Asphyx is back after a five year absence with a new slab of classic death metal. Even though these guys hail from The Netherlands, Asphyx would easily slot in with the Swedish contingent of death metal bands that came up in the 90s. This one is fairly straightforward and reminds me quite a bit of mid-tempo At The Gates or The Haunted. If you’re feeling nostalgic for the 90s era of death metal, this one should scratch that itch. Or you could just go listen to the classics themselves. One complaint on this one is that the opening riffs to Three Years of Famine sound very reminiscent of Skullcrusher by Overkill. The song isn’t a ripoff of the prior song at all, but I’d be damned surprised if the guys weren’t spinning The Years of Decay prior to coming up with this riff.

3 flip flops out of 5

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