"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 1994
From: Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada
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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Wishdoom Confirmed for Up The Hammers VI

WISHDOOM has been confirmed for the UP THE HAMMERS VI FESTIVAL, along with RUTHLESS (USA), WHILE HEAVEN WEPT (USA), JAGUAR (UK), MARTYR (NL) and EMERALD (CH). The festival takes place March 11-12 in 2011. More...

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Martyr To Support Flotsam and Jetsam On Tour Dates

After a very successful tour with Lizyy Borden last year, and performances at festivals such as "Keep it true" in Germany, Dutch metal cult band Martyr will be supporting Flotsam & Jetsam at their upcoming European tour.

Here are the latest Martyr tour dates: More...

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Ex Deo Streaming Entire New Album Online

EX DEO, the new Roman-themed super group led by Maurizio Iacono (KATAKLYSM), has uploaded their entire debut album on their Myspace page for streaming. “Romulus,” features guest appearances by Karl Sanders (NILE), Nergal (BEHEMOTH), Obsidian C. (KEEP OF KALESSIN) as well as the following recording line-up:

Maurizio Iacono (KATAKLYSM) - Vocals
Stephane Barbe (KATAKLYSM) - Guitars
J-F Dagenais (KATAKLYSM) - Guitars
Max Duhamel (KATAKLYSM) - Drums
Francois Mongrain (MARTYR) - Bass
Jonathan Leduc (BLACKGUARD) – Keyboards

“Romulus” will be released by Nuclear Blast Records on June 19th in Europe and June 30th in North America.

You can catch the band on tour this September as part of this years installment of Paganfest Europe. The latest Paganfest European tour dates are as follows: More...

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Devious and Disabuse Added To Elserock Festival

DEVIOUS and DISABUSE have been confirmed for this year's Elsrock festival, set to take place August 29, 2009 in Rijssen, Netherlands.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

MUCKY PUP (20th anniversary reunion show)

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Martyr Drummer Announced For Quo Vadis Lineup

Martyr’s drummer Patrice Hamelin (Martyr, session-Despised Icon, Senate) will join fellow Canadian progressive tech death band Quo Vadis on tour and in studio for new material. The announcement is the first in a series of line-up changes after their Sept 6th show in Montreal with Despised Icon, Neuraxis, Blinded by Faith and (the)Plasmarifle.

Next week Quo Vadis will also reveal the identity of the new vocalist who will join the band on stage for the upcoming series of Canadian shows.

Oct 23. St-Hyacinthe, QC - Le Thrash
Oct 24. Rimouski, QC - La Coudée
Oct 25. Jonquière, QC - Place Nikitoutagan
Oct 26. Québec, QC - l'Anti
Oct 27, Ottawa, On - tba
Oct 28. Toronto, ON - The Kathedral
Oct 29. Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
Nov 2 . Drummondville, QC - La Piaule

Quo Vadis guitarist and front man Bart Frydrychowicz comments on Patrice Hamelin’s musical artistry and his joining the tour:

"Having Patrice join us on the road is a great honour and I’m privileged to share the stage with a great and talented drummer like him. Pat’s musical ability comes to enhance and compliment Quo Vadis' existing material and his playing style is a perfect match. We hope to record at least one new song at 40 West Studio in the next 2-3 weeks so that you have a chance to listen and get to know the new material before hearing it live."

Here's a live (albeit very pixelated) video of the band: More...

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Kataklysm and Martyr Plan Canadian Mini-Tour

Kataklysm and Martyr will hook up for a few June tour dates in Canada. Here are the tour dates:

6/6 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
6/7 Montreal, QC @ Le Medley
6/8 Quebec City, QC @ L'Imperial

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Kataklysm Announces Canadian Tour Dates

Canadian extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have confirmed the following record-launch shows in their home country for their new album, "Prevail":

June 06 - The Opera House - Toronto, ONT (with MARTYR)
June 07 - Le Medley - Montreal, QUE (with MARTYR, AUGURY)
June 08 - L'imperial - Quebec City, QUE (with MARTYR, UNEXPECT)

A brand new KATAKLYSM track, "The Chains of Power," from "Prevail," has been posted on the group's new and improved MySpace page.

Comments KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono: "The meaning behind the track 'The Chains of Power' is essential. It's a song the band wrote to give gratitude and strength to all the courageous soldiers who fight for our freedom. It doesn't matter if you are for or against certain wars, nor the bullshit politics that are associated with these topics." More...

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Martyr Sign with Rusty Cage Records

Rusty cage Records announces the signing of Dutch metallers, Martyr:

"We are very pleased to announce the addition of this eighties cult band to our roster. After releasing the Dutch Metal Cult Series, containing re-issues of 5 rare albums, we received many requests about Martyr's first album 'For the universe'. We will release a special version of this classic metal album: the guys have written new songs and will be recording them very soon!"

"Expect this great album to be released with the new recorded songs this summer."

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Martyr Issue Live DVD Update

Canadian technical death metallers MARTYR filmed their April 6th gig at Imperial de Quebec in Quebec City, QC for an upcoming DVD release, entitled Havoc in Quebec City.

The band have issued the following update on the DVD, due later this year via Galy Records.

Says the band:

- Concert editing
- Audio mixing and mastering
- Bonus songs selection
- Bonus footage selection
- Photos selections
- Interviews (band members and guests)
- Bonus features editing (documentary and extra footage)
- Subtitles translation

About to be completed in a few days:
- English subtitles integration
- DVD authoring (selection menus)
- Cover & DVD layout design

Release date will be announced in a few weeks.

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Recordings Of Death Tribute Show Online

Canadian band Symbolic - "the ultimate Death tribute" - have updated their MySpace page to stream tracks recorded on December 12th at Quebec City's Theatre Imperial during the benefit gig in honor of fallen metal hero Chuck Schuldiner (Death, Control Denied). You can check out the recordings at this location.

For the above mentioned "tribute show," Symbolic shared the stage with Bobby Koelble (Symbolic album), Shannon Hamm, Scott Clendenin (The Sound Of Perseverance album), Daniel Mongrain (Martyr), Marc-André Gingras (Quo Vadis), Jonathan Lee (The Autumn Offering, ex-Acheron), and Nick Barker (ex-Dimmu Borgir/Cradle Of Filth drummer).

All the profits from the show, which was recorded for an upcoming DVD release, will be divided between Schuldiner's foundation for cancer research and a local foundation.

You can also check out the photos from the show at Capitale du Metal.

The setlist was as follows: More...

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Nuclear Assault Added To Maryland Death Fest

NUCLEAR ASSAULT are the latest act confirmed for the 2008 edition of the Maryland Deathfest will take place May 23rd - 25th at the Sonar in Baltimore, MD.


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Neuraxis Announce More Tour Dates With Martyr

Montreal-based NEURAXIS has confirmed the final dates for its Canadian tour with MARTYR. The details are as follows:

May 17 - Thunder Bay, ON @ The Office
May 18 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
May 19 - Saskatoon, SK @ The Bassment
May 20 - Medecine Hat, AB @ Moose Lodge Social Room
May 22 - Calgary, AB @ The Underground
May 23 - Edmonton, AB @ The Mead Hall
May 24 - Prince George, BC @ Sound Entertainment
May 25 - Vancouver, BC @ Balmoral
May 26 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar Club
May 28 - Lethbridge, AB @ The Beverage Warehouse
May 30 - Regina, SK @ The Distrikt More...

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Neuraxis Announce New Vocalist

Montreal based NEURAXIS have announced that vocalist Alex Leblanc (ATHERETIC, POINT BLANK RAGE) has joined as permanent member of the band. The band comments:

"After completing the European Domination tour, we knew Alex was the right man for the job. His vocals were crushing, and he displayed a very intense energy both onstage and offstage. We look forward to Alex contributing to the writing of our next album."

NEURAXIS has confirmed they will be touring Canada in May with MARTYR. The following dates have been confirmed:

Mar. 24 - L'Epiphanie, QC @ Epiphanie Metal Fest (w/MARTYR)
Apr. 06 - Quebec, QC @ L'Imperial (w/ MARTYR)
Apr. 27 - Ottawa, QC @ Babylon (w/GHOULUNATICS)

May 17 - Thunder Bay, ON @ The Office (w/ MARTYR)
May 18 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo (w/ MARTYR)
May 22 - Calgary, AB @ The Underground (w/ MARTYR)
May 23 - Edmonton, AB @ The Mead Hall (w/ MARTYR)
May 24 - Prince George, BC @ The Moose Hall (w/MARTYR)
May 25 - Vancouver, BC @ Balmoral (w/ MARTYR)
May 26 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar Club (w/ MARTYR)

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Chicago Powerfest Announce First Bands

CRJ Productions, the promoters of CHICAGO POWERFEST, would like to announce that the 5th annual metal festival will take place on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at The Pearl Room in Mokena, IL. More...

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Martyr Joins Galy Records Roster

Galy Records has announce the signing of Martyr for the release of their highly anticipated third studio album, "Feeding The Abscess." The new album was recorded and mixed by Pierre Rémillard and will be mastered by Alan Douches. A release date is set for October 31st. You can hear some demo tracks and other unreleased tracks (not final version, low quality MP3) on their MySpace page.

Martyr's back catalog will also be reissued through Galy Records. The "Hopeless Hopes" album will be re-released with a stunning new booklet, while both "Hopeless Hopes" and "Warp Zone" will be remastered by Yannick St-Amand and will contain four bonus tracks. Both reissues will be available on September 19th.

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Cryptopsy Guitarist Departs To Focus On Martyr

Guitarist Daniel Mongrain has officially left CRYPTOPSY due to "professional" reasons and to focus full-time on MARTYR, according to a posting on MARTYR's web site.

Mongrain originally joined CRYPTOPSY in late 2004 following the departure of Jon Levasseur.

MARTYR are currently in pre-production for their third album, which they expect to record this summer. The follow-up to 2000's "Warp Zone" will be issued through Galy Records before the end of the year.

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Bloodshoteye Seeks New Drummer, New Photos Online

Bloodshoteye guitarist Shane has posted this message on the band's official website:

Well first off we have to give a huge thanks to Patrice Hamelin of Martyr and Mike LePrieur for their dedication by helping us out filling in on drums this weekend. We wouldn't have been able to do these shows with out you guys, we had a great time meeting you and partying together. As ya'll may know by now our drummer quit the band 4 days before we were to play this weekend of shows, with no notice or anything we had to find replacments at the last minute. There was no way in hell we'd cancel this weekend, to be on the same bill as such great bands as Cryptopsy, Cephalic Carnage & The End and then playing the Montreal show at The Medley for about 1500 people. There is NOTHING in the world that feels better then being on that huge stage and playing for such a big and intense crowd. Check out hundreds of pictures from the show thanks to Aaron here.

So the hunt is one for a new drummer we have been in contact with a bunch of people and will start auditioning drummers very shortly. If you or someone you know would be interested in becoming part of the BSE crew get in touch with us and we'll go from there. We only have a couple shows booked for the rest of the year in which time we will start demoing new songs and record the new album early next year! Then we plan to hit the road and start playing as much a possible. This machine won't be stopped its only gonna get better from here on out!

Contact at getviolent@hotmail.com.

Read the full article at Bloodshoteye.

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Martyr Reissues Released

After nearly 20 years, the succesfull but long sold out albums from Dutch metal band MARTYR are finally re-released on CD. Both albums, "For The Universe" and "Darkness At Time's Edge", contain - in addition to the original songs - 8 bonus tracks of never before released MARTYR material and great songs from the post-MARTYR bands like SYRENADE and MY BROTHER JAKE.

The CDs are released by German record company Metal For Muthas / High Vaultage and can be ordered online via Amazon or Hellion Records.

MARTYR was a well known Dutch Metal act in the mid-eighties who also contributed songs to the compilation albums: "Dutch Steel" and "Metal Massacre VI."

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