Genre: Death / Doom
Label: Century Media
I’ve been meaning to write this review for quite some time now, though it took me a while to decide whether Asphyx’s new record is worth the candle or not. Rough start, I know. Let’s take things from the top. So, those Dutch Death / Doom Metal masters released their brand new – ninth – full length album entitled “Incoming Death” via Century Media Records, on September 30th 2016.
True to their style and the general sound they’ve established, Asphyx delivered a record that follows the path paved by its predecessors “Deathhammer” and “Death… The Brutal Way”. Everything Asphyx are known for is here… Stomping drums, heavy as hell guitars with an abysmal, asphyxiating feeling attached to them and one Martin Van Drunen spitting his lungs out with his authentic, unique personal style.
As we’re grown accustomed to, “Incoming Death” reeks of a primitive rawness that intensifies during the fast passages in the tracks, when sheer violence takes the wheel. However, on a general level, this time Asphyx elaborated more on the slow Doom parts than the fast ones, since the latter are way fewer comparing this release to the band’s previous one. The guitars are this time a bit simpler, with a more minimalistic approach; therefore to my ears they lack uniqueness. Complexity in compositions in bands like Asphyx is the beginning and the end. Unfortunately, and actually utterly surprising, I felt the record became monotonous from a point on, with no rhythms or riffs or blast sticking to my mind. There are dynamics, though they’re not strong enough to blow your mind and actually love the whole thing (as opposed to the paroxysm caused by “Deathhammer”). For sure, Asphyx made no compromises to appeal to larger groups of Death Metal enthusiasts; that’s not their game. Howbeit, something was missing. I don’t know, maybe I’m too harsh with this release, but being an Asphyx fan for more than I can remember, I believe they could do a bit better. Hopefully, they’ll reimburse next time.
In conclusion, “Incoming Death” is a consistent record that is characterized by nice flowing continuity / track sequence. Certainly it’s not the peak of their career; however the final result is satisfying. You should definitely give it a shot, it’s Asphyx dude. Some will dig it, some will not. It’s up to you.
Drums and vocals were recorded in Tom Meier Studio. Guitars and bass engineering took place at the Mörser Studio. “Incoming Death” was mixed and mastered at Unisound in Örebro, Sweden.
A video clip was filmed for “Forerunners Of The Apocalypse”; check it below: