Genre : Death Metal
Country : Netherlands
Label : Century Media Records
Year : 2014
Thanatos have a huge history on their backs, being the first extreme metal band to come out of Netherlands with more than one classic masterpieces in their discography. Their new album Global Purification is the follow-up of Justified Genocide from 2009 and it’s an overall success, as one would trust and expect from them. Global Purification talks about subjects often analyzed by Thanatos, such as war and gore. Tracks like “World Jihad” might prove more well-timed as one might think, as well as “Blood Will Be Spilled” and “Queen of Gore” are graphic enough. The band exerts pressure on the corruption of society as well, with “Nothing Left” or “The Demonized Minority” and so on.
The production of the record is healthy and provides a clean sound for all the instruments involved, around the level of all the new death metal releases of our days. Thanatos grant an aggressive and attacking piece here and one can tell from the cover itself, which as it seems, doesn’t lack in musical content either. For it’s thirty eight minutes of duration, the album doesn’t have any major flaws or filler tracks. Even though the band doesn’t attempt to impress the listener with technical or new ideas, the structure of the record is solid and provides all the needed variety for this to be a good death metal record.
The service of the singer / guitarist and long-time member Stephan Gebédi is decisive, with his vocals being notable at all times, not only the growls but also the angry screams in some moments. Apart from that, he continuously throws fast and heavy riffs in the tracks, making the guitar work of the record at least decent. Lot’s of blast beating takes place behind the kit and the drumming is accurate in general, while the bass is a little bit hidden back compared to the rest of the instrumentation.
Musically, it’s not the best album they have released but it’s still a very enjoyable effort. Thanatos have by now mastered their style and make the listener understand how a genre that started with bands like themselves, is played even 25 years later.