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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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  • 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 3:29pm Reply
  • Nespithe_

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

    22 Nov 1:13pm Reply
  • Habitual-Infamy

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

    20 Nov 10:38pm Reply
  • xxEUROBOYxx

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

    4 Oct 1:46am Reply
  • MetalForOne-1

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

    24 Sep 4:28pm Reply
  • Aki_Kato

    Hi. My new album available for download! Listen it full. Post-Rock, Atmospheric-metal

    14 Sep 8:55am Reply
  • H-channie

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

    8 Sep 12:28pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

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

    5 Sep 5:05am Reply
  • roxn

    'Eisenbahnmorser' is heavy as fuck!

    19 Aug 6:34pm 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 8:56pm Reply
  • GolyJelen

    gotta check this band out

    21 Jun 10:28pm 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 4:37am Reply
  • Kuinquer_BR

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

    9 May 12:12am Reply
  • Heijohpeih

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

    4 May 9:19pm Reply
  • Liberations

    Great band!

    1 May 5:37pm Reply
  • Alice_North

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

    21 Apr 5:44pm 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 7:45pm Reply
  • Siffie91

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

    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
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