Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Initial Impressions: Asphyx: Deathhammer
Asphyx has always been one of my favorite old-school death metal bands. Part of this has been the presence of Martin Van Drunen behind the mic and part has been the band's less conventional sound. The band went on hiatus for several years and re-emerged with Van Drunen back in tow in 2008. This is the band's second full-length since re-forming.
Asphyx's sound joins old school-style death/thrash with doom metal elements. What results is a crushingly heavy album that stands up well to the band's prior material. The album title is definitely a good description of the music found therein.
Of course no discussion of Asphyx would be complete without a discussion of Van Drunen's vocals. Van Drunen is one of the great death metal vocalists and he continues to show why on this album. His psychotic wailing is on full display here.
Asphyx continues to put out great albums. They have been one of my favorite death metal bands for some time and this is yet another great album from them.