MARTYR

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MARTYR - Heavy Metal Heavy Metal Rock Thrash Metal Live Act in Bilthoven

MARTYR Short Info

MARTYR: The Dutch Metal Legends. Back and stronger than ever. No boundaries between band and audience , a guarante for an energetic and HEAVY performance !

After 30 years the clan is back home !!

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 in 2009 and 2010 MARTYR hit the European stages supporting great acts like Flotsam & Jetsam , Vicious Rumors, Jaguar, Evergrey a.o.

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).

In 2010 and 2011 Martyr re-entered the studio between the live shows, by working on the successor for ‘Fear’.
A complete new album called “Circle Of 8”, has been released by Metal Blade Records in November 2011 worldwide, 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 hometown Utrecht – Tivoli) ,and 30 years of Dutch Steel , by signing with Metal Blade again : “The Clan Is Back Home and stronger than ever”…….and not ready to stop yet !

“an appealing and versatile heavy metal album” (Aardschok - Netherlands - 8 out of 10 points)
“very good ! Welcome back MARTYR “ (Heavy - Germany - 10 out of 12 points)
“rarely heard such a positive surprise” (Medicine Metal - Germany – 11 out of 13 points)
“rooted very firmly in the strong metallic traditions” (BCFM Sunday Rock Show- UK - 4 out of 5 points)
“a true phoenix rising from the flames” (Planet Mosh - UK - 9 out of 10 points)
“their best album so far” (Power Of Metal - Denmark - 81 out of 100 points)
“a great return of MARTYR” (Queens Of Steel - Spain – 8,5 out of 10 points)
“a damn fine thrasher with edgy yet progressive toned vocals that just works on a lot of levels” (Pitriff –UK -89 out of 100 points)
“prescient and forward seeking, and not a lame cocaine-memory nostalgia grab. Good job” (Slutmag – USA)
“pure retro thrash metal awesomeness and one hell of a fun record” (Canadian Audiophile – Canada)


Martyr is:
Rick Bouwman - Guitars
Wilfried Broekman - Drums
Rop van Haren - Vocals
Marcel Heesakkers- Guitars
Jeffrey Bryan Rijnsburger- Bass

Discography:
Dutch Steel – Roadrunner Records – 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
Circle Of 8 – Metal Blade Records – 2011

MARTYR: The Dutch Metal Legends. Back and stronger than ever. No boundaries between band and audience , a guarante for an energetic and HEAVY performance !

After 30 years the clan is back home !!

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 Met...

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Past Gigs MARTYR

  • 03 | 2014 Naxt Stage - Almelo - NL RAM Rock Fest
  • 12 | 2013 P3 - Purmerend - NL To Hell With Cancer Fest
  • 12 | 2013 Extase - Tilburg - NL With Picture - NL
  • 12 | 2013 De Meester - Almere - NL Meesterlijk Metaal Fest
  • 11 | 2013 Azotod- De Meern - NL Into The Limelight Fest
  • 11 | 2013 Blanko - Emmen - NL
  • 09 | 2013 Hoogeveen -NL Occultfest
  • 09 | 2013 Oostrozebeke - BE Ages Of Metal Fest
  • 09 | 2013 The Rambler - Eindhoven - NL With Avenger - UK

Discography MARTYR

  • 2011 Circle Of 8 Album | Metal Blade
  • 2009 Fear The Universe Album | Rusty Cage Records
  • 2004 For The Universe reissue Album | High Vaultage
  • 2004 Darkness At Time’s Edge reissue Album | High Vaultage
  • 1986 Darkness At Time’s Edge Album | Metalloid
  • 1984 For The Universe EP | Megaton

Media

  • Sound Circle Of 8 by MARTYR (CIrc...
  • Sound Speed Of Samurai by MARTYR ...
  • Video MARTYR - D.I.
  • Video MARTYR - Circle Of 8

Origin

  • Bilthoven NL

Members

  • Rick Bouwman guitar
  • Jeffrey Bryan Rijnsburger bass
  • Wilfried Broekman drums
  • Rop van Haren vocals
  • Marcel Heesakkers guitar

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