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Asphyx

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

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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 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:

ASPHYX
ANGEL WITCH
HERDER
SAILLE
PREMATORY
PREDATORIA

"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)
AT THE GATES (Sweden)
BONGRIPPER
CANCER (UK)
CANDLEMASS (Sweden)
CROWBAR
DEATH TOLL 80K (Finland)
DIOCLETIAN (New Zealand)
EXCRUCIATING TERROR
EXTINCTION OF MANKIND (UK)
GOD MACABRE (Sweden)
GORGUTS (Canada)
GRAVES AT SEA
HEMDALE
MACHETAZO (Spain)
MGLA (Poland)
NOCTURNUS A.D.
SACRIFICE (Canada)
SARKE (Norway)
SOILENT GREEN
SOLSTAFIR
TAAKE (Norway)
TANKARD (Germany)
ULVER (Norway)
UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS (UK)
UNHOLY GRAVE (Japan)
UNLEASHED (Sweden)
WITCHRIST (New Zealand)

http://www.marylanddeathfest.com/

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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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Immolation Confirmed For Hell Inside Festival

U.S. death metal bulldozer Immolation (which is currently hard at work on the band's next album for Nuclear Blast) will play Hell Inside Festival on October 6th, 2012 in Würzburg, Germany. Tickets are available for pre-sale over at this location. The lineup is:

Friday, 05.10.2012
13:30 - 14:00 DEMOGORGON
14:15 - 14:45 CEREBRAL BORE
15:00 - 15:30 IZEGRIM
15:45 - 16:15 ZOMBIE INC.
16:30 - 17:15 CRIPPER
17:30 - 18:15 REVOCATION
18:30 - 19:15 EVOCATION
19:30 - 20:15 JOB FOR A COWBOY
20:35 - 21:35 ONSLAUGHT
21:55 - 22:55 DYING FETUS
23:30 - 01:00 ARCH ENEMY
01:20 - 02:00 KROW (Aftershow) More...

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Asphyx Announces Special Roadburn Set

Dutch doom/death metal act Asphyx continues to promote new album, “Deathhammer,” which was released worldwide at the end of February via longtime partners Century Media Records. It is with great pride that Asphyx now announces the band has been invited to appear at 2013’s edition of the prestigious Roadburn Festival. The event's promoters commented:

“We're extremely pleased to announce that Asphyx will be playing a special set of their slowest death/doom (only throwing in a couple buzzing, diabolical tracks for good measure) at the Roadburn Festival 2013 on Saturday, April 20th at Het Patronaat in Tilburg, Holland.

"Especially for Roadburn Festival 2013, Asphyx will put emphasis on their most epic, crushing material, played with guts and balls, and which will guarantee pure doom/death rapture. Along the way, Asphyx' undisputable influence on many bands that have shredded Roadburn stages will become apparent as well.”

The Roadburn Festival 2013 will run for four days from Thursday, April 18th to Sunday, April 21st, 2013 (the traditional Afterburner event) at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland. Other acts appearing at Roadburn Festival 2013 include Alcest, Castle, Hour of 13, Jess and the Ancient Ones, Kadavar and many more will be announced soon. More details can be found here. More...

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Dew-Scented Confirmed For Summer Breeze

This year's Summer Breeze festival will be taking place from August 16th - 18th, with full details available at the festival's website here. The organizers of Summer Breeze have now issued the following announcement about confirming new bands:

"Since the release of their amazing breakthrough album 'Inwards', Dew-Scented have been at the forefront of European thrash metal. Since then, the cool bunch led by frontman Leif Jensen have been producing fantastic albums full of unstoppable riff power and overwhelming intensity at nicely regular intervals, cementing the band's excellent reputation time and again. In 2012, Dew-Scented aim at kick-starting their career with an entirely new line-up – with the exception of band boss Leif – and the fantastic new album 'Icarus', and are gearing up to shatter the Summer Breeze Open Air into small pieces. We are stoked to welcome the indestructible machine called Dew-Scented at our festival once more. Get thrashed!

"When Agrypnie played the Summer Breeze festival in 2008 for the first and only time so far, they were booked as consolation for all those who were mourning the recent disbanding of Nocte Obducta. Four years, one studio album and one EP later, the Hessians have made a career for themselves, having now reached the same level as the aforementioned group. Their new studio album is still being recorded as we speak, but their last EP 'Asche' was already an announcement for big things to come in the realm of post black metal. Expressive, multi-faceted, melancholic, dynamic – all these attributes fit Agrypnie like a glove and are underlined by the fact that their songs don't ever become predictable or interchangable. One of the most exciting bands our scene has to offer nowadays."

The Summer Breeze 2012 bill now looks like: More...

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Extremefest 2012 Confirmed For July

Extremefest 2012 will take place in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on July 5th through the 7th in the three cities of Hunxe, Salzburg and Pratteln. It will feature over seventy bands on two stages, with acts still confirming. Head on over to the Extremefest website and Facebook events page for more information. The event is being presented by Metal Hammer, Noizeletter, Legacy, Musix, Metalnews.de, Metal.de, Blast Corpse Promotion (DE) and Catapult Promotion (AT). Check out the list of confirmed bands below, which includes the first European performance of Guttural Secrete.

5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 DE – Hünxe, ExtremeFest Germany
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 AT – Salzburg, ExtremeFest Austria
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 CH – Pratteln, ExtremeFest Switzerland

Cannibal Corpse
Exodus
Suicide Silence
Belphegor *the return of BELPHEGOR*
Marduk
Asphyx
Nasum
Suffocation
Eisregen
All Shall Perish
Carnifex
Arkona
Origin
Suicidal Angels
Dornenreich – exclusive Metal-Set!
Deströyer 666
Cephalic Carnage
Desaster (Germany only)
Milking The Goatmachine
Helrunar
Wormed
Trollfest
Inquisition
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Aborted
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult
Nexus Inferis
Internal Suffering *comeback shows*
Severe Torture
Hellish Crossfire
Condemned
Eis
Gama Bomb
Helheim
Disavowed
Farsot
Riger
Malignancy
Hellsaw
Forgotten Tomb *AT & DE only*
Rompeprop
Benighted
Agrypnie
Ultrawurscht *AT only*
Ingested
Wormrot
Rectal Smegma
Dawn of Disease
Spasm
Hour of Penance
Guttural Secrete More...

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Forgotten Tomb Confirmed For Extremefest 2012

Extremefest 2012 will take place in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on the following dates:

5. July 2012 - 7. July 2012 DE – Hünxe, ExtremeFest Germany
5. July 2012 - 7. July 2012 AT – Salzburg, ExtremeFest Austria
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 CH – Pratteln, ExtremeFest Switzerland

The organizers of Extremefest have now issued the following announcement about confirming Forgotten Tomb and Ultrawurscht:

"Forgotten Tomb been around since 1999 and the Italians have caused quite a stir in the black and dark metal underground! 'Songs To Leave' (2002) or 'Love`s Burial Ground' (2004) are rightfully considered milestones of melancholic dark metal that the fourpiece infuses with doom and black metal elements. In 2011, Forgotten Tomb released their most recent effort 'Under Saturn Retrograde' and fans can look forward to one of the rare appearances of the Italians at the Austrian and German editions of Extremefest!

"It´s all about the sausage with Bavarian / Austrian act Ultrawurscht! Their highly explosive mixture of death metal, grind and hardcore – or simply 'Wurschtcore' – will one day conquer the world, and if you had the chance to check out albums such as 'Cheese Ass Built My Hot Dog' you`ll agree! Mixing metal and sausages should be declared a form of art anyway, so slap some wieners on the grill before checking out Ultrawurscht`s exclusive set at the Austrian edition of the Extremefest 2012!"

So far these bands have been confirmed to play Extremefest 2012: More...

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Asphyx Streaming New Album

Dutch doom-death metal pioneers Asphyx will be releasing their new album, "Deathhammer," via long-time partners Century Media Records on February 27th in Europe and February 28th in North America.

The band is proud to announce that "Deathhammer" is now streaming in its entirety at Decibel.com. To join the album listening party, click here.

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's recent interview with the band about the new album at this location. The "Deathhammer" track listing is as follows:

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. Vespa Crabro
10. As The Magma Mammoth Rises

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Shape Of Despair To Play Hammer Open Air

Finland's Shape of Despair has issued the following announcement about playing the upcoming Hammer Open Air festival:

"Now it's gonna finally happen, the very first Shape Of Despair live-show. Hammer Open Air Metal Festival 2012 After-party at Klubi, Turku on Saturday 21.7. Let it be written in your scars. More info at the Hammer Open Air official website."

The festival's currently announced lineup is as follows:

Deströyer 666 (AU): Black/Thrash Metal
Asphyx (NL): Death Metal
Root (CZ): Black Metal
Gehennah (SE): Black/Thrash
Necrophobic (SE): Black/Death Metal
Portrait (SE): Heavy Metal
Charnel Winds (FI): Black Metal
The 11th Hour (NL): Epic Doom Metal
Jess And The Ancient Ones (FI): Occultic Heavy Rock
Forgotten Horror (FI): Blackened Thrash Metal
Swallowed (FI): Death Metal
Gorephilia (FI): Death Metal
Krypts (FI): Death Metal
Cryptborn (FI): Death Metal
Vorum (FI): Death Metal
Damngod (FI): Groove Death Metal
Devastracktor (FI): Thrash Metal
Cannibal Accident (FI): Grindcore

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Asphyx Premiers "Deathhammer" Video

Dutch death metal veterans Asphyx premiered the new music video for "Deathhammer" on Metal Hammer Germany's website (seen below). The song is the title track from the band's forthcoming eighth studio LP which is due out February 27, 2012 in Europe and February 28, 2012 in North America via Century Media Records.

Check out "Deathhammer" here:

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Amon Amarth To Headline Summer Breeze

The Summer Breeze festival organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Amon Amarth as a headliner for the festival's 2012 edition:

"Behind the 24th door of our Advent Calendar there's none other than our favourite vikings AMON AMARTH, who are now confirmed as the second headliner for the 15th SUMMER BREEZE Open Air beside Subway To Sally.

"It's almost incredible the way our Swedish friends have enjoyed a continued rise to the top of the scene. Top-ten chart entries, headliner slots on all major festivals, sold-out tours, enthusiastic fans everywhere – by now Mr Johan Hegg and Co. have become real stars, but they still have their feet firmly planted on the ground, because they haven't forgotten where they started. And that's why they like to return to those places, one of them definitely being SUMMER BREEZE!

"What, it's Christmas already?!? How time flies. Our SUMMER BREEZE Advent Calendar had only just begun, and now it's all over again. We hope we were able to fulfill your wishes and expectations, and perhaps even surprise you with one or two of the confirmed bands.

"Here's a final overview of our Advent Calendar, which has been making you company for the last 24 days: More...

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Asphyx Posts "Deathhammer" Teaser

Asphyx will be releasing the new album "Deathhammer" on February 27th in Europe and February 28th in North America via Century Media Records. The band has now released a trailer for the album, which can be viewed below.

The track listing is as follows:

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. Vespa Crabro
10. As The Magma Mammoth Rises

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Asphyx Streaming New Album's Title Track

On February 27th in Europe and February 28th in North America, Dutch doom-death metal legends Asphyx will be releasing their 8th studio album, "Deathhammer," via Century Media Records. In anticipation of this release, the band is now giving fans their first preview of "Deathhammer" with the premiere of the album's title track on CVLT Nation.com. Click here to check out the song.

In regards to this new, merciless track, the band comments:

"To us this song is 100% real death metal! It's heavy, aggressive and it simply can't get more in your face than this. This song is composed by just a few shredding riffs which stick in your brain like a buzz-saw, vocals so angry that it could be a declaration of war, relentlessly pounding drums and a bass that roars like a tank. We are very proud of this song since it shows our view on real death metal: how we've always seen it, how we feel it and how we want it to be! Martin already roared a clear statement in the very beginning of this song: THIS IS TRUE DEATH METAL, YOU BASTARDS! And so it is!"

The track listing is as follows: More...

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Asphyx Announces "Deathhammer" Details

Dutch doom-death metal legends Asphyx have now finished work on their 8th studio album, entitled "Deathhammer." Set to be released on February 27th, 2012 in Europe and February 28th, 2012 in North America via Century Media Records, "Deathhammer" features artwork by the band's long-time partner in designs, Axel Hermann.

Hermann has not only worked on all of the early Asphyx artwork, but is also responsible for classic Century Media artwork by bands like Morgoth, Unleashed, Samael, and Grave. In regards to their newfound collaboration, both parties commented:

"ASPHYX and Axel Hermann is a fusion that has always functioned perfectly...from the days of 'The Rack' back in 1991, 'til 'Deathhammer' in 2012. Like others such as Dan Swanö, Axel may be considered as an external member of the band and when we asked him to do the 'Deathhammer' cover--and as usual we would leave him free in his expression--we were very pleased to hear he was willing to take it on.

"...And the man has exceeded himself! To the perfect death metal album comes the perfect cover that still leaves enough to everyone's imagination. We hope he is as proud as we are on the final result. It seems all falls into place for this deathdozer of an album. I guess Axel can expect an offer from Le Louvre any time now. More...

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Extremefest Trailer Posted

A new video trailer was posted for the 2012 Extrmefest to be held in Hünxe, Germany and Salzburg, Austria from July 4-7, 2012. The festival will feature over 70 bands, including the following:

Cannibal corpse
Exodus
Nasum
Asphyx
Suicidal Angels
Arkona
Destroyer 666
Whitechapel
Dornenreich
Milking the Goatmachine
Trollfest
Inquisition
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Hellish Crossfire
Eis
Disavowed
Hellsaw
Rompeprop
Benighted

Check out the trailer here:

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Eisregen To Play Extreme Fest

Germany's Eisregen will be appearing at the Extreme Fest 2012, which takes place on the following dates and locations:

July 5-7, 2012 DE – Hünxe, ExtremeFest Germany
July 5-7, 2012 AT – Salzburg, ExtremeFest Austria
July 5-7, 2012 CH – TBA, ExtremeFest Switzerland

The current lineup is as follows:

Arkona
Asphyx
Benighted
Cannibal Corpse
Deströyer 666
Disavowed
Dornenreich
Eis
Eisregen
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Exodus
Hellish Crossfire
Hellsaw
Inquisition
Milking The Goatmachine
Origin
Rompeprop
Suicidal Angels
Whitechapel

For further information visit the festival's official website at this location.

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After Party Massacre Trailer Posted Online

A teaser trailer has been posted online for the new movie "After Party Massacre," which will feature music from Incantation and Asphyx. The trailer is available below.

The creators of the movie also issued the following statement:

"Giving a new twist to horror, the Afterparty Massacre, brings metal, blood and gore back to the screen! Written and directed by both Kristoff (of Horrormerch.com) and Kyle Severn (of Incantation and Acheron), the Afterparty Massacre is one killer party with mind-blowing amounts of blood, metal, flesh and a huge death metal/industrial soundtrack from 16Volt, Asphyx, Incantation, Ventana and more!

"The After Party Massacre centers around a mysterious female fan - Scarlett - who attends a live performance by the metal bands Incantation and Soulless. At this show - Scarlett soon found herself thrown into the dark depths of torture and depravity showing what happens when you push - an already damaged mind - too far. During this show Scarlett encounters a forcibly rough fan that had followed her into an empty corner of the venue. During this altercation she has flashbacks of a dark past and it transforms her into a bloodthirsty killer on a mission to kill her attacker plus anyone and everyone else in her way (friend - fan and foe alike) until only a pile of bodies is left within this bloody massacre.

"With Scarlett being as patient and calculating as she is torturous and demented, her killing spree is a precise and bloody massacre to witness. Filled with sex, metal, and an unpredictable killer who uses an arsenal of axes, sex toys, box cutters, and power saws as her tools of torture and dismemberment. The After Party Massacre is a huge blood filled splatterfest that is too brutal to miss!"

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