The winner of this year’s Headbang For The Highway Battle Of The Bands last month was an amazing North Jersey band called Thanatotic Desire. What did they win? A spot on the New Jersey stop of this year’s Mayhem Festival this Friday (7/27) at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden. When I heard how many bands they beat out to win the battle, I had to give them a listen on their ReverbNation page—and they ripped my face off! A well-deserved win, I must say. Their songs “….And So We Listen,” “Metal Never Sleeps,” and “Knights Of Nocturne” were mere ear candy and full-blown technical metal at its finest!
Thanatotic Desire has actually been around since 2007 and they’ve made quite a name for themselves on the NJ metal scene. Speaking of names, where does the name come from? Well, apparently, the word thanatotic comes from the Greek word “thanatos,” which is the primal urge for death, decay and destruction. The band’s name comes from the desire for the three “D”s. Thanatotic Desire honed in on their skill from 2007 until now performing at just about every club Jersey has to offer opening for national acts like God Forbid, 40 Below Summer, The Black Dahlia Murder, GWAR, Whitechapel, and Darkest Hour. These big shows led to the attention of WSOU’s Street Patrol, garnering the band much of their well-deserved airplay. This airplay would lead to a gig on the Slave To The Metal Festival. The band’s current lineup consists of four members: singer/bassist Will Winton, lead guitarist Ben Moore, rhythm guitarist Anthony “Mace” Capozzi, and drummer Dave Frech. Winton wasn’t always the band’s lead singer, though. In early 2012, Thanatotic Desire parted ways with singer Tom Gilmartin, who left the band to take care of his family.
The quartet debuted their self-released CD, Deathwish, in 2011 on iTunes, amazon.com and Spotify, with hard copies of the CD being sold at their shows or on their online store, thanatoticdesire.bigcartel.com. You know that you want to get to the Mayhem Festival early this Friday, so do yourself a favor and get there early enough to get your fill of Thanatotic Desire. You can also check them out on thanatoticdesire.com. Expect a brain melting when you hear this stuff
—by Tim Louie, The Aquarian Weekly July 25, 2012