May 08, 2009
After the stunning success of their reunion shows in 2007 and a quickly sold-out 7" EP release in 2008, premier Dutch Death Metal act ASPHYX renewed its partnership with its long-time label Century Media Records and on June 22, 2009 the highly anticipated new studio album "Death…The Brutal Way" will be released in Europe. In the line-up consisting of Martin van Drunen (vocals), Wannes Gubbels (bass / vocals), Paul Baayens (guitar) and Bob Bagchus (drums), these old school Metal icons recorded "Death…The Brutal Way" at Sonic Assault Studio with Frank Klein Douwel. Afterwards, the album was mixed and mastered by the none less legendary Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Edge Of Sanity etc.), who previously successfully worked on mixing the debut album by Hail Of Bullets, the band featuring ASPHYX vocalist Martin van Drunen and guitarist Paul. Transferring the band’s classic trademarks of doomy, macabre Death Metal into the year 2009, "Death…The Brutal Way" is easily the heaviest ASPHYX album to date and the first to feature the titanic roar of Martin van Drunen since 1992’s classic "The Last One On Earth". Drummer Bob Bagchus comments as follows: "We, ASPHYX, are proud to present that we just have refreshed the deal with our longtime label partner Century Media Records. We were one of their very first Death Metal signings in early 90s and we are very happy to see our new album, "Death… The Brutal Way", being released by this very label. We, ASPHYX, are very excited about our new record since it’s exactly, again, what we want to do as a band. It’s dark, it’s very heavy, it’s extremely krushing and, most importantly, it comes from our souls. Songs like ‘Asphyx II (They Died As They Marched)’ or ‘Bloodswamp’ are probably amongst the heaviest Death Metal monsters ever. Also we are looking forward to the album release show in Essen. It will be great to play monsters like ‘Black Hole Storm’, ‘Cape Horn’ and ‘Asphyx II (They Died As They Marched)’ and many more live on stage." Next to upcoming appearances at high-profile festivals like Deathfeast and With Full Force, ASPHYX have lined-up an exclusive album release club-show for "Death…The Brutal Way" on Saturday, July 4 at Turock in Essen, Germany. Support for this special event will come from fellow Metallers Desaster and Necros Christos. More details at www.turock.de. A demo version of the track ‘Death…The Brutal Way’ (which appeared on last year’s sold-out 7" released via Iron Pegasus) can be heard at the band’s official and newly re-designed MySpace page: www.myspace.com/officialasphyx. More details and online previews of the album will be available in the next days. Watch out!