'Justified Genocide' (2009) was the latest release by Dutch death/thrash metal combo
Thanatos. Now 5 years later the next album is here, but that doesn't mean that
the members have only been hanging around on their lazy asses in between. Stephen
Gebedi and Paul Baayens have been very busy with Asphyx and Hail of Bullets and
know found it time to attack the world with 'Global Purification'. From the
first note to the last, the album sounds aggressive and angry. Everything going
on on our planet has made Stephan Gebedy rather angry and with the music and the
lyrics he underlines this. Nihilistic to the point lyrics, not sparing any
religion are the base of the songs. Titles like "World Jihad", "Feeding the War
Machine" and "Bastion of Blasphemy" say it all. The music on the album sounds
rather old school, but with a very raw modern sound and the aggressive singing
style of Stephan finishing it of.
Several songs make me think of early Slayer with some Dark Angel elements and
some old school death metal on top. I think this is the album with the most
variation and that makes it an album you can listen to over and over without
getting bored. You can really hear that the members of Thanatos are
experienced musicians who know what's good and what's bad. You don't have to
tell or learn them anything. Like a lot of other old school Dutch thrash/death
metal bands (like Sinister, Pestilence, Asphyx, Dead Head, Pestilence, Gorefest
etc.) the band has its own recognizable style and that is in the
overcrowded scene almost a miracle.
Purification' is an album that will be liked by old school Slayer fans, but it
be picked up by the old school death metal lovers.