Queen Mary Records


By: Alex Young

 Alexei Martov creates haunting soundscapes that draw as much influence from the harrowing dark imagery of horror films as they do from music. The songs sound like a mixture of Scott Wino from Saint Vitus singing over top of chilling organs from the soundtrack to any Dracula film, with a band from an abandoned amusement park. The crackling vocals throughout the album seem to summon the spirit of Tom Waits’ unorthodox and rambunctious hooks.

“Way of the Crow” carries a disturbing blues shuffle that could easily be the soundtrack to the Diary of a Madman, which ties in with the remaining record that aims at being cinematic.  “When the Train Stops” features the band’s crawling crescendo with distorted lunacy that erupts with abrasive lust.

Although Alexei Martov may be searching for their sound, the band should create an equally terrifying abstract atmosphere live that leaves nothing but intrigue.


After graduating with a degree in Media Studies and Journalism from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto, ON, Alex has been covering pop culture events since 2009. He has covered major festivals like Osheaga, North by North East, Edgefest, and Heavy T.O and interviewed members of the Foo Fighters and Carlos Santana (who featured the interview in his memoir) and more. Alex has also spoken with filmmakers like writer/director Shane Black (Iron Man 3), writer George Pelecanos (The Wire, The Deuce), feature film directors, actors, stunt coordinators and more. His passion for film lead him to write original screenplays and even made the Second Round of the Austin Film Festival in 2019. He loves movies, music, reading, writing, and festivals of all kinds while he works on his next feature film spec script.