Genre: death metal and death-doom
When an album just starts straight on with not intro or anything, then chances are that it will be awesome. That's exactly how the latest effort from Asphyx starts, and awesome is exactly what it is.
The first two songs, "Into the Timewastes" and "Deathhammer" are uptempo agressive old school death metal tracks that crush anything the gets in their way, while the third track on the the album, "Minefield", feature the heavy and doomy riffs that Asphyx are also known for - it's basically seven minutes of top class death-doom.
The rest of the album goes back and forth between primitive old school death metal carnage and death-doom heaviness, and both of these musical aspects of "Deathhammer" will surely massacre they way straight into the heart of any fan of old school death metal. Martin van Drunen of Pestilence and Bolt Thrower fame delivers perhaps his best-ever vocal performance on this album, his anguished growls going perfectly with the overall mood of the album.
"Deathhammer" combines primitive death metal with heavy doom metal and captures the best of the death metal of the 90s, and there should be goodies for fans of Pestilence, Obituary and Bastard Priest, early Paradise Lost as well as My Dying Bride.