MARTYR – Circle Of 8

MARTYR - Circle Of 8
  • 6.5/10
    MARTYR - Circle Of 8 - 6.5/10


Metal Blade Records
Release date: November 8, 2011

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Martyr is out there again with a full length CD entitled Circle Of 8.  As it was perfectly heard on Fear, Martyr’s return didn’t bring them back in the same form that reigned right before they disbanded in 1987.  They became darker and heavier, but still delivered a shred of ’80s NWOBHM that once made them so great. Circle Of 8 maintained the same line that was introduced on Fear, and Martyr, like several of the comeback bands of the ’80s, has been attempting to accomplish a double mission:  remaining true to their roots while not ignoring the signs of the modern times.

Their production on this album, which is merely a modern replica of their past releases, sounds ok, though the mixing was rather stuffed as the channels (beside the vocals) were knee deep in each other’s throats. As for the musical direction, Martyr tried to serve up fresh platters mixed with their old heritage, yet it wasn’t ground breaking. “Art Of Deception” and “Afterlife” are some of the better examples of how Martyr succeeded with their semi-fresh approach. “Scene Of Hell”, unlike the others, sounded more ’80s oriented with touches of German Old School, however, it was rather recycled. “Speed Of Samurai” was re-recorded and displayed as a token of memory of the band’s Classic era that, as it seems to be, will never be returning any time soon. The track was performed well, although Van Haren is no match for his predecessor.

There was a hope that Martyr wouldn’t be drowned by today’s present musical perception, but they were.  They didn’t lose their Old School identity or anything, yet their identity was darkened for sure. Circle Of 8 is a fair release by a great band that still “has it”, however, they would have been better suited to deliver something similar to the glory days of Heavy / Speed Metal.


  1. DI
  2. Afterlife
  3. Art of Deception
  4. Circle of 8
  5. All Warriors Blood
  6. The Uninvited
  7. Insensible Scream
  8. Scene of Hell
  9. Fake
  10. Justified Killing
  11. Locked
  12. Speed of Samurai


Robern Van Haren – Vocals
Marcel Heesakkers – Guitars / Keyboards
Rick Bouwman – Guitars
Antoine Van Der Linden – Bass
Wilfried Broekman – Drums


  • Lior Stein

    Lior was a reviewer, DJ and host for our Thrash Metal segment called Terror Zone, based out of Haifa, Israel. He attributes his love of Metal to his father, who got him into bands like Deep Purple, Rainbow, Boston, and Queen. When he was in junior high he got his first Iron Maiden CD, The Number Of The Beast. That's how he started his own collection of albums. Also, he's the guitarist, vocalist and founder of the Thrash Metal band Switchblade. Most of his musical influences come from Metal Church, Vicious Rumors, Overkill, and Annihilator.

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