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Jools Green

Martyrdӧd paranoia

'Paranoia' is the fourth album from Swedish crust Lords Martyrdӧd but the first I have heard and from the very first track I was blown away by it. Noticing the band were signed with Southern Lord I was expecting an album of 'In ya face' crust Punk influenced death Metal, but this is so much more. The lyrics are all in Swedish, so it's a shame I don't speak Swedish because despite the harsh vocal style, which I love, the vocals are so powerful that they are sung with clarity.

The album opens with 'Nog Är Nog' ('Enough Is Enough') and immediately the guitars took me by surprise. This was far beyond what I was expecting. I was confronted by a catchy, crisp, dynamic riff fest. The next surprise was the vocals, also not what expected to find alongside these guitars, they were harsh, gravelly, powerful and so opposite to the polished, crisp top layer of guitar work.

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The key holding it together without being overpowering is the crust aspect, acting as the mortar to cement the other elements together. I love this track, one of my favourites on the album, although choosing is difficult.

The title track, 'Paranoia', also made a profound impression on me. The slow ominous opening then the barrage of drums erupts and the intensity returns. There was also some standout drum work which caught my ear on this track. The tempo change at the midway point added further interest.

On 'Överkom Er Rädsla' ('Overcame Your Fear') the underlying D-Beat holding it all together is very much apparent, yet there is so much more to this track with the layers of guitar work, as is with 'Köttberg' ('Meat Mountain'), it's a short, angry and direct track showing the band's straightforward D-Beat oriented, crushing style.

The album continues to rage with 'Klassfienden' ('Class Enemy') and 'Hör Världens Rop' ('Hear The World Cries') a brute-force crust attack, with dynamic leads and empowering vocals sung with anger and conviction. 'Ett Hjärta Av Eld' ('A Heart Of Fire') has a slower opening that builds into the familiar D-Beat led sound, a longer track but with an interest retainer in the form of a tempo and mood change at the midway point.

'En Tragisk Zeitgeist' ('A Tragic Zeitgeist') is another slice of delightful D-Beat led, crusty goodness and the excitement continues with 'Det Sker Samtidigt' ('It Takes Place Simultaneously'). Although continuing in the same vein, the excellent 'Avbön' ('Apology') is a little different with its catchy underlying riff.

Finally ending with the same ferocity as it started, 'Varje Val Har Sitt Pris' ('Every Choice Has Its Price') also has a bit of an epic solo towards it's end. What a finale to the album!

This is an excellent album, a mix of crust, death and black Metal and D-Beat Punk in a perfect mix of startling power. You will press replay when you reach the end because you won't believe what you have just heard. The album was recorded at Studio Fredman (At The Gates, Amon Amarth, Opeth).

'Paranoia' is out now on Southern Lord.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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