After many years drummer Wilfried Broekman has decided to leave MARTYR, Wilfried will perform his last two MARTYR shows supporting U.S. metal powerhouse Iced Earth on June 26th (Alkmaar, The Netherlands). and 27th (Hengelo, The Netherlands). Both shows are almost sold out.
After a lot of auditions MARTYR is very happy to announce Rick Valcon as their new drummer. Classically schooled on snare drums and concert percussion from the age of 8, he made the transition to the drum kit at around the age of 16. Throughout the years Valcon has played in various hardrock- metal bands and played hundreds of gigs all over Europe
Why MARTYR? Valcon: "They had kidnapped my cats.... I didn't have a choice! No seriously, the music and style is what I love. After a friend pointed out they needed a new drummer I immediately responded. The rest is history".
Guitarist and founding member Rick Bouwman: "We are very happy Valcon joined the band as we were looking for a well experienced drummer who could handle both the old and new material. Valcon did the job and there was an immediate good vibe at the auditions". The band and management would like to thank everyone who sent in applications, videos, rehearsed the MARTYR songs and made the effort to come and audition for the job. And again we are very honoured by the responses from all over the world. Amazing!. We would like to thank Wilfried for all the amazing years and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
We have released a new live video recorded during their 35 year jubileum in P60 Amstelveen. Infinity can be found on You Are Next our current album.
The video shows the Martyr Experience at its fullest. Come and meet us 27 January in P60 again to drink a beer with us and see Vinny for the first time in action.
Hi Rick, about a year and a half ago, your most recent long player ‘You Are Next’ saw the light of day. It gained good reviews from press and fans from all over the globe. My colleague Sjak Roks did an extensive interview with you and singer Rop van Haren back then. What happened since the release of the ‘You Are Next’ album?
Yes, I remember the interview and review. That was awesome to have so much positive feedback, not only by Lords Of Metal, but as you said the review and positive response came from everywhere. We mainly spent time promoting ‘You Are Next’ by interviews, radio promotion and doing a lot of live shows here in the Netherlands but also many abroad. We toured Greece, played Portugal next to the obvious countries like Germany and Belgium on a frequent base. Next to headlining shows and festivals we had some awesome support opportunities with Saxon, Trivium, Raven, Vicious Rumors and Manilla Road for example We released the album also in Japan on Edge Trax were it was received very well too, so I think you can say ‘You Are Next’ opened many and new doors for the band.
Read here the full interview: