Thanatos - _Melegnia_
by: Pedro Azevedo (4 out of 5)
Some bands' musical outputs just defy description, and I remain unable to find a suitable label for _Melegnia_. One might say that a groovy death metal backbone is often present, or that they occasionally sound just a bit like Blackstar or a couple other groovier bands, or that they insert some atmospheric passages... and yet it's still hard to make sense. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing strongly depends on the listener, however, because this is very unusual music. With a strong production thrusting their music, Thanatos can achieve interesting moments just as well as they can leave you wondering what was going through their minds when they thought that section would fit the song. How often will the former or the latter occur depends mostly on the listener, because most of these situations are a lot less than clear-cut throughout this demo CD. As far as I'm concerned, this is worthy of attention for some of its ideas and for several instrumental passages, which are all helped by the very competent production and the CD release (they need better artwork, though), but for my taste, I find a few sections less than appropriate. Overall, this is at least a band that seems to have a positive attitude as far as originality is concerned while they still simultaneously manage to achieve plenty of interesting moments; definitely not for everyone's taste, though.

Contact: Thanatos, a/c Guilhermino Martins, Rua dos Combatentes,

(article published 19/5/1999)

1/10/2001 K Buchanan 8 Thanatos - Angelic Encounters
3/5/2000 A Bromley 8.5 Thanatos - Emerging From the Netherworlds
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