Betraying the Martyrs is a French christian melodic deathcore band from Paris, France that formed in 2008 and is currently signed to Sumerian Records. The band self-released their debut EP, The Hurt, the Divine, the Light on November 19, 2009, the only release by the band with their original vocalist; Eddie Czaicki. The band's debut studio album, Breathe in Life was released on September 20, 2011 with the band's current vocalist Aaron Matts. The band is currently working on new material for their third album.
Formation and Departure of Czaicki (2008 - 2010)EditBetraying the Martyrs was founded in 2008 by Eddie Czaicki, Victor Guillet, Baptiste Vigier, Lucas D'Angelo, Valentin Hauser and Fabien Clévy and Antoine Salin. Before founding Betraying the Martyrs the members were all part of other French bands. Eddie Czaicki was the vocalist for metalcore band, Darkness Dynamite, Victor Guillet was the vocalist and keyboardist in the post-hardcore band, The Beverly Secret. Baptiste Vigier and Lucas D'Angelo were in the metalcore band, Black Curtains, and Valentin Hauser was in the mathcore band, Beyond the Dust.
On November 18, 2009, Betraying the Martyrs released their debut extended play The Hurt, the Divine, the Light, a self-produced recording funded entirely by the band and mixed by Stephane Buriez. The EP sold more than 2,000 copies in France alone. Their first European tour, "The Survivors Tour" (2010), involved the band playing in support of Whitechapel, Dark Funeral, Darkness Dynamite, A Skylit Drive, Adept, Despised Icon, Dance Gavin Dance, While She Sleeps and Shadows Chasing Ghosts. The band British native Aaron Matts, during this tour, and he replaced Czaicki shortly thereafter (Czaicki was unable to continue with the band due to an art career that requires him to travel worldwide). They released a video "Betraying The Idol" with a fake casting, explaining Aaron's arrival and Eddie's departure.
Signing to Sumerian Records and Breathe in Life (2011 - present)EditIn 2011, the band started working on their first album and quickly signed deals with Sumerian Records, for North America, and Listenable Records for the rest of the world. On September 23, 2011, Betraying the Martyrs' debut album, Breathe in Life, was released globally. The album was mixed by Charles J Wall and the cover art was created by bassist Valentin Hauser. The album works with the central themes of life, faith and interpersonal relationships.
Between April and May 2011, the group completed a second European tour, the “Breathe In Life Tour", for the promotion of their debut album. The tour included performances in Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Support on the "Breathe In Life Tour" was provided by Russian deathcore band, My Autumn, and Despite My Deepest Fear. Later that year, during the northern fall, the band toured the United States with Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, Carnifex and Structures.Breathe in Life was warmly received by reviewers throughout Europe and notable received higher acclaim when compared to other groups in their genre.
The famous French Guitarist Mag magazine named the album in the TOP 5 album of 2011 (second just behind Megadeth) and also named the band best newcomer of the year in the HARD METAL section. Gibson named them in the ten metal bands to check summer 2012 along with bands like Asking Alexandria or Five Finger Death Punch
In May 2012, Antoine Salin quit the band and was replaced by Russian drummer Mark Mironov from the deathcore band My Autumn.Betraying the Martyrs toured Europe in early 2012 on the famous "Bonecrusher Tour", with Carnifex, Within the Ruins, Molotov Solution and Beneath the Massacre. As of April 2012, the band is touring the US, on the "Sumerianos Tour", alongside Upon A Burning Body and I the Breather, in addition to numerous other support acts. Then followed a European tour, back to back, supporting Veil of Maya on the "European Eclipse 2012" tour, alongside Vildhjarta, Structures and Volumes. For the remainder of 2012, the band has been included on the line-up for "The All Stars Tour 2012" (northern summer) alongside Suicide Silence, Unearth, Attila and Winds of Plague; and on the Mayhem Festival 2012 with Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax and many others. They also just opened the mainstage at the Hellfest 2012 and replaced Winds of Plague at Graspop Metal Meeting 2012.
Second Studio Album (2012 - present)Edit
On October 30, 2012 Betraying the Martyrs announced that they are entering the pre-production phase for their new full-length album. The band plans to enter the studio later this year to begin work on their new album as they are eyeing a spring 2013 release.
The band's style is a mixture of different aspects from multiple sub-genres of extreme metal. The band takes the breakdowns, blast beats, and low growls that are main parts in deathcore. They then add clean vocals, choruses, and programming that are key parts in metalcore and post-hardcore bands. On top of these, they also blend in the technical riffs that exist in technical death metal and the key changes and odd time signatures that exist in progressive metal bands. A lot of the synth is also used to mimic the ochestra elements that reside in symphonic death metal. The deathcore elements in the music are the most prevalent of them all.
- Aaron Matts - unclean vocals (2010 - present)
- Lucas D'Angelo - lead guitar and backing vocals (2010 - present)
- Valentin Hauser - bass guitar (2008 - present)
- Baptiste Vigier - rhythm guitar (2008 - present)
- Mark Mironov - drums and percussion (2012 - present)
- Victor Guillet - keyboards, synthesizers and clean vocals (2008 - present)
- Eddie Czaicki - unclean vocals (2008 - 2010)
- Fabien Clévy - lead guitar (2008 - 2010)
- Antoine Salin - drums (2008 - 2012)
- Breathe in Life (Sumerian Records, September 20, 2011)
- The Hurt, the Divine, the Light (Self-Released, November 19, 2009)