THANATOS (HOLLAND)


Rotterdam Thrash band THANATOS tend to stand out from the crowd with some inventive songs. THANATOS actually lay claim to being Holland’s first Death Metal act having formed in 1984 with a line-up of Stephen Gebédí, guitarist Remco De Maaijer and drummer Marcel Van Arnhem. This version of the band released the ‘Speed Kills’ demo prior to folding in 1985. Gebédí reformed THANATOS for another demo session entitled ‘Rebirth’. Van Arnhem returned along with new bass player André Scherpenberg. Rob De Bruijn would take over the drum stool but departed soon after. Another new recruit in 1987 was former SECOND HELL guitarist Mark Staffhorst. Scherpenberg quit to join VIGILANT, necessitating KILLER FORCE guitarist Erwin De Brouwer to handle bass guitar. However, soon De Brouwer would shift to guitar as Ed Boeser of KILLING ELEVATOR maneuvered into the bassist's job. The group issued a 1987 demo entitled ‘The Day Before Tomorrow’, notable for featuring the live track 'Progressive Destructor’ and followed this with a 1989 tape ‘Omnicoitor’. Following their album for Shark Records, ‘Emerging From The Netherworlds’ produced by Ulli Pösselt, they released another demo in 1991(no cover) featuring five tracks before Shark came up with a second record, the Pösselt produced 'Realms Of Ecstasy', in 1992.


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SPEED KILLS 1984 DEMO

Xeroxed on yellow paper, no lyrics, tapes not pro printed

TRACK LISTING:
- Prodrome
- Speed Kills
- The Howling
- Blind Obedience
- Voyage of the Damned
- The Knell - Thanatos
- Obsequies

 

REBIRTH 1986 DEMO

Xeroxed on red paper, no lyrics, tapes not pro printed

TRACK LISTING:
- Rebirth
- Outward of the Inward
- Speed Kills
- Reincarnation

REBIRTH 1986 DEMO TAPE:

 

1987 LIVE DEMO

Xeroxed Covers. Regular tapes. No lyrics

TRACK LISTING:
- Speed Kills
- Internal Deceit
- The Day before Tomorrow
- Rebirth
- Imposters Infiltration
- Outward of the Inward
- The Howling
- Reincarnation
- Progressive Destructor
- Blind Obedience
- Snap 01:25
- Couch Slouch
- Voyage of the Damned
- Dethroned Emperor

 

THE DAY BEFORE TOMORROW 1987 DEMO

Xeroxed four panel Covers. Regular tapes. Has Lyrics

TRACK LISTING:
- Impostors' Infiltration
- The Day Before Tomorrow
- Progressive Destructor (live)


 

OMNICOITER 1989 DEMO

Demo covers pro printed (color), no lyrics, first 500 or 1,000 tapes were pro printed.

TRACK LISTING:
- War
- The Meaning of Life
- Bodily Dismemberment
- A-thanasia


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