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Review: Thanatopsis - Initiation

Label: Extreme Metal Music
Year released: 2020
Duration: 30:49
Tracks: 8
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: September 16, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
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Rated 3/5 (60%) (5 Votes)

Thanatopsis have a bit of an odd history. They started out as a Progressive Death Metal act that released several demos and an EP in the mid-90s before calling it quits, and then they returned in 2016 and changed into what they claim is Death/Thrash. I'd take out the Death part of that description personally, at least on their full-length debut, Initiation, because it's really just a groovy kind of Thrash with some minor prog elements presumably left over from their old days. Some of the riffs are pretty good, and there's some aggression on here, but it's nothing that'll get you too excited. Most of the guitar work leans too much on groove than is good for it, the solos are nothing special, and the vocals are kind of a Crossover bark that sounds alright, certainly better than the awful shrieks on a handful of songs, but don't have much variation to them. I don't know, I don't exactly dislike this, but after a handful of listens I feel like I could safely put it away and never listen to it again.

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