I’ve heard many great records over the last few months while everyone were doing their end-of-the-year lists, and this is without a doubt one of my favorites of the bunch. Furthermore, List is the heaviest album I’ve heard in ages!
I hardly get excited about anything, but I’m always syked when it comes down to Swedish bands like Martyrdöd. These guys have always been as metal as you can possibly get and are still the ultimate d-beat galloping crust band! After 15 years and five tremendously good albums, the Scandinavian wolfpack is back with their heart-swelling sixth record called “List”.
But why is this so good? As the band progress in their metallic craftsmanship over the years, in List they’ve added new layers of old folk music in addition to their deep-seated black metal influences. The band keeps their listeners challenged by constantly adding new touches to the brutal armageddon of ripping guitars and pounding d-beats we all love them for. However, the present emotional melodies and folk influences do not disrobe Martyrdöd of its aggression. While List is the most melodic and multilayered Martyrdöd record, the pronounced melodies just make it much more potent and kind of medieval, almost war-like, sounding. Every song is like a battle hymn, it’s so fucking heavy it’s hard to lift it off the record player!
Everything in the mix sounds monolithic and consistent, without being overproduced. The 10 songs run in less than 40 minutes, which is the perfect length for a metal record. There are no fillers, except maybe for the instrumental track “Drömtid”, which I’m sure will also grow on me. List is a great record and a high-mark in Martyrdöd’s carreer. It harbors the best you can get from an epic metal-influenced crust album (or a crust-influenced metal album). It’s so fucking good I can’t get enough of it.
Now, don’t waste a second and watch the great video for Harmagedon. It’s dedicated to the brave women of YPG beating the shit out of Daesh terrorist assholes in Rojava.