Rating:
8.0
Martyrdöd - Elddop
22 July 2014


01. Nödkanal
02. En Jobbig Jävel
03. Synd
04. Mer Skada Än Nytta
05. Prästernas Tid
06. Victoria
07. Tentakler
08. Slavmanual
09. Elddop
10. Skum På Världens Hav
11. Varnings Klockor
12. Steg
13. Martyren
14. Hjärnspöken


Were you to isolate most of the riffs on Elddop, crust probably wouldn't be the first thing that'd come to mind; the technical, dissonant riffing here floats and coils about, practically glittering half the time. It's flashy, often unstable-sounding stuff.

That floating and glittering all feels like it's done in hopes of escaping the gravity of the pissed-off molten core here though, and everything ultimately gets tugged back to its rightful place. Elddop isn't any less visceral for its ample guitar technicalities. Under all its discordant fret-meandering and occasional triumphant melodies, there's some crust that wants you crushed.

Songs spiral around pretty chaotically a lot of the time, but they do so in an ultimately focused kinda way. They move along and bang around like stars in colliding galaxies, but there's definitely a d-beat order underlying all the seemingly chaotic jamming on this, just as there's an underlying d-beat order to the universe.

This isn't typical d-beat by any stretch though. Martyrdöd clearly doesn't want you just throwing your fists like countless other groups, they want you with a fist to your chin, nodding and saying "interesting, interesting" just as much. Or, when they take their breaks from that, they want you rocking the fuck out: old bald drunk guy in a jean jacket with an '87 Civic with a bunch of fast food wrappers and half-burned cigarettes and what you hope is an empty cat carrier in its back seat style (check out "Prasternas Tid"). It's eclectic in tone, but never feels floppy because of it. It all fits together snugly.

They've been exploiting that kind of stylistic range for a while now, I guess. Elddop is, in a lot of ways, a more of the same kind of thing for them. That "the same" happens to be unique when likened to most other crust and crusty albums coming out . It sounds shinier in the end than shady and pounding, especially on this with its crisper, less cramped mix, and it all sounds great.


Band profile: Martyrdöd
Album: Elddop


 



Written on 29.07.2014 by
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Mr. Doctor - 29.07.2014 at 11:58  
Paranoia was pretty fucking awesome so I'm looking forward to listen to this one!
Ilham - 29.07.2014 at 12:16  
Oh it's that cover I saw and liked in a news post some time ago. It looks like it is likely for me to like it in all likelihood.
Mr. Doctor - 29.07.2014 at 12:46  
Written by Ilham on 29.07.2014 at 12:16
Oh it's that cover I saw and liked in a news post some time ago. It looks like it is likely for me to like it in all likelihood.

I have a pretty good feeling you'll like the previous album.
Ilham - 29.07.2014 at 12:52  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 29.07.2014 at 12:46

I have a pretty good feeling you'll like the previous album.

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