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Redemption Hall

by The Martyrs

A mix of vintage and modern rock with bite and sparkle.
Genre: Rock: Rock & Roll
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1. Magic
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2. Way of Perfection
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3. Plutocracy
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4. Breath of Gin
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Album Notes
The Martyrs are a Portland, Oregon based rock band that was formed in July, 2007 by Mick Arrell and Jonny Roe.
Arrell and Roe were old high school friends for years before forming The Martyrs together, each involved in their own separate band projects. In June 2007, Roe was kicked out of his former project (another Portland group “The Hugs”, who are still playing) for stealing the headlining band’s guitars while overly intoxicated at Dante’s, a popular club in Portland. Arrell’s former project, entitled “Even in Paradise”, fizzled out due to tensions within the band. Arrell contacted Roe about starting a blues/rock oriented project, and the two began to meet together regularly, recording cuts on a 10 dollar computer microphone that Arrell had bought years prior.
After setting up a myspace page on which to share the recordings with local musicians and potential band mates, Arrell and Roe recruited fellow Portland musicians Corey Distler and Michael Wood (Arrell had pre existing friendships with both).
The Martyrs gigged heavily in their first year and a half, often devoting more time to playing shows than practicing or working on new material. As time progressed, Roe’s depression and drug/alcohol problems began to wear down on him and the rest of the band. His guitar playing suffered, he missed rehearsals and was generally looked upon with much concern by the people around him. In January ‘09, he quit the band in the middle of a set, seemingly for no reason at all. Tragically, he died less than 1 month later of a heroin overdose at the age of 22.
Local guitarist Noah Kite was brought in as a replacement immediately after Roe’s departure. After playing several memorial gigs in honor of their fallen friend and band mate, The Martyrs recorded their debut EP “Redemption Hall” in Spring ’09. They have since broken out of the blues/rock confinement that was their beginning, leaning more into hard rock and pop rock as of late. They continue to gig vigorously and spread their message, hoping the road ahead is smoother than the road behind them.


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All these songs are so well put together, flows all nice, you guys never do nothing but seize the oppertunity please my beainwave energy, for real. Love this, amazing!

Pam Becker

This is the best I've ever heard these guys play. Each take is damn near perfect, and maybe I'm prejudiced, but Michael's drumming is as good or better than any major act you'll hear on the radio. I don't think this genre is so much blues/rock - more like blues/jazz. Mick Arrel and Cory Distler are two of the most talented song writers in Portland. Noah Kite has mastered the Wah. As someone who has known these guys for a long time, I feel they are almost at the peak of their talent. Here's hoping there's a lot more where this came from and that you guys get all the recognition you deserve. Damn!!!


love it all!


All Songs
Great ! Keep up the good work Guys !