Marthe are a solo project from Italy that plays a mixture of black, doom and heavy metal with some elements of crust, d beat and gothic rock and this is a review of her 2020 ep "Sisters Of Darkness" which was released by Caligari Records.
Spoken word parts start off the ep while also mixing in with the heavier sections of the music along with some elements of doom metal in the slower riffs. Dark sounding melodies can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing as well as all of the tracks also being very long and epic in length.
Vocals are mostly done in a clean style while the solos and leads are also done in a very melodic yet old school style. All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them along with all of the drumming being done on an electronic drum kit and most of the music is heavily rooted in the 70's, 80's and 90's era.
The music also mixes in a great amount of traditional metal elements along with the music also capturing the dark atmosphere of old school occult black metal. Some of the clean vocals also add in a touch of gothic rock as well as some of the music also showing some influences of crust and d beat.
As the ep progresses a brief use of synths can also be heard and the whole recording sticks to a slower direction, one track also adds in a brief use of grim screams and the closing song also introduces clean playing onto the recording. The production sounds very old school while the lyrics cover auto determination, acceptance of life cycle, empathy and nature themes.
In my opinion Marthe is a very great sounding mixture of black, doom and heavy metal with some elements of gothic rock, crust and d beat and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this solo project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Sisters Of Darkness" and "Awake Arise Silence". 8 out of 10.