Scar the Martyr is an American heavy metal band consisting of Joey Jordison, Kris Norris, Jed Simon, Kyle Konkiel and Matthew Tarach.
The band was formed in 2013 as a side project for former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison. The group was announced in April 2013 by Jordison and was shown to feature former Strapping Young Lad guitarist Jed Simon and former Darkest Hour guitarist Kris Norris. In June 2013 the group announced its name and full lineup, which included former Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna on keyboards, who only stayed in the band as a session member for the bands début album, and relatively unknown vocalist Henry Derek Bonner. Their first album was released on October 1, 2013.
On the 19th of September 2013 A free online only EP was released for download exclusively through Revolver Magazine's website requiring a password that can be found on Roadrunner Record's website. The EP contained 4 tracks 2 of which were the album tracks "Blood Host" and "Soul Disintegration". The other 2 were exclusive to the EP and not available anywhere else entitled "After The Fall" and "Trinity Of Lies".
Prior to Jordison leaving Slipknot, this was considered a side project, however after he left Slipknot, he stated that his primary focus is now Scar the Martyr, effectively making it his primary project. During touring, bassist Kyle Kokiel (formerly of In This Moment) and keyboardist Joey Blush (from Blush Response) joined the band as permanent members.
On April 10, 2014, it was announced that vocalist Henry Derek had departed from the band due to personal differences, artistic direction and business decisions. The same day, the rest of the band announced that Derek was fired from the band, and that they are searching for a new vocalist. The band has also stated that they have opened submissions to the public before they make their final decision.
The band is working on a new album, while not in the studio they are writing and plan to have material soon.