MartYriuM was formed by Count Mortem in 1999 who conveyed his ideas into a mix of black/death metal riffs. Alongside Úmarth who contributed a deluge of sinister orchestrations focused on bringing the much desired dark atmospheric tone.
With Sherath’s barrage of melodic riffs, Sandmist’s substratum bass-tunes and Obscure’s diabolical growls Martyrium breeds a particular sound that makes their crowd conceive disquieting notions. Portraying the image of the modern metal Subculture, MartYriuM appear on stage behind pale corpse-paint as a female fronted band infusing an ominous mood.
In the year 2000 MartYriuM bestowed an arsenal of authentic tracks at a local venue, introducing the black metal genre to the Maltese metal scene, summoning a captivating response for it’s controversiality. The pursuing year the first album was recorded in Temple Studios, entitled ‘Withering In Voluptuous Embrace’. The release consisted of highly dense and multilayered symphonic black metal, moving from morbid ambiances to vitriolic, violent elements.
Aspired to get recognition abroad, the band approached foreign promoters presenting their material which attracted the South American label ‘American Line Productions’. Within a concise time extent, they developed and sold a sufficient number of MartYriuM CDs amongst their batch of followers. Thus American Line Productions decided to open a new label ‘Witchcraft records’ pioneered by MartYriuM, that concentrated more on Extreme metal bands. Manifesting their presence to magazines such as ‘Displeased’ , ‘Nuclear Blast’ and others.
Amid the year 2004, a French promoter set up the bands first tour, ranging from ‘Negasonic Music Club’ in Belgium, Luxemburg and ending their odyssey in Northern France, sharing the stage with Morrigu, Earaction and other supporting bands. The positive feedback from the throng of fiends concluded the first tour a success.
The exceeding gigs included the Greek legends ‘Rotting Christ’ as well as the brutal German death metal band ‘Purgatory’.
By summer’s end of the year 2005 MartYriuM experienced another tour in central Europe, welcomed with even more enthusiasm than the previous year, they celebrated the second assault entitled ‘Carnage Lit By Darkness’. This time approaching a more redolent, belligerent barrage of sound. The MartYriuM legion commenced from Germany, re-infesting France, followed by Italy and ending the carnage in ‘Club Dynamo’ in Switzerland alongside ‘Eluveitie’ , ‘Black Messiah’ , ‘Daargesin’ , ‘Cruachan’ and ‘Ivenberg’.
The year 2010 endured the unleash of MartYriuM’s third opus ‘ Awakening The Ancient’ which continued to emblaze their trail of desecrated conventions into the orifice of society to an extent that the track ‘Temple Of The Unknown Knowledge’ was featured on the Valletta 2018 video, commissioned by the Valletta 2018 Foundation, representing the Maltese metal scene in the European Capital of Culture(ECoC).
2013 commenced with the realease of MartYriuM`s first full length video`Anpu Xent Neter Het`sponsored by Diffused Productions.
2014 – The ensuing events that followed included Local appearances in major events as well as Italy and later on Czech and Slovak tours sponsored by Blackcloud Productions.
2015 – MartYriuM were busy with the recording, mixing and mastering of the 4th full length album “Destiny Wore a Bondage Mask” at Spine Splitter Studio (Malta) and Tower Studio with Brett Caldas-Lima (France). This left little time for live shows, MartYriuM participated in a few local acts and supported the masters of horror metal Cadaveria in Milan this year.
2016 – The band signed with Art Gates Records and their 4th full-length album “Destiny Wore A Bondage Mask” was released in March as well as second music video “NECROPENDULUM” , filmed and produced by local horror film maker Patrick Vella and Frank Psaila.
MartYriuM appeared in high rated festivals Female Fronted Metal Extreme, Metal Over Malta and this summer at Carpathian Alliance and will continue to spread the brutality and despair from the new album! Also clean vocalist Pandemonia joined the unholy alliance on stage for the upcoming shows, enhancing the bands theatrical performance!