Asphyx, during a concert in London (2007)
|Years active||1987–1994, 1995–1996, 1998-2000, 2007–present|
Hail of Bullets
Grand Supreme Blood Court
Martin van Drunen
|Past members||Tonny Brookhuis
Ron van der Pol
Sander van Hoof
Ronny van der Wey
The band was formed in 1987 by Bob Bagchus and Tonny Brookhuis. Eric Daniels was found as a second guitarist and Chuck Colli joined on vocals and bass guitar; this line up released the Enter the Domain demo. In March 1989, Colli was replaced by Theo Loomans and the band recorded the Crush the Cenotaph demo. Brookhuis then left the band and the remaining three recorded Embrace the Death, an album which was never released because of label problems.
After leaving Pestilence in the early 1990s, Martin van Drunen joined Asphyx and the band signed to Century Media Records. After the release of their first album, The Rack, they went on a European tour with Entombed, followed by a tour with Bolt Thrower and Benediction in 1992. Shortly after the recording of the second album, Last One on Earth, van Drunen left the band, to be replaced by Ron van der Pol. Eventually Bagchus left the band as well and was replaced by Sander van Hoof.
In 1994, the band released its third, self-titled album, but broke up shortly afterward. In 1995, Loomans and Bagchus reformed Asphyx and recorded God Cries. Around the same time, the Embrace the Death album, recorded in 1990, was released. Nevertheless, the band split up again after the release. In 1998, Loomans died when a train hit his car. The circumstances suggest it was an act of suicide. Some time later, Soulburn was founded by Bagchus and Daniels and, together with Pentacle singer and bass guitarist Wannes Gubbels, they recorded Feeding on Angels. In 1999, they renamed the project Asphyx and recorded the On the Wings of Inferno album with the same line up. However, Asphyx disbanded again in 2000.
In January 2007, the band re-united with van Drunen, Gubbels, Paul Baayens and Bagchus. They did not intend to record a new album, but focused only on live performances. However, in January 2008, they recorded a cover of a Celtic Frost song and a new song called "Death... The Brutal Way". In July 2008, they announced that new material was being prepared. Death...The Brutal Way was released in June 2009 by Century Media. It was released in North America by Ibex Moon Records on August 18, 2009, quickly becoming the distributor's best seller.
- Current members
- Martin van Drunen – vocals (1990–1992, 2007–present), bass guitar (1990–1992)
- Alwin Zuur – bass guitar (2010–present)
- Bob Bagchus – drums (1987–1993, 1995–1996, 1997–2000, 2007–present)
- Paul Baayens – guitar (2007–present)
- Former members
- Tonny Brookhuis – guitar (1987–1989)
- Eric Daniels – guitar (1988–1994, 1995–1996, 1997–2000)
- Chuck Colli – vocals, bass guitar (1988–1989)
- Theo Loomans – vocals, bass guitar (1989–1990, 1995–1996)
- Ron van der Pol – vocals, bass guitar (1992–1994)
- Sander van Hoof – drums (1993–1994)
- Heiko Hanke – keyboards (1994)
- Ronny van der Wey – guitar (1996)
- Wannes Gubbels – bass guitar, vocals (1997–2000, 2007–2010)
- Carnage Remains (demo, 1988)
- Enter the Domain (demo, 1989)
- Crush the Cenotaph (demo, 1990)
- Mutilating Process (single, Gore Records/Nuclear Blast, 1989)
- The Rack (album, Century Media, 1991)
- Crush the Cenotaph (EP, Century, 1992)
- Last One on Earth (album, Century, 1992)
- Asphyx (album, Century, 1994)
- Embrace the Death (album, 1996, Century; recorded in 1990)
- God Cries (album, Century, 1996)
- Feeding on Angels (album, 1998, as Soulburn)
- On the Wings of Inferno (album, Century, 2000)
- Death...The Brutal Way (album, Century, June 2009)
- Live Death Doom (double live album and DVD, Century, August 2010)
- Deathhammer (album, Century, February 2012)
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- "Interview of Wannes Gubbels". voicesfromthedarkside.de. Archived from the original on 12 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-08.
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- "Dan Swanö will mix the new Asphyx album!". Asphyx myspace page. 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
- "Ibex Moon Records Licenses New ASPHYX Album for U.S. Release". ibexmoonrecords.com. 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2010-03-09.