Swedish metal/crust punk outfit MARTYRDÖD – featuring members of Skitsystem, Agrimonia, and others – has just unleashed an official video for the track “Handlöst Fallen Ängel,” the track hailing from the band’s List album, which was released through Southern Lord in November.
Filmed and edited by Jimmy Johansson, also responsible for MARTYRDÖD’s recent “Harmagedon” video, the riotous live-filmed “Handlöst Fallen Ängel” has been issued through No Clean Singing, who issued of the album in an early review, “These songs are battle hymns for our own time, which harken back to an earlier age…There is only one MARTYRDÖD, and List may be their crowning achievement.” The respected blog now offers, alongside their exclusive premiere of the video, “The song courses with vibrant energy right from the beginning and never relents. I still think of it as a kind of war anthem, with an air of mythic grandeur that surrounds it, even though it’s a fierce, fiery, blood-pumping romp. The piercing lead guitar melody still makes me think of the skirl of pipes or the wild whirling of a folk fiddle that’s about to spontaneously combust. The whole thing is a hell of a rush.”
See MARTYRDÖD’s intense video for “Handlöst Fallen Ängel” RIGHT HERE.
MARTYRDÖD’s List is available worldwide on CD and digital as well as on LP in North America through Southern Lord; orders can be placed at the Southern Lord website. In Europe, the LP is handled via La Familia and D-Takt & Råpunk.
MARTYRDÖD is currently confirming live shows for 2017, including a set at the upcoming Netherlands Death Fest and Close-Up Båten cruise in March, with more widespread tour dates to be revealed in the weeks ahead.
3/03-05/2017 Netherlands Death Fest – Tilburg, NL
3/30/2017 Close-Up Båten Cruise – FI/SE
For fifteen years, MARTYRDÖD has honed their craft to a level of mastery, and it shows; List is quite possibly the most refined record in the band’s discography, and it doesn’t let up for a moment. 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. List is an artistic highpoint.
Stereogum issued in a review of the week, “This band plays fast, simple, thundering music with fire and dedication and excitement. There’s classic D-beat in their sound, and there’s also soaring, melodic death metal. The way they play it, the two disparate genres might as well be the exact same thing. And for those of us who have trouble with metal when it’s not at least a little bit punk, it’s the sort of thing where you find yourself involuntarily punching the air on first listen.” BrookynVegan offered, “MARTYRDÖD are no average crust punks… It breaks into a middle passage that’s slow and kinda beautiful, and eventually it brings in the kind of guitar solo you usually hear from NWOBHM and classic-thrash bands. It kinda deserves the word ‘epic.’ Dead Rhetoric’s 8/10 review includes, ” Adrenaline-surging stuff from start to finish, but the melodies therein will make sure you are at the utmost attention and continue to have the drive to keep listening again and again. For this, Martyrdöd continues to stand above the rest of their peers.” Heavy Music Headquarters gave it a 4.5/5 and praised, “For fans of hardcore in any way, shape or form, List needs to be experienced, not just because it is easily one of the best hardcore releases of 2016, but because this short description is not going to do it justice.”