Dutch Metal Legends Since 1982
"The band delivers musically a great heavy metal set, but the great live performance is just that little bit extra that makes you want to come to a concert." - quote Rockportaal.nl
During the five years that Martyr was alive and kicking (1982‐1987) the band released two albums that are considered cult in the metal scene today. ‘For The Universe’ (1985) and ‘Darkness At Time’s Edge’ (1986) are classic metal, a delight for those who love strong melodies, speedy riffs and a high level of technicality.
In those years Martyr appeared on compilation albums from Roadrunner and Metal Blade, was voted Holland’s best new metal band in Aardschok magazine, has toured with several international acts and appeared on Sky Channel’s Monsters Of Rock.
Martyr disbanded in 1987 but reunited in 2001 to play the Heavy Metal Maniacs festival. Four years later the band revived almost the complete 1982 line up to play the Headbangers Open Air and Keep It True festivals. The flame started burning again and the band have continued to play live ever since. December 2008 MARTYR supported US Shock Rockers Lizzy Borden on their European tour. In 2009 and 2010 MARTYR hit the European stages supporting great acts like Flotsam & Jetsam , Vicious Rumors, Jaguar, Evergrey.
In 2009 the first new Martyr record in almost 25 years was released. That’s when the new EP ‘Fear’ was coupled with a re‐release of the classic ‘For The Universe’ album as a double digipack entitled ‘Fear The Universe’ on Rusty Cage Records (RCR0017).
In 2010 and 2011 Martyr re‐entered the studio between the live shows, working on the successor for ‘Fear’.
A complete new album entitled “Circle Of 8” was released by Metal Blade Records in November 2011 world wide and has proven to be a significant impulse in Martyr’s revival after it’s release. With 30 years of MARTYR (with a big celebration in their home town Utrecht – Tivoli) and 30 years of Dutch Steel signed with Metal Blade again: “The Clan Is Back Home and stronger than ever…..”
And the band proves it again in 2015 and 2016 with new national and international tours and with the new and heavy album ‘You Are Next” released by Into The Limelight Records in cooperation with Pure Steel Promotions and Soulfood Distribution to be unstoppable. More headline shows , festivals and support tours followed where the always hard working band conquered a bigger audience, especially noticed also in Japan. This resulted in a special release on Edge Trax Records in the land of the Rising Sun. In 2017 MARTYR continues promoting "You Are Next" and will be participating in special projects like the ANA - Metal for Charity project. At the end of 2017 Martyr played their 35 year anniversary show in P60 Amstelveen and ended the year with a fantastic tour through Japan where they played two shows in Tokyo and one in Sapporo.
In 2018 Rick Valcon joined the band as their new drummer. Supporting Ice Age and playing festivals and shows, the band is preparing for a very special 2019.
Dutch Steel – Roadrunner Record– 1984
For The Universe – Megaton Records‐ 1985
Metal Massacre VI – Metal Blade Records ‐ 1985
Darkness At Time’s Edge – Metalloid Records – 1986
For The Universe reissue – High Vaultage / Metal For Muthas ‐ 2004
Darkness At Time’s Edge – High Vaultage / Metal For Muthas ‐ 2004
Fear The Universe 2CD (Fear & For The Universe reissue) – Rusty Cage Records – 2009
Reissues vinyl on High Roller Records of For The Universe and Darkness At Times Edge and the reissue For The Universe CD op Classic Metal Records South America in 2016
You Are Next ‐ Into The LimeLight Records / Pure Steel / Soulfood ‐ 2016
You Are Next Japan Edition - Into The LimeLight Records / Edge Trax Japan ‐ 2016
ANA - Metal For Charity compilation album - Into The LimeLight Records - 2017
Pandora's Box Volume 1 - Promodisc - Into The LimeLight Records - 2018
Skoll Records - V/A A TRIBUTE TO NWOBHM - Granbretan Invasion CD - 2018 - Compilation album
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World wide management & booking: Wayland Management B.V.Zernikepark 12, 9747 AN Groningen, The Netherlands, +31 (0)50 6730001, email@example.com
After the release of the highly acclaimed "Circle Of 8" in 2011 we proudly present YOU ARE NEXT, the next step in the ever-changing cycle of the pompous metal act MARTYR. Without disrespect yet always following their own path they bring you their latest sonic assault on your ears in the form of heavy, thrash and power metal all into one.
By fusing the ingredients of past releases and modern elements they bring you a deadly cocktail of what will remind you of how it felt to be alive again. Raw, unfiltered and passionate energy in the form of a prescription for your daily dose of metal health. No need for the doctor's appointment because it appears that YOU ARE NEXT on our schedule.
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