Dutch death metal band Asphyx have recently finished work on “Deathhammer,” their 8th studio album. It is set to be released on February 27th in Europe and February 28th in North America via Century Media.
The band has released the album’s cover artwork which was designed by their long-time partner in designs, Axel Hermann. In regards to their new collaboration, both parties comment:
“ASPHYX and Axel Hermann is a fusion that has always functioned perfectly…from the days of ‘The Rack’ back in 1991, ’til ‘Deathhammer’ in 2012. Like others such as Dan Swanö, Axel may be considered as an external member of the band and when we asked him to do the ‘Deathhammer’ cover–and as usual we would leave him free in his expression–we were very pleased to hear he was willing to take it on.
…And the man has exceeded himself! To the perfect death metal album comes the perfect cover that still leaves enough to everyone’s imagination. We hope he is as proud as we are on the final result. It seems all falls into place for this deathdozer of an album. I guess Axel can expect an offer from Le Louvre any time now.” – Martin van Drunen, ASPHYX
“A cover is the visual extension of an album that translates music and emotional intentions (or should I say aggression) into a clear statement of what to expect before taking the record off the shelf. In seldom cases you’re ending up with two perfect sides of the same coin. With ASPHYX and myself it has always and luckily been that case. And I am really proud of that! Show ‘em Death and hit them with a hammer…visually and musically! Guess, we flipped the coin once more!?” – Axel Hermann
Click here to see a bigger picture of the album’s cover artwork.