Dutch heavy metal veterans MARTYR have signed a multi-album deal with ROAR! Rock of Angels Records!
MARTYR started back in 1982. The band can be considered as one of the founding fathers of the Dutch heavy metal scene. During their formative years (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. MARTYR disbanded in 1987 but reunited in 2001 to play Holland’s Heavy Metal Maniacs festival. 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 CD entitled ‘Fear The Universe’. A more genuine comeback album entitled “Circle Of 8” was released by Metal Blade Records world‐ wide in 2011 and has proven to be a significant impulse in MARTYR’s revival. In 2016, the Dutch act released the ‘You Are Next’ album. More headline shows, festivals and support tours followed where the always hard working band conquered a continuously growing audience. The Dutch metal legends already toured Japan three times, co-headlining the legendary ‘True Thrash Festival’ in Osaka twice. From their 2019 ‘T.T.F.’ appearance, the double ‘Live In Japan’ album was released. The record captures the ‘MARTYR experience’ at its finest. With their most recent full-length called ‘Planet Metalhead’, released earlier this year, MARTYR has again shown the metal world to be a very strong force to be reckoned with!
Today the label proudly announces the signing of a multi-album deal + back catalogue rights with MARTYR and welcome the band to the ROAR! Rock of Angels roster.
Martyr comment on the signing: “We are honored by our agreement and cooperation. Being so close and positive in contact with a label that has proven its success in the Metal scene, we can’t wait to bring more MARTYR Metal on a broader scale into this world!”
ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records comments: “It is really an honor to begin this cooperation with such metal legends as Martyr! We as heavy metal fans ourselves feel proud to have added Martyr in the ranks of our ever-growing roster of high quality heavy metal bands!”
Rick Bouwman – Guitars
Vinnie Wassink – Bass, Backing Vocals
Rop van Haren – Vocals
Geoffrey Maas – Guitars
Elwin Molenaar – Drums, Backing Vocals