The unparalleled Swedish giants of modern metallic d-beat, Martyrdöd, return with their sixth full length of endlessly fascinating, devastatingly different crust, List, and once more is released on Southern Lord (following on from 2012’s Paranoia and 2014’s Elddop). Their calling card of lamenting melodies churned out at breakneck pace has become more and more pronounced with each new record, and now on List, Martyrdöd have elevated to a new artistic highpoint. The combination of crisp Scandinavian metal distortion and intricate, folk-like guitar leads contribute to a record that feels like one for the ages – very much like the fearsome, In Extremis.
Crackling with velocity and filled to the brim with incendiary guitar work, first preview ‘Haramagedon’ is a track that references so much of Sweden’s metal history while staying true to the infallible punk engine that powers them, the d-beat.
Martyrdöd are a central figure in the modern era of the international community of crust, in no small part due to their members’ links to other exemplary bands such as Skitsystem and Agrimonia, but over the years, their powerful allure has resonated in a whole host of intrigued listeners across the spectrum of heavy, enamoured by their bleak outlook and scorching melodies. For fifteen years, the members of Martyrdöd have honed their craft to a level of mastery, and it shows – List is quite possibly the most refined record to slip in to their furious, spiky discography, and it doesn’t let up for a moment.
“[Elddop] doesn’t merely improve on the band’s already incredible body of work; it distills Martyrdöd’s sound to its most exciting elements, leaving everything but the highlights on the cutting-room floor…Elddop feels totally fresh and thrillingly new, yet employs only those tools fashioned in the ancient forges… I can’t imagine any generation of metal fan for whom Elddop would seem inappropriate — in many ways, it’s the very essence of metal.” – STEREOGUM
“A mouldy spill-stain dried into the floor of the extreme underground? Not anymore. Crust-punk might revel in its filth-under-the-fingernails status, but this generation – spearheaded by Swedish fiends Martyrdöd – are slicing through the grime with spiked metallic sheen.There’s a streak of Bathory’s epic Scandinavian grandeur, punched through with a fistful of Metallica’s thrash…Martyrdöd have polished their serrated cutting edge to perfection here.” – KERRANG
“This is light years beyond most of the competition, and should be considered nothing less than essential.” – ROCK A ROLLA
“Probably the best d-beat band in the world, strictly thanks to fusing the fiercest of crossover legacies with full-on metal majesty…possessing a mastery of metal’s arsenal, they’re capable of having perfect thrash gallop-fests morph into scorched-earth trails of filthy crust.” – METAL HAMMER
“Elddop is 21st century crust created by seasoned musicians who have studied and practiced the genre from the ground up and therefore know exactly what is essential to expand upon its creed. And if there is any justice in underground metal, Elddop will be the album that finally takes Martyrdöd to the next level, while the rest of the crusty conservatives play catch-up.” – THE QUIETUS