The name THANATEROS is a combination of the names of the Greek gods of death (Thanatos) and love / sexuality (Eros). Although it refers to the chaos-magical order of the “Illuminates of Thanateros” (IOT), THANATEROS is not bound to the IOT, but is an independent and separate band. Nevertheless, THANATEROS sometimes draws on magical and pagan motives including Celtic mythology and shamanism.
After four album releases between 2000 and 2009, THANATEROS are back with their new album “INSOMNIA”.
In 2015, Ben Richter founded the German metal band PHOSPHOR and released two successful albums (“Raum / Zeit” and “Weltenbrand”). While working on a third album, he heard the call of his musical roots and decided to revive THANATEROS – following the words of H. P. LOVECRAFT: “That is not dead which can eternal lie and with strange aeons, even death may die.” Thus, he and PHOSPHOR guitarist Chris Lang brought THANATEROS back to life!
As in former times, the new line-up also includes a violinist, Christof Uhlmann. However, the Irish folk aspect recedes into the background in this second chapter of THANATEROS while the band emphasizes an atmospheric, intense and deeper atmosphere.
“INSOMNIA” will be released in autumn 2020 via ECHOZONE / BOD-MEDIA as a special edition featuring four selected instrumental bonus tracks. At the moment, the band is setting up the production of the next album which is scheduled for the end of 2021.