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THANATOS

THANATOS
Angelic Encounters
(Hammerheart Records)
43:10min

THANATOS is probably the oldest Death Metal band from Holland. In the early nineties, they released two good Death Metal albums, "Emerging From The Netherworlds" and "Realms Of Ecstasy" until the many problems with their record-company at that time and two cancelled European tours, as well as internal problems made the band collapse. Apparently mastermind Stephan Gebedi didn't want THANATOS to end this way: he got ahold of some new members, Theo van Eekelen and Aad Kloosterward (SINISTER, HOUWITSER, JUDGEMENT DAY) as well as CREMATION-guitarist Paul Baayens. In this line-up, they recorded their comeback-album "Angelic Encounters" which turned to be a great Death Metal album! Most of the songs are rather fast played with the typical deep growls of Stephan, although they are also not afraid to slow their speed down to crushing doomparts which even kill more! The production is really good and makes the album not sound too modern which should be seen as a compliment. THANATOS also re-recorded two old demo-tracks on this album which never appeared on any of their albums before, namely 'Speed Kills' and 'The Howling'. When listening to these two songs and comparing them to the new compositions on the album, one has to admit that their style hasn't changed a bit. The digi-pack version has a very cool cover-version of MASSACRE's 'Corpsegrinder' as a bonus (well, I hate to correct you, but it was originally an old DEATH tune, Steven... - Ed.). Also the really nice artwork (which reminds me a lot on the first IMMOLATION albums though) gives the album just this little extra which makes "Angelic Encounters" a more than well-done comeback-album. Very good stuff!

Steven Willems

More THANATOS reviews:
Angelic Encounters - by Anders Peter Jřrgensen
Beyond Terror - by Frank Stöver
Beyond Terror - by Steven Willems
Emerging From The Netherworlds - by Mindaugas "Plix" Lapinskas
Justified Genocide - by Manolis A.
Justified Genocide - by Thomas Meyer
Official Live Tape 1987 - by Ralf Hauber
Realm Of Ecstasy - by Mario Cubero
Undead. Unholy. Divine. - by Thomas Meyer
Undead.Unholy.Divine - by F. Cthulhu E.

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