Thantos are a Dutch metal band that's been around since 1984, releasing two albums in the early 90's (Emerging From the Netherlands and Realm of Ecstasy), before breaking up in 1992, only to be revived again in 1999 by founding member/guitarist/vocalist Stephan Gebedi. With a new line-up, the band recorded Angelic Encounters in 2000, which was followed by heavy touring and even more line-up changes. The band seems to have finally settled on bassist Marco de Bruin, guitarist Paul Baayens (from Hail of Bullets & Asphyx), drummer Yuri Rinkel (Melechesh) and Gebedi, who also happens to spend time with Hail of Bullets. Justified Genocide is their brand new CD on Deity Down Records, a brutal concoction of war-themed thrash/death metal. The band's sound is very much old school, so if you love acts like Destruction, Kreator, Vader, Napalm Death, Death, and Sepultura, you've come to the right place. Tracks like "March of the Infidels", "The Devils Triangle", and "Apostles of Damnation" all sound like they came from the era of extreme metal circa 1989-1993, from the vocal style of Gebedi all the way to the riffs and Baayens' wild, whammy bar solos. Original Justified Genocide is not, but there's a certain charm and feeling of nostalgia you'll get while spinning this thing. "The Netherworld" is perhaps the strongest piece here, a nightmarish splatter fest of raging death metal riffs, pounding drums, and rabid growls, straight out of Leprosy era Death. To add further homage to the old days, the band even throws in two covers here, one from Massacre and the other Dark Angel, both given satisfactory treatment.
Though Justified Genocide won't completely bowl you over, it's certainly a solid slice of old school death and thrash metal from a band that's been sporadic yet steadfast on the scene for 25 years now.
- The Feed on Fear
- The Devil's Triangle
- March of the Infidels
- Justified Genocide
- The Netherworld
- Dawn of Eternity (Massacre cover)
- Apostles of Damnation
- Upwards Spiritual Evolution
- And Jesus Wept-bonus track
- The Burning of Sodom-bonus track, Dark Angel cover