Martin Skaroupka

Martin “Marthus” Škaroupka (born January 20, 1981 in Brno, Moravia, Czech Republic) is a drummer best known for his stint in the British metal band Cradle of Filth.

Birthday: 20/01/1981

Place of residence: Brno, Moravia, Czech Republic

Hobbies: Drums, Music, Books

Musical background:

Equipment: Pearl Drums, Sabian Cymbals, VicFirth Drumsticks, Remo Drumheads

Idols in Music: King Diamond, Neil Peart, Simon Phillips, Mikkey Dee and my Dad

Best CoF show so far:
Novesta Zlin 2006 (Czech Republic),
Astoria London 2006 (England),
Electric Factory Philadelphia 2007 (USA)

Fave CoF song to perform: Dusk and Her Embrace, Principle Of Evil Made Flesh, Twisted Nails Of Faith, Under Huntress Moon, Honey and Sulphur, Lilith Immaculate

How do you kill time on tour: Internet, Books

Strangest experience on tour: Being drunk two days in Las Vegas

Place you would like to visit: Iceland

Fave book: Stephen King – Salem´s Lot, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

Fave food/drink: Fish & Water

Message to the fans: Thank you very much for your support! See you all on the road! 🙂

Albums I’m currently listening to:
King Diamond- Conspiracy

Dark Fortress – Ylem


Since he was 6, Martin started attending piano and singing lessons at LŠU Brno (attendance until 13). Because there were no drums lessons at any of the music schools of that time available, he began to take private lessons from prof. Cupák (member of Janáček opera in Brno).

When 15 years old, he was admitted to Leoš Janáček Conservatory Brno, where he graduated in drums and as an additional instrument — piano.

Marthus began playing with various bands of various music styles when he was 15 (1996). In the same year, his first studio enterprise is released (band Animal Farm), which is followed by another studio CD with band Pink Chubby Cigar.

In 1997 Marthus and his long-time friend Khaablus founded the band Inner Fear, where Marthus is responsible for all compositions, keyboards and drums. In the same year the first demo comes out and until 2003 two more mini-CDs and three full length albums (out of which the first was never released officially).

Let us stay in 1997 for a while when Marthus is playing live shows with Czech bands Monastery, Pluggulp, Inner Fear, Happy Death and Scharnhorst.

In the years following (1997–2000) plays live not only with Happy Death and Inner Fear, but also appears as a guest drummer on Melancholy Pessimism minitour (2000), in a project of Root singer Jiří “Big Boss” Valter, BigBoss and in 1999 recording CD of project Entrails (where he meets Root guitar player, Petr “Blackie” Hošek).

In the beginning of 2001, Marthus takes place on drummer-stool in Pandemia, setting out on a spring European tour, after which the cooperation is finished.

In summer 2004 Marthus filmed his first drumming DVD and moved from Czech Republic to England.

In autumn 2004 Marthus joined English band Mantas (legendary Venom guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn) and in summer 2005 started his cooperation with Czech power/speed/symphonic metal band Symphonity (ex Nemesis).

In January 2006 Marthus recorded drums for a new Symphonity album at House of Audio studios in Germany.

In October 2006 Marthus joined English extreme metal band Cradle of Filth, replacing Adrian Erlandsson.


Marthus often utilizes blast beats and large amounts of double bass in his playing. Marthus is known primarily for his excellent double bass articulation, speed, and control, as well as creative and often unorthodox cymbal applications.

Martin Marthus Škaroupka
Background information
Birth name Martin Škaroupka
Also known as Marthus
Born January 20, 1981 (age 30)
Origin Czech Republic
Genres Extreme metal, heavy metal, black metal, progressive metal, hard rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Drums, keyboards, percussion, vocals
Years active 1996–present
Labels Roadrunner Records
Associated acts Cradle of Filth, Mantas, Symphonity, Inner Fear, Happy Death, Entrails

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