Review by Adam M on March 6, 2012.
The new Asphyx is a nice tribute to older Death Metal and it shows no ideals of treading into any territories other than those that are crushing, punishing and tightly structured. There’s nothing technical to be found on this album, so people that appreciate the classics will be the most appreciative of what’s on offer here.
The band that this is mostly similar to is Obituary, which has a very similar Doomy, Sludgy feel to their songs. Also, the vocalist Martin Van Drunen showcases a tone that is deep and grimy in the same manner as John Tardy. The best part of this album are the definitely the riffs, however, which are huge and enveloping. There are parts that are bit doomier and recall the likes of Celtic Frost as well. The earlier portions of the album are some of the best to be found, with the opener 'Into The Timewastes' setting a nice precedent for things to come. The ending portions of the album are very strong as well, with the closing track 'As The Magma Mammoth Rises', showing a very similar epic feel to what a band like Immortal displays and thus is perhaps slightly different in that nature than the remainder of the tracks. The tracks here are all very solidly in the classic mould, but those that are looking for something a little more innovative or forward thinking might be left wanting. This is almost the exact opposite from what we might expect from a band like Cynic, for example.
There’s nothing but solid, punishing Death Metal that is very well-written, but by no means adventurous. Fans of the first couple of Obituary albums in particular will find something to like with "Deathhammer".
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Rating: 8.5 out of 10