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Martyr

Formed: 1982
From: Utrecht, Netherlands
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Martyr News

Below is our complete Martyr news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Martyr Issues "Souls Breathe" Video

Dutch metal act Martyr issued a new music video for the track "Souls Breathe." The song appears on the latest effort "You Are Next," which is available now through Pure Steel Records.

The clip features the guest vocals of Izegrim's "brutiful" Marloes Voskuil. Check out the clip here:

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Martyr Enters "Into The Darkest Of All Realms"

Dutch metal act Martyr will release "You Are Next" on March 18th via Pure Steel Records (pre-orders available March 13th). The band released the first music video for the opening track "Into the Darkest of All Realms," which can be viewed in the player below.

The album's track listing is:

1. Into The Darkest Of All Realms
2. Infinity
3. Inch By Inch
4. Souls Breathe
5. Unborn Evil
6. Monsters
7. Crawl
8. Mother’s Tear
9. In The End
10. Don’t Need Your Money

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Martyr Releases Art And Track List For New Album

Dutch metal act Martyr dropped all the details for the upcoming new release "You Are Next." The album will be issued on March 18th via Pure Steel Records, with pre-orders available March 13th.

After the release of the highly acclaimed "Circle Of 8" in 2011 (see review here), the band presents "You Are Next," the next step in the ever-changing cycle of "the pompous metal act Martyr." The new album is a sonic assault on the ear, combining traditional, thrash and power metal. By fusing the ingredients of its past releases and spicing them up with modern elements, the band brings forth a deadly cocktail of raw, unfiltered and passionate energy.

The album's track listing is:

1. Into The Darkest Of All Realms
2. Infinity
3. Inch By Inch
4. Souls Breathe
5. Unborn Evil
6. Monsters
7. Crawl
8. Mother’s Tear
9. In The End
10. Don’t Need Your Money More...

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Martyr Releases "You Are Next" Preview Clip

Dutch metal act Martyr will issue the new release "You Are Next" worldwide on March 31, 2016 via Into the LimeLight Records, with promotion and publishing via Pure Steel Promotion and distribution via Soulfood Music. A preview teaser can be viewed in the player below.

After one and a half years of writing new songs and a year in the studio (Jack’s Place) with producer Jack Nobelen (also responsible for the production of the last studio efffort "Circle Of 8"), the new album is ready. It described as "heavy, diverse, innovative but also maintaining the characteristic Martyr sound."

"You Are Next" will feature album includes guest appearances from:

Gert Nijboer (Highway Chile)
Nick Holleman (Vicious Rumors, Powerized, Methusalem)
Marloes Voskuil (Izegrim)
John Jaycee Cuijpers (Praying Mantis)
Andreas van Lipinski (Wolfen)

Stay tuned for more information, including artwork and track listing. Check out the preview here: More...

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Martyr Signs With Into The LimeLight Records

Dutch metal act Martyr has signed an exclusive deal with Into The LimeLight Records for the upcoming new album - entitled "You Are Next" - in combination with a worldwide promotion and publishing deal with Pure Steel Promotion and a worldwide distribution deal with Soulfood Music Distribution. In addition, the band signed an exclusive management deal with Agentur EAM.

After one and a half years of writing new songs and a year in the studio (Jack’s Place) with producer Jack Nobelen (also responsible for the production of Circle Of 8) the new album is ready. It is described as: "heavy, diverse, innovative but also maintaining the characteristic Martyr sound." "You Are Next" will be issued in March/April 2016 as a standard CD and special vinyl edition. The exact date will be announced soon.

The new release includes guest appearances from:

Gert Nijboer (Highway Chile)
Nick Holleman (Vicious Rumors, Powerized, Methusalem)
Marloes Voskuil (Izegrim)
John Jaycee Cuijpers (Praying Mantis)
Andreas van Lipinski (Wolfen)

The band commented on the new label: "The reason for us to choose for the Dutch Into The Limelight Records, despite the foreign interest, has to do with the good and short lines of communication as well as the fantastic label deal offer. Add to that the addition of the global promotion and publishing deal by Pure Steel, worldwide distribution from Soulfood and an attractive management deal by Agentur EAM and our choice was there. We are very happy with this deal and expect to release our new album in March/April 2016 with a grand release party."

More information on the new album is expected soon. More...

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Martyr Posts Third Studio Update On New Album

Dutch metal band Martyr are hard at work on the follow up to the band's full length fourth studio effort and follow up to the 2011 release "Circle of 8" (see review here). In the latest report, the band states:

"After some amazing studio sessions with producer Jack Nobelen, Martyr has taken time off to work on the next couple of tracks for a return to 'The Temple Of Doom' in March.

"In March we will experience and try a few different recording techniques as well in perspective of usage of different amps, different recording techniques for Wilfried’s drums and more.

"It may be clear, as we said earlier, that we want to go for the best for this new Martyr record. That might mean it will take more time before a future release but it will be worth it. Same goes for our song arrangements.

"The first couple of songs recorded will be taken back to Martyr's rehearsal room for critical listening sessions and re-arrangements. Although the songs are already sounding amazing and in our 'humble' opinion extremely good, we want the best of the best!

"Meanwhile Rop and Rick will be working on lyrics at the same time. And we also have some great live performances ahead of us. Just look at our upcoming gig list Meaning: we are quite busy and we love it!"

For all the latest, follow the band over at this location. The band also confirmed a series of live dates: More...

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Martyr Enters Studio, First Report Posted

Dutch metal act Martyr is currently in the studio and posted the first report on the recordings of the follow up to the 2011 release "Circle of 8" (see review here).

The report, posted on the band's Official website reads:

"2014 has started and in this year Martyr will record the follow up of the highly acclaimed 'Circle Of 8' album. With production wizard and former Horizon guitar player Jack Nobelen, the band checked in at the 'Temple Of Doom' studios in Belgium again.

"So how is it all coming along?

"Although we are incredibly happy with the songs we have written already first of all Martyr will start with a pre-production of 4 songs. To see if the new material and the arrangements are satisfactory and meet the band’s high standards. Pre-production will take place during January and February 2014.

"First of all, Wilfried laid down the drums pretty fast. Which gave Jeffrey the opportunity to work on his bass recordings. Unfortunately due to an injury on his hand some parts will be re-recorded later on. He had to go through some pain, but the result is still then even overwhelming. We are proud to have him in the Martyr family as newest member, doing such an amazing job!

"Rick already recorded some rhythm guitars so next up will be Marcel, Rop and lead guitars. The sound is just fantastic ! We’ve got a long way to go but things are moving along nicely and we are feeling really good about the material.

"So will this album be different than 'Circle Of 8'?

"We think we are in a continuous improvement of songwriting and still are developing ourselves. We are picking the best new songs for this album, maybe even some special guests again. It will be better, it twill be louder, it will be a Killer album!!

"But when will it make it’s way to your ears? If we are finished before the summer then we expect the album to come out late 2014 !! We will keep you updated! Thanks for supporting!" More...

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Martyr Posts New Music Video

Dutch act Martyr posted a new music video for the track "D.I." The song appears on the band's latest LP “Circle Of 8,” which is available now via Metal Blade Records. The video was produced by Dream Project Studio's and Limelight-Productions, Netherlands.

Check it out here:

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Martyr Posts "Afterlife" Video

After a celebration of 30 years, Dutch act Martyr has posted a video clip online of "Afterlife" shot in the band's hometown of Utrecht. "Afterlife" is taken from the “Circle Of 8” album which was released late last year on Metal Blade Records. Check out the clip below.

A new Martyr official video clip for the album's opening track “D.I.” is planned for early 2013. The band is also working on another European tour for March – April 2013 and has started working on writing new songs for a complete new album to see release in late 2013 or early 2014.

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Martyr Announces 30th Anniversary Show

Dutch heavy metallers Martyr will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with a special night in their hometown of Utrecht. An exclusive show will be held on the 8th of September at Club Tivoli De Helling with fans, friends, and special guests.

Performances from the cult classic repertoire from the very first Martyr demotapes until the current "Circle Of 8" album (reviewed here) will be presented on stage by various artists including Martyr.

And what is more special: these cult classic tunes will be brought in the own style of the bands playing. Bands performing with Martyr will be: Nicolaj Ruhnow (Tokyo Blade), Izegrim (one of Holland's premiere death-/thrashmetal bands), Gloria Victis (upcoming new Dutch metal act containing Martyr's roadcrew members) and one more band yet to be announced. More...

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Martyr Announces String Of Dates For Europe

Dutch power metal band Martyr announced a string of European show dates in support of the band's latest LP "Circle of 8." The album was released last November through Metal Blade Records.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

17-03-12 - The Rambler-Eindhoven (NL) with Solarfall, Prematory
06-04-12 - De Gonz-Gouda (NL) with Wild (SP), Gloria Victis
17-04-12 - Tivoli De Helling-Utrecht (NL) with R3D (US)
29-04-12 - Club Azotod-De Meern (NL)
05-05-12 - Freedom Fest - Wageningen (NL)
29-06-12 - Little Devil-Tilburg (NL) with Jaguar (UK) , Burn
30-06-12 - De Meester-Almere (NL) with Jaguar (UK), Rebelstar
01-07-12 - Negasonic-Aalst (BE) with Jaguar (UK)
08-09-12 - Tivoli De Helling-Utrecht (NL) A special night with MARTYR
15-09-12 - JV Blanko-Emmen (NL) with Edge Of Serenity
27-10-12 - Musikzentrum-Hannover (GE) with Jaguar (UK) and others

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Martyr Streaming New Single Online

Dutch heavy metallers Martyr have launched their third single, titled "D.I.," which is taken off of their new album "Circle Of 8." Surf over to the band's official website at this location to check out "D.I." along with the previously posted title track.

The "Circle of 8" artwork is available here, and the track listing is as follows:

1. D.I.
2. Afterlife
3. Art of Deception
4. Circle of 8
5. All Warriors Blood
6. The Uninvited
7. Insensible Scream
8. Scene of Hell
9. Fake
10. Justified Killing
11. Locked
12. Speed of Samurai

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Martyr Streaming New Single

In collaboration with stormbringer.at, Dutch heavy metallers Martyr are presenting the second single "Insensible Scream" off their upcoming new album "Circle Of 8." Surf over to this location to check out the song!

Make sure to also surf over to the band's landing page here to listen to the title track "Circle Of 8" and to find pre-order options. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. DI
2. Afterlife
3. Art of Deception
4. Circle of 8
5. All Warriors Blood
6. The Uninvited
7. Insensible Scream
8. Scene of Hell
9. Fake
10. Justified Killing
11. Locked
12. Speed of Samurai

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Martyr Announces Release Date And Artwork For LP

Dutch power metal band Martyr announced that the forthcoming LP "Circle Of 8" will be released on November 8, 2011 in North America via Metal Blade Records. The album marks the first full length release from the band since "Darkness At Time's Edge" in 1985 and the band's first release since the comeback EP "Fear" in 2009. The artwork for the release can be seen below.

Track list for "Circle of 8":

1. DI
2. Afterlife
3. Art of Deception
4. Circle of 8
5. All Warriors Blood
6. The Uninvited
7. Insensible Scream
8. Scene of Hell
9. Fake
10. Justified Killing
11. Locked
12. Speed of Samurai

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Martyr Announces New Album Release Date

Metal Blade Records will be releasing the new Martyr album "Circle Of 8." During the five years that Dutch act Martyr was alive and kicking (1982-1987) the band released two classic metal albums "For The Universe" (1985) and "Darkness At Time's Edge" (1986).

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 festival. The flame has been burning again and the band continued to play live ever since.

Comments the band: "Martyr is really pleased to have the new album "Circle Of 8" released by Metal Blade Records. It feels like a reunion with metal friends for us after the "Metal Massacre VI" release in 1986!"

"Circle Of 8" contains 11 new tracks and one oldie & fans favorite, "Speed Of Samurai," which has been re-recorded. "Circle Of 8" will be released November 8th via Metal Blade Records in North America and the track listing is as follows:

1. DI
2. Afterlife
3. Art Of Deception
4. Circle Of 8
5. All Warriors Blood
6. The Uninvited
7. Insensible Scream
8. Scene Of Hell
9. Fake
10. Justified Killing
11. Locked
12. Speed Of Samurai

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Martyr Announces "Circle Of 8" Track List

Dutch act Martyr has announced the band's new album will be titled "Martyr." The band has now revealed the track listing for the release, which is as follows:

1. DI
2. Afterlife
3. Art Of Deception
4. Circle Of 8
5. All Warriors Blood
6. The Uninvited
7. Insensible Scream
8. Scene Of Hell
9. Fake
10. Justified Killing
11. Locked
12. Speed Of Samurai

A preview of the title track "Circle of 8" is also available online by heading over to this location.

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Martyr Recording New Album

Dutch metal act Martyr is currently back in the studio recording a new album, which is expected to be finished next month and will include 11 new songs as well as one re-recorded song from 1985. The latest recording update from the band is as follows:

"Recording update: guitar parts are almost done now……3 songs still need vocals parts and then it will beup to producer Jack Nobelen to mix the tunes someweher around the end of June."

You can also check out a preview of the new song "Circle Of 8" in the video clip below.

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Martyr Announces European Tour Dates

Dutch metal band MARTYR are back on the road again. This time MARTYR will also support Vicious Rumors on their 2nd part of their European tour this fall.

Confirmed tour dates are as follows:

02.okt.2010 Havenrock fest - Devopand Deventer NL
03.okt.2010 MMMIV fest - Little Devil - Tilburg NL
24.okt.2010 The Pit - Terneuzen NL *
30.okt.2010 Metalshock Fest - Musikzentrum - Hannover- Ger *
04.nov.2010 Sala Otto - Gijon - Spain *
05.nov.2010 La Fabrica de Chocolate - Vigo – Spain*
06.nov.2010 Side B - Lisbon – Portugal*
07.nov.2010 Ritmo Y Compas - Madrid – Spain*
26.nov.2010 Azotod - De Meern - NL
04 dec 2010 Gonz - Gouda –NL

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