After an eight-year hiatus, the legendary metal band MARTYR, featuring members of Voivod and Gorguts, played their first show since 2011. The highly anticipated event took place at the Montreal edition of the Heavy Montreal festival, and it did not disappoint.
MARTYR was formed in 1982 and quickly made a name for themselves in the Canadian metal scene with their unique blend of thrash and progressive metal. However, in 2011, the band announced that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus, much to the dismay of their dedicated fanbase.
But now, after almost a decade, MARTYR has returned to the stage, and their performance at Heavy Montreal has reaffirmed their status as one of the most influential and powerful metal bands in the industry.
The band’s setlist was a perfect mix of classic hits and new material, showcasing their ability to seamlessly blend technical prowess with raw aggression. From the opening notes of “Metal Warriors” to the epic finale of “Into the Abyss,” MARTYR captivated the audience with their flawless musicianship and intense stage presence.
One of the most exciting aspects of the show was the inclusion of new material, indicating that MARTYR is not just reuniting for a nostalgic trip down memory lane, but that they have plans to continue creating and evolving their sound in the future.
The crowd went wild for every song, and the energy in the venue was electrifying. Fans who had been eagerly awaiting the band’s return were not disappointed, and newcomers to MARTYR’s music were undoubtedly converted by the band’s gripping performance.
The presence of members from Voivod and Gorguts only added to the excitement of the event, as fans of these iconic bands were treated to a unique collaboration that perfectly captured the spirit of the Canadian metal scene.
With this triumphant return, it’s clear that MARTYR is back and ready to reclaim their rightful place in the metal pantheon. And if their performance at Heavy Montreal is any indication, the band’s future is looking bright indeed.