Biography

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Martyr is a heavy / speed / power metal band from Utrecht / The Netherlands that exists since 1982. During their career, a few demo cassettes were released as well as a number of long players. The general public first became acquainted with Martyr in 1984 when Roadrunner Records released the 'Dutch Steel' compilation album.

Martyr's contribution to this release entitled 'Snow And Fire' is still a highlight on the band's setlist today. In 1985 their song 'En Masse (Stand Or Die)' appeared on the notorious 'Metal Massacre VI' album from the legendary U.S.A. based 'Metal Blade' record label. Both releases gained interest from metalheads from all over the world.

The debut mini album 'For The Universe', which was released the same year, nowadays is considered a genuine heavy metal classic. The well-known website 'Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives' states: "Martyr's songwriting is vastly superior to most of its competitors".

Its successor 'Darkness At Time's Edge' (1986) made Martyr's fanbase grow larger and larger and the band gigged and performed all over Europe. Martyr even was aired on MTV's 'Headbangers Ball' show.

After a few years however the band members decided to go separate ways and explore other musical directions in acts such as Medallion, Mindscape, Syrenade, Vangouw, Hot Legs and Wild Ride.

Needless to say, Martyr went on hiatus for a while... The flame however never flickered out and reignited around 2005 when they were asked to reunite to play old school metal festivals such as Heavy Maniacs Fest, Keep It True and Headbangers Open Air.

After the very successful reunion shows Martyr was back on track which resulted in the 'Fear The Universe' compilation (2009, Rusty Cage Records) and their highly anticipated comeback album 'Circle Of 8' on Metal Blade Records in 2011.

In 2014, Martyr was featured on the 'Dutch Steel (80's Metal From The Netherlands)' compilation and their sophomore "after reunion" studio album 'You Are Next' was released in 2016 by Into The Limelight Records.

The group frequently performs home and abroad, as a headliner or as a support act such as Manilla Road, Lizzy Borden, Saxon, Iced Earth and Trivium. The absolute highlights in Martyr's career so far have been three tours in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Their performance at the sold out 2019 edition of the legendary True Thrash Fest in Osaka was recorded and released on their most recent output 'Live In Japan' which was released worldwide through Pt78 Records (The Netherlands) in co-operation with Rock Stakk Records (Japan). The album contains songs from their career-spanning back catalogue.

Martyr released their new full-length on 24 February 2022. The 3 previously released songs 'No Time For Goodbyes', 'Fire Of Rebellions' and 'Raise Your Horns, Unite!' already showed an excellent performance beforehand. With 2 online listening sessions in December 2021 the band got confirmation that this material was the best thing Martyr has ever produced and it will be the next step forward. All songs are written by MARTYR, produced, mixed and mastered by drummer Rick Valcon at RA Recordings and are of excellent production quality. The new artwork is created by Wasi Kendedes.

"Planet Metalhead" will prove Martyr is still a force to be reckoned with.

Band/Team members Martyr



Rick Bouwman

Guitars



Rop van Haren

Vocals



Geoffrey Maas

Guitars



Vinnie Wassink

Bass



Rick Valcon

Drums

Management / Record label Martyr



Harm Kindt

Manager



Koen Bakker

Manager



Discography

2022

Planet Metalhead
Pt78 Records

2021

For The Universe (cassette re-release)
Xalpen Records

2021

All For Raven - a tribute to Raven
LA Riot Survivor Records

2020

No Time For Goodbyes
Pt78 Records

2020

Fire Of Rebellions
Pt78 Records

2020

Raise Your Horns, Unite!
Pt78 Records

2019

Live In Japan
Pt78 Records

2019

Live In Japan
Rock Stakk Records

2019

Live In Japan
Pt78 Records

2018

Granbretan Invasion
Skol Records

2017

Ana - Metal For Charity Project
Into The Limelight Records

2016

Darkness At Time's Edge (Re-release)
High Roller Records

2016

For The Universe (re-release)
Classic Metal records

2016

For The Universe (re-release)
High Roller Records

2016

You Are Next
Into The Limelight Records

2014

Dutch Steel
Tonefloat

2011

Circle Of 8
Metal Blade Records

2009

Fear
Rusty Cage Rcords

2004

Darkness At Time's Edge (Re-release)
Metal For Muthas

2004

For The Universe (re-release)
Metal For Muthas

2004

Heavy Metal Maniacs Part 3- HM Forever
Heavy Metal Maniacs Release

1988

Dont Lay Your Love On The Line
Demo release

1987

Coming On To Me
Demo release

1986

Darkness At Time's Edge
Metalloid Records

1986

The Last One To Run
Demo release

1986

Through The Night
Demo release

1985

For The Universe
Megaton Records

1985

Metal Massacre VI
Metal Blade Records

1984

Dutch Steel
Roadrunner Records

1984

For The Universe
Demo release

1984

When The Hammer Comes Down
DHM

1983

When The Hammer Comes Down
DHM

1983

If Its Too Loud You're Too Old
Demo release

1983

Metal Torture
Demo release



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Official logos



Martyr Spotify Live in Japan



YouTube videos

Afterlife
Fire Of Rebellions
No Time For Goodbyes
Promo Planet Metalhead
Raise Your Horns, Unite!


Our upcoming gigs



Reviews

Review Source

2021

Catchy as hell, they stand out even more for their unique melodies, riffs and song structure

Metal School

Iedere band zal zeggen dat het laatste werk het beste is in het bestaan van de band, zo ook Rick Bouwman tijdens de luistersessie in december. In dit geval ben ik van mening dat dit inderdaad het geval is, sterker ik zou dit vijf jaar terug niet voor mogelijk houden van Martyr. De vernieuwde line up heeft de band geholpen om een hoger niveau aan te tikken en eigenlijk zou ik dit album de maximale score moeten geven. Dat doe ik niet, want ik hoop dat dit Martyr mij over, pak ‘m beet 5 jaar, nogmaals kan verrassen met zo’n plaat. Deze staat met stip op nummer 1 voor mijn jaarlijst van 2022.

95/100

Metal Experience

2020

Crowd goes crazy, and rightly so, during MARTYR at True Thrash Fest 2020

BURRN magazine Japan

Dutch Metal Legends MARTYR are still kicking ass. Live In Japan is one of the best live abums ever!

Metal Pedia Mexico

Live In Japan is a very good output that will satisfy ALL your MARTYR needs!

Reflections Of Darkness

2019

MARTYR Live In Japan - The Best Live Album Of The year

Templo Do Rock Radio

MARTYR Live In Japan - Buy Or Die 

Headbangers Lifestyle Magazine

2016

Zo krijgt Martyr al snel het publiek met zich mee en laat daarmee zien en horen dat de band duidelijk bij de Nederlandse metaltop behoort

Metalfan

Na de reguliere set werd [tijdens een optreden in Athene] de toegang tot de kleedruimte door enkele Grieken gebarricadeerd om de honger naar meer Martyr te stillen

Rockmuzine

Waar vele ervaren metalbands gaandeweg op het podium de flair en stootkracht verliezen, spelen deze energieke Utrechters alsof ze de fontein van de eeuwige jeugd hebben ontdekt. Jonge metalbands: schaf vlot een notitieblok aan, koop een ticket voor Martyr en maak vervolgens aantekeningen. Van deze band valt namelijk een hoop te leren

3 voor 12 Utrecht

2015

Martyr is the Dutch pride, and the present Dutch visitors made that clear to everyone

MMM

The end of the metal night was reserved for Martyr from Utrecht. They burned down the metal stage and closed an exciting day at the Zuiderstrand in The Hague

Markus Heavy Metal Blog

Als afsluiter van de metalstage mocht de band Martyr een optreden geven. Een goede afsluiter voor een geslaagd festival

Gig Review

...vond ik het optreden van Martyr tot de beste van de dag behoren

Lords of Metal

2009

Martyr convinced me to the fullest, that they are still able to write some real good songs. Containing the old school influences, but with some new influences peeping around the corner as well

Metal Maidens


Contact information and social media

Address information

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+31(0)507830002
Management Information



https://www.wayland-management.nl

info@wayland-management.nl
+31(0)507830002
Label information



https://www.facebook.com/pt78records

info@pt78.nl
+31(0)7830001


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