We'd like to thank you all for showing up at our three final shows and for all your support throughout the years.

Although Baroeg Open Air 2022 was the final Thanatos show and although there won't be any new studio albums of the band, we do not declare Thanatos officially dead 😉

On this site and our band page Facebook.com/Thanatos333 we'll keep you posted on possible re-issues, live recordings and future musical projects of the band and band members. Thank you all! Stay brutal, stay sick!!! 

THANATOS - Descent into
the Netherworlds 1984-2022 

Press release June 16th, 2022

Hey everybody!
After 38 years we have decided to put an end to Thanatos. After the 3 upcoming festival shows this Summer, there will be no more studio albums nor live shows! There's many reasons I could give you for this decision but basically all that we wanted to say musically has been said and done. It's been a rough ride with lots of ups and downs, but I'm proud of the fact that we survived all those ups and downs for more than 38 years and also proud of the fact that our last studio album 'Violent Death Rituals' might just be the best album we've ever done. It’s not given to many bands that have been around for such a long time to peak with your final album!

We want to thank you all for your support and if you want to see the band one final time, we invite you to come and see us at either Alcatraz festival, Belgium (August 14th, very early Sunday show!), UK Deathfest (September 4th, London) or Baroeg Open Air (September 10th) in our home town Rotterdam. We might release some previously unreleased material and/or live recordings in the future so our website and Facebook page will remain active to keep the Thanatos legacy alive. We also have a special limited edition 1984-2022 legacy shirt available in our webstore now, inspired by the artwork of our debut album.
Thanks again and we hope to see you at one of our final shows!

Stephan on behalf of Thanatos


March 20 2020...the end of winter...a world in chaos and panic..
and the official release date of our new killer album 'Violent Death Rituals'!!
get it now: https://www.shop-listenable.net/en/371_thanatos

Welcome to the Netherworlds. Welcome to the official website of Holland's first ever death /trash metalband est. 1984. 

When THANATOS emerged in the metal scene of the early80's of the previous century, ‘metalheads’ were still more or lessseen as outcasts. Both the fans and the music itself were raw, unpolished and there was a huge ‘us against the world’ feeling. We were at war with the establishment, organised religion anddisco. The latter turned out to be the least dangerous enemy,but hey, we’re talking about the eighties, right?!

The current metal scene has lost a lot of its rough edges. A lotof bands have adopted a polished, plastic sound and a somewhat happy, politically correct attitude. Thank god, or rather Satan, for bands that still choose to go against the grain, stir up some controversy and never let go of the ‘us against theworld/fuck the mainstream!’ attitude.

New videos:
Thanatos - Violent Death Rituals Official Lyric Video

Visit our shop to (pre) order the new CD / LP and other stuff!


VIOLENT DEATH RITUALS is set for a March 20th 2020 release

track listing:

1. Violent Death Rituals

2. The Silent War

3. Unholy Predators

4. The Outer Darkness

5. Burn The Books Of Hate

6. It Always Ends In Blood

7. Corporate Indoctrination

8. Sent From Hell (I Infidel)

9. Legacy Of The Gods *

10. As The Cannons Fade

* (CD only)

NEWS UPDATE November 2019

Listenable records:

See new artwork Read more 

Previous update:

It may have seemed quiet in the Thanatos camp, but these past 2 months we’ve been working our asses off to record our brand new album!  

The recordings have just been finished and everything lies in the qualified hands of Mr. Dan Swanö now, who, without any doubts, will provide the 10 tracks with a great, powerful mix! Read more 

--------------------------------Press release Listenable Records March 14 2019----------------------------------

LISTENABLE welcomes Dutch Death Metal pioneers THANATOS in their ranks. 

THANATOS, Holland’s first ever Death/Thrash Metal band has become an illustrious name that has been haunting the Underground Metal scene for decades and is now celebrating their 35th anniversary in 2019 .  The band has always maintained a consistent quality over their entire catalog with their authentic brand of unrelenting death thrash metal - staying true to their initial merciless madness, faithfully unleashing frenetic hooks, crushing straight forward dynamics and original visceral brutality wrapped up in a massive production as the main killing components.

Stephan Gebédi comments:

« When THANATOS emerged in 1984, Metal was still raw and unpolished and there was a strong ‘us against the world’ feeling amongst both bands and fans. We were at war with the establishment, organised religion and mainstream music. The current metal scene has lost a lot of its rough edges.

A lot of bands have adopted a polished,plastic sound and a somewhat pleasant, politically correct attitude.Thank god, or rather Satan, for bands that still choose to go against the grain,stir up some controversy and never let go of the original feeling. »

Following their 2014 album ‘Global purification’, the band will never show mercy and are currently writing new material for a brand new full length album of another display of pure violent death thrash madness, to be released in early 2020.


News update March 7 2019
Memento Mori records just released this teaser for the upcoming compilation album:  "Blind Obedience" was originally included in the band's first demo, "Speed Kills" (1984), and this is a special re-recorded version from 2019, featuring former guitar player Remco de Maaijer as guest musician. https://youtu.be/Tc1hGXB9kwY
See news page.

Thanatos and Memento Mori Records unveil the cover art of the upcoming 2-CD compilation album “Thanatology: Terror From The Vault” due to be released April 22nd, 2019.

See news page.

News update January 2018

Best belated New Year’s wishes to all of you!

Instead of looking back at 2018 we’d rather look ahead to 2019 as we have a lot of good news to tell you! We will be celebrating our 35th anniversary this year and we’re going to do it in style! 

• First of all, we have a show coming up at the EMA Fest Part 2in Emden, Germany on February 15th, (https://www.facebook.com/events/563901657396751/) followed by a special 35th anniversary show at Baroeg, Rotterdam on March 16th. 

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