“I liked Slayer and Venom and somehow became a vocalist” – Asphyx’s Martin van Drunen reveals his story as a metal vocalist

Author Arto Mäenpää - 7.7.2024

When speaking about death metal coming from the Netherlands there is no denying that Martin van Drunen has been one of the key figures in making the scene known all over the world. He first gained recognition as the frontman for the influential death metal band Pestilence, where he performed on their first two albums, “Malleus Maleficarum” (1988) and “Consuming Impulse” (1989). His distinctive, guttural vocal style helped define the sound of early European death metal.

In 1990, van Drunen joined Asphyx, another pioneering Dutch death metal band, and played a crucial role in shaping their sound. His powerful and raw vocal delivery became a trademark of the band and he is featured on several of ban’s seminal releases, including “The Rack” (1991) and “Last One on Earth” (1992) which are considered classics in the death metal genre.

Van Drunen’s career is marked by his intense, passionate performances and his dedication to the metal scene. He has also been involved with other notable bands, such as Hail of Bullets and Grand Supreme Blood Court, further solidifying his reputation as a versatile and influential artist in the metal community.

Chaoszine sat down with Martin van Drunen before Asphyx‘s show at Mystic festival in Gdansk, Poland and discussed about his long journey as a metal vocalist from the very early days of learning to growl until present. You can check out the latest episode to the metal frontman series below:

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You can listen to Asphyx‘s latest “Necroceros” album in full below: