Rotting Christ
Theogonia


4.0
excellent

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
August 29th, 2007 | 72 replies | 16,026 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With 'Theagonia' Rotting Christ have further evolved their style while keeping their trademark sound, a furious, aggressive yet enchanting album which makes you want to listen to it again and again.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Despite having a very blasphemous and controversial band name, Rotting Christ have released a very mature album here, including all the elements of their previous efforts and adding in a few interesting things to keep the album interesting, a grand effort that shows their technical prowess as well as their well constructed songs.

Rotting Christ :
Sakis - Guitars and Vocals
George - Guitars
Andreas - Bass
Themis - Drums

Rotting Christ are back with their tenth album, entitled "Theogonia". They might have evolved through the years but they still sound as hungry and involved in the metal scene as ever. For "Theogonia" Sakis is not only the sole songwriter, is now also the producer and mastering tech. Opener The Sign of Prime Creation is a perfect example of everything the album stands for, starting with atmospheric spoken word and eventually building up into a furious black metal assault, it already becomes clear that Rotting Christ have found a simply stunning style and atmosphere for this album.

The album continues in the same vein as the opener, a very fast tempo and demonic vocals from Sakis stand out, seriously, the vocalist can make himself sound truly evil, a very unique voice which fits the epic mood that Rotting Christ make throughout their compositions. The band play a furious mix of melodic black metal, gothic metal and death metal. They also add in some different and interesting sounds into their music, a choir and Greek instruments are the ones that are easiest to notice. All this together makes this album a very unique and enjoyable experience. Most of the songs go all out at a very quick and aggressive pace, but their are a few songs which are slightly slower, but they are still crushingly powerful. The drumming is very technical and fast, setting the pace in all the songs and inviting some serious head-banging; the guitarists show a good understanding of melody and aggression, they are heavy as hell but still quite melodic which gives the album a great atmosphere when the melody and aggression go toe-toe with Sakis' evil vocals and the haunting choir.

Rotting Christ didn’t stick to the same style as their previous albums, while it is definitely them they have added a lot of new elements, the choir makes the music sound very menacing and evil, yet still gives it a warm atmosphere, when Sakis sings against the choir it sounds truly excellent, the contrast is remarkable. Another thing which gives the album a unique feel is the Greek instruments and sound effects which give it that great atmosphere without taking away any of the aggressiveness. This isn’t your typical black metal release, it’s much more melodic and Rotting Christ aren’t afraid to experiment with new things.

This album isn't perfect though, although the guitarists throw down some great riffs they also throw down some forgettable ones, for example, the last track 'Therenody', on this track you get treated to some great choir effects and drumming but there isn't any special guitar work in particular, and while it's not particularly bad, it doesn't quite match up to the rest of the work on the album. Also, 'Enuma Elish', while being a great track in it's own right, doesn't really fit in with the rest of the album, it doesn't have much melody and almost has a cold industrial feel to it while the rest of the album has a warm engrossing atmosphere. Another small fault with the album is 'Rege Diabolicus', this isn't because it's a bad song, it's because it's too short! It has one of the most furious riffs on the album and excellent drumming, yet it only lasts three minutes (one minute is just spoken word!), this track really stands out and leaves you wanting, no, begging for more.

With 'Theagonia' Rotting Christ have further evolved their style while keeping their trademark sound, a furious, aggressive yet enchanting album which makes you want to listen to it again and again.



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masscows
August 29th 2007



2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album was cool the first few times around, but it grew off of me a little aside from the first 2 tracks. I'll have to give it another proper listen.

Good review.

CoRpSeSlAyEr
August 29th 2007



855 Comments


I prefer earlier Rotting Christ.

Crimson
August 29th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't :p

BallsToTheWall
August 29th 2007



44164 Comments


I heard some some of this band along time ago. Forgot what songs.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2007



15990 Comments


This band intrigues me, I've never heard them but I know they are pretty good.

Digging: Thergothon - Stream From The Heavens

Crimson
August 29th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Looking at a few of the bands you like I think you might enjoy these guys, they're sort of in a similar style to Naglfar, only less Death metal and more melodic black.

Slaytan
August 29th 2007



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review.This Message Edited On 05.15.08

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 29th 2007



15990 Comments


I like melodic black metal a LOT.

Confessed2005
August 30th 2007



3314 Comments


I used to think these guys were death metal but it looks as if I was wrong.

Willie
Moderator
September 1st 2007



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I used to have their fourth and fifth albums, but kind of grew away from them... but maybe if they're trying new things I should give them another chance.

Great review, by the way... I'll vote.This Message Edited On 09.01.07

Digging: Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism

Hawks
March 11th 2008



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree with CorpseSlayer i also prefer earlier Rotting Christ. This album is very weird. It has random sounds and noises and just a bunch of weird shit. Also this is more Gothic Metal than it is Black Metal.

BallsToTheWall
April 21st 2008



44164 Comments


I couldnt find any reviews for this band then I saw this and saw I already commened this. Uhh, nonetheless, this album kicks serious ass. I might review A Dead Poem in the future.

masscows
April 21st 2008



2236 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this album is great. It took a little while to grow on me though.
I have a Rotting Christ shirt with the album art for this album on it too son.

Hawks
April 22nd 2008



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is a huge step down from their early releases. Its still decent though.This Message Edited On 04.22.08

Estcyr
May 5th 2008



16 Comments


great review as always Crimson.

btw, if you had to pick the best album of '08 right now what would it be? we both have similar tastes in music and i am interested to know

Crimson
May 5th 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Even though this isn't from 08, probably In Mourning's Shrouded Divine so far, I'm sort of hoping for some better ones to come out though.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2008



15990 Comments


I've heard portions of this and wasn't really that impressed. I liked A Dead Poem a lot more, I don't get why people don't like that album too much.

Estcyr
May 5th 2008



16 Comments


I loved shrouded divine, it reminded me why i loved melodic/prog death so much.This Message Edited On 05.05.08

AngelPhoenix
May 13th 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

God this is really good.

AngelPhoenix
May 15th 2008



2764 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

btw, Crimson, I think you mean to say "Helios Hyperion" is the 3 minute track with the furious riff, not Rege Diabolicus.
I can't get enough of this, every time I listen I'm picking up something I didn't hear before, it's so wonderfully layered.
Ironically enough, Enuma Elish and Threnody are my favorite songs on the album.



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