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Review: Asphyx - Crush the Cenotaph
Crush the Cenotaph

Label: Vic Records
Year released: 2019
Originally released in: 1992
Duration: 21:31
Tracks: 5
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: December 8, 2019
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Crush the Cenotaph

Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (8 Votes)

Vic Records have been big on reissues of old stuff and 1992's Crush the Cenotaph is one of the latest entries. This is very heavy, largely slow-paced death metal with a very deep and raw sound that almost makes it sound like a demo (this is not the 1989 demo of the same name). Listening to the tortured, languishing, rough vocals, I can't help but think of Paul Speckmann (of Master fame, among others). I checked; it's not him. The last three tracks are live and sound like it—in a good way. Not as refined as Asphyx's later material, Crush the Cenotaph gives you a glimpse into the band's early years if you missed it the first time around.

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