MARTYR to celebrate 30th anniversary with special home town show!
Dutch heavy metallers MARTYR will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with a special night in their hometown Utrecht. An exclusive show will be held on the 8th of September at Club Tivoli De Helling with fans, friends and special guests.

Performances from the cult classic repertoire from the very first MARTYR demo tapes until the current Circle Of 8 album will be presented on stage by various artists including MARTYR.

And what is more special: these cult classic tunes will be brought in the own style of the bands playing. Bands performing with MARTYR will be: Nicolaj Ruhnow (Tokyo Blade), Izegrim (one of Holland's premiere death-/thrash metal bands), Gloria Victis (upcoming new Dutch metal act containing MARTYR's road crew members) and one more band yet to be announced.

The evening will be presented by Angel, former DJ of Vara's Vuurwerk (one of Holland's most famous metal radio shows on Dutch public radio in the 80's). DJ Liselotte 'Lilo' Hegt (Arrow High Voltage Radio), a Metal Market and an afterparty will complete this special event. Make sure to experience this special night and join the tribute to Dutch Heavy Metal at its finest!

The event starts at 19:00 CET on the 8th of September in the Club Tivoli in De Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands (

MARTYR tour dates:
28-04-2012: MARTYR + RUA – Azotod – De Meern –NL
05-05-2012: MARTYR – Bevrijdingsfestival "Kabaal Am Gemaal" – Wageningen – NL
11-05-2012: MARTYR + Lord Volture + support – De Bazart – Den Haag
15-06-2012: MARTYR + neckbreak nation + anger needs direction – Estrado – Harderwijk – NL
29-06-2012: MARTYR + JAGUAR (UK) + Burn- Little Devil – Tilburg – NL
30-06-2012: MARTYR + JAGUAR (UK) - Rebelstar – De Meester – Almere- NL (MM13)
01-07-2012: MARTYR + JAGUAR (UK) : Club Negasonic – Aalst – Belgium
07-07-2012: MARTYR - Asterisk – Leeuwarden - NL (Into The Grave Fest Warm Up Show)
08-09-2012: MARTYR 30th anniversary + Izegrim + Gloris Victis + Nicolaj Ruhnow (Tokyo Blade) – Tivoli De Helling – Utrecht-NL
13-10-2012: MARTYR + Edge Of Insanity – JV Blanko – Emmen- NL
26-10-2012: MARTYR - Club Slowianin - Szczecin - Poland (Helloween Metal Night - Szczecin Metal Meeting)
27-10-2012: MARTYR – Musikzentrum – Hannover – Germany (Metalshock)

Metal Blade Records will release the new MARTYR album 'Circle Of 8'!
Metal Blade is happy to announce the release of the long-anticipated new MARTYR album 'Circle Of 8'!

MARTYR is a pure Heavy Metal force from the Netherlands. 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 of 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 festival. The flame has been burning again and the band continued to play live ever since. December 2008 MARTYR supported US Shock Rockers Lizzy Borden on their European tour. But also in 2009 and 2010 MARTYR hit the European stages supporting great acts like Flotsam & Jetsam, Vicious Rumors, Jaguar, Evergrey, etc.

In 2009 the first new MARTYR record in almost 25 years has been 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, by working on the successor for 'Fear'. A complete new album called 'Circle Of 8', which will be released by Metal Blade Records in November 2011 worldwide, will be a significant impulse in MARTYR's revival. And by signing with Metal Blade again, the clan is back home!

Comments the band: "MARTYR is really pleased to have the new album "Circle Of 8" released by Metal Blade Records. It feels like a reunion with metal friends for us after the "Metal Massacre VI" release in 1986!"

'Circle Of 8' contains 11 new tracks and one oldie & fans favourite, 'Speed Of Samurai', which has been re recorded.

'Circle Of 8' will be released November 8th via Metal Blade Records in North America!

More details on 'Circle Of 8' soon!

Rick Bouwman - Guitars
Wilfried Broekman - Drums
Rop van Haren - Vocals
Marcel Heesakkers- Guitars
Toine van der Linden- Bass