(*/10) Martyr truly belongs to the pioneers when it comes to Dutch Heavy Metal. The band started in 1982, a time when Heavy Metal gained momentum and it was two albums the guys could add to the books. Matyr premiered with ‘For the Universe’ in 1985 and it was one year later that ‘Darkness at Time’s Edge’ followed.
Martyr’s first era found an end in 1987 and it was in the beginning of the new century that slowly and step by step new life was blown into the band from The Netherlands. Some festival shows generated a new appetite and it was in 2011 when the awaited third album hit the shelves.
What was missing in Martyr’s discography so far is a live album, a gap that was closed at the end of May this year. One source of inspiration for Martyr was Japanese Metal icons Loudness and therefor it was a great moment for the band to step into a plane to Japan for the second time in their career to perform in the land of the rising sun.
The Dutch Metal veterans are a band that releases well-crafted longplayers and it’s the live shows that carry fans along. Martyrs Heavy Metal comes without any softener and builds on raw energy and edges. Rick Valcon, also drummer of the band, gave the album a great sound that finds the sweet spot between authenticity and good-sounding music. Listening to the album feels like being in the room in Osaka.
The setlist covers all the eras of Martyr. ‘Speed of Samurai’, taken from the debut, has been performed next to new material like ‘Infinity’ and ‘Monster’.
All in all it’s ‘Live in Japan’ being a live album that showcases a passionate band that obviously enjoyed playing in Japan. It’s an authentic live recording that gives an excellent overview of Martyr’s musical achievements up to date and should be checked out by fans of powerful and rough Heavy Metal.
- Into the Darkest of all Realms
- Snow and Fire
- Inch by Inch
- Unborn Evil
- Art of Deception
- Speed of Samurai
Label: Pt78 Records
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date EU: May 31st, 2019