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Formed: 1987
From: Oldenzaal, Netherlands
Last Known Status: Regrouped

Latest Asphyx News

Below is our complete Asphyx news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Asphyx Finishes Work On New Album

The Dutch doom/death metal pioneers from Asphyx are ready to announce their new studio album release, following 2012's "Deathhammer" record. The new album is now finished and will be entitled "Incoming Death."

This new release is due out worldwide on September 30th, 2016 via Century Media Records. Vocalist Martin van Drunen checked in with the following status report:

"Four and a half years after the release of 'Deathhammer,' we finally managed to finish its long awaited successor. It will be out on September the 30th, as always on our beloved label Century Media. Expect 11 unmerciful battering tracks in the typical Asphyx death/doom style, but also the most varied Asphyx material up to date without losing our rawness, brutality and heaviness. The album will be entitled 'Incoming Death.' And like 'Deathhammer,' it's a phrase that doesn't really exist, but refers to what entrenched soldiers cry out when under severe artillery fire. Thus 'Incoming Death' implies another relentless bombardment of monstrous Asphyx death/doom metal!

"Recorded on different locations throughout 2016 and once more mixed and mastered by the mighty Dan The Man Swanö. Serious ear bleedings guaranteed! It's also our first record also featuring Husky on drums, who is now with us for already two and a half years molesting the pig skins with the absolute perfect Asphyx attitude, passion, pride and mayhem. We are very proud of this best Asphyx album ever! And knowing our dedicated fans worldwide, they will be proud of us as well! Soon we will hit the stages on every continent to do what we do best; Intense, loud, sweaty, filthy and ruthless live performances!" More...

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Get With The Metal: Graspop & Hellfest Live Stream

The annual Graspop Festival (from Belgium) and Hellfest (from France) are in full stream this week and throughout the weekend. Both have live streams available.

As for Graspop, you can check out two channels of live metal at this location.

Among the many acts to check out: Arcturus, Heaven Shall Burn, Moonspell, Dark Funeral,
God Dethroned, Dropkick Murphys, Steak, Sacred Reich and much more.

As for Hellfest, there is a page with multiple live streams for each day and stage, which can be accessed over here.

Among the many acts to check out:

Today (06/17/2016) (all times in CET):

18h35 Inquisition
19h30 Sacred Reich
20h30 Korpiklaani
21h35 Overkill
22h40 Aura Noir
23h45 Testament
00h45 Abbath More...

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1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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Asphyx Posts Tour Video, Working On Album

After returning from a tour of Latin America, Dutch metal band Asphyx continues working on new material to finally follow latest studio album release “Deathhammer” from 2012. Check out impressions from the tour in the video clip below, while the band had this to say:

“Asphyx recently ended a small tour throughout Latin America, which was the first tour of the band for over 20 years. We performed in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Sao Paolo, Curitiba, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Lima, Mexico City, San Jose and Medellin. Thanks to all local promoters and venues, D-19 and especially our dedicated and insane fans it became a fantastic experience we'll never forget and a great success for Asphyx. So a massive 'cheerz a lot!' to everybody in making this possible and all the hordes that came to support the band.

"So many stories to tell, so many great times and shows we had. Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Costa Rica and Colombia; all you crazy metal heads can be proud of your countries and continent where death metal is so very much alive. It was indeed death... the brutal way! And let's hope Asphyx can return in the near future!

"In January 2016, Asphyx will hit the rehearsal room to finish composing and arranging the final pieces for the follow up of 'Deathhammer.' And then hit the studio for the primary recordings, which will also feature Stefan 'Tormentor' Hueskens on drums for the very first time. So we start the new year off promising and 2016 will definitely see another brutal Asphyx album in our own particular style.” More...

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Asphyx To Begin Work On New Album, Announce Tour

Dutch death/doom pioneers Asphyx continue riding strong on the back of the latest and possibly most acclaimed album release, "Deathhammer" and will be debuting in Latin America and hitting other countries on international dates well into 2016. In addition, the band has commenced work on a new album - expected in 2016 - and recording will begin at the end of next month.

Here is a list of all upcoming dates:

10.22.15 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) - Teatro Odisseia
10.23.15 Brasilia (Brazil) - Circulador
10.24.15 São Paulo (Brazil) - Clash Club
10.25.15 Curitiba (Brazil) - John Bull Pub
10.26.15 Santiago (Chile) - Kmasu Premiere
10.27.15 Buenos Aires (Argentina) - Mvseo Rock
10.28.15 Lima (Peru) - Crypto Bar
10.29.15 Mexico DF (Mexico) - Multiforo Cultural Alicia
10.31.15 Medellin (Colombia) - Altavoz Festival
11.07.15 Leeds (UK) - Damnation Festival
12.05.15 Oberhausen (Germany) - Ruhrpott Metal Meeting
02.28.16 Tilburg (The Netherlands) - Netherlands Deathfest
03.26.16 Thessaloniki (Greece) - Eightball Club
03.27.16 Sofia (Bulgaria) - Mixtape 5
(More dates to be announced soon.)

Vocalist Marvin van Drunen checked in with the following comment about the Latin American tour as well as on the status of the work on the new material:

"Asphyx is proud and very pleased to announce their first tour on the South American continent. As many of our long term die-hard and dedicated followers come from there and were begging us to fly over this is thus for us like a dream come true that finally the Latin American hordes are able to witness an intense Asphyx show of which we are infamous for. As for now we're about to krush; Brasilia, Sao Paolo, Curitiba, Rio De Janeiro, Mexico City, San Jose, Santiago de Chile, Lima, Buenos Aires and Medellin. So we hope to see all of you soon, insaniacs! More...

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Asphyx Re-Issuing Albums On Vinyl

Originally released in 1991 ("The Rack") and 1992 ("Last One On Earth"), the first two full-length albums by Dutch death/doom commando Asphyx are finally returning back on vinyl. Both are set for worldwide release on March 16th, 2015 via Century Media Records. Asphyx vocalist Martin van Drunen has checked in with the following comment about these re-releases:

"Over the years Century Media has put out a lot of superb vinyl re-releases. Especially for that LP freak of today for whom it's difficult, if not impossible, to find the originals. Even I couldn't obtain everything as a young metalhead back in the days and therefore I am happy that labels do decide to re-release some sonic classics.

"And so is the case with these first two Asphyx albums. After the mauling 'Death...The Brutal Way' and crushing 'Deathhammer,' old and new Asphyx fans are now given the opportunity to add 'The Rack' and 'Last One On Earth' to their vinyl collection. Two outstanding re-releases by dedicated metalheads for loyal metalheads. Kept as close to the originals as possible, not only when it comes to the artwork of ancient master Axel Hermann, but also sound-wise these take you back to the early days of true death metal...and of Century Media as well!

"The band is proud of these milestones, as lots of the tracks are still and always will be played live with the intensity and volume Asphyx is so well-known for. So get your hands on these albums, and give 'em a deafening spin on your record player! Vinyl...The Brutal Way!"

Both vinyl editions orientate on the original pressings and feature the original covers. Both albums are based upon the original early 90's recordings and were specially mastered for vinyl by Patrick W. Engel / Temple Of Disharmony (Massacra, Dissection, Grave) in December 2014. You can also see Asphyx live on these dates: More...

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Satyricon To Headline Blastfest

The organizers of the Blastfest have announced the first headlining act as none other than Satyricon, commenting:

"Yes, you did in fact read that right, Norway's Satyricon have been announced as the Saturday headliner at Blastfest.

"And that’s not all! The festival has also announced another 8 bands including 3 of the best from Britain, black metallers Winterfylleth, stoner doom hard rockers Orange Goblin and Falloch from Glasgow, Scotland.

"The latest announcement also includes Kall, Naer Mataron, Aspherium, Purple Hill Witch, all very much forces of reckoning in their respective fields. Blastfest has also booked its very first covers band, Bergen's very own Motörhead tribute act Bömbers, whom have been approved by Lemmy Kilmister himself.

"It will be cold and it will be extreme! Held in the beautiful city of Bergen, Blastfest is offering one of the, if not thee, finest extreme metal line-ups of 2015. Acts already announced include Paradise Lost, Decapitated, Primordial, Rotting Christ, Destruction and Asphyx with many more yet to be announced." More...

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Blastfest Expands To Four Days

Blastfest will be held from the 18th - 21st of February 2015 in Bergen, Norway. The organizers of the festival have now checked in with the following announcement about expanding with new band confirmations:

"It is official, Blastfest will be even bigger! With very positive results and excitement of a recent poll, the Bergen, Norway festival have decided 3 days of metal madness wasn’t enough and have expanded the festival into a 4 day event with a total of 60 bands! That’s 4 days, 4 venues, and 60 bands! Yes. 60 BANDS! The festival is now running from Wednesday February 18th to Saturday February 21st.

"And that’s not just the only announcement the festival will make today because just like the recent spate of updates the festival are keeping form and have just confirmed another 4 bands to the already exploding poster! So without further adieu, we are pleased to report the addition of true Norwegian black metal veterans Gehenna, British symphonic black metallers Hecate Enthroned, Norwegian death metal titans Blood Red Throne and death thrashers Wyruz!"

The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Alfahanne | Asphyx | At The Gates | Baptism | Blood Red Throne | Bolzer | Borknagar | Byfrost | Craft | Crib45 | Cryptopsy | Dark Funeral | Dark Tranquility | Dead To This World | Decapitated | Demilich | Den Saakaldte | Djevelkult | Destroyer 666 | Destruction | Endstille | Esoteric | Finntroll | Gehenna | Hecate Enthroned | Impaled Nazarene | Melechesh | Moonsorrow | Morgoth | Paradise Lost | Primordial | Rotting Christ | Samael | Sarke | Sarkom | Satan | Saturnus | The Sickening | Tortorum | Tsjuder | Vallenfyre | Wyruz + more yet to be announced.

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Onslaught Drops Off Eindhoven Bill

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting organization has announced that due to scheduling issues Onslaught has cancelled the band's previously planned performance at the festival.

Recently reunited U.K. thrashers Xentrix will replace Onslaught on Saturday December 13th, 2014.

Xentrix has released four albums through Roadrunner Records: 1989’s "Shattered Existence," 1990’s "For Whose Advantage," 1991’s "Dilute to Taste," and 1992’s "Kin." Heavy Metal Records also released a 1996 LP called "Scourge."

The currently announced lineup for Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2014 is as follows: More...

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Tongeren Metal Fest Getting A Sequel

The founders of the Belgian festival Tongeren Metal Fest are pleased to announce that the festival will take place again on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 at the de VELINX venue.

The successful first edition took place earlier this year and featured bands like Asphyx, Angel Witch, and many others.

Promotor Willem Van Maele commented: "It's a great honour to be invited again to organize the festival at the beautiful and professional venue de VELINX. It is obvious that our goal remains the same: presenting the best bands under excellent conditions at the lowest ticket price possible."

The first bands will be announced soon. Band applications are also being welcomed by the festival. Check out the 2014 edition's recap video below. More...

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Blastfest Confirms Finntroll, Moonsorrow, And More

Norway’s Blastfest has just unveiled another seven great reasons why you need to book the 19th – 21st of February 2015 off work.

Today the festival organizers announce the addition of seven more bands to the billing including Finnish folk metal upstarts Finntroll, melodic black metal sextet Moonsorrow and Ireland’s men of myth Primordial. Also confirmed today are Djevelcult, Tortorum, Crib 45, and Morgoth.

The Bergen festival is only in its second year and previously announced acts such as At The Gates, Decapitated, Rotting Christ, Destruction and Asphyx for the 2015 edition. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting Reveals Full Band Lineup

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very proud to announce that with the addition of In Solitude, Valkyrja, Thanatos, Skyforger, Dust Bolt, The Committee, and Miasmal, the line-up for this year's edition - set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands - is now complete.

The Dutch all-female death metal band Sisters Of Suffocation will also perform on Friday, December 12th at the official after party at the Dynamo Club together with the cover-bands Mercyfull Fake and Forever Twisted. Entrance is free with an Eindhoven Metal Meeting ticket!

The full festival billing is as follows (in alphabetical order): More...

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Asphyx And Carach Angren To Play Eindhoven

The Eindhoven Metal Meeting is very happy to welcome Asphyx, Carach Angren, Cripper, and Funeral Whore to lineup for this year's edition, set to take place December 12 & 13th, 2014 at the Effenaar venue in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

At The Gates
Carach Angren
Evil Invaders
Funeral Whore
Holy Moses
Morbid Angel
Morbus Chron
One Tail, One Head
The Vision Bleak

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Hells Headbangers Releases Organ Fanzine

Hells Headbangers is proud to release the first issue of the Organ fanzine. Available in an 120-page, perfect-bound book, Organ was hand-drawn and written in an old-school cut 'n' paste style by celebrated underground artist Putrid, who's done artwork for Autopsy, Impetigo, Hooded Menace, and Acid Witch among many others. The following press release was issued about the magazine:

"Organ is the physical-waste deposit of two Midwest dipshits who suffer from obsessive visions of horror, visions of endless torrents of blood and gore, visions of cinematic barbarism transfixed within a nauseating vortex of undead soldiers of Satan waging war with guitars and venomous forked tongues, never-fuckin'-ending visions that transform their already unstable reality into an all-out blood orgy of neck-snapping, fist-pumping, homicidal lunacy! That, and super-cool comics and buxom babes smothered in a lot of blood... Organ is cry for help - a plea, if you will, to join their Cult Of Gore. They are possessed by death and obsessed with gore, and they want you to come fuckin' die with 'em.

"This blood tome is saturated in interviews with metal purveyors Impetigo, Asphyx, Undergang, Nocturnal, Grave Upheaval, Cianide, Morbus Chron, and Denial, a chat with Mike Minnet of Bad Taste, and Mike Howlett, the author of The Weird World Of Eerie Publications book: literally, a fuck-ton of horror/exploitation write-ups including a Coffin Joe and Tim Ritter spotlight, metalhead artist profiles, insane horror comics, nerd anecdotes of the lurking past, and then throw in a gaggle of numskulls that love Jap hardcore, Conan The Barbarian rip-offs, and throwin' loads to Amber Lynn for, like, over two decades!! And just when you think the sleaze maelstrom has ceased, you are dead-fuckin'-wrong! There's even more weird diseases to contract that you've never even heard of, WOW!"

A teaser trailer is available below, and you can pick up your own copy of Organ #1 at this location. More...

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Blastfest Announces First Band Confirmations

At the peak of the summer festival season, one particular festival has only just begun to make its first announcements: Blastfest, which will be held in Bergen on the west coat of Norway.

The next installment of Blastfest will take place from February 19th - 21st, 2015. The following bands have now been confirmed for the festival:

Den Saakaldte
Impaled Nazarene
Bölzer More...

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Asphyx Splits With Drummer

Dutch outfit Asphyx has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer and bringing on a new member:

"Asphyx founding member drummer Bob Bagchus will not longer be playing in Asphyx since he needs more time with his family.

"His duties will be taken over by Stefan Hüskes, who is a longtime friend from the band. We wish Bob and his family all the best. Thanks for the great years of brutality, doom & death!"

Bob also comments: "I'd like to thank all of our fans worldwide for the great, great support and dedication! Cheers!"

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Tongeren Metal Fest Lineup Announced

The organizers of the Tongeren Metal Fest have checked in with the following statement:

"With much pride and without further ado we would like to announce the final bands for Tongeren Metal Fest, Belgium's newest metal festival set to take place Saturday 12th of April 2014 at De Velinx in Tongeren.

"Newly announced classic heavy metal act Angel Witch will surely set Tongeren aflame during this exclusive performance. The energetic thrashers Prematory and local death metal squad Predatoria will open this unholy night! The full line-up is as follows:


"A brand new festival teaser can be viewed below. Tickets can be bought through this location and cost €13 in presale. This festival is the follow-up to De Velinx's annual metal festival 'Metaal Paaskabaal', which featured artists like Hail Of Bullets, Ostrogoth, Gama Bomb, Paul Di'Anno and many others. The Tongeren Metal Festival artwork, created by Dries Gaerdelen, was inspired by the tale of Ambiorix and highlights the festival's macabre mascot." More...

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Cancer, More Bands Announced For MDF 2014

The recently reunited UK death metal band Cancer has been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest XII. Other confirmations for the 2014 edition of the extreme metal festival include Sacrifice, Nocturnus A.D., Crowbar, and Death Toll 80K from Finland.

Maryland Deathfest XII takes place in Baltimore, MD from May 22-25, 2014 exact venue to be determined.

An updated list of confirmed bands so far is as follows:

ASPHYX (Netherlands)
DEATH TOLL 80K (Finland)
DIOCLETIAN (New Zealand)
GORGUTS (Canada)
MGLA (Poland)
SARKE (Norway)
TAAKE (Norway)
TANKARD (Germany)
ULVER (Norway)
WITCHRIST (New Zealand)


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Pit Stories: When Headbangers Collide

The pit is where the action is at, but it can also be a dangerous place with all the banging heads and flailing body parts.

Every week we check in with musicians from around the globe to get their most memorable Pit Stories. Today Martin Van Drunen (Hail of Bullets, Grand Supreme Blood Court) shares this story of a short stage resulting in fan and band coming just a bit too close together at an Asphyx show:

In April 2009, I played with Asphyx in Barcelona in a place called Espasi Jove, together with Graveyard and Looking For An Answer. Two great but unfortunately not very well known bands from Spain. It was one of these shows organized by fans, not professional promoters, so it was a bit pleasantly chaotic, as these shows usually are. The place itself looked like a school building, and the stage was about one-foot high, so it wasn’t really something you could call a stage. But we don't care about minor things like that-- the place was packed and the atmosphere was just great. Both Graveyard and Looking For An Answer did fat performances, which we watched from the crowd, having a good time and drinking, as always. A lot of beers with the metalheads.

So then it was our turn. Normally when we headline smaller shows, we can play up to two hours sometimes, depends if there's a curfew. So this would be a long one as well. I think it was somewhere halfway into the set (we still had to do songs like “The Rack” and “Last One” along with some other Asphyx-oldies) when there was a big guy standing at the front of the stage banging his head off. But he was really tall, perhaps like me, maybe even bigger. So at one point, he was banging his head, but he was standing slightly bent over. And we always bang our heads off too during our set, so when I put my head down, all of a sudden he threw his head back, but also stood up straight. So he hit my forehead fuckin’ hard with the back of his thick Spanish skull. And for an instant, I was blind, couldn't see shit. Then I felt the spot where he hit me, and there was this egg growing rapidly.

The band guys asked if I was ok of course. I asked Xavi from Graveyard (whom I saw standing in the crowd) to please get me some ice, and he started running to the bar and came back with a plastic cup with a big piece of ice in it. Ah, I remember that relief when I put that against my aching and palpitating forehead. But, as we say in the band, we always man ourselves (it's a Dutch expression, not sure how to translate that), and it was our first show in Spain ever. We didn't wanna disappoint the Spanish fans. So I continued the show, with the ice against my head, taking it slightly more easy than normal haha. And the crowd really appreciated it and were grateful that we kept playing on.

Later on, I met the guy and he apologized. I told him, “Hey, not your fault, you had a good time banging to us and you didn't do it on purpose, those things can always happen during a death metal show.”

I think I had a brain concussion, as I still had a satanic headache for days after that performance. But I recovered soon after that, and now it's just a nice anecdote or memory. And let's be honest, boys and girls: death metal just ain't for sissies…

Asphyx released latest album "Deathammer" in 2012, and in other Martin Van Drunen news, Hail of Bullets is gearing up for the release of new album "III The Rommel Chronicles." Check out the first single from the album right here, and be sure to check back in next Tuesday for more Pit Stories! More...

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Asphyx Cancels Show In Rome

Asphyx has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled Rome show this coming Saturday:

"For our always loyal die hard Italian Asphyx fans,

"We deeply regret that we cannot come to Roma this Saturday. In 25 years of Asphyx we have never let our fans down when it comes to a show and for us this too is a very sad and dark moment and our iron hearts are bleeding.

"To explain exactly why is too much to tell, but to keep a long story short is that the promoter did not keep promises made to us and because of this we no longer can trust this person or are willing to co-operate with him any longer. We did give him a chance until today but still there were many things unclear and promises broken. Next to our passion for the death metal we play we also are a professional band and under these circumstances we are not able to give you, our fans, the show they deserve to see and experience for their hard earned money. More...

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