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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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  • 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 7:45pm Reply
  • Siffie91

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    26 Mar 5:34pm Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    God Cries is a good album too. Not doomy in the slightest, but a nice explosion of intensity like the song "Vermin".

    21 Mar 3:11pm Reply
  • Covenantt

    " 'embrace the death' is criminally underrated." Agreed with this, I haven't listened too much of the albums without van Drunen but from what I've heard they are great albums. I like both Embrace the Death and Asphyx, great riffs as always.

    15 Feb 12:14pm Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    I hope Asphyx and Hail of Bullets come to Australia at some point. I'd be absolutely fucking bummed if I never get to see 'em live. That shit is heavier than a thousand bulldozers on CD, I can only imagine how earthquake-inducingly powerful it is live.

    12 Feb 11:33am Reply
  • ZottoThido

    Asphyx .... the brutal band [5]

    30 Jan 10:52am Reply
  • Chaosophia218


    9 Jan 8:09am Reply

    'embrace the death' is criminally underrated.

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • HCDR666

    What about a South American Tour?

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • METALLER1992

    Asphyx .... the brutal band [4]

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Hopkinator

    Asphyx .... the brutal band [3]

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Metalfanatic666

    Asphyx .... the brutal band [2] so true!

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • spasmkill

    Asphyx .... the brutal band

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    Eh, I actually like God Cries. While not as good as the first two Drunen albums, it's still pretty fine.

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Sainterror

    Kick-you-in-the-face russian Groove/Thrash Metal band called HELLWEED is raised up from the dirt to the kings! No regrets for the listening to their bombtracks:

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Sarguer

    On the Wings of Inferno and Embrace The Death are the best albums sans Drunen. The self-titled album is also good. God Cries is a sore thumb in their discography, although it too has its appeal.

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
  • LuanNogueira

    Riff of the rack is probably the best of all the death / doom. deep and macabre!

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • alchemist_os

    @H-channie: They don't carry the trademark Asphyx sound, which is strange as Martin only really contributed to lyrics in songwriting department. But "On The Wings Of Inferno" is okay.

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MegaDave89

    I like this band.

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • okmarianna

    the rack is a masterpiece <3

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
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