Betraying the Martyrs

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Betraying the Martyrs
Betraying The Martyrs Summerblast Festival 2014 (21).JPG
Betraying the Martyrs at Summerblast Festival 2014
Background information
Origin Paris, France
Years active 2008–present
Labels Sumerian (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
Listenable (Europe)
Associated acts Darkness Dynamite, The Beverly Secret, Black Curtains, Beyond The Dust
Website Betraying the Martyrs on Facebook
Members Victor Guillet
Valentin Hauser
Baptiste Vigier
Lucas d'Angelo
Aaron Matts
Mark Mironov
Past members Eddie Czaicki
Fabien Clévy
Antoine Salin

Betraying the Martyrs is a French deathcore band from Paris, formed in 2008.


Formation and EP release[edit]

Betraying the Martyrs was founded in 2008 and currently consists of Aaron Matts (lead vocals), Baptiste Vigier (rhythm guitar), Lucas d'Angelo (lead guitar), Victor Guillet (clean vocals/keyboard), Valentin Hauser (bass guitar) and Mark Mironov (drums). Former members of the band included Eddie Czaicki (vocals), Antoine Salin (Drums), and Fabien Clévy (lead guitar).

Before joining the band, Czaicki played in the French куркор майна outfit, Darkness Dynamite. Guillet was the lead vocalist and keyboardist in the post-hardcore band, The Beverly Secret. Vigier and d'Angelo were in the metalcore band, Black Curtains. On November 18, 2009, Betraying the Martyrs released their debut EP 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.[1] 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 met current vocalist, British native Aaron Matts, during that tour, as he replaced Czaicki shortly thereafter. Czaicki opted to leave the band to pursue an art career.

Breathe in Life album[edit]

In 2011, the band started working on their first album and quickly signed deals with Sumerian Records, for North America,[2] and Listenable Records for the rest of the world.[1] On September 23, 2011, Betraying the Martyrs' debut album, Breathe In Life, was released globally. The album was produced in the band's studio and mixed by Charles J Wall at Sonic Assault Studios and the cover art was created by Hauser, the band's bass player. 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.[3]

Breathe In Life was warmly received by reviewers throughout Europe and notable received higher acclaim when compared to other groups in their genre.[4][5][6][7]

The French Guitarist Mag magazine named the album as one of the Top 5 Albums of 2011 (second behind Megadeth), and the Best Newcomer of the Year in the Hard Metal category.[8] Gibson named them in the Ten Metal Bands to check out in the summer of 2012,[9] along with bands like Asking Alexandria and Five Finger Death Punch.

In May 2012, Antoine quit the band and was replaced by Russian drummer Mark Mironov from the deathcore band My Autumn.[10]

Phantom album[edit]

The band went to the studio after touring with Asking Alexandria in Europe. Phantom will be released by Sumerian Records on the 15th of July 2014.[11]

On May 28, 2014, the band released the first song from their sophomore album, "Where The World Ends". On June 17, the band released another new song called "Jigsaw". On the July 14, the band released a cover version of "Let It Go", taken from the Academy Award-winning Disney movie Frozen. "Let it Go" was released as the album's third and final single.

On the July 15, 2014, Betraying The Martyrs released their second full length album Phantom, to mixed to positive reviews.


Betraying the Martyrs toured Europe in early 2012 on the famous "Bonecrusher Tour", with Carnifex, Within The Ruins, Molotov Solution and Beneath The Massacre.[12] 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.[13] The band then followed a European tour, supporting Veil of Maya on the "European Eclipse 2012" tour, alongside Vildhjarta, Structures and Volumes.[14] 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;[15] and on the Mayhem Festival 2012 with Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax[16] and many others. They also performed as an opening act at the "Hellfest 2012" tour.[17] They also replaced Winds Of Plague at the Graspop Metal Meeting 2012 Tour.[18]

Betraying the Martyrs toured with Asking Alexandria, While She Sleeps and Motionless in White,[19] Chelsea Grin, Attila, and Within the Ruins before returning to the studio to record their sophomore album, Phantom.[20]

During summer 2013, Betraying the Martyrs toured many festivals in Europe. They played during the Greenfield Festival in Switzerland alongside bands such as Rammstein, Queens Of The Stone Age, The Prodigy and Parkway Drive. They also performed at the Ghosfest with The Devil Wears Prada, Chelsea Grin or Veil of Maya. Betraying the Martyrs participated on the Never Say Die! Tour with Emmure, Carnifex, I Killed The Prom Queen, Hundredth, Northlane and Hand of Mercy. On November 2013, they made an eastern and Scandinavian headline tour.

Musical style[edit]

Betraying the Martyrs is overall recognized as a deathcore band;[21] which is a hybrid of the genres metalcore and death metal.[22][23][24][25] The band's style is a mixture of different aspects from multiple subgenres of extreme metal. The band takes the breakdowns, blast beats, and death growls that are main elements in deathcore. They supplement them with clean vocals, choruses, and programming that are key parts in metalcore bands. They also occasionally blend odd time signatures that exist in progressive metal. Keyboards are also used to mimic the orchestral elements that reside in symphonic metal. However, deathcore elements within their music are the most predominant features and thus are primarily seen as a deathcore band.




Studio albums
  • "Survivor" (Destiny's Child cover, 2010)
  • "Man Made Disaster" (Sumerian/Listenable, 2011)[26]
  • "Tapestry of Me" (Sumerian/Listenable, 2011)


Title Year Director Album
"Tapestry of Me" 2011 Gas Carpenter Breathe In Life
"Man Made Disaster" Thomas Welsh
"Let It Go (Disney's Frozen Cover)" 2014 Nicolas Delestrade "Phantom"


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  2. ^ Sumerian Records signs Betraying The Martyrs
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  4. ^ Breathe in Life Stormbringer review (German)
  5. ^ Metal Team UK: Breathe in Life Metal Team UK review
  6. ^ Lords of Metal: Breathe in Life Lords of Metal review (English/Dutch)
  7. ^ Breathe in Life review (German)
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