New Album Released!

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:

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


Listenable Records Press release:

THANATOS have released a lyric video for their song 'Violent Death Rituals'
The song is the title track of the band's new album which will be released on March 20.

Stephan Gebédi comments : "As a first appetizer for our upcoming album 'Violent Death Rituals' we chose to do a (lyric) video for the title track. It starts off rather slowly and builds a lot of tension, until it explodes into a fast, relentless death/thrash metal monster! Ferocious drum beats, pulsating bass lines, two howling guitar solos and aggressive vocals make sure this album starts off with a giant kick in the teeth! "

This album marks the debut of drummer Martin Ooms and bass player Mous Mirer (both ex-Melechesh and ex-Liar of Golgotha) who have joined guitarist Paul Baayens and founding member Stephan Gebédi (vocals/guitars) in their never-ending quest for death and destruction.
THANATOS ‘ ‘Violent Death Rituals’ was produced by the band themselves and mixed by Dan Swanö.
Artwork credit : Roberto Toderico

Watch Thanatos lyric video for new song "Violent Death Rituals" 
To pre-order the album in various physical formats visit our e-shop 
- Limited edition digipack with one exclusive bonus track
- Limited edition transparent red vinyl with black marble 200 copies worldwide 
- Limited edition black vinyl

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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)


Listenable records:
Their uncompromising new album ‘Violent Death Rituals’ is just pure catchy Madness, THANATOS thoughtfully pace their songs for maximum ferocious headbanging folly.
Their furiously sharp arrangements contain so many well balanced acute melodies and enough murderous riffing to crush any fan in genuine extreme metal music history .
Fuckin Hell awaits in 2020! Amazing artwork by Roberto Toderico.


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)


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!
Meanwhile Roberto Toderico is working on a true masterpiece for the album cover art!
The album is planned for a mid/late March 2020 release via Listenable records.
We can also tell you the wait for our limited 7 inch EP on Dead By Dawn records seems finally over. If everything goes well the EP will be released and shipped in the 2nd half of November.

The first shows for 2020 will be announced shortly

(band photography by Gerard van Roekel)


After 18 years of loyal service, our bass player Marco de Bruin has decided to part ways with the band. We’d like to thank him for his hard work and dedication throughout the years and we wish Marco all the best with possible future projects that may arise on his continuing journey down the left-hand path.

We are very happy to welcome Mous Mirer (ex-Melechesh, ex-Liar Of Golgotha) as our new bass player! Mous will make his recording debut with the band on our forthcoming album for Listenable Records. Recordings will start at the end of September and the album is scheduled for a Spring 2020 release. 



This Fall Dead By Dawn Records from Belgium will release a limited edition 7 inch single (black and blue vinyl) featuring re-recorded versions of two ancient Thanatos tracks, originally written and recorded in 1983/1984 for our very first demo tape ‘Speed Kills’.

Both ,,Blind Obedience” and ,,Thanatos” were re-recorded earlier this year, featuring original guitarist and founder member Remco de Maaijer, and will be available on vinyl for the first time ever!

Pre-order links will be up on our Facebook page and webstore soon! 

News update April 15 2019

First of all we’d like to thank everyone for showing up at our more or less sold out anniversary show at Baroeg, Rotterdam last month! We definitely had a blast and this was a night to remember for sure! 

Video footage of the show will be uploaded in the next couple of months.

As announced earlier the ‘THANATOLOGY: TERROR FROM THE VAULT’ 2-CD set will be out April 22nd 2019 on Memento Mori records.

You can pre-order the CD and the accompanying ‘TERROR FROM THE VAULT’ t-shirt now via our webstore:

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.

Latest news

News update March 7 2019 
Memento Mori records just released this teaser for the upcoming compilation album:  
Track #1 (Disc 1) taken from the upcoming THANATOS - Thanatology: Terror from the Vault 2CD [MEMENTO-LXXXI] due out on April 22nd, 2019. This double CD set is a special release to celebrate the band's 35th anniversary, and contains all the demos + rarities by this seminal Dutch Thrash/Death Metal band. "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. 

News update Jan 28 2019

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.
This 2CD will feature the next recordings:

- Speed Kills demo (1984)
- Promo Demo (1985)
- Rebirth demo (1986)
- The Day Before Tomorrow... demo (1987)
- Omnicoitor demo (1989)
- Live at the Lede 1985
- Pre-production Tape 1991
- 2 old re-recorded songs (including a guest appearance by some original band members from 1984)

All songs digitalized from the original sources and subtly mastered for an even more pleasurable listening experience.

More to follow!

Latest Thanatos news

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, followed by a special 35th anniversary showatBaroeg, Rotterdam on March 16th. Get ready for a special old school set with severalex-band members joining us on stage. We’ll have special Thanatos beer available at the show and loads more.

Get your tickets here: 

• On April 22nd MEMENTO MORI RECORDS from Spain will release a double compilation CD, entitled ‘Thanatology: Terror From The Vault’, featuring all official Thanatos demo tapes, the infamous‘Live at the Lede’ recordings from 1985 (previously unreleased on CD) and, as icing on the cake, two newly recorded versions of ,,Blind Obedience” and ,,Thanatos” featuring founding member Remco de Maaijer on guitar. The original versions of these songs were recorded in 1984 and now they finally will get the treatment they deserve.

• We’re also happy to announce that we will play the 25th anniversary edition of Party.San Metal Open Airin Schlotheim, Germany, Friday August 9th

And in a few weeks from now we also hope to announce some bigger news! Stay tuned! 


Hey there, thought we’d give you little update on what’s happening on the Thanatos front. First of all we have written a bunch of songs and in the next few weeks we’re going to demo a few of those songs to attract record label interest (as we’re no longer on Century Media records).

Next year we’ll be celebrating our 35th anniversary! We’re planning a special show with guest appearances by several former band members. This event will probably be held March 16th 2019 at the Baroeg in Rotterdam. More details will follow. Finally we have already planned a few cool festival appearances for 2019 which will be announced in the not too distant future! Cheers!


We would like to welcome drummer Martin Ooms to the Thanatos ranks!
Until recently Martin was beating the skins for Rotterdam based metal outfit Sudden Annihilation, but he might be better known for playing guitar for both Melechesh (2006-2008) and Liar of Golgotha (1998-2005). We’ll start rehearsing all the old classics and will start working on new songs as well in the upcoming months. Expect Thanatos to return to the live front early next year!

 © Thanatos, Holland's first ever death /trash metalband