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(1987 – 1995, 1999 – 2000, 2007 – present)

Asphyx is a band from the Netherlands that incorporates , and elements into their music.

The band was formed in 1987 by Bob Bagchus and Tonny Brookhuis. Eric Daniels was found as a second guitarist and Chuck Colli joined on vocals and bass; this combo released the “Enter The Domain” demo.

In March 1989 Colli was replaced by Theo Loomans and they recorded the “Crush The Cenotaph” demo. Brookhuis then left the band and the remaining three recorded “Embrace The Death” album which was never released due to label problems.

After Martin van Drunen left Pestilence in the early 1990s, he joined Asphyx and the band signed to Century Media Records. After the release of their debut album “The Rack”, they went on a European tour with Entombed, followed by a tour with Bolt Thrower and Benediction in 1992. Shortly after the recording of the second album “Last One On Earth” Van Drunen left the band, to be replaced by Ron van der Pol. Eventually Bagchus left the band as well. He was replaced by Sander van Hoof.

The self-titled “Asphyx” album was released in 1994 and led to the band’s demise in 1995.

In 1995 Loomans and Baghus reformed Asphyx and recorded “God Cries”. Around the same time also the Embrace the Death album was released. Nevertheless the band split up again after the release. In 1997 Soulburn was founded by Bagchus and Daniels and together with Pentacle singer and bassist Wannes Gubbles they recorded the “Feeding On Angels” album.

In 1999 they renamed the project into Asphyx and recorded the “On The Wings Of Inferno” album with the same lineup. However, Asphyx disbanded again in 2000.


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  • Karamula

    Awesome gig at Blastfest!

    22 Feb 11:03pm Reply
  • Crymes666

    Hail of Asphyx !!!!! :-D

    27 Jan 5:05pm Reply
  • tntmk

    Van Drunen fucking rules!!!

    16 Jan 12:07am Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    Worshiper at the altar of Demilich, that's true, but let's not forget God Cries and Soulburn's Feeding on Angels (which, let's face it, is an Asphyx album in all but name). They're both really good records as well. God Cries is severely underrated. While not as good as the Van Drunen/Eric Daniels material, it's still a solid slab of intense, aggressive death metal.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Nespithe_

    Last One On Earth, The Rack, On the Wings of Inferno, Death...The Brutal Way, and Deathhammer are masterpieces.

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Habitual-Infamy

    Last One on Earth is a masterpiece, The Rack is essential as well

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • xxEUROBOYxx

    Van Drunen is like Max Cavalera of death metal. Every project he's in sounds awesome.

    4 Oct 2014 Reply
  • MetalForOne-1

    Album Last One On Earth my favorite!!! :) \\m/

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • H-channie

    Yup, Asphyx's discography is really consistent (even the non-Martin albums).

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I really dig The Rack. I haven't gotten around to getting to Deathhammer. Should I get Deathhammer?

    5 Sep 2014 Reply
  • roxn

    'Eisenbahnmorser' is heavy as fuck!

    19 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Seahorsecat

    Just saw them performing at Kilkim Žaibu festival, Lithuania! What a perfection it was! Brutal, almost destroyed my head! I want to hear more!!! And, please, come to Latvia next time!!!

    23 Jun 2014 Reply
  • GolyJelen

    gotta check this band out

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Meloku666

    First two albums are amazing and a must-have to any death metal fan, but... like most of death metal bands, the rest of their discography is just generic and for "fans".

    20 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Kuinquer_BR

    totally agree. "Asphyx" album is great piece of work. killer riffs \\\\m/ (2)

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • Heijohpeih

    Fans from van Drunen should check Deserted Fear – My Empire!

    4 May 2014 Reply
  • Liberations

    Great band!

    1 May 2014 Reply
  • Alice_North

    totally agree. "Asphyx" album is great piece of work. killer riffs \\m/

    21 Apr 2014 Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    Their self-titled is fuckin' wicked. I kinda forgot about it for quite some time and damn, it's far more doomy than any of their other stuff. Skull crushing riffs.

    3 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Siffie91

    check out this group for exploring and sharing superb Old School Metal!

    26 Mar 2014 Reply
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