One-woman metal project Marthe just dropped a video for “To Ruined Altars…” from her debut full-length, Further In Evil, out October 20 via Southern Lord.
The record is both atmospheric and aggressive, and a definite departure from her more punk-influenced roots in rot grrrl, crust, and d-beat.
Marzia, the woman behind Marthe, claims that 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.
“The source of many of the lyrics comes from a place of betrayal, and grief at losing “people who were central to me.
Marthe’s lyrics look outwards at “contexts of injustice and suffering, when the main feeling is not having a voice.”
About the video, she says:
“‘To ruined altars you light no light’ is a popular Italian saying that means ‘wasting time on useless people or causes.’ I manipulated the sentence a bit in order to have an aesthetic sense; it means don’t waste candles or flowers on a broken or damaged altar, since it won’t bring any benefit because of its condition. It also refers historically, for example, to women that can’t have kids anymore to point out that any kind of love, commitment, or engagement won’t result in having kids, which was crucial to the family legacy in past ages.
“In general, it refers to anyone that feels trashed by someone that used to praise you before and then just lost interest. ‘My memories are dark books you burnt while walking away’ refers to losing love for places or situations when the people you used to enjoy them with are no longer there, so your memories are ruined forever, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Sense of loss will prevail, and all you live after it is haunted by the lost memory of gone days.”