The Story

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 melodies, 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 continued 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 supporting 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. More headline shows , festivals and support tours followed where the always hard working band conquered 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 will be participating in special projects like the ANA - Metal for Charity project.


Dutch Steel – Roadrunner Records – 1984 (compilation)
For The Universe – Megaton Records – 1985
Metal Massacre VI – Metal Blade Records – 1985 (compilation)
Darkness At Time's Edge – Metalloid Records – 1986
For The Universe reissue – High Vaultage – 2004
Darkness At Time's Edge reissue – High Vaultage – 2004
Fear The Universe 2CD – Rusty Cage Records – 2009
Circle Of 8 – Metal Blade Records – 2011
YOU ARE NEXT – Into The Limelight Records – 2016
For The Universe reissue – Classic Metal Records Brasil – 1985
For The Universe reissue on vinyl – High Roller Records – 2016
Darkness At Time's Edge reissue on vinyl – High Roller Records – 2016
ANA Metal for Charity- Into The Limelight Records – 2017 (compilation)
YOU ARE NEXT reissue on vinyl– Into The Limelight Records – 2017

Rop van Haren

Lead vocals

Jeffrey Bryan

Bassist, backing vox

Marcel Heesakkers

Guitarist, backing vox

Rick Bouwman

Lead guitarist