Chicago-based Thanatos, formerly on Projekt Records, is gearing up to release a new album called The Exterminating Angel. The highly pregnant pause in recording was not on purpose, it just happened. The collection, which is the band’s first new material in over a decade, will be released digitally on April 23 via Bandcamp at http://thanatos-projekt.bandcamp.com/ 7 inch vinyl plus unreleased B-sides may follow.
The lead track “Homage To Catalonia” is the subject of an animated video by video artist Mikey Peterson (www.mikeypeterson.com). The song is partially inspired by the George Orwell book of the same name and the Spanish Civil War. The video is available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68Z2Ahto8YQ . Chris Connelly (Revolting Cocks, Ministry, and The Bells) sings back up and Tim Larson (The Drovers, Tim Larson & The Owner Operators, American Pharaoh) plays all the instruments on “Homage to Catalonia.” Connelly also sings on the heat –delirium induced track “When The Heat Breaks. “ Larson co-produces, engineers and plays on most tracks.
The collection of songs came together over a period of ten years. The first three, including a cover of the Irish traditional song, “Carrickfergus, “ were recorded in Santa Barbara with Askelon Sain (Trance to the Sun) in 2001. The rest were recorded during 2005-2008 with Larson in Chicago.
The darkwave gothic band first appeared as an electronic project between Patrick Ogle (then Padraic Ogl) and Projekt founder, Sam Rosenthal of black tape for a blue girl. When the band became a live act, Eric Polcyn (Godbullies) and the late William Tucker (Foetus, Chris Connelly Band, Ministry) joined.
Acoustic Thanatos shows may take place here and there if Ogle has a psychotic episode or two.