The name THANATEROS is a combination of the names of the Greek gods of death (Thanatos) and love/sexuality (Eros). Though it refers to the chaos-magical order of the “Illuminates of Thanateros” (IOT), THANATEROS is not bound to the IOT but an independent and separate band. Nevertheless, sometimes THANATEROS draws on magical and pagan motives including Celtic mythology and shamanism.


The history of THANATEROS could be divided into two chapters until now. The first one started with the forming of the band in 2000 and lasted until 2010. The second one starts right now in these weeks and months. When and how it will end isn’t told until yet…

Chapter 1 (the past):
THANATEROS was started in 1999 by Ben Richter as a solo-project. After he left the German goth-metal band EVEREVE he concentrated solely on THANATEROS and assembled a first line-up in 2000. After the release of the first album The First Rite in 2001 a several weeks lasting support-tour with IN EXTREMO followed as well as a large number of concerts and festival-shows in 2002. And so THANATEROS established itself as a strong part of the German metal- and goth-scene.

With the second album Circle of Life, which was released in 2003, the band focused more on an irish-celtic-folk part within its music by involving traditional instruments. The CD achieved best reviews by the press. After the release THANATEROS made its first headliner-tour through Germany and Austria. In summer and autumn, a large number of festival-concerts followed where THANATEROS played along with bands like SUBWAY TO SALLY, LETZTE INSTANZ, TANZWUT, L’AME IMMORTELLE and SCHANDMAUL.

2005 the third album Into the Otherworld was released. It includes the single Dirty Old Town – the classic that became known by THE POGUES. For the production of the video-clip Dietrich Brüggemann (OOMPH!, RAMMSTEIN) was recruited. Tours with UMBRA ET IMAGO and the FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM successor-band NFD followed just like lots of festival-shows (along with bands like SALTATIO MORTIS, SUBWAY TO SALLY, ASP, CLAN OF XYMOX and many more) and headliner-concerts.

In 2006 a personnel change took place and a creative break followed.

Then in 2008 THANATEROS produced the long-awaited fourth album Liber Lux which was released on April the 3rd in 2009, followed by fetival concerts along with bands like FIDDLER’S GREEN, TRISTANIA, POTHEAD and FINNTROLL. Musically it is the heaviest and darkest CD of the band and although it received best critics by the press again, Ben Richter terminated THANATEROS at the beginning of 2010 for several reasons.

Chapter 2 (the present – the future):
In 2015 Ben Richter started the German-metal band PHOSPHOR which released two successful CDs (Raum/Zeit and Weltenbrand). During the work on a third album Ben heard the call of his musically roots and decided to pause PHOSPHOR and revive THANATEROS instead – following the words of H. P. LOVECRAFT: “That is not dead which can eternal lie and with strange æons, even death may die”.
And so – together with Chris Lang, the guitar-player of PHOSPHOR – he brought THANATEROS back to life!
As in old times – with Christof Uhlmann – the new line-up also involves a violin-player. However, the irish-celtic-folk aspect will no longer be an issue in the second chapter of THANATEROS. Therefore, the band is going to emphasise an atmospheric-intense and deeper spirit.

Just get the new album „Insomnia“ which has been released in 2019 on September 28th to find out about the „new“ THANATEROS…