Published on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 16:40
Band: Rotting Christ
Album title: Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy
Release date: 1 March 2013
Label: Season Of Mist
01. In Yumen - Xibalba
02. P'unchaw kachun - Tuta kachun
03. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos
04. Κατά τον δαίμονα του εαυτού
05. Cine Iubeşte Si Lasă
06. Iwa Woodoo
08. Русалка (Rusalka)
09. Ahura Mazdā-Aŋra Mainiuu
10. XΞΣ (666)
11. Welcome to Hel [Vinyl & digibox bonus]
Rotting Christ is a band, which really doesn’t have quite the easiest work on the melodic black metal scene. And I don’t mean that they are somehow out of the picture, because they don’t have the stereotypical imagery for this genre. It’s because they set the bar of melodic black metal so very high with their 2007’s work, Theogonia.
I really need to go back there and give some praise to that magnificent album; the Greek had us drop our jaws to the floor with that album. So strong, creative, passionate and with some astonishing melodic metal guitars - it put Rotting Christ to a whole another dimension. Theogonia was so unconventional inside the genre of melodic black metal and inside the repertoire of Rotting Christ; it put whole new perspective to their sound.
We also got its successor, Aealo in 2010, which wasn’t exactly as exciting, but still carried their established sound. So the new album, Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy may be nothing surprising to some, since it follows the path of Theogonia/Aealo. Melodic metal, some mind-blowing solos, a very light touch of orchestrations here and there, spiced with Greek folklore and mythology. But let me tell you, Kata hits the spot again! The opening "In Yumen - Xibalba" almost makes you believe you’re going on a slow, a bit doom-coloured journey, but don’t get fooled. You’re on a train of real, greek melodic black metal, powerful and mesmerizing as their myths. Just listen to "Grandis Spiritus Diavolos" or "Iwa Voodoo" and hear for yourself just how exceptional their mixture of styles is. How they flow from soothing choirs to the mad screams in " XΞΣ (666)". How demonic the intro of "Gilgameš" sounds. How extreme beginning of "P'unchaw kachun- Tuta kachun" sounds, whilst the solo couldn’t be more melodic.
It is great to hear some bands that mature over the years, don’t get repetitive, but have a clean, recognizable sound. It’s what Rotting Christ accomplished over the years. If you know their music and hear Kata somewhere out there, you’re going to know instantly it’s Rotting. But if you’re going to put Kata on you’re going to enjoy a whole new chapter in their book – epic, deep, powerful and mesmerizing.
Review written by: Ines