Reformed Dutch death metal outfit ASPHYX has issued the following update:
"It seems that there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding due to the fact that ASPHYX and Wannes [Gubbels, bass] have split ways. The other blog was perhaps not clear enough about this and was interpretated wrongly by some people.
"Wannes and us both agreed that it was better to split as friends and go our own way again. Wannes can concentrate on his own band, PENTACLE, and his family.
"Wannes and us are still good friends; we've known each other for ages, and there is NO bad blood at all. Wannes' heart and thoughts are 100% PENTACLE and that just didn't work out for ASPHYX. We are both two old-school death metal bands, but with different approaches and personal cultures.
"By 'non-compromising' we meant that ASPHYX does not stand open for 'newer things' or elements in our music. Perhaps we are even more conservative then the Bush government ever was.
"We, again, wish Wannes all the best in his musical career and with his family and want to thank him for the great past three years! So we say Proost!
"Our new bass player, Alwin [Zuur, PULVERIZER, ESCUTCHEON] can be heard on the upcoming split 7" with Finnish doom masters HOODED MENACE."
ASPHYX's new lineup will make its live debut at this year's edition of the Hammer Of Doom festival, set to take place February 6, 2010 at Posthalle in Würzburg, Germany. ASPHYX will play a "special doom set" at the event.
ASPHYX 2010 is:
Martin van Drunen (vocals)
Alwin Zuur (bass)
Paul Baayens (guitar)
Bob Bagchus (drums)
ASPHYX's "Death...The Brutal Way" video can be viewed below. The clip was helmed by Oliver Barth of Visions In Fear.
"Death...The Brutal Way" is the title track of ASPHYX's comeback album, which was released in Europe on June 22, 2009 via Century Media Records (September 1 in the U.S. via Ibex Moon Records). The CD was recorded at the Sonic Assault studio and engineered by Frank Klein Douwel (who is also the band's live sound engineer). Mixing duties were handled Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, EDGE OF SANITY and BLOODBATH fame) at Unisound in Sweden.
The limited-edition version of "Death...The Brutal Way" contains additional slipcase packaging as well as a bonus DVD featuring the band's entire, unforgettable reunion show from 2007's Party.San festival in Bad Berka, Germany.