Martin Marthus Škaroupka

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Martin Marthus Škaroupka
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Background information
Birth name Martin Škaroupka
Also known as Marthus
Born (1981-01-20) 20 January 1981 (age 34)
Origin Czech Republic
Genres Extreme metal, heavy metal, black metal, progressive metal, hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums, keyboards, percussion, vocals
Years active 1996–present
Labels Roadrunner Records
Associated acts Cradle of Filth, Mantas, Symphonity, Inner Fear, Happy Death, Entrails, Masterplan

Martin "Marthus" Škaroupka (born 20 January 1981 in Brno, Moravia, Czechoslovakia) is the current drummer for British extreme metal band Cradle of Filth, and German metal band Masterplan.


Since he was 6, Martin started attending piano and singing lessons at LŠU Brno (attendance until 13). Because there were no drums lessons at any of the music schools of that time available, he began to take private lessons from prof. Cupák (member of Janáček opera in Brno).

When 15 years old, he was admitted to Leoš Janáček Conservatory Brno, where he graduated in drums and as an additional instrument – piano.

Marthus began playing with various bands of various music styles when he was 15 (1996). In the same year, his first studio enterprise is released (band Animal Farm), which is followed by another studio CD with band Pink Chubby Cigar.

In 1997 Marthus and his long-time friend Khaablus founded the band Inner Fear, where Marthus is responsible for all compositions, keyboards and drums. In the same year the first demo came out and until 2003 two more mini-CDs and three full length albums (out of which the first was never released officially).

Also in 1997, Marthus filled in as touring drummer for Czech bands Monastery, Pluggulp, Inner Fear, Happy Death and Scharnhorst.

In the years following (1997–2000) Marthus plated live not only with Happy Death and Inner Fear, but also appeared as a guest drummer on Melancholy Pessimism minitour (2000), in a project of Root singer Jiří "Big Boss" Valter, BigBoss and in 1999 recording CD of project Entrails (where he meets Root guitar player, Petr "Blackie" Hošek).

In the beginning of 2001, Marthus took place on drummer-stool in Pandemia, setting out on a spring European tour, after which the cooperation is finished.

In summer 2004 Marthus filmed his first drumming DVD and moved from Czech Republic to England.

In autumn 2004 Marthus joined English band Mantas (legendary Venom guitarist Jeff "Mantas" Dunn) and in summer 2005 started his cooperation with Czech power/speed/symphonic metal band Symphonity (ex Nemesis).

In January 2006 Marthus recorded drums for a new Symphonity album at House of Audio studios in Germany.

In October 2006 Marthus joined English extreme heavy metal band Cradle of Filth, replacing Adrian Erlandsson.

On 1 July 2012 it was announced that Marthus would play on melodic power metal band Masterplan upcoming album.[1]


Marthus is endorsed by Pearl drums, Sabian Cymbals and Vic firth sticks.

  • Drums -Pearl Reference Series in Twilight Fade
    • 8"×8" Tom
    • 10"×8" Tom
    • 12"×9" Tom
    • 14"×12" Tom
    • 16"×14" Tom
    • 22"×18" Bass Drum (X2)
    • 13"×6.5" Snare Drum
  • CymbalsSabian
    • 21" HH Raw-Bell Dry Ride
    • 13" AAX Fusion HiHats
    • 14" AAX Stage HiHats
    • 19" AAX Dark Crash
    • 18" AAX Metal Crash
    • 17" AAX Rock AAXtreme China
    • 19" AAX Rock AAXtreme China
    • 16" AAX Stage Crash
    • 10" AA China Splash
    • 10" AAX Splash
    • 8" AAX Splash
    • 9" Signature Max Splash
  • DrumheadsRemo
    • Toms – Emperor Clear
    • Bass Drums – Powerstroke
    • Snare – Ambassador Coated
  • Hardware – Pearl And Ddrum
    • Pearl P2000B Pedals
    • Ddrum 4 SE
    • Ddrum Kick Drum Triggers


Marthus often utilizes blast beats and large amounts of double bass in his playing. Marthus is known primarily for his excellent double bass articulation, speed, and control, as well as creative and often unorthodox cymbal applications.[citation needed]


Year Title Band
1997 Delusive Eyes Inner Fear
1997 New Hi-Tech Happy Death
1999 Altering the Technology Happy Death
1999 Face of Inner Apocalypsa Inner Fear
1999 Black Vein Entrails
1999 Serpent Seed Entrails
2000 Tribute to Master's Hammer Entrails
2000 Akhu Inner Fear
2001 Odeum of Silence Inner Fear
2002 Thanalogy Inner Fear
2003 Symbiotry Inner Fear
2008 Voice from the Silence Symphonity
2008 Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder Cradle of Filth
2010 Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa Cradle of Filth
2011 Evermore Darkly Cradle of Filth
2012 First Born Fear Inner Fear
2012 Metal Celebration Live 2011 DVD Titanic
2012 The Manticore and Other Horrors Cradle of Filth
2013 Best of Fuck Off!!! Kryptor
2013 Double Time Titanic
2013 Novum Initium Masterplan
2014 Dark Chambers of Deja-Vu Sebastien
2014 tba Symphonity
2015 Hammer of the Witches Cradle of Filth


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