey, a beautiful melancholy that’s reflected in songs like ‘Into the Night’. With all the underlying gloom the album never drowns in endless sadness. There’s always some warming sunrays that break thorough with ‘Where I Fall’ being one example.

Schoolcraft premiers with ‘Martyr’. It’s a great album targeting fans of bands like Evanescence, Within Temptation and others. ’Martyr’, an exciting album and delight in the upcoming autumn season.


(8/10)

Tracklist:

  1. Saviour
  2. Dangerous Game
  3. Stranger
  4. Into the Night
  5. Blood From a Stone
  6. Dawn
  7. Remember
  8. See the Light
  9. Where I Fall
  10. My Way Without You
  11. Lullaby

Label: Self-released

Genre: Gothic

Release Date: October 7th, 2019

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