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Rotting Christ: Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy

Greek black metal veterans Rotting Christ have made quite a few changes to their sound over the years, but unlike other bands in the genre that have opted for a more polished style, they haven't lost sight of what made them such a great band to begin with. With their eleventh full-length observation, Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού, Rotting Christ offers listeners something that is more polished and bombastic than one may expect from black metal, but it entirely avoids the cheesiness that plagues many other melodic and gothic variants of the genre. Although Rotting Christ may no longer appeal to black metal purists, Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού proves that they are still a force to be reckoned with!

I haven't fully delved into Rotting Christ's discography yet, but from what I can tell, the band took form as a melodic black metal outfit before experimenting with gothic metal and later settling upon a black metal-styled form of melodic extreme metal. Describing the music on Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού is a bit of a challenge, as it doesn't fit into any single genre label - the blasting drum patterns and tremolo-picked guitars are often reminiscent of black metal, but the melodic hooks, choral vocals, and polished production make me question whether or not Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού could really be called a black metal release. Rotting Christ isn't afraid to experiment with more traditional Greek sounds either (especially in "Cine Iubeşte şi Lasă"), and plenty of the guitar leads were clearly inspired by traditional metal - just listen to the dual guitar attack in "Iwa Voodoo"!

What this ultimately means is that Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού is a pretty damn unique album, and although Rotting Christ has been around for over 25 years, I'd venture to say that they're still one of the most innovative acts in black metal. The album's distinctly Greek sound sets it apart from other bands on the scene, and its detailed compositions and convincing delivery also make it one of 2013's most enjoyable extreme metal listens. The Tolis brothers have created something very special with Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού!

Track Listing:
1. In Yumen - Xibalba
2. P'unchaw kachun - Tuta kachun
3. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos
4. Κατά τον δαίμονα του εαυτού
5. Cine iubeşte şi lasă
6. Iwa Voodoo
7. Gilgameš
8. Русалка
9. Ahura Mazdā-Aŋra Mainiuu
10. Χ ξ ς

Added: May 27th 2013
Reviewer: Jeff B
Related Link: Rotting Christ Official Website
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Language: english

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Rotting Christ: Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy
Posted by Curtis Dewar, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-05-27 06:25:54
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Right off the bat I will absolutely destroy any metal cred that I have by admitting that I don't have much familiarity with Rotting Christ. Oh sure, I've listened to one or two of their albums and enjoyed what I heard, but honestly I couldn't name any of their albums if pressed.

That being said, after hearing Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy (Translated as "Do What Thou Wilt) I think I am going to get very familiar with the band's albums as this is some damned impressive stuff.

Sound-wise Rotting Christ is described as black metal. Now, while that could possibly describe their earlier material, here the label would be a little bit misleading. Sure, there are black metal elements with the raspy vocals and a distinctly dark atmosphere to the proceedings, but all in all they lack the "harshness" I normally associate with the genre. In Rotting Christ's case, the harshness and dissonance of black metal is instead traded for melody with an edge to it.For example on "Cine iubeşte şi lasă (Who Loves and Leaves)" the beautiful female vocals quickly turn sinister and the song ends with demonic laughter.

It's a shame that the band won't get the recognition that they fully deserve due to their name as Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy is a fantastic album to listen to. Not too extreme for the uninitiated and yet not selling out on their basic black metal premise, the album is definitely a must hear and rates among the best of 2013 so far.

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