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Review: Asphyx - Reign of the Brute
Reign of the Brute

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 9:57
Tracks: 2
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: February 16, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Reign of the Brute

Rated 3.89/5 (77.78%) (9 Votes)

Quick and easy one here, Asphyx present us with somewhat of a teaser EP to keep our appetites whet before unleashing Deathhammer in February. Reign of the Brute is two tracks, ten minutes of grimy, filth-encrusted death metal. Martin Van Drunen is the vomit-gargling demon of a vocalist he's always been and pukes all over the furious riffage strewn across the EP's short run time. The production is raw, and almost demo-like in its utilization, and overall the two tracks on here sound massive and really fill the room, the low end weighs down like ten ton testicles and really fills out the room. The title track is the best cut here and really takes names in a blaze of bad-assery, although the longer dirge of Dir Landser is nothing to sneeze at.

Overall Reign of the Brute serves as a good teaser for the upcoming full-length, but that's about it. Both these tracks are going to be available on the new album, which means casual fans can hold off until then. For the die-hards the cool artwork is nothing to sneeze at and there are some limited colored vinyl on offer to add to the collection.

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