Betraying The Martyrs Recruit Rui Martins As Their New Vocalist, Premiere “Black Hole” Music Video

Betraying The Martyrs have officially welcomed Rui Martins to the band as their new vocalist. With this news, the group have also premiered a new video for their new song “Black Hole.“ You can check that out below:

The band said the following about recruiting Martins:

“We DEFINITELY upgraded to BTM 2.0! Of course it’s still BTM, but totally an upgraded version of our band! Most of us are pretty perfectionists about our own art, and we would have never allowed a downgrade! We’re super stoked and excited to have people’s opinion and reactions about this new track, we’re well aware that changing the frontman can be a little tricky sometimes (even if bands like Northlane, Chelsea Grin, and Lorna Shore showed us that it could be very successful!) but we’re very confident Rui‘s the perfect fit, and we hope people will welcome our new recruit with open arms and show him the support he deserves! Rui‘s abilities will definitely take things to a whole new level, as he has a great approach for both the heavy side and the more melodic part of our songwriting.

Rui knows perfectly what BTM was and also is now in 2021. He helped so much to make this new version of BTM the best it can be. He has a great vision of what BTM fans expect and also where we want to go. Rui is bringing a lot of great ideas for his vocals, lyric-wise, melody-wise…and his vocal range is incredible: he can go from super heavy guttural screams to high pitched beautiful clean vocals; it’s a real pleasure to be able to work with someone so talented, and we’re definitely planning on using his range to the maximum of its potential to serve BTM’s upcoming music!”

The following was also added about the new song in a press release:

“This brand-new song depicts how a toxic relationship can imprison and deceive someone and goes through all the phases that one usually has to go through to realize what is wrong and finally be set free. It doesn’t matter how hard one tries if the other person is unwilling to improve themselves and their mutual relationship. To suffer is to learn but also to kill a part of us. The protagonist is reborn at the end, but he paid a high price, and the scars are visible.”

As previously reported, Betraying The Martyrs will be playing their first show with Martins at the Omega Sound Fest in Mûrs-Erigné, France on October 16.

Betraying The Martyrs Tease Music Video For New Song “Black Hole”

Betraying The Martyrs have shared a teaser for their new song/video “Black Hole.” The full clip will be released on October 14 and it will officially introduce fans to the band’s new vocalist. The group will also play their first show with the mystery singer at the Omega Sound Fest in Mûrs-Erigné, France on October 16.

Aaron Matts Exits Betraying The Martyrs, Announces New Project ten56.

Aaron Matts has announced his departure from Betraying The Martyrs. The vocalist will be moving forward with a new project called ten56.

Matts said the following:

“Ten years have gone by in the blink of an eye, it feels like just yesterday I was moving to France to join the band that changed my life forever and brought me so many new experiences and countless friends; and although this is a decision that I initially made more than a year ago, it feels odd to be putting this into words now; but here we are.

Betraying The Martyrs has been the focus point of my life for the most part of these past ten years and was at some point the very thing that defined who I was as a person; but as you all know, times change and it is with a heavy heart but also with a great deal of anticipation that I have decided to part ways with my role as the lead vocalist of the band.

There are many reasons and factors that have played a role in making this decision, but what it really boils down to is simply the necessity to make decisions for myself, to do what’s right for me in order for me to remain healthy and happy; and above all, to remain true to myself, to who I am as a person, a musician, and to what really moves me artistically.

During the process of making this decision I felt like I had lost that passionate connection that I felt to music, to performing, and everything in-between; but I came to realize that I still have that fire that burns so bright, but that I need to do it for the same reasons that made me follow my heart at the very start of this journey. So, I got my head down and instead of putting my energy into giving up, I put it into building something that I can truly say is 100% of what makes me, me.

It brings me a great deal of excitement to save my breath on the regular “I’m still going to be active as a musician, so keep your eyes peeled” nonsense, and instead to announce that for the past year I have built a new band that embodies everything I love about heavy music, something I feel extremely passionate about, and that tonight, I will be announcing the band name and line up, and that in exactly one week from today I’ll release the first single from a record that I am extremely proud of!

I, of course want to take this opportunity to thank every single person that has ever been involved in helping to build BTM into what it is now; all of the fans both past and present, bands that I met along the way that had a huge influence in putting us on, and also those in the industry who put their blind faith in what we were doing. There are way too many people to list, but you know exactly who you are.

Thank you to all of those people that so generously dived deep into their pockets to help us when we lost everything to a blaze and kept us going through the hardest days of our lives.

If one thing is certain, it’s that BTM is not over. The band have been working on incredible new material, and I can sincerely say that the torch has been passed to a very talented, and deserving individual who will not disappoint, trust me!

His identity as well as the new music the guys have been working on real hard for the past months will all be revealed soon, so please make sure to keep supporting the band like you’ve all being doing for all these years. We’ve never taken your support for granted and we’re fully aware that we wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t thanks to you all. We part ways in good terms and relationships; it’s simply time for me to build something new, but rest assured that I will cherish these memories for the rest of my life.

Thank you for the ride guys, all of you. It’s been real.

Aaron“

He also added:

“Betraying The Martyrs has been the focus point of my life for the most part of these past ten years and was at some point the very thing that defined who I was as a person; but as you all know, times change and it is with a heavy heart but also with a great deal of anticipation that I have decided to part ways with my role as the lead vocalist of the band.

There are many reasons and factors that have played a role in making this decision, but what it really boils down to is simply the necessity to make decisions for myself, to do what’s right for me in order for me to remain healthy and happy; and above all, to remain true to myself, to who I am as a person, a musician, and to what really moves me artistically.

It brings me a great deal of excitement to save my breath on the regular ‘I’m still going to be active as a musician, so keep your eyes peeled’ nonsense, and instead to announce that for the past year I have been building a new band that embodies everything I love about heavy music, something I feel extremely passionate about, and that in exactly one week from today, on April 9th, we will release the first single from a record that I am extremely proud of.

Over this past year, I have gotten together with some incredible musicians from outstanding bands (Novelists FR, Kadinja, Uneven Structure, etc.) and formed a well-oiled and destructive machine named ten56. ten56. is an embodiment of everything that inspires us, and keeps this fire burning. We’re incredibly excited to reveal this sound that we’ve been working on; the clip is full up and we’re ready to spray!

I of course want to take this opportunity to thank every single person that has ever been involved in helping to build BTM into what it is now; all of the fans both past and present, bands that I met along the way that had a huge influence in putting us on, and also those in the industry who put their blind faith in what we were doing.

There are way too many people to list, but you know exactly who you are. Thank you to all of those people that so generously dived deep into their pockets to help us when we lost everything to a blaze and kept us going through the hardest days of our lives. BTM is not over.

The band have been working on incredible new material, and I can sincerely say that the torch has been passed to a very talented, and deserving individual who will not disappoint, trust me!

Thank you for the ride guys, all of you. It’s been real. Aaron”

ten56.’s debut single “Diazepam” will be released on April 9 and a teaser for it can be found below:

Betraying The Martyrs Premiere “Monster” Music Video

Betraying The Martyrs have premiered a new video for their song “Monster.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Rapture.” The group commented:

“This video was shot at various shows across the globe during one year of touring. We would like to thank everyone that has been a part of this, every person that attended a show, all of the road crew that helped out along the way, and every venue and their staff. It’s been a tough year for us and we really want to thank everyone deeply for all the support we received.”

Betraying The Martyrs Share “Rapture” Album Sampler

Betraying The Martyrs have shared a sampler with previews of all the tracks on their new album “Rapture.” That effort will be released tomorrow (September 13).

Aaron Matts commented:

“‘Rapture‘ embodies every path we have walked since the beginning of our journey. Physically and emotionally, we poured all we have into creating a musical rollercoaster that takes the listener to the darkest corners of their mind. We are incredibly excited for people to finally lend their ear to a piece we have worked so hard on, and hope that they can enjoy it as much as we do. Thank you to all who have given us their attention over the years, this one is for you!”

He also told Billboard the following:

“The album does really have dark subject matter… I was going through a lot of depression and anxiety, just like everyone seems to be at this point in time. I try to keep it vague so people can connect and relate to the subject matter. I tried to ask the other guys what they had on their minds and write things that felt close to all our hearts, personally. It just came together naturally and very organically. I think that reflects in the music.”

Betraying The Martyrs Cancel North American Tour Following Van Fire

Betraying The Martyrs were forced to cancel their North American headlining tour after their van caught fire following their July 10 show in Los Angeles, CA. Unfortunately, the band lost a lot of gear, personal items, and more in the fire. You can help them out by donating via GoFundMe.

The group commented:

“Betraying The Martyrs has been forced to cancel yesterday’s show in Orangevale CA as well as the rest of their North American Summer “Rapture” tour after being involved in a serious auto incident after their show in Los Angeles.

All crew and band members are safe.

The incident happened around 4 a.m. when the trailer portion of the band’s Mercedes Sprinter van caught fire. All band and crew members were able to safely to exit the vehicle with no major injuries. Tragically, all of the band’s equipment was lost in the blaze.

Singer Aaron Matts commented on the scene “We’re all shaken by what has happened this morning. We’re well but very heartbroken that all we have worked hard to accumulate over the years, both in musical equipment, and personal belongings has been lost in a matter of minutes.

I’m grateful that we have our health, each other, and were able to walk away with the clothes on our backs, . We are extremely sorry to have missed another opportunity to play for those that were looking forward to see us. We’ll bounce back and we’ll see you soon. Thank you”

Guitarist Baptiste Vigier also added: “This is the most tragic event that has ever happened in our band’s career, and in my entire life. Earlier this morning, i was awakened by our driver screaming and urging us all to get out of the vehicle. Although I’m incredibly thankful to still be alive and tell this story, I lost all my gear and personal belongings. We feel incredibly powerless and in shock.”

If it weren’t for our driver and now best friend Daniel Johnson, we wouldn’t have made it out safely. This man literally ran though the fire in an attempt to salvage our belongings and to ensure our safety and well-being. Daniel acted out of pure courage and professionalism in order for the band and crew to be safe and at a lower risk of injury. Whatever we have left after this, we owe it to you Daniel. A part of potential funds raised will be going to Daniel to compensate for his courage and for his belongings lost.

If you’ve ever had the chance to catch BTM live, if you know the band or simply follow what we do, if you’ve shared the stage with us, if you’ve ever listened to or streamed our music, we’re asking for your help.

ANY donation will be incredibly helpful to all of us and will go directly towards rebuilding our band, to help us get back home and ultimately to keep doing what we love, which is creating music and sharing it with our fans.”

Here’s a list of what we have lost so far:

– Splitter

– In Ears Monitors System x 4

– Most of our Merchandising

– 1 furman power conditioner

– S16 / x32

– 4 keyboards

– our shock mount racks units

– 1 Helix

– 1 AxeFX

– 6 guitar cases

– all personal belongings and suitcases

– A full Midas Mixing Desk and its case

– A full drum kit

– The whole brand new trailer”

Betraying The Martyrs Announce European Tour With Underside & Shrezzers

Betraying The Martyrs have announced a European tour with Underside and Shrezzers. The band will be touring in support of their new album “Rapture“ (out September 13).

Tour Dates:

09/18 Berlin, GER – Musik & Frieden
09/19 Prague, CZE – Modra Vopice
09/20 Dresden, GER – Reithalle
09/21 Vienna, AUT – Viper ROom
09/22 Munich, GER – Backstage Halle
09/23 Stuttgart, GER – Wizemann Club
09/24 Aschaffenburg, GER – Colos-Saal
09/25 Baden, SWI – Werk Kulturlokal
09/26 Lyss, SWI – Kulturfabrik
09/27 Rotterdam, NET – Baroeg
09/28 Eindhoven, NET – Dynamo
09/29 Cologne, GER – Euroblast Festival
09/30 Hamburg, GER – Logo
10/02 Gothenburg, SWE – Tradgam
10/03 Stockholm, SWE – Fryshuset Klubben
10/05 Tampere, FIN – Lost In Music Festival
10/06 Helsinki, FIN – On The Rocks

Betraying The Martyrs Premiere “Parasite” Music Video, Reveal Details For New Album “Rapture”

Betraying The Martyrs have premiered a new video for their new song “Parasite.” This track is from the band’s new album “Rapture,” which will be released on September 13.

Aaron Matts said the following about the song/video:

“The song is a subject that I’ve wanted to touch on for quite some time now. It speaks of an internal battle of the minds between myself and that evil self that I’m sure we all have and know all too well.

The story speaks of the innocent untainted self that ultimately trumps and returns to defeat this metaphorical parasite of depression and anxiety. The song is more of a celebration of overcoming a dark period in my life, but can be seen from more than one perspective.

We’re in love with the music video – Igor [Omodei] did a fantastic job as he always does, and we absolutely cannot wait for people to see what we’ve been working so hard on!”

He also added the following about the album:

“‘Rapture‘ for us is a product of each one of our experiences up until this moment; each moment lived on the road, and every drop of inspiration picked up along the way.

Written musically in the only way we know how, we took each one of our musical tastes and formed it into the ultimate album for ourselves, hoping that it will translate and fall onto the ears of the listeners the same way it falls onto ours.

‘Rapture‘ is a musical journey through each one of our minds, lyrics that come from both the darkest and lightest corners of our souls. We put everything into this one, leaving behind any preconceptions, and what came out the other side is something that we’re all so proud of, and we hope that the listener will feel it within themselves also.”

“Rapture” Track Listing:

01. “Ignite”
02. “Eternal Machine”
03. “Down”
04. “The Iron Gates”
05. “Parasite”
06. “The Sound Of Letting You Go”
07. “The Swarm”
08. “Monster”
09. “Imagine”
10. “Incarcerated”
11. “Rapture”

Betraying The Martyrs Announce North American Tour With Entheos, Sentinels, Within Destruction, & Defying Decay

Betraying The Martyrs have announced a summer North American tour. Entheos, Sentinels, Within Destruction, and Defying Decay will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

06/28 Stanhope, NJ – Stanhope House
06/29 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
06/30 Spartanburg, SC – Groundzero
07/01 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
07/02 Tampa, FL – Crowbar
07/03 Orlando, FL – Soundbar
07/05 Houston, TX – The Secret Group
07/06 Fort Worth, TX – Tomcats West
07/07 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
07/08 Albuquerque, NM – The Launchpad
07/09 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
07/10 Los Angeles, CA – 1720
07/11 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
07/12 Portland, OR – Bossanova Ballroom
07/13 Armstrong, BC – Armstrong MetalFest
07/14 Seattle, WA – Club Sur Rocks
07/16 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court
07/17 Denver, CO – The Roxy Theater
07/18 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
07/19 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
07/20 Minneapolis, MN – The Whiskey Junction
07/21 Cudahy, WI – X-Ray Arcade
07/22 Joliet, IL – The Forge
07/23 Detroit, MI – Sanctuary
07/24 Toronto, ON – Rockpile West
07/25 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
07/26 Quebec City, QC – L’Anti
07/27 Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
07/28 Brooklyn, NY – The Kingsland