The legendary Dutch death doom elite Asphyx finally return with their new, 10th full studio album release, Entitled Necroceros, the new longplayer was recorded at Tom Meier’s Tom Meier Studio and at Paul Baayens’ The Mörserstudio and then finally mixed and mastered by Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann at Greenman Studios. Necroceros, which once again features front cover artwork by Axel Hermann (which you can see below), will be available worldwide on 22 January 2021 via Century Media Records.
Asphyx frontman Martin van Drunen comments: “The first recordings for Necroceros started somewhere in November 2019. Mainly just rough ideas. We hired Tom’s studio for a couple of jam sessions so we could record as soon as we thought something had potential. We finished about six/seven songs, but after a few listens we decided they still had quite some work to be done.
“After the three previous albums and this one being Asphyx’s 10th official full studio record we were very well aware that the standard had to be incredibly high. Our advantage was that for the first time we had a steady lineup. Since Incoming Death we were damned good together, one felt what the other wanted or where he was going music-wise. With Paul having tonnes of riffs on the shelves, the earlier takes and the unexpected rapidly spreading Covid-19 outbreak – and thus all our gigs being cancelled one after the other – we booked Tom once more for a bunch of jam recordings. Which turned out marvellously…
“It took two weekends to finally arrange all songs and tape the drum-tracks. Going completely berserk while playing and being totally satisfied with the variety, rawness, brutality and dynamics of each particular track, we were 100% certain that we were heading in the right direction.
“Long before all the above was happening, I already had introduced Necroceros as a working title. It came out spontaneously, sounded powerful and since we used the word ‘death’ in every release-title, so did Necro. The idea was a sci-fi fantasy entity on an eternal course, existing only to devour planets, turning universes into meaningless voids. And while the boys were laying guitars and bass over the drums I searched and wrote the themes and lyrics for every single track. To mix with Seeb was a shot in the dark, but he had told me one of his wishes was to be able to mix a death metal album for a band like Asphyx. And since we wanted a fresh input, we gave him a chance by letting Seeb do a test and it fused simply excellently.
“As always, we passed the working title on to Axel Hermann to skizz about and let him throw his morbid imagination over it with detailed bits and pieces. And once more he didn’t let us down with another brilliant masterpiece. And here we are. Something old, something new, something krushing, something sparkling, something alcoholic, something genius, but all very, very ASPHYX!”
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