Saturday, August 18, 2012

Asphyx - Death...the Brutal Way (Century Media Records, 2009)

Genre: Death/Doom Metal
Year: 2009
Country: Netherlands

1. Scorbutics 04:26
2. The Herald 03:33
3. Bloodswamp 03:56
4. Death the Brutal Way 03:52
5. Asphyx II (They Died as They Marched) 06:40
6. Eisenbahnmörser [The Railway Mortar] 05:42
7. Black Hole Storm 05:35
8. Riflegun Redeemer 05:40
9. Cape Horn 06:53
10. The Saw, the Torture, the Pain 03:10
After a quarrel with the band Van Drunen decided to leave Pestilence and join another group, namely Asphyx. After several successful records and tours with Bolt Thrower and Entombed, they underwent several line-up changes. Because of these struggles the band decided to call it quits in 1995, 1996 and once more in 2000. Every time they started again they came back with a rock-solid record. After the founding of the already renowned supergroup "Hail of Bullets" in 2006, a new reunion of Asphyx became a reality. Van Drunen gets joined by veteran Wannes Gubbels and Bob Bagchus. On guitar we find Paul Baayens, who has already proven himself worthy in "Hail of Bullets" and "Thanatos". With such a line-up comes high expectations, and it should come as a relief that Asphyx fully fulfilled those. In "Death, The Brutal Way" the band wastes no time with intros or resting spots, it simply grabs you by the balls from the beginning and leaves you three quarters later with a dazed look and a smile on your face. They presents us with 10 Old School Death Metal songs that sound as violent and loud as ever. The CD opens with "Scorbutics", a fast headbanger that immediately sets the tone for the rest of the album. On "Asphyx II (They Died As They Marched)" we get to listen to a slow, doomy number that harks back to the older Asphyx sound. The throat grunts of Van Drunen sounds like he has come back from the grave to sing and the rest of the band also give it all they have. The production is clear and modern and is similar to the already mentioned "Hail Of Bullets". In summary we can say that Asphyx is back and that every diehard Death Metal fan should run to his local record store to buy this gem.

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