MARTYR have released their new video for the song “La Diabla”! The track is taken from the band’s album “Planet Metalhead” that will be reissued on February 24, 2023 on 180gram transparent green vinyl, limited to 300 copies worldwide!
Shots are taken during different live shows from the last tour Planet Metalhead Lowlands Clubtour and also from previous live shows. Filmed and edited by Marvin Wassink.
Dutch Metal Legends MARTYR have released a video for the song ‘Raise Your Horns Unite!’, taken from the band’s 2022 full length album “Planet Metalhead”, which will be reissued on February 24th via ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records, on 180gram transparent green vinyl, limited to 300 copies worldwide!
During the years that MARTYR was alive and kicking in the 80s metal scene (1982‐1987) the band released two albums and appeared on some compilations that are considered cult in the international metal scene today. Martyr’s style has always been unique in the Heavy Metal scenery, a delight for those who love strong melodies, speedy riffs and a high level of technicality.
The band disappeared to return in the zeros where the flame started burning again and the band have continued to play live ever since 2006. First reunion shows by multiple request on the bigger true heavy metal festivals, later on starting to write new music, new releases and touring all over Europe and Japan in clubs as support act or headliner and on numerous festivals.
Planet Metalhead is the new achievement of MARTYR in which the band has made a conscious choice to return to the pure heavy metal for which the band is so known. With the 80s vibe, twin guitars, pounding drums and bass and the fantastic vocals, the band shines on this10 song album. Also due to a strong production by drummer Rick Valcon, this is one hell of a metal record and everything around this album radiates heavy metal, from music to song titles and from album title to artwork.
The process of writing the album started long before Covid (in fact after the release of “You Are Next” in 2016 the first ideas came to live) but was fulfilled, recorded mixed and mastered during that Covid period from March 2020 to September 2021. During the recording process the band discovered an alternative way of working in comparison with all previous album. All songs were completely finished including the mixing and mastering process before starting recording the next one. All instruments were recorded in different places: home, rehearsal studio, RA Recording studio, “De Meister” café Geleen and all recorded tracks brought together by Rick Valcon to the song. As it was totally clear the songs were pure Heavy Metal it was decided that everything around Planet Metalhead should breathe Heavy Metal too. The lyrics, the song titles, the artwork, the album title.
There should be no doubt about it if fans or buyers pick up the album that they know what to expect: A musical planet of Pure Fucking Heavy Metal where we all are one and where we all like to be! So Raise Your Horns, Unite! And Welcome to Planet Metalhead.
MARTYR are: Rop van Haren – Vocals Rick Bouwman – Guitars Geoffrey Maas – Guitars Vinnie Wassink – Bass, Backing Vocals Rick Valcon – Drums, Backing vocals
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!”
MARTYR are: Rick Bouwman – Guitars Vinnie Wassink – Bass, Backing Vocals Rop van Haren – Vocals Geoffrey Maas – Guitars Elwin Molenaar – Drums, Backing Vocals