Power of Metal.dk Review

Global Purification
Style: Thrash Metal
Release date: 17 November, 2014
Playing time: 38:00

'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.

''Global Purification' is an album that will be liked by old school Slayer fans, but it can also be picked up by the old school death metal lovers.

01. Global Purification
The Murder of Innocence
Infestation of the Soul
Queen of Gore
Nothing Left
World Jihad
The Demonized Minority
Feeding the War Machine
09. Blood Will Be Spilled
10. Bastion of Blasphemy
Label: Century Media
Distribution: Universal (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 14 November, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/thanatos333