After returning from a highly successful tour of Latin America, Dutch doom death metal pioneers ASPHYX continue working on new material to finally follow up their latest studio album release, Deathhammer, from 2012.
Vocalist Martin van Drunen checked in with the following status report:
“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.”
A highly entertaining video with impressions from the Latin American run has now been posted online here: https://youtu.be/hID3Xe2_
And here is a list of confirmed shows for ASPHYX in 2016:
ASPHYX – Live 2016:
02.28.16 Tilburg (The Netherlands) – Netherlands Deathfest
03.26.16 Thessaloniki (Greece) – Eightball Club
03.27.16 Sofia (Bulgaria) – Mixtape 5
06.18.16 Clisson (France) – Hellfest
07.02.16 Trier (Germany) – Death Shall Rise Festival
07.23.16 Ostry Grun (Slovakia) – Gothoom Open Air
More dates to be announced…
Upon release, ASPHYX’s latest album Deathhammer entered the official sales charts in Germany on position # 67 and amazingly ranked as “Album Of The Month” in the German publications Rock Hard Magazine, Heavy Magazine and also Legacy Magazine. Recorded at The Mörser Studio as well as at Harrow Studio with engineer Harry Wijering, “Deathhammer” was mixed and mastered in Sweden by Dan Swanö.
A video clip for the album’s title track “Deathhammer”, shot by Maurice Swinkels / Younique Film (Exodus, Masterplan, Kataklysm, etc.), can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/
Most recently, ASPHYX’s legendary first two albums (The Rack – 1991 and Last One On Earth – 1992) were re-released on LP format by longtime label-partner Century Media Records. Get several available ASPHYX releases from CM Distro here: http://www.cmdistro.de/
More news ASPHYX’s upcoming studio album soon…
Martin van Drunen – Vocals
Paul Baayens – Guitars
Alwin Zuur – Bass
Stefan Hüskens – Drums