Homepage / MusicWorld / Asphyx
Full Album Stream: Squalus / Shadow Limb – “Mass and Power” Watch: Gaerea – ‘Absent’ The Workhorse Chronicles: Matron Thorn Track Premiere: Restless Spirit – ‘Ripped From Me’ Full EP Stream: Demonbreed – “Hunting Heretics” Track Premiere: Musmahhu – ‘Spectral Congregation of Anguish’ Interview with DIE ENTWEIHUNG Full Album Stream: Adaestuo “Krew Za Krew” No Corporate Beer: Bicycle Kick Interview with Onydia HECATE ENTHRONED Unveils New Song ‘Temples That Breathe’ For Those About to Squawk: Necrosleezer, Blood Feast, Defy the Curse Track Premiere: Olkoth – ‘Imperfect Reanimation’ Veil of Conspiracy “Me, Us and Them” to be released on February 8th via Revalve Records ANCIENT OAK CONSORT – release lyric video for “The Race” Full Album Stream: Tuskar – “The Tide, Beneath, The Wall” Full EP Stream: Deathkings – “Ex Nihilo” Watch: Inoculation – ‘Loss of Esoteric Profoundness’ The Workhorse Chronicles: Rogga Johansson Symphonic Metal/Folk The Mexican Way CABRAKAÄN Join Sliptrick recs Video Premiere: Depravity – ‘Despondency’ Full Album Stream: Goats of Doom – “Rukous” Odium records launch Pre-Order of the Black Altar’s re-edition of “Suicidal Salvation” Interview with Tragodia Canadian Alternative Metal Group DOAN join Sliptrick Records Full Album Stream: Ichor – “Hadal Ascending” Track Premiere: Varego – ‘The Abstract Corpse’ Symphonic Goth Rock Band LIPSHOK CD ‘To Haunt a Quiet Realm’ Interview with GC Project Interview with Bad Bullet NEW HORIZONS – launch new lyric video for “Borderlands Pt.2” Mourn at Obliteration’s Obscure Cenotaph Video Premiere: Vane – ‘Mutiny’ A Little Doom And A Whole Lot Of Heavy Metal – Meet CIRCLE OF WITCHES HECATE ENTHRONED – release new album ‘Embrace Of The Godless Aeon’ on January Onydia – launch preview and tracklist of “Reflections” Interview with Project Infinity in memoriam: Erik Lindmark (Deeds of Flesh/Unique Leader) Watch: Huntsmen – ‘Atlantic City’ NALE (SE) hits the Baltics in March 2019 HECATE ENTHRONED – release new album ‘Embrace Of The Godless Aeon’ on January The Ten Best Lead Singer Swaps in Metal Track Premiere: Ferum – ‘Perpetual Distrust’ Full Album Stream: Horehound – “Holocene” Win Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles Tickets at Bloodthirsty Thursday For Those About to Squawk: Goat Edition Full Album Stream: Valkyrja – “Throne Ablaze” Cyber Monday Is Here: Take 20% Off EVERYTHING in the Decibel Store! Decibel Meter: Red Before (or on) Black (Friday) Once Upon A Winter has released a new teaser trailer of their upcoming album ‘.existence’ Black Friday Deal: Get TWO FREE Issues of Decibel! Full EP Stream: Belzebong’s Light the Dankness Interview & Album Premiere: In the Woods… – “Cease the Day” XAON Announce March 2019 European Tour With Septicflesh Full Album Stream: Witchthroat Serpent – “Swallow the Venom” Second Round of Breweries Revealed for Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Philly 2019 Full Album Stream: Necroart – “Caino” REVENIENCE Release New Official Video And Announce Line-up Change Veonity Hit The Charts As They Prepare To Launch The New Album ‘Legend Of The Starborn’! Track Premiere: Sofy Major – ‘Total Dump’ Track Premiere: Shadow Limb – ‘Dark Sigil’ Three Floyds Announce Beers for Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles PERPETUAL FATE release Videoclip for “Smothered”, album pre-order started Decibel Metal & Beer Fest: Los Angeles FAQs US Metal Group HEAT OF DAMAGE Join Sliptrick records HISS FROM THE MOAT: Sophomore Album ‘The Harrier’ To Be Released On February 22; Cover Art Unveiled Rammstein live 2019: Wie man noch an Tickets kommt oder chancenlos bleibt US Metal Group TETRAFUZE join Sliptrick records BLADE KILLER Premieres New Song ‘Midnight Sinner’ Onydia – release debut album ‘Reflections’ via Revalve records on February 1, 2019 NEVERSIN – release new videoclip for ‘Light the Universe’ MALUM SKY Release New Official Video For ‘Borrower’ LOUNA Release New English Language Single ‘Shadow Kingdoms’ VEONITY Release New Lyrics Video And Single ‘Outcasts Of Eden’ Polling places ran out of “I Voted” stickers so voters made their own Watch Searing New Video for John Lennon’s Protest Anthem ‘Gimme Some Truth’ 16 Bands Who Got Their Start on MySpace Full Album Stream: The Mon – “Doppelleben” LARS ULRICH: METALLICA's 'WorldWired' Tour Could Last Through Early 2020 This woman celebrated her 106th birthday at Taco Bell Rihanna Sends Cease-and-Desist After Songs Played at Trump Rally Previously Sold-Out Vinyl Pressing of Tad’s ‘8-Way Santa’ Available Now MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Teases New Song In Video From Writing Sessions Polish Thrash Metal Group NECRO Join Sliptrick records Interview with Vst Brendon Urie flies high, literally, for a P!ATD MTV EMA win Josh Fauver, Former Deerhunter Bassist, Dead at 39 QUEEN Biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Far Exceeds Expectations With $50 Million Opening Weekend Attorney for Chris Cornell’s doctor comments on family’s lawsuit Roy Hargrove, Grammy-Winning Jazz Musician, Dead at 49 HALESTORM Members Talk Mental Health Awareness (Video) Watch Ariana Grande Talk Anxiety, Perform ‘Sweetener’ Songs on BBC Special Hollywood Undead unveil three emotional tracks, announce tour DREAM THEATER: New Album 'Distance Over Time' To Arrive In February; First Tour Dates Announced Video Premiere: The Last of Lucy – ‘Formication’ TRAGODIA – launched new Lyrics video and album pre-order Avant-Garde Metallists SIGNS OF HUMAN RACE joins Sliptrick records GLENN DANZIG's Feature Film To Start Shooting This Month Watch Night Demon’s New Video for “Black Widow” Danzig says Rob Zombie gave him this filmmaking tip

Asphyx

Triumph of doom-death

Asphyx were formed by drummer Bob Bagchus and guitarist Tony Brookhuis in the town of Oldenzaal, Netherlands, near the German border, circa 1987. They were but voracious teenagers fed daily on the rotten meat of Hellhammer, the infected bones of Venom and the brains (read: genius) of Celtic Frost. Long before The Rack terrorized speakers, frightened label bosses and enthralled legions of death metallers, Asphyx in their proto incarnation relied on power, volume and purpose—three traits that carried into the present. After three demos, one now-definitive 7-inch, one discarded album—released six years later in full—and several ill-fated label deals, Bagchus wasn’t going to cower to the infernal winds of change or fold after several unlucky (if absurd) hands. By the time 1990 dawned deadly on Asphyx, the Dutchmen were a formidable force. Brookhuis had exited and guitarist Eric Daniels had stepped in, as bassist/vocalist Theo Loomans moved over to second guitar, allowing Martin van Drunen—fresh off a U.S. tour with Pestilence and out for revenge—to front the band.

The Rack itself wasn’t the product of a foursome, however. Loomans, ever the troublemaker, bowed out, leaving Daniels, Bagchus and van Drunen in a proverbial sweatbox. With songs to reconfigure—80 percent of The Rack originated from the band’s label-free debut, Embrace the Death—lyrics to recast and a deadline looming for a nascent Century Media, Asphyx could have easily ended it with a slice to the neck. But they didn’t. They marched on, resolute to make good on a self-made promise to be the loudest and heaviest death metal band.

Certainly, Century Media weren’t ready for Asphyx—even if Promo ’91 portended the shape of cruelty to come—but death-hungry fans from Buffalo and London to Stockholm and Chicago waited with bated (and putrid) breath. Asphyx’s network of tape-traders, letter-writers and flyer-distributors had for years seeded the underground with nefarious stories, repellent rumors and sickening whispers of incoming death… and they got it.

When The Rack was released in the spring of 1991, death metal was in full swing. The genre of the unsung, the disenfranchised and the wicked had wormed its way to the surface, spilling blood, guts and malodorous slime everywhere. The frantic pace of 1991—Dismember’s Like an Ever Flowing Stream, Morbid Angel’s Blessed Are the Sick, Autopsy’s Mental Funeral and Suffocation’s Effigy of the Forgotten were but four pivotal albums that year—was suddenly given the slow turn of the dagger. The Rack had literally materialized out of the cellar of a dilapidated Dutch factory—called Harrow Studios—to foment discord and barbarity. Expertly crafted and strategically positioned, the razor claws and rusty spikes of “Vermin,” “Diabolical Existence,” “Evocation,” “Wasteland of Terror” and the title track served as the soundtrack to Asphyx’s mayhem on their global debut. Unlike many drummers of the day, Bagchus was economical in his caveman pound. To his left and front, Daniels offered up the kind of magic forgotten in the age of shredders and axe-slingers. Meanwhile, van Drunen sent shockwaves through the scene, his disquieting growls, roars and screams trademarking Asphyx into infamy. The Rack was (and still is) no-compromise death metal, singular then (and now) in its brutal ways.

Need more Asphyx? To read the entire seven-page story, featuring interviews with all members on The Rack, purchase the print issue from our store, or digitally via our app for iPhone/iPad or Android.

The post Asphyx appeared first on Decibel Magazine.

Asphyx
Asphyx
Decibel