Asphyx finalizing “Deathhammer”

Following up on the extreme success of their latest studio album release “Death…The Brutal Way” and its “Live Death Doom” DVD/Live-CD successor, Dutch Doom Death Metal legends ASPHYX are currently busy with the final recordings for their newest studio effort, programmatically entitled “Deathhammer”.

The band checked in with the following status report about the new album:

“By now, all the guitars, drums and bass tracks for the upcoming “Deathhammer” album are recorded. Drums were recorded in the classic Harrow Studio, known from the ASPHYX classics as “The Rack” and “Last One On Earth”. The guitars and bass were recorded in The Mörser Studio. In a few weeks the vocals will be recorded in the Harrow Studio as well and then Dan Swanö will do the album’s mixing and mastering, just as on “Death…The Brutal Way” and “Live Death Doom”.

“Deathhammer” promises to be a darkened successor of “Death…The Brutal Way”. Almost every band is praising their newest album to be heavier and more brutal than the previous one, but actually in this case it’s the harsh truth. “Deathhammer” is in every way heavier, doomier and darker. Maybe it’s because of the fact that most of the songs were written in late Autumn/Winter?! We do not know…but it’s easily our heaviest effort so far!”.

“Deathhammer” is scheduled to be released via Century Media Records in early 2012.

For the rest of this year, ASPHYX will be playing a string of quality shows in Europe, including an appearance at this weekend’s underground institution NRW Deathfest on Saturday, September 17th, 2011 at AJZ Bahndamm in Wermelskirchen, Germany. Additionally, ASPHYX have chose to perform two very special “full album setlist” concerts on October 15th at Metropool in Hengelo, The Netherlands (where the band will be playing their complete “Last One On Earth” album) and at this year’s Eindhoven Metal Meeting on December 16th at Effenaar in Eindhoven, The Netherlands (where the band will be playing their complete “The Rack” album for its 20th anniversary of release). Do not miss these truly special events…

Upcoming ASPHYX live shows in 2011:

17.09.2011 NRW Deathfest – Wermelskirchen (Germany)
23.09.2011 Vera – Groningen (The Netherlands)
24.09.2011 Salzmann Factory – Kassel (Germany)
01.10.2011 Skullcrushers – Dresden (Germany)
15.10.2011 Metropool – Hengelo (The Netherlands) * Special “Last One On Earth” show!
12.11.2011 Stromgitarrenfest Vol. 2 / H.O.F. 23 – Berlin (Germany)
10.12.2011 Madrid In The Dark Festival – Madrid (Spain)
16.12.2011 Eindhoven Metal Meeting – Eindhoven (The Netherlands) * Special 20 years “The Rack” show!

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Metalenema on in 20 minutes

The all-new Metalenema on No Control Radio, 1071-2 HD! Death/Black/Thrash every Saturday night from 10PM-12AM CST. Streaming available on

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The Sacred Geometry of Music

Useful for musicians:

Can’t get too much into the atonal, dissonant, chromatic and otherwise pure rhythmic… you become what you hate, not what you love.

But pure chromatic fear and nihilism is also needed. Contrast between the two hemispheres… hemispheres… hemispheres… you know, I do feel funny.

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How to give your old shirts an afterlife

Time to learn to quilt:

A San Francisco artist who goes by the name Ben Venom has come up with an unusual use for those old heavy metal shirts — he sews them into quilts.

And the results are on exhibit in galleries in the Bay Area and Birmingham, England.

Venom says his concert T’s were logical materials because “they’ve been lying around my closet for years. Like my Testament shirt was completely threadbare; you could see my nipples through it,” he says, “It’s not very heavy metal to wear that out in public.” – NPR

It’s a good idea. When a tshirt is too worn thin to wear, make it into a quilt and gift a family member with it. Guilt works.

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Mainstream Resistance on September 13, 2011

Autonomy – Post Incubation Perios
Braced For Nails – I The Obscenity
Iniquitous – I Abomination
Mourning – Dark Autumn
Vaginal Bear Trap – From Parts Unknown
Diamanthian – Bound By Chains Of Purgatory
Blast Perversion – Stabbed By A Stripper
Disfigured – Cadaver Meatballs
Dismemberment – Undefined
Severence – Marred Souls
Grotesque Formation – Basement Decompositions
Engaged In Mutilating – Engaged In Self Mutilating Behavior
Ingurgitate – I Have Created
Diminished – Obsessed By Tyranny
Funeral Rites – Lucifers Triumphant March

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Aural Apocalypse September 14th, 2011

Schattenspiel: Echo
Gothica: Cosmic Journey
Engelsstaub: 1226 A.D.
Donis: Km Tos Gls R Pljm
Genocide Organ: Denard
Fire in the Head: Trepanation
Corazzata Valdemone: Reichkammermusik
Terrorfakt: Fire Cleanses All Part 2
Predella Avant: Untitled #9 from “Carbon Figures”
Krepulec: Do Konca
H.E.R.R. : Frülings Erwachen
Kindermord: They Died in Hell
A Minority of One: Peat Fire Flame
The Joy of Nature: Absinthe, Tea, & the Memory of Autumn Leaves Falling
Karnnos: Branches of Withered Flowers
Halo Manash: The Treefaced Trunk Arises – A Pillar Through All Worlds

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