Italian one-woman doom punk band Marthe has just unleashed her debut album »Further In Evil« this Friday, October 20th, 2023 via Southern Lord Recordings.
01. I Ride Alone
02. Dead to You
03. Further In Evil
05. To Ruined Altars
06. Sin In My Heart
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»Further In Evil« is the debut full-length from one-woman metal band, Marthe. An atmospheric and aggressive blend of punk, »Further In Evil« is a shift in gears from her musical background in the anarcho-punk scene and inspired by riot grrrl, crust and d-beat. The lyrics are full of rage and the music is full of strength; it has the power of Bathory and the sadness of Tiamat, tinged with the stench of Amebix.
Marthe is, at heart, a solo bedroom project – born out of introversion and a desire to explore new horizons and landscapes alone. “Around 2012, I started feeling the need to express myself in a heavier and more atmospheric way,” explains Marzia, the woman behind the Marthe project. “I coincidentally started hiking more and more… getting closer to lonely soundscapes: my life, feelings, and moods started being more introspective and introverted.” She continues, “Marthe suddenly became my comfort zone, my therapy, my shadow of loneliness, my book of truths, my mirror, my alter ego. Locking the door and disappearing in darkness recording music alone became something so powerful… I probably never really met myself before that.”
Photo by Silvia Polmonari
The narrative of »Further In Evil« is “a journey into evil. I consider it an epiphany in growing armor to make myself stronger. The title means entering the gates of darkness, becoming cold and detached so as not to suffer anymore,” explains Marzia, the woman behind the Marthe project. The source of many of the lyrics comes from a place of betrayal, and grief at losing “people who were central to me.” She comments, “we are alone”, but expels it as a statement of empowerment, rather than sadness – “the strength is ours.” As well as being introspective, Marthe’s lyrics look outwards at “contexts of injustice and suffering, when the main feeling is not having a voice.” Marthe’s music takes influence from other non-musical media as well – she cites the mood, atmosphere and colors of old school Italian horror movies, and continually comes back to nature as a source of inspiration.
»Further In Evil« was composed and demoed over the course of a year during drives or hikes and, fatefully, the first look at the album – its title track – showcases the grandeur of Marthe’s surroundings. Self-filmed and edited between Italy and Iceland, the »Further In Evil« video boasts the beauty of nature contrasted by Marthe’s devastating sounds.
Marthe has long been a self-sufficient and introspective voice in metal and punk, and further cements that with the release of »Further In Evil« on October 20th.