MARTYRDÖD was formed in 2001 by Mikael Kjellman (guitar) and Jens Bäckelin (drums) in Stockholm. They quickly recruited friends Dawa (vocals) and Axel Gustavsson (bass). This line-up recorded the first self-titled album (2003) in studio Necromorbus. The sound was what today would be described as blackened crust. Shortly after the release Dawa left the band and Pontus joined on second guitar.
For the second album “In Extremis” (2005), MARTYRDÖD signed a one-off record deal with American punk label Havoc Records enabling recording in the already legendary Studio Fredman. Mikael took over vocal duties, Axel left and Per Nilsson (Acursed) joined on bass. MARTYRDÖD had now established their trademark sound as a crossover between metal and crust hardcore.
The third MARTYRDÖD album “Sekt” (2009) was recorded in a DIY-fashion on the band’s own expense and released through German DIY labels La Familia Releases as well as Farewell Records. In the period that followed, Anton Grönholm (Acursed, Get Up And Goers, Sunday Morning Einsteins) replaced Per on bass.
After touring the US in 2011 with friends in the band No Statik, MARTYRDÖD signed a three-record deal with American label Southern Lord Records. Again Studio Fredman was chosen and the fourth album “Paranoia“ was released in 2012. In support of the album MARTYRDÖD joined Black Breath and other label-mates on the 2012 “Power of the Riff” Tour around the US.
The writing process for the fifth MARTYRDÖD record started and a tour with Finnish grind act Rotten Sound over Europe was made in early 2013, as Anton sadly left the band.
“Elddop” (2014) marked a new high point in regards to scene response for the band and solidified the trust in Studio Fredman as the band’s go-to production partner. Fredrik Reinedahl (producer/engineer for Sólstafir, Burst, Abandon, etc.) was recruited to fill in on bass. MARTYRDÖD toured Europe the same year as support for the legendary American metalcore act Converge.
In 2015 MARTYRDÖD made a bunch of festival appearances including Maryland Deathfest US, Temples Fest UK, Obscene Extreme CZ or also Le Guess Who NL. “List” (2016), the final record of the Southern Lord contract took MARTYRDÖD even deeper into their own trademark sound and live shows were made on Iceland and in Russia. In 2017 MARTYRDÖD started looking around for a new record label partner. Fredrik left the band and was replaced by Tim Rosenqvist (Sister).
Early 2018 Century Media Records and MARTYRDÖD signed a new three-album contract. Longtime member Pontus decided to leave the band, followed by a regrouping. Tim shifted to take Pontus place as guitarist and Daniel Ekeroth (Dellamorte, ex-Insision, ex-Diskonto, Iron Lamb, Usurpress) was recruited for the bass.
“Hexhammaren” (2019) will be the seventh studio album from MARTYRDÖD. Recorded in Studio Fredman with a relentless mix of metal, raw hardcore punk and the unique touch of Nordic melodies that signifies the MARTYRDÖD sound. This release is sure to push the band’s continuum of crossover art even further.