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 mel-odies, 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 started burning again and the band have con-tinued to play live ever since. December 2008 MARTYR supported US Shock Rockers Lizzy Borden on their European tour. In 2009 and 2010 MARTYR hit the European stages sup-porting great acts like Flotsam & Jetsam , Vicious Rumors, Jaguar, Evergrey.
In 2009 the first new Martyr record in almost 25 years was 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, working on the successor for ‘Fear’.
A complete new album entitled “Circle Of 8” was released by Metal Blade Records in November 2011 world‐ wide 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 their home town Utrecht – Tivoli) and 30 years of Dutch Steel signed with Metal Blade again : “The Clan Is Back Home and stronger than ever…..”
And the band proves it again in 2015 and 2016 with new national and international tours and with the new and heavy album ‘You Are Next” released by Into The Limelight Records in cooperation with Pure Steel Promotions and Soulfood distribution to be unstoppable. Again they played a lot of shows and supported bands like Trivium and Saxon.
More headline shows , festivals and support tours followed where the always hard working band coquered a bigger audience. Especially noticed also in Japan. This resulted in a special release on Edge Trax Records in the land of the Rising Sun. In 2017 MARTYR continues promoting "You Are Next" and participated in special projects like the ANA - Metal for Charity project. In 2017 The band ended 2017 on a high by touring Japan and their 35 year anniversay show Martyr welcomed bass player Vinnie Wassink.
In 2018 Rick Valcon joined the band as their new drummer and Geoffrey Maas as new guitar player. Supporting Iced Earth and playing loads of festivals and shows in 2018 and 2019, the band continued touring in Japan. Resulting in a killer release of a Live In Japan album. This album is released on their new label Pt78 Records and in Japan on Rock Stakk Records gaining some
You are Next reviews:
Reviews: “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 lev-els” (Pitriff –UK ‐89 out of 100 points) “prescient and forward seeking, and not a lame cocaine‐memory nostalgia grab. Good job” (Slutmag – USA)
Live in Japan reviews:
“The Best Live Album Of The Year” – Templo do Rock (Programa de rádio)
“About time they had their live album published, impressive live performance, The Great MARTYR” - Metalbrothers.es
“Impressive registration of a very special performance”(8/10) – Aardschok
“Great atmosphere ,a must have for Martyr fans” – Metal-Experience
“Live Album Of The Month July” – Rock of Ages Radio
"The Legends" - Rock Stakk Records “Live in Japan is a full on (10/10) - The Dirty Room
“MARTYR really shows its best side on this Live album” (8.5/10) - Lords Of Metal
“Buy or Die !!!” – Headbangers Lifestyle Magazine
“This awesome album sounds like you are at the concert yourself” – White Room Reviews
Dutch Steel – Roadrunner Record– 1984 For The Universe
Megaton Records‐ 1985 Metal Massacre VI
Metal Blade Records s ‐ 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 Reissues vinyl on High Roller Records of For The Universe and Darkness At Times Edge and the reissue For The Universe CD op Classic Metal Records South America in
Into The LimeLight Records - 2016 You Are Next
Into The LimeLight Records/Edge Trax Japan - 2016 - You Are Next Japan Edition
Into The LimeLight Records - 2017 - ANA - Metal For Charity compilation album
Into The LimeLight Records / Virgin Killer Entertainment - 2017 - Pandor's Box - Compilation album
Pt78 Records - 2019 - Live in Japan
Rock Stakk Records / Pt78 Records - 2019 - Live in Japan - Japanese Edition
Skoll Records - V/A A TRIBUTE TO NWOBHM - Granbretan Invasion CD - 2018 - Compilation album