Asphyx
The Rack


3.0
good

Review

by B R A N D O N S C O T T USER (103 Reviews)
October 1st, 2012 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: nice rack

Despite the fact that the first two Pestilence records are two of my favorite early death metal records largely thanks to his contributions, I can forgive Martin van Drunen for jumping ship to create Asphyx. Growing weary of Pestilence's perpetual use of technical and progressive elements, Asphyx was Van Drunen's way to get back in touch with the genre's inherent primitivity. Chances are if he had continued with Pestilence, the follow-up to the classic Consuming Impulse would have been a hollow effort with little to no heart, so it's definitely good he followed his gut and went on to work with a project he could still be passionate about. And make no mistake, Asphyx's first album The Rack is passionate... y'know in the "I hate you so ***ing much I'm going to rip you limb from limb" kinda way. If getting back to the basics is what the band was supposed to be about, they certainly succeeded - the instrumentation is brutal and the vocals are barbaric, but the real question is are these elements enough to make the album as a whole a successful endeavor?

In all honestly, the answer isn't so black and white; The Rack is equally good as it is bad. At times, the album is definitely a stormer - "Wasteland of Terror" rapes hard with its straight for your throat riffage and as per usual, and Van Drunen's vocals are excellent. Forever and always one of the most unique extreme metal vocalists, his hoarse growl is ear-piercing but savagely satisfying all the same. For the most part it's the faster sections and Van Drunen's ripping vocals that keep The Rack afloat- but only just barely.

When it comes to the "doom" elements, there is just something so amateurish about their execution; the lack of technique and sloppy delivery may be what the group is going for, but there is a fine line between simple yet effective and bland and uninspired. The production has a lot to do with this as well. There is just a bit too much crunch to the guitars, making the album seem like the recording of a band who has yet to find their footing and highlighting just how bad the slower, crunchier sections really are.

When it comes to summoning the murderous intent inside you, Asphyx's The Rack is good for that. The album simply crushes, something is that is a blessing and a curse. Later releases may not contain the same blind aggression that makes this so enjoyable at times, but the maturity they show on later releases (mostly their next two), makes this the weakest of the band's early albums.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheSpirit
October 1st 2012


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wish I could say I thought of that summary but the credit goes to Hitlerisgod. I'm gonna try to be reviewing more so bare with me.

thijsvanleer
October 1st 2012


172 Comments


album rules fu

TheSpirit
October 1st 2012


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

album is pretty average

thijsvanleer
October 1st 2012


172 Comments


its no the fall of ideals agreed

TheSpirit
October 1st 2012


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

glad we can see eye to eye

ShadowRemains
October 1st 2012


21054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

what

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

TheSpirit
October 1st 2012


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sorry bro, just not a huge fan of this. Forgive me, my next review will make up for it

Hawks
October 1st 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hey a Spirit review.

Pretty good album.

TheSpirit
October 1st 2012


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Expect a lot more writing out of me bud.

I was honestly really torn on what to rate this, but after reading over everything, its a definite 3 for me. If.it makes any of the haters a bit less hateful its a.high three.

Hawks
October 1st 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is really almost a 3 for me too, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt.

thijsvanleer
October 1st 2012


172 Comments


its a 5

YUJOS
October 1st 2012


940 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nope...

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry

YankeeDudel
October 1st 2012


9313 Comments


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Digging: The The - Soul Mining

ShadowRemains
October 1st 2012


21054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry bro, just not a huge fan of this. Forgive me, my next review will make up for it


van drunen man


bloc
October 1st 2012


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wicked

TheSpirit
October 2nd 2012


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

van drunen man


i know bro, it hurts but it wouldn't be very trve if i lied like some poser

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2012


18707 Comments


last one is better yeah but still drunen hard

Digging: Execration (NOR) - Morbid Dimensions

TheSpirit
October 2nd 2012


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

top notch vocals but the slower sections are pretty awful at times

bloc
October 2nd 2012


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Had the remaster of this for the longest time and it really killed the album. Glad I re-downloaded it and got the original mix.

Passname
March 26th 2013


301 Comments


Easiest 5 of my life. PAGGGGEESSSSSS IN BLOOOOOOOOOD



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