Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of Dutch Death Metal legends, THANATOS.
THANATOS borrows their name from the Greek god of death and is one of the oldest and longest running extreme metal bands from the Netherlands. Founded in 1984, THANATOS has released numerous critically acclaimed albums during their career. Be it the infamous debut album, Emerging From The Netherworlds, the equally great second output, Realm Of Ecstasy, (both of which were re-released by Century Media Records on CD and LP in 2012) or the band’s last studio work, Justified Genocide, THANATOS has always managed to deliver high-class death metal laced with a lethal dose of thrash.
Featuring guitar player, Paul Baayens (ASPHYX / HAIL OF BULLETS), Century Media originally approached THANATOS for a series of re-issues in 2012, so it only made sense that the band made their future home at Century Media. Philipp Schulte, A&R and product manager at Century Media, comments:
“I remember talking with Stephan of THANATOS about the band’s back catalogue. Back then we simply wanted to work with the band on their previous albums, not really knowing they intended to record a new studio album. When Stephan and Paul visited the CM headquarters in Dortmund in autumn last year, they told us about their plans to record a new album which they’d like to release in 2014, the year of THANATOS’ 30th anniversary. Of course we wanted them to release it on Century Media. THANATOS is without a doubt of the most legendary bands from the heydays of the death metal scene and we strongly believe their sixth studio album will bolt you down with pure withering death/thrash metal violence.”
Asked about the signing of the deal, THANATOS’ vocalist and guitarist Stephan Gebédi comments:
“Even after being in ‘the business’ for so many years, we’re really excited to become part of the Century Media family, which is without any doubt one of the best and most important labels for metal today. We can’t wait to start working on new material and it’s our intention to record an absolute death/thrash metal monster to coincide with our 30th anniversary in 2014! We come from an era when there was no strict boundaries between thrash and death metal which resulted in masterpieces like DARK ANGEL’s ‘Darkness Descends’ and POSSESSED’s ‘Seven Churches’ and it’s our mission to transport the legacy of those albums to 2014 and beyond…”
So await with fear for the coming of the god of death as 2014 marks the return of THANATOS!
Stephan Gebédi – vocals, guitars
Paul Baayens – guitars
Marco de Bruin – bass
Yuri Rinkel – drums