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Martyr


Martyr

Martyr “Fire Of Rebellions” (Heavy Metal)

For fans of Halford, King Diamond, Helloween

Martyr is a heavy metal band from Utrecht that has existed since 1982. During its existence a set of demo cassettes were released, as well as a number of long players. The general public first became acquainted with Martyr in 1985, when the song ” En Masse (Stand Or Die) ” appeared on the collective album ” Metal Massacre VI ” of the legendary American label Metal Blade. Other greats on this record included Possessed , Hallow’s Eve, Dark Angel, The Obsessed, Hirax, Hades and Nasty Savage.

​​​​The debut album ” For The Universe ” from the same year is still considered a classic in heavy metal circles. For example, the leading website ” Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives ” wrote the following about this album: “Martyr’s songwriting is vastly superior to most of its competitors”. In 2014, the group was honored by the ” Dutch Steel (80’s Metal From The Netherlands) ” collector for Martyr’s contribution to Dutch heavy metal history. E.e.a. the then mayor of Utrecht, Jan van Zanen , did not miss either, he sent the group a personal letter in early 2018 to thank Martyr for their ambassadorship for the city.

​​​​The group frequently performs at home and abroad, as a headliner or as a support act for a better-known act within the heavy metal spectrum (for example as support of ex- Iron Maiden singers Paul Di’Anno and Blaze Bayley, Trivium, Iced Earth, Manilla Road , Lizzy Borden, Raven and Saxon ). The absolute highlights of Martyr’s career so far have been their 3 tours in Japan , which featured frenzied crowds. The feedback Martyr receives based on their performances is purely positive.

​​​​Martyr is now writing songs for the new album with already two released singles “No Time For Goodbyes” (1 June 2020) and “Fire Of Rebellions” (17 July 2020)

Reviews:

​​“Martyr is the Dutch pride, and the present Dutch visitors made that clear to everyone” (MMM, 2005)

​​​​“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, 2009)

​​​​“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, 2015)

​​​​“To close the metal stage, the band Martyr was allowed to give a performance. A good ending for a successful festival ”(Gig review, 2015)

​​​​”… I thought Martyr’s performance was one of the best of the day” (Lords Of Metal, 2015)

​​​​”This way Martyr quickly gets the audience with him, showing and hearing that the band clearly belongs to the Dutch metal top” (Metalfan, 2016)

​​​​“After the regular set [during a performance in Athens], access to the dressing room was barricaded by some Greeks to satisfy the hunger for more Martyr” (Rockmuzine, 2016)

​​​​“Where many experienced metal bands gradually lose their flair and punch on stage, these energetic Utrechters play as if they have discovered the fountain of eternal youth. Young metal bands: buy a notebook quickly, buy a ticket for Martyr and then take notes. There is a lot to learn from this band ”(3 voor 12 Utrecht, 2016)

​​​​“They are the best metal band for a party in Holland and I don’t think you can get tired of seeing them over and over” (EP weblog, 2017)

Martyr – Fire of Rebellions

Martyr – No Time For Goodbyes

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