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Asphyx
Deathhammer
April 2012
Released: 2012, Century Media
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Infamousbutcher

Asphyx is one of Holland’s oldest death metal bands, staring back in 1987. In 1991, vocalist Martin Van Drunen left Pestilence and joined Asphyx, and the result was some of the best death / doom metal ever made! THE RACK (LP, 1991), CRUSH THE CENOTAPH (EP, 1992), and THE LAST ONE ON EARTH (LP, 1992) are legendary albums that every death metaller should own. Van Drunen left Asphyx in 1993 to sing for Comecon and later briefly replaced Karl Willets in Bolt Thrower. Asphyx continued on without him but it just wasn’t the same. Then in early 2007 Van Drunen came back, and the resulting album DEATH THE BRUTAL WAY was like a natural progression from THE LAST ONE ON EARTH. I am very pleased to say that DEATHHAMMER belongs in every metalheads’ collection standing proudly next to the classic Asphyx albums from the early 90s. DEATHHAMMER is the new holy grail of old school late 80s / early 90s death metal! It’s not just an album, it’s a pummeling, just an onslaught coming out of your speakers!



No atmospheric intro needed, the album starts fiercely with “Into The Timewastes”, a great fast track with low guitars, heavy bass, and Van Drunen’s unique howling shrieks. Van Drunen sounds better than ever, which is amazing considering how hard death metal vocals are on the vocal chords over time. His range is brilliant and he has tremendous power. To me, the very best death metal vocalists are (in no particular order) Obituary’s John Tardy, Suffocation’s Frank Mullen, and Asphyx / Hail of Bullets’ Martin Van Drunen. Second track “Deathhammer” addresses the current metal scene directly as Martin bellows to open the song, “This is real death metal you bastards!” It’s very fast and pounding, an ode on the history of death metal and keeping the sound true. “Minefield” is next, a slow doomy track but still swimming in molten lead heavy! Song lengths vary from less than 3 minutes to more than 7. Some are blistering attacks (“Reign of the Brute”) and others are slow grinders (“Der Landser”). There is a great range of topics here from warfare to natural disasters to monsters to medieval times to saluting the fans! There isn’t a weak track on the entire album. My favorites are “Reign of the Brute”, “The Flood”, “As The Magma Mammoth Rises”, “Into The Timewastes”, and of course, “Deathhammer”. The final two songs are bonus tracks, the rawer 7” version of “Death The Brutal Way” and the Celtic Frost cover “Os Abysmi Del Daath.” Sound mix is excellent, everything is loud, clear, and balanced. Alwin Zuur’s bass is great, very heavy and powerful throughout. He is a superb addition to Asphyx’s killer sound. Paul Baayens’ guitars are suitably low tuned and sludgy on the slow tracks. Bob Bagchus’ drumming is solid and consistent.



This is an early candidate for metal album of the year! If you are a death metaller and you were upset last year with Morbid Angel’s ILLUD DIVINUM INSANUS then get yourself a copy of DEATHHAMMER for a cleansing! It will cure what ails you! Asphyx rules and they will doom you to death!
Track Listing

1. Into the Timewastes
2. Deathhammer
3. Minefield
4. Of Days When Blades Turned Blunt
5. Der Landser
6. Reign of the Brute
7. The Flood
8. We Doom You To Death
9. Despa Crabro
10. As The Magma Mammoth Rises
11. Death The Brutal Way (7” version, 2008)
12. Os Abysmi Del Daath (Celtic Frost cover, 7” 2008)

Lineup

Martin Van Drunen – vocals
Paul Baayens – guitar
Alwin Zuur – bass
Bob Bagchus – drums


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Asphyx
Deathhammer
April 2012
Released: 2012, Century Media
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz

There have been plenty of death metal comebacks in recent years, but personally, it’s the resurrection of Asphyx that I find to be the most fascinating. I still have copies of THE RACK and CRUSH THE CENOTAPH on cassette from back in the day, and I promise you that these Dutch peddlers of death were widely regarded by many in the metal community as third-tier at best. As brutal and unique as those early albums were, a lot of people just didn’t get it – was it supposed to be doom, death, a hybrid? And then Martin Van Drunen left after 92’s LAST ONE ON EARTH, a buttload of albums followed with various lineups that nobody cared about, the band wallowed in obscurity and eventually called it a day. But holy crap, their ’09 comeback album DEATH…THE BRUTAL WAY was a straight up kick in the balls and an album that apparently EVERYBODY had heard (and deservedly so). But comebacks are easy these days; it’s really the album that follows next that proves whether a band is still relevant or if it was all just a nostalgic fluke. And that question is answered with DEATHHAMMER, Asphyx’s second post-reunion studio disc. Be prepared to cover your junk kids, because the band is still kicking.



There’s something to be said for age and experience, and it shows on DEATHHAMMER. This is a death metal album for death metal fans. There’s no sub-genres, no djent, no bullshit. Just good ol’ fashioned death metal from a group of dudes that know how to put a riff together. From the moment you press “play,” Asphyx pulls no punches and wastes no time with the pummeling. “Into the Timewaste” is a ripper of an opening tune, but I’ll candidly admit that it’s very Obituary-esque. But great gods of thunder, check out tunes like “Reign of the Brute,” “The Flood,” “Vespa Crabro” and the title track and tell me that this doesn’t get your head banging. There’s also a few throwbacks to the band’s days of dirge in the form of “As the Magma Mammoth Kisses” and what has to be the greatest song title of the year, “We Doom You to Death.” F@#king brilliant…



The production is as thick and heavy as the riffs are, adding additional weight to the tracks and making the whole thing just sound HEAVIER. And Christ on a stick, Martin Van Drunen still has one of the most distinctly sick and painful voices in death metal. Trends be damned, DEATHHAMMER declares with a vengeance that old school is the only school. Seriously though, this is arguably the best release in the band’s twenty year history, and at the very least is on par with the classic Asphyx material. DEATHHAMMER is available now through Century Media Records, which means that you should go buy a copy right now.
Track Listing

1. Into the Timewaste
2. Deathhammer
3. Minefield
4. Of Days When Blades Turned Blunt
5. Der Landser
6. Reign of the Brute
7. The Flood
8. We Doom You to Death
9. Vespa Crabro
10. As the Magma Mammoth Rises

Lineup

Martin van Drunen - Vocals
Bob Bagchus - Drums
Paul Baayens - Guitars
Alwin Zuur - Bass


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