THANATEROS – Insomnia (englisch)

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Modern GOTHIK-Rock-Sound

of the german band THANATEROS (Homepage ). This name is derived from the Greek deities Thanatos (death) and the lovely lust (Eros). THANATEROS started at the end of the 90’s and the sound was influenced by irish-celtic folk music. They toured with the greats of the German dark gothic and darkwave scene like TANZWUT, LETZTE INSTANZ or SUBWAY TO SALLY. In 2008 they even toured with FIDDLER’s GREEN, TRISTANIA and FINNTROLL. Despite the success Ben Richter broke up the band in 2010 and founded the German metal band PHOSPHOR.

After a long, long time the past catches up with him again. The call of THANATEROS echoed inside him all the time and so he let his old band resurrect. With „Insomnia“ they came out in 2019 and re-released the whole thing as a special edition on 13.11.2020. On it they have banished again four selected instrumental bonus tracks. It is of course questionable whether you need this special edition if you already own the album. But since the album had not yet found its way to ‚‘, this is now a welcome occasion to dedicate ourselves to this record.

No Irish-Folk anymore

The big difference to the albums of old times is the not so strong folkloric presence. Fortunately, the violin was not abandoned. I make no secret of the fact that I have a preference for classical instruments, especially the strings. And I think it’s a dream when they enter into a skilful symbiosis with rock and metal music. The violin can dance on a tightrope between the worlds of sadness and happiness and creates emotions in its own very special way.

„Cthulhu Rising“

is the current single release of the album. So what can you expect from THANATEROS of the modern era? A lot! I can’t remember having heard anything like this before. This mixture of dark (gothic) rock with a penchant for metal in combination with the violin is really impressive.

„Cthulhu Rising“ reveals a good portion of toughness with catchy hooklines that stick immediately. The violin is perfectly integrated into the song and gives it an esoteric aura. The charismatic and sometimes mystical vocals of Ben additionally condense the atmosphere in a fabulous way.

The mysterious journey

through the occult world exerts a great fascination, not least because the sound has many facets. The palette ranges from restrained atmospheric passages (e.g. „Black Tide“) to soulful yearning moments (e.g. „Waermetod“) to aggressive rousing outbursts like the song „Graken“, which is spurred on with fast riffing and whipped forward. Then again TAHNATEROS enchants us with the song

„When Worlds Collide“,

which shows itself from a more intense dark side. The more dominant violin playing makes the song a bit more folky. The song is not so hard, but he dives deeper into a dark occult world.

An epochal record

deliver THANATEROS and with „Insomnia“ they have created a dreamlike world floating surrounded by a magical atmosphere.

Already the touching start with the song „Wait For Me“ inspires with its fantastic melodies. This violin playing completely captivated me and succeeded in creating an epic sad and at the same time beautiful component. THANATEROS give the listener an intense journey through their world.

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Seit meiner Kindheit höre ich gerne Rockmusik. Es hat mit Gary Moore, Scorpions, Billy Idol, Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, AC/DC usw. angefangen, also quasi mit den Großen der 80'er und 90'er Jahre. Mit zunehmendem Alter ging der Musikgeschmack immer mehr auch in die härtere Richtung. So finden sich mittlerweile auch viele Core-Platten, so wie Black-und Death-Metal Kracher in meiner Sammlung. Daher bin ich in fast allen Bereichen des Rock und Metal unterwegs. Eine besondere Vorliebe habe ich für den Underground entwickelt, wo es richtig brennt und es viele hochklassige Bands gibt, die den Großen der Branche in nichts nachstehen, ganz im Gegenteil. In diesen Sinne: Stay tough, stay heavy!

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