Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr

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"Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr"
Single by Trivium
from the album Ascendancy
Released 2005
Format CD
Genre Metalcore[1]
Length 4:51
Label Roadrunner Records
Writer(s) Matt Heafy, Corey Beaulieu, Travis Smith
Producer(s) Jason Suecof
Trivium singles chronology
Like Light to the Flies
Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr
A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation

"Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr" (often shortened to "Pull Harder", or simply "Martyr") is a song by heavy metal band Trivium. It appears on their 2005 album Ascendancy and was released as the album's second single in the same year.[2] Metal Hammer named it "one of the decade’s biggest metal anthems".[3]

Live performance[edit]

This song used to be played as the last song in a Trivium live set, however, since 2011, they have finished with the Shogun single "Throes of Perdition". During the Ascendancy tours, the song's verse was screamed, but for a short stint of the tours after The Crusade, the song was sung live in a raspy clean voice as opposed to the recorded version. Since the release of Shogun, the song has returned to its original vocals when performed live.[4]

At the Roadrunner United 25th anniversary concert back in December 2005, Trivium performed this song live with Machine Head's Robb Flynn on vocals. That concert was released as a DVD called The All-Star Sessions, along with a documentary.[5]


Vocalist and songwriter Matt Heafy has described that "Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr" "is a look at a villainous tyrant; one who can simply kill and destroy on will, push his faith upon all, be hated by all other powers around - and still be loved by many that he rules."[6]



  1. ^ Lee, Cosmo (2005-06-06). "Trivium: Ascendancy". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  2. ^ "Trivium - Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr - Encyclopaedia Metallum". The Metal Archives. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived April 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Trivium History and Discography". Heavymetal.about.com. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  5. ^ "Robb Flynn And Trivium Perform 'Pull Harder...' - Roadrunner Records Uk". Roadrunnerrecords.co.uk. 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 
  6. ^ "No. 47: Trivium, ‘Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr’ – Top 21st Century Metal Songs". Loudwire.com. Retrieved 2015-09-26. 

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