- Artist: Martyr
- Label: Rock Of Angels Records
- UPC: 5200123663952
- Genre: Metal/Thrash
- Release Date: 02/24/2023
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 - Planet Metalhead (LP) (2023 - Green Vinyl)