Rotting Christ

Rotting-Christ-coverKata Ton Daimona Eaytoy by Rotting Christ (Season Of Mist)

Just the band’s moniker alone speaks of a glorious infamy – presenting Rotting Christ, the legendary black metal entity from Greece whose expansive legacy began back in 1987. Now in the year of 2013, Rotting Christ has unleashed their 11th magnum opus, an absolutely thrilling masterwork entitled Κata Τon Daimona Εaytoy (English Translation: Do What Thou Wilt). There is a shimmering sense of mystery and intrigue to be found within the 10 stunning compositions (eleven if you own the limited digi-box edition). An encounter with this mesmerizing work of sonic art will make extreme metal fans want to take on the world. For even within the bleakest of musical sonnets, there is wisdom and triumph to be found in these wonderful selections. Lyrically inspired by ancient cultures from around the globe, the modern day Rotting Christ remains a dynamic force to be reckoned with.

The mystical adventure commences with In Yumen-Xibalba, where chilling ominous chants explode into a metallic reverie of colossal proportions. The male choirs then join in on P’unchaw Kachun – Tuta Kachun, a track whose vibrant intensity is wondrous to behold with its “Sombras Del Infierno” incantations. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos is up next, a staggering piece of mysticism that will remain in your head and haunt you for the metal ages to come – as infectious and rapturous as a metal song shall ever aspire to be.

rottingchrist2013Κατά Τον Δαίμονα Εαυτού mixes folk tinged melodies with extreme metal meanderings, rendering this one a cosmic standout. Cine Iubeşte Şi Lasă is gorgeous and haunting, featuring the otherworldly guest vocals of Suzana Vougioukli and a dazzling piano performance from Eleni Vougioukli. Iwa Voodoo then weaves it’s industrial strength spell that will tantalize the senses.

Gilgames lashes out with a mighty blackened force, where blast beats and stylish rhythms march the listener into their own personal hell. Русалка continues on with that mad descent, followed the sweeping and dramatic soundscapes of Ahura Mazdā-Aŋra Mainiuu. And then closing out the disc is the breathtaking doom monster known as Χ Ξ Σ, which in English literally translates to the infamous numerals 666. The limited edition digi-box includes a pendant in a velvet bag, a flag, and a fantastic bonus track entitled Welcome To Hel.

The musicianship found within is compelling and imaginative, with Sakis Tolis handling vocals, guitars, keyboards and bass and his brother Themis Tolis performing percussive miracles on drums. It may still be early on in the year, but Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy by Rotting Christ is destined to be find its path into many a top 10 list when 2013 spins to its bitter conclusion. An instant extreme metal classic, showing Rotting Christ at the very height of the creative prowess, Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy is a dazzling recording that serious music aficionados will want to revisit time and again.

(Review by Kenneth Morton)

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