Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Extreme Metal Music: Thanatopsis Announce New Album "Initiation"; Streaming Single "Embodiment"

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Extreme Metal Music: Thanatopsis Announce New Album "Initiation"; Streaming Single "Embodiment"
Extreme Metal Music is proud to announce their latest signing of California's Thanatopsis for the release of their debut album "Initiation" due out October 23rd to follow their four independently released demos between 1993-1997.

After a hiatus, 3/4 of the band has reunited along with the new addition of drummer 
Jason Borton (Jungle Rot, Arkaik) to offer their debut full-length, which features past recordings that are given a second life and a chance to be heard by a broader audience along with new unheard material. The album was recorded at Trident Studios with renowned producer Juan Urteaga (Exodus, Testament, Machine Head).

The overall album experience shares eight old school thrash/death metal influenced tracks that are an emotionally twisted ride of violently catchy brutality. With themes that include corruption, occultism, murder, revolt, and loss of faith, Thanatopsis delivers an album that keeps the listener engaged from start to finish, with a sound unlike any other.
The band comments:
"It has been a long time in the making and we are very excited to present to the world the first official full-length Thanatopsis album “Initiation”. This album contains timeless songs that fans, both old and new, will appreciate. Bringing our sound to the masses has been a collective dream of ours for a long time. In a scene that is saturated with bands, we are proud to release something that is unique in character to the metal world at large."
The album's first single "Embodiment" is a heavy groove song with the chorus featuring an interesting interplay between the guitar and bass as Thom Hall and David A. Couch utilize counterpoint to create a sonic element designed to put the listener into a state of vertigo.  The lyrics are based on a personal account of vocalist John Bishop, as he searches for faith and comes up empty. 

The band adds:
"This is a song that has been demoed a few times in the past, but due to various reasons it has never been done to the band's satisfaction – until now.  While this song is about the personal experience of vocalist John Bishop, it also has content that many can relate to as it describes a search for a faith that uncovers untruth and ends in despair."

Listen to "Embodiment" on YouTubeSpotify.
"Initiation" album pre-order CD here, Digital here (instant download of Embodiment). 

Track Listing:1. The Age of Silence (4:26)2. Embodiment (3:06)3. Consequence (5:17)
Malfated (5:17)5. Initiation (5:17)6. Your Demise (5:17)7. Grim (3:33)8. Suffer System (4:21)
Album Length: 36:32
Album Credits:
Produced, Mixed, and Mastered by Juan J. Urteaga at Trident Studios, Pacheco, CA, Co-Produced by David A. CouchArtwork by Matt CavottaLayout by Arturo HernandezArt Concepts and Direction by David A. CouchThanatopsis logo by Brutal Disorder
John Bishop – VocalsDavid A. Couch – GuitarsThom Hall – BassJason Borton – Drums
Additional vocals by Juan J. UrteagaDrums, Bass, and Vocals recorded at Trident Studios, Pacheco, CAGuitars recorded at Metal Command Center, Parker, CO

"This new song definitely has a strong and very tasty old-school flavor.It’s a sinister, high-octane death metal rush right out of the gate, but the song really reaches escape velocity at about the 2:00 mark when guitarist David Couch launches a jaw-dropping guitar solo over a memorable melody. – No Clean Singing (Reviewing the song “Your Demise”)

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