Since their humble start in 1989 as an underground band from Medellin, Colombia, ATHANATOR have managed to establish themselves as one of America’s top thrash metal acts through hard work, relentless concerts, and consistently solid albums. What has set ATHANATOR apart from the rest of the metal scene since the very beginning is their use of death obsession and imagery in lyrics and artwork, as well as a talent for writing epic, memorable melodies, which underline their solemn yet killer approach to heavy music.
The band went through the usual demo recordings and line-up changes in the beginning stages, but in 2000 made its first mark with the CD “Rise the Death”. A one-off affair with (of all places) Colombia’s LIXO Sonido + Discos, this CD did not only plant ATHANATOR’s flag in the underground metal landscape, but also gained the band a multi-fan around the world.
In 2002 a tribute to Slayer called “Rise the Slaughter”, led the band as the first thrash metal act honored by metal fanzines, e-zines and every metal head in the town. They have been in many sold-out concerts catching fans, performing on many gigs including a support show for German Thrashers: DESTRUCTION.
Ateneo Porfirio Barba Jacob Corporation signed a deal with ATHANATOR to release at mid 2004, their “Earth of Blood” album.15 tunes from the old school thrash metal with new sounds supported by promotional video clips and many shows across the country that put ATHANATOR on international carpet and opened doors in Metal Blast Records from Germany, Dirrty Records from USA and Rise Star Records from Chile to plug the album across the world.
In September 2006 they has the fourth CD that join explicit lyrics that fed their experiences, as well as inspiration from their own nightmares: “The Perfect Enemy” an album with eleven aggressive and powerful thrash sounds, frenetic lyrics, and fast and furious riffs supported by marching beats that fill any brain with schizophrenic metal. The Perfect Enemy available worldwide through www.cdbaby.com
And getting new videos, interviews as well as shows supporting to American masters: Sadus, Krisiun, Carajo and many, many more concerts and international festivals! Like Altavoz, during 2006, 2007 and 2008 on their native country: Colombia.
For 2009 Combine extreme music with an edgy, biting implacability, complement it with truly motivated lyrics that have a distinct tendency to point the finger at grievances and aren't afraid of exposing abhorrent facts, and you just might get a sense of the pandemonium of sounds on “Architect of Disaster”, the latest recording by Colombia's cult thrash metal act. This time around we wanted to deliver as dynamic of a production as possible. There can be no doubt that we've achieved our target in Architect of Disaster. The album was recorded, produced and mixed by Jose Uribe our creative fifth man, again. The result is exactly what one would expect from Athanator in terms of its energy and stylistic direction. Architect of Disaster brilliantly conveys the same intense energy that ATHANATOR is known for in their live stage shows.