Smoking Martha – In Deep Album Review

This week, we will be highlighting a super dynamic hard rock band; Smoking Martha, from Australia. We will talk about their first full-length album release, “In Deep”, their look, style, music, performance, and potential. If you like hard rock/alternative rock music, you definitely should check Smoking Martha out below.

Smoking Martha – In Deep Album Review

Smoking Martha – In Deep Album Review

Smoking Martha took me back to those beautiful days when almost every pub and every radio station were constantly playing the latest hits from No Doubt, Cardigans, Guano Apes, and Cranberries. Female fronted pioneer rock bands were at its peak, and millions of people started to listen to rock music by this way, and after some time, many have become metalheads as well. The image was undeniable, and the right combination of this image and the music has brought those bands to the “hall of unforgettables” list, along with other alternative rock kings such as Nirvana, Ramones, Guns n Roses etc.. Smoking Martha is definitely one of the great candidates to carry this flag which these other alternative rock bands have brought this far.

Smoking Martha – In Deep Album Review
Smoking Martha – In Deep Album Review

First of all, the band has a super powerful image. They have “The Look”. We all know the power of women in our daily lives, right?. Let’s not fool ourselves, they control the most powerful men on this planet. Musicians and bands who were able to use this magnificent weapon wisely have become popular much easier than the other bands with no lady members. Rock and Metal music belong to men, it is a fact. However, it is a bliss seeing a beautiful lady doing it as well as any other men, after seeing many long haired, women looking men, for a very long time. On the other hand, this idea has become a strategy for many people and many have thought that having a female drummer, bass player, guitarist, or a vocalist in the band is a shortcut to success, to the professional music scene. And of course, they were mistaken. There are hundreds of them out there and we only remember few names. Why? Because this characteristic brings advantage to those who are already good in what they are doing, and have potential to become much more better than that, such as Smoking Martha.

Smoking Martha – In Deep Album Review
Smoking Martha – In Deep Album Review

After I finished my research about Smoking Martha, I came to a conclusion that they have a wonderful level and balance in every aspect that represents the Smoking Martha brand. As I also mentioned above, they have a very powerful image that your brain will memorize in a second and won’t be able to forget for a long time. In addition, the music undoubtedly has the right dynamic and the energy for the job. All the rest such as band photos, videos, visuals, etc.. also look super professional, which is the last missing piece to become the Smoking Martha Voltron. In 80’s and 90’s, these characteristics were the key factors to become a professional working band. In today’s world, they are still very important, but not enough. The industry is asking much more from musicians. Records companies expect the right candidate to bring itself to a certain level which means, the band needs to release albums, videos, singles, have a huge fan base, tour, sell merchandise, make money along with writing songs and performing great on stage. I think Smoking Martha have all of these qualities, they just need to go on doing what they are good at.

Smoking Martha – In Deep Album Review
Smoking Martha – In Deep Album Review
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The recording quality in “In Deep” album is in top quality in my opinion. I don’t think it could be any better than this. Instruments and vocals are excellently done, they sound perfectly natural and clean. The balance between every element is at its best. Vocals are remarkable, Tasha D is a remarkable vocalist. I have also watched some of their live performances. They are all very skilled and experienced musicians. They look grand on stage. Tasha has a beautiful voice and a natural born talent in singing. Her voice sounds great with the genre of Smoking Martha, and she is perfectly representing the band’s face. Her singing style is not super rare, but she has her own style. Honestly, time to time her voice reminds me of an artist that I have huge respect for; Lady Gaga. Guitars are super dirty and full of electric. The recording quality is so good that it has a live recording atmosphere. I have mentioned this “vibe” in recordings, is not something that you can control. Smoking Martha was able to reflect their feelings into their music in this album, which is the most important element in a successful album I guess.

Smoking Martha – In Deep Album Review
Smoking Martha – In Deep Album Review

Drums sound very natural along with the other instruments. You can easily feel the tension, every hit, and every move. Bass guitar is also well balanced, it never loses its place. There are so many records that you cannot hear the bass time to time. “In Deep” doesn’t have this problem from the beginning to the end. I congratulate everyone who worked on the recording, mixing and mastering of In Deep, hands down, they have done an amazing job.

Smoking Martha – In Deep Album Review
Smoking Martha – In Deep Album Review

The songs in In Deep are very dynamic. It has what it takes to be mainstream from the top to the bottom. I cannot say this is my favorite music style, but we all listen to this kind of music. Simple arrangements with good melodic instrumentations, catchy vocal lines, good riffs, rock and roll spirit, and good live performances. Again, everything has very professionally done. There is nothing much to say. In Deep is a very successful piece of work in my book. In the genre, it can easily challenge the albums from the huge names.

Smoking Martha – In Deep Album Review
Smoking Martha – In Deep Album Review

In conclusion, I liked what Smoking Martha has done so far. If I had a record label, I would sign them. I always say the same thing for every artist and band, first albums do not show the real worth of the artist, it only shows potential. And for me, Smoking Martha has a great potential and I see them as a great candidate to become an internationally well-known band in their genre. They deserve this with their skills, songs, visuals and live performances. They just need to stand united, make a strategy, and work harder for their next checkpoint. We, as Metalhead Community Team, wish them the best of luck for their future.  Thanks for reading!

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Smoking Martha – In Deep (2017)

Tracklist:
1 So Lonely
2 Say You’re Mine
3 Ebb of the Tide
4 One Night
5 Baby Let me Go
6 Follow
7 Find a Way
8 What’s her Name
9 Stranger Things

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