There are only two songs here, so that doesn’t give anyone a whole lot to sink their teeth into. Still, any new Martyrdöd is cause for celebration, so here we go…
It’s certainly ambitious to pair up with a killer band, so I gotta give Neolithic credit for have the cojones to come out of the gate alongside one of the finest bands in the crust scene. While they absolutely don’t embarrass themselves, by any stretch, perhaps its somewhat inevitable that they’re also overshadowed by their partners here.
Martyrdöd has always been one of the highlights of the Swedish d-beat pack, even before they blew the doors off the scene with the masterful Eldopp in 2014. Adding that Bathory-indebted sense of melody to the Anti-Cimex base that so many have used to such great effect, Martyrdöd stands taller than all but the best of d-beaters, and here, “War Of Worlds” is a fine example of how and why. Five minutes of catchy riffing, punk drumming, raw-throated screams, and melodic guitar leads – what’s not to love? For anyone keeping score, here’s another feather in Martyrdöd’s collective cap, and a song that would’ve fit snugly on their last album, and hopefully one that previews more of the same quality for whatever comes next.
This type of split is a tough beast – with a single song each, a band has no choice but to swing for the fences and hope they hit for a home run, because there’s only one shot. Martyrdöd has been knocking them out of the park consistently for years now, so their trip around the bases is no surprise. Neolithic has a solid swing, and to continue a metaphor that’s gone on too long now, they at least get on base to keep the game going. Still, for them, I’ll be awaiting what the rest of Cult Of Ignorance has to show before I’m completely sold.