on 2 March 2012
Another of the original pioneers of the early nineties makes a welcome return in 2012 with Deathhammer. A word more than nearly as brutal as it sounds, and is especially so in this case, since this album has such a really cool old school feel about it; and in my opinion a route that more of the ol' ruff would do themselves plenty of good to start going down again..... Not that Asphyx are ever going to change their bed rock of doom death metal, experiment or comply to any kind of modern trend. Deathhammer, is surprisingly but refreshingly revitalizing, as the atmosphere and production is clear but persists a dark (but not polished) doomy stamp all over it. This is a 100% focused Asphyx and no less, in-which this is once again, a step up from their predecessing album and is already in my opinion within the top ranks of their discography and recent death metal.
"Into the timewastes" is a cracking start to the album as is "Deathhammer," (the title track) which permit a fairly hefty robust continuation from that. While "Minefield" is a long doom of patronage in times of old, this succeeds into Track 4, titled "Of days when blades turned blunt"- which is of pure extravaganza in riffage on steroids, and that which remains true to quality extreme music. Other more speedy numbers such as that of "Reign of the brute" are also terrific; in-fact, this whole album is excellent as it does not contain one single- underperforming track. The album is a little short in length compared to modern day capacities, but my feeling on the matter is:- why fill a disc with anything less than stellar?! with a short two disc set here as well as the album, there is ample material to get through Just have another listen to "Death the brutal way" and "Bestial vomit."
Alright then, lets get this over with..., it's never too cool to say a new album only out for a few days is already a bands best work in strong musical careers such as that of Asphyx; but I'm going to stick my neck out here and say that this album definitely is, because it's brilliant, astonishing, toned, inspired and most of all;- vibrant with only perhaps a slight lack of some of the important and essential shift and tempo changes within the bashings to keep everything interesting. Deathhammer is, without any doubt a truly great new extreme album of the relatively new year which needs to be strongly appraised and sold to every metal fan in the land. While it is not a classic yet; in-time, this effort in particular should rise to the challenge. A Masonry masterpiece; get it. 5/5.