As Tanus progressed beyond what his brothers were doing musically he continued to jam with James the drummer. At the time Tanus was into bands like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dark Angel, Metallica, Sepultura, Voivod, Kreator, Death, Possessed, Celtic Frost, and Coroner, and the music he and James created reflected those influences. They met a guitarist named Matt and began writing songs with him, but that didn't last very long. James and Tanus progressed musically beyond what they were doing with Matt. Then they met up with a couple of guys named Josh and Jason who both played guitar. The music they created together was a lot faster and heavier than the shit Tanus and James played with Matt. Josh introduced the two friends to Deicide, which totally blew them away. Due to Josh's drug problem the "band" never made it out of the garage. Since that time Tanus and James began to listen to bands like Morbid Angel,(the original)Incubus, Entombed, Cannibal Corpse, Bolt Thrower, and Carcass. Tanus began to play the electric guitar in '91 at the age of 19, and he and James began to record. At first they would play covers like Celtic Frost "Circle of the Tyrants" and Coroner "Shadow of a Lost Dream". Then they began to write originals.
Tanus began to sing for the band at that time. At that time Tanus was introduced to drugs. He had drank occasionally but never used any other substance until the winter of '91. In '93 Tanus had become very sick due to his drinking and drug use and stopped playing for a while. Then in the Summer of '93 at the age of 21 Tanus and James began to jam together again. They recorded their sessions and came up with a lot of new songs. They played covers as well as originals. For covers they played Celtic Frost "Circle of the Tyrants", "Dethroned Emperor", and Morbid Angel "Chapel of Ghouls". For originals they came up with songs like "Undestined to Die" which was a cross between Dark Angel and Coroner, "Northern Plague" which sounded like a cross between Malevolent Creation and Cathedral, "Governors of Ignorance" that sounded a lot like Morbid Angel, and bits and pieces of other songs that were never completed. Again Tanus handled the vocal duties as well and could emulate other vocalists such as Glen Benton, Chris Barnes, Chuck Shuldiner, Brett Hoffman, and Lee Dorian. They auditioned two other guitarists but they didn't fit the bill. Then in '94 Tanus and James made a geographic change. They moved from Maine to Silver Spring, MD.
They jammed a few times down there and met a guitarist who played his instrument upside down. That didn't make it anywhere. James and Tanus began to have personal problems and Tanus's ever growing drug problem became a gigantic hindrance to the musical aspect of their relationship. Tanus, who had never allowed himself to recover from his first bout with drug sickness finally caved in and began to turn more and more to the bottle. James left and went back to Maine, while Tanus sat in a basement and drank his life away. Occasionally Tanus would jam with a couple of people but the music was over. Tanus fell into a huge depression and attempted to medicate himself with drugs and booze. In the winter of '94 James came back down to get a very sick Tanus out of the house he was staying at and brought him back to Maine. Tanus continued to drink excessively and went from place to place, selling all of his equipment for booze. He ended up in Temple ME in a farm house and that's where his inner demons began to surface. Something changed within him after that but he continued to drink. He ended up sleeping on a bus with no heat when it was 20 degrees out. He was down and out for a long period of time. A friend of his named Ken took him in and that's where Tanus got clean for the first time. Ken had a cheap guitar, and Tanus, who had vowed never to play again, picked up that guitar and began to play. Since then Tanus had battled with his addiction and lost a few times, but he continued to play guitar and a little keyboard and began to write songs again. James was completely out of the picture.
Tanus was on his own musically. He became a religious zealot and began to write death/gospel songs. He had felt that his calling was to preach the word of god through music. He acquired some music equipment and began to play frequently. After his religious phase he began to focus on his recovery from drug addiction and his songs reflected his struggle with both addiction and religion, which ate away at his soul. He became Tanus Greystar and wrote a demo on which he played all of the instruments including drum programming. His 6 song demo dubbed "The New Dawn" depicted his new life as a recovering addict as well as one who was haunted by the standards of the church. At the time (during the late '90's) he had gone back to listening to metal music, and was influenced by bands such as Emperor, Cradle of Filth, as well as his old favorites. Since the release of his first demo Tanus has gotten into his roots and has begun to practice sorcery and witchcraft. He also has begun to play the drums and plans to use them on his next recording. He also has met his soul mate, Melyndah, with whom he has recorded some spoken word which is called "Spoken Death" and also with whom he is forming a death/black metal band called Castration. Today Tanus is doing better health wise and has stayed clean for 5 1/2 years. He continues to write and record music by himself as well as with Melyndah. His influences now include Today is the Day, Mayhem, Nile, Suffocation, Immortal, Venom, Slayer, Pantera, Testament, Hypocrisy, Absu, as well as some punk. He is very happy with his new life and he plans on making metal music his priority.
Tanus Greystar - vocals, drums, bass, guitars, keyboard
The New Dawn
1. Can't Stop (Runnin')
2. Fuck You Jesus
3. Life Preserver
4. Undestined to Die
6. Warriors of the New Dawn