Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Martyrdod - Hexhammaren

Bloodthirsty, fast and over the top - Martyrdod has consistently been cracking skulls for years now. As we look at the release of their latest record, Hexhammaren later this week it becomes clear that these d-beat obsessed Swedes are onto something special. A record driven forward by the insane beat of a drum, Martyrdod seem to continually one up themselves on Hexhammaren, pushing for bold new heights. The crazed magic of Martyrdod seems to see the band scrapping for new heights and ripping out throats across the world.

The black and roll touches that counterbalance some of the crustier elements of Hexhammaren make for truly addictive listening. Uncompromising in its raw approach, it comes as no surprise that many of the solos are improvised. I say this not because I think that they are poorly composed, but rather because they have that fast and furious thrown together vibe that acts like Hellripper so frequently trade in. In fact I might even go so far as to say that Hexhammaren is in some ways sort of a crustier take on a band like Midnight. It's completely uncompromising in its dedication to keeping the magic of rock and roll alive.

There is something strangely nostalgic about Hexhammaren and Martyrdod as a whole. They are like the best band you ever saw play a house show. They remain fully committed to not just their DIY ethos but overall stripped back insanity on this record, but it is still perhaps their best yet. They use the rawness to their advantage, to devastate you with a veritable fire hose of crusty d beat magic. Elegantly put together despite its jagged visage, Hexhammaren is goign to keep you coming back time and time again.

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