Void By Jonas Haagensen
Since the band was formed in 2007, all members between 13 and 14 years old, the band has gone through a huge development. The young boys have managed to perform at prestigious festivals like Wacken Open Air – as the youngest band ever to play there – Smukfest and Copenhell just to mention a few. They’ve done massive tours around Europe before turning 18 years old, and supported bands like Soilwork, Soulfly and Hatebreed. Before they turned 20 they had already played over 100 shows, and in 2018 the band made it to the first 250 shows. In 2009 and 2010 they released the two EP’s Eradication of Fates and Obliteration of the Weak, which gave them great reviews and a drive to make the debut album. Early in the process, they teamed up with professionals, which has ensured the high quality of the releases.
The first full length, Earth Entangled, is produced, mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Aborted, Epica) and Aphyxion own guitarist, Jonas Haagensen. Good cooperation during the recordings secured a tight and powerful sound on the album, which was received very well both domestically and internationally. After the release, the editor of Metal Hammer UK called out Aphyxion to be ‘… the new saviours of melodic death metal – one of the most promising bands in Europe!’ The newest album, Aftermath, was released in December 2016 and marked a new era for Aphyxion. The album reflected a bigger and more modern sound from the young boys, and was quickly chosen as ‘Album of the Week’ by Metal Hammer Germany, while Metal Hammer UK pointed it out as a contestant for ‘Album of the Year’.
On the Danish market, it was nominated as ‘Metal album of the Year’ at both the High Voltage Rock Awards and Gaffa Awards. After only 30 days, Aphyxion broke the record for a Danish metal band with a staggering 500.000 streams. Today, they have more than 1.500.000 streams and made a new milestone as they supported Metallica in 2017 in front of 16.000 people at a sold-out show in the Royal Arena.
We’ve played together since our early teens, we’re a tight band with a lot of fun stories, experiences and stupid little anecdotes between the 5 of us. We started off as friends, wanting to jam some rock/metal, and eventually, we started writing our own songs. We have since then played at Wacken Open Air, Copenhell, all over Denmark and here and there throughout Europe. We even supported Metallica in Copenhagen. Behind us are over 300 shows, three full-length albums and a few EPs. We can’t wait to get out there on upcoming tours, celebrating the new album ‘Void’. In terms of inspiration, this time it’s more from a personal point of view, but you can definitely draw parallels to religion, politics and certain lifestyles – and how they affect people today.
Metal has never been dangerous. It just looks like that. I’ve never met more grounded and heart-warming people as in the metal business. Of course ‘Hammer Smashed Face’ is pretty upfront, but you get the point.
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