Rop Van Haren - Vocals
Rick Bouwman - Guitars
Marcel Heesakkers - Guitars
Vinnie Wassink - Bass
Wilfried Broekman - Drums
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 has been burning again and the band continued to play live ever since. December 2008 MARTYR supported US Shock Rockers Lizzy Borden on their European tour. But also the years after that MARTYR hit the European stages supporting great acts like Flotsam & Jetsam , Vicious Rumors, Jaguar, Evergrey a.o. on different tours.
In 2009 the first new Martyr record in almost 25 years has been 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).
MARTYR has releases a new record "Circle Of 8" November 2011. This album is released worldwide by Metal Blade Records and has great reviews.
March 2016 MARTYR released a new album "You Are Next" by Into The Limelight Records / Pure Steel Promotions. The album is very well received and brought MARTYR to many international stages.
September 2017 MARTYR kicked of their 35th anniversary year with a headliner show at the Heavy Metal Maniacs festival after which they toured Japan.
If I had to briefly describe Martyr, I would say its power metal personified. They really have their own unique sound and style but at times you can hear glimmers of some of Metals powerhouses like Iron Maiden and Megadeth.
They released the album You Are Next back in 2016 but it is having some staying power within the music community. Once you listen to Infinity you will understand why, that song is unbridled seduction in musical form. The intro of the song really draws you in with the almost operatic vocal style which reminds me a bit of Bruce Dickinson. When you add in the cadence of the guitars and edgy riffs you have a killer song to get your blood flowing.
Infinity - Martyr
Souls Breathe is intoxicating, it plays with tempo and vocal style that keeps you hypnotized. You really don’t know what to expect but you are so wrapped up in the music you really don’t care that you have been swept away. I love how there are moments where the rhythm is fast and has a thrash metal feel but the vocals are very melodic and haunting. The mark of a true artist is when their music sounds effortless to the listener and Martyr has certainly done just that, not only with this song but all the songs on the album as well.
Now Crawl takes you to a whole different realm with an almost Type O Negative feel to it. It opens with slower vocal style that renders you unable to do anything but focus on the lyrics. It is really hard to articulate into words just what this song makes you feel because its a song of emotion and one I know nobody would have the same interpretation of. When music makes you feel emotion rather than stir your thoughts, it becomes part of you and a personal experience. Sometimes articulation is just not possible, rather you blast the music and let others feel what you feel.
All in all the album You Are Next is solid from start to finish. It takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions and thoughts where it’s almost a cathartic experience because you are purging any negative or angry emotions through the music. It makes you want to get up and mosh or sing at the top of your lungs, which is the most beautiful aspect of music, it heals the soul. And each soul feels and speaks a different language, this album just happened to speak to mine. They have reminded me of what real power Metal sounds like and certainly something I will never tire of.
All reviews are written by Italian Metal Queen