Tuesday, 10 February 2015

The Sludgelord News: ASPHYX 'The Rack' and 'Last One On Earth' vinyl reissues coming in March!

Originally released in 1991 (“The Rack”) and 1992 (“Last One On Earth”), the first two full-length albums by much respected Dutch death/doom commando ASPHYX, are considered immortal classics of the genre now finally returning back on vinyl! Both are set for worldwide release on March 16th, 2015 via Century Media Records.

ASPHYX vocalist Martin van Drunen has checked in with the following comment about these re-releases: "Over the years Century Media has put out a lot of superb vinyl re-releases. Especially for that LP freak of today for whom it's difficult, if not impossible, to find the originals. Even I couldn't obtain everything as a young metalhead back in the days and therefore I am happy that labels do decide to re-release some sonic classics. And so is the case with these first two Asphyx albums. After the mauling “Death…The Brutal Way” and crushing “Deathhammer”, old and new Asphyx fans are now given the opportunity to add “The Rack” and “Last One On Earth” to their vinyl collection. Two outstanding re-releases by dedicated metalheads for loyal metalheads. Kept as close to the originals as possible, not only when it comes to the artwork of ancient master Axel Hermann, but also sound-wise these take you back to the early days of true Death Metal...and of Century Media as well! The band is proud of these milestones, as lots of the tracks are still and always will be played live with the intensity and volume Asphyx is so well-known for. So get your hands on these albums, and give 'em a deafening spin on your record player! Vinyl...The Brutal Way!”

Both vinyl editions orientate on the original pressings and feature the original covers. In contrast to previous CD or vinyl reissues, these 2015 editions do not contain remastered versions of “The Rack” and “Last One On Earth”. Both albums are based upon the original early 90’s recordings and were specially mastered for vinyl by Patrick W. Engel / Temple Of Disharmony (Massacra, Dissection, Grave) in December 2014, allowing you to enjoy these classics in their authentic, original rawness. Death…the fuckin’ brutal way!

The following editions will be available for pre-ordering via www.cmdistro.com from February 16th, 2015 on:

ASPHYX “The Rack (Re-Issue 2015)”
Single gatefold LP w/ original product sticker replica, printed innersleeve, 180g vinyl.
Black LP - limited to 600 copies
Gold LP - limited to 200 copies (only available via CMDistro.com / European webshop only)
Clear LP- limited to 200 copies (only available via CMDistro.com / US webshop only)

ASPHYX “Last One On Earth (Re-Issue 2015)”
Standard LP sleeve with printed innersleeve, full-colour labels, 180g vinyl.
Black LP - limited to 600 copies
Silver LP - limited to 200 copies (only available via CMDistro.com / European webshop only)
Transparent red LP- limited to 200 copies (exclusive to CMDistro.com / US webshop only)

Last year, ASPHYX announced the departure of founding member / drummer Bob Bagchus (now playing with the re-activated death/black metal outfit Soulburn), who was replaced by Stefan Hüskens (Desaster, Metalucifer), and the band is currently working on material for a next studio album effort in order to follow up 2012’s much acclaimed “Deathhammer” release. In the meantime, ASPHYX will also continue to perform intense shows all over the globe and here is a list of all upcoming dates that have already been announced:

ASPHYX – Live 2015:
21.02.15 Bergen (Norway) - Blastfest
28.02.15 Szcecin (Poland) - Rock In Szcecin
14.03.15 Durango (Spain) - Euskal Assault Festival
04.04.15 London (UK) - The Dome / Doom Over London V
17.04.15 Rome (Italy) - Traffic Club
18.04.15 Brescia (Italy) - Circolo Colony
25.04.15 Barcelona (Spain) - Boveda
16.05.15 Hyvinkää (Finland) - Steelfest
06.06.15 Geiselwind (Germany) - Out & Loud Festival
18.07.15 Balingen (Germany) - Bang Your Head Festival
06.08.15 Jaromer (Czech Republic) - Brutal Assault Open Air
07.08.15 Schlotheim (Germany) - Party.San Open Air
12.09.15 Andernach (Germany) - Death Feast

ASPHYX line-up:
Martin van Drunen – Vocals
Paul Baayens – Guitars
Alwin Zuur – Bass
Stefan Hüskens – Drums

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Source: The Noise Cartel

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