(Black Lotus Records)
Geeeeee - I really am honoured indeed to review this Dutch outfit. Just think about it, guys - these sickos have been around for twenty years now. They performed with the likes of KREATOR, NAPALM DEATH, MESSIAH, BOLT THROWER, SEPULTURA, DEATH and so on. That is quite an achievement I would say. The band has gone through times of changes and disappointments - that is why THANATOS ceased to create music in 1992. At the end of 1999 the re-united with a completely new line-up and headed towards new shores musically, always remembering their origins. It can be stated that they really have released some killer outputs like "Emerging From The Netherworlds", "Angelic Encounters" and "Realm Of Ecstasy". Now after all these heroic deeds in the past it is time again for THANATOS to unleash utter old school mania upon us shivering lot. "Undead.Unholy.Divine" sounds awesome. Great raw production, old school riffing reminding me (which is definitely intended by the guys) of the good old times of acts like SEPULTURA, old MORBID ANGEL, old IMMOLATION, definitely old DEATH, ASPHYX etc. Thus a combination of Thrash and Death elements. My favourites are 'Eraser' (killer Heavy Metal screams integrated - hilarious!!!) and 'Servants Of Hatred'. But still - Stephan and Co. weave in some mordern elements as well such as blast-beats, fast double bass attacks and so on. The vocals really constitute their own identity and are highly reckognizable... like, oh well, in the good old times, harharhar. Definitely a cool record old school maniacs should call their own - but newbis shouldn't hesitate either purchasing the jewel because this sort of proves old qualities. Tata... Label contact: www.black-lotus-recs.com
F. Cthulhu E.
More THANATOS reviews:
Angelic Encounters - by Steven Willems
Beyond Terror - by Frank Stöver
Beyond Terror - by Steven Willems
Emerging From The Netherworlds - by Mindaugas "Plix" Lapinskas
Justified Genocide - by Manolis A.
Official Live Tape 1987 - by Ralf Hauber
Realm Of Ecstasy - by Mario Cubero