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  ASPHYX
'Deathhammer'
(Century Media)


Jools Green

jools green



king forged by satans doctrine

In 2007 we saw the return of Dutch Death/Doom legends Asphyx, nearly 20 years after their original formation. In 2009 they caused an aural assault with their studio album 'Death... The Brutal Way' and now 2012 heralds an even more brutal assault in the shape of their newest studio offering, 'Deathhammer'.

These days the band consists of founder member Bob Bagchus on drums, Martin van Drunen on vocals, Paul Baayens on guitars and AlwinZuur on bass. 'Deathhammer' is the band's eighth full length and considered by them as their best, heaviest and most brutal album to date and it certainly lives up to their claim.

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It's no compromise Death Metal at its best. The album title is derived from 'Witchhammer' a book from the middle ages on identifying and dealing with witches and heretics. This is Asphyx's album for dealing with the heretics in Metal, demonstrating how Metal should sound and how it should be made. Stand before the Judge and Jury that is Asphyx. Are you righteous enough?

The opening track 'Into The Timewastes', has you pinned to the wall within seconds with it's crushing chords and Martin's Death Roar. This is swiftly followed by the powerful 'Deathhammer',a tale of the decline of Death Metal. No decline on this album though. The album varies between face ripping Death Metal and slower Death/Doom Metal but don't expect any mercy for your ears as there is none. It's ten tracks of relentless brutality, end to end.

My favourite track, 'Minefield', is slower, doomier and harrowing. It's the combination of Martin's terror instilling vocals and the chugging chords, combined with the war themed lyrics;

"Trapped in this minefield, invisible death, desolate wasteland, corpses without heads."

This will have your hair standing up on the back of your neck. You can sense the terror. You are there, in that minefield!!

The other, also excellent, war themed song, 'Der Landser' (The Soldier) is equally as slow, doomy, chilling, a tale of conscripted child soldiers and how too few of them return from battle.

Further into the album 'Vespa Crabro' with its twists, turns and tempo changes, is a hideous tale of a carnivorous, giant, wasp like creature that paralyzes and dismembers its victims; no one is safe.

Ending with the epic 'As The Magma Mammoth Rises' which portrays the volcano as a living entity, bent on the death and destruction of humanity, the repeating riff unwinding and building into a screaming guitar solo, a finale of epic proportions!

At times this reminded me a little of Bolt Thrower but that's just a personal observation not a complaint. I love Bolt Thrower and I love Asphyx. I can't fault this album. With it's mental riffs, brutally harsh vocals and machine like drumming this is a truly excellent album and one I would recommend.

Recorded at Harrow Studio in the Netherlands, 'Deathhammer' is available now on Century Media.

6.3.12





WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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