Rotting Christ
Kata Ton Demona Eaftou


4.0
excellent

Review

by DirtBagDan USER (12 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2013 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A thrill ride of an album for the Greek veterans that possibly tops all their output to date.

Rotting Christ are a name renowned within black metal circles as being the premiere metal band from Greece, both in the consistency and quality of their discography. Recent years have yielded many albums that showcase more of a gothic rock style to their music that also contains more than a few moments of black metal brutality, and 2013 marks a continuation of this path. Kata Ton Aimona Eaytoy is an enjoyable and varied album with a whole lot to enjoy about it that may well even topple the bands finest works to date. The album shows off best their style of music that mixes various passages of "typical" black metal with fast tremolo picking and blast beats with softer and more melodic pieces of music, but also with some shiny new bells attached to their sound.

This album has a thoroughly epic feel to it when the band are thundering along at full speed ahead. The first song has some great examples of this when the black metal sections come in with some chanted vocals in the background that are most noticeable when the main vocals are not present. These create the feeling that the album is building up to something truly incredible despite the fact that much of it is just fast paced black metal music with more of a focus on this side of the band than many of their most recent works. The goth elements of the band are used sparingly on Kata Ton Aimona Eaytoy such as to open up many of the songs, including the opening song, and to create a sense of dread and a morbid, dark atmosphere. There are frequent undertones of this such as the low, evil tones being sung cleanly and left to ring out in the background to great effect, making this a genuinely creepy and eerie album to sit through.

A highlight of Kata Ton Aimona Eaytoy would be the vocal performance, which primarily sticks to more of a middling scream than the insane high pitched tones of bands such as Darkthrone. This really fits the epic nature of the album and creates the feeling of a band that is in the middle of a war zone and shouting over the incessant noise, which perfectly fits the dark and brooding atmosphere of much of the album. At times he uses clean singing which is also nice although not a word is understandable due to it not being in English but one does not really need to know the lyrics to get a feeling as to the nature of the lyrics-they are assured to be dark and evil by the aggressive music and vocals on display here. This is also a band that knows how to write slower and more mid-paced riffs as almost every song shows at least once. At 3:20 into the second song we are gifted one of the finest examples with a beautiful high pitched riff that could not have suited the section of the song it arrived at better, and compliments the rest of the song (which is fast and angry for the most part) perfectly.

One thing this album could have fixed up a little was the production job which is not the best out there and one would expect more from a band that has achieved some success and is no longer sticking to the trademarks of pure black metal. The guitars have a nice enough tone but the drums feel flat and the bass is completely out of the mix. Also the vocals are too loud and often dominate the songs. Other flaws that this album has include the fact that the piano introduction to the fifth song is really badly performed and totally out of place as well and that the faster sections of the songs often feel monotonous and irritating and will grate on the listener. The piano takes the cake as being the worst idea however with no real sense of rhythm nor melody that will distract from the quality of the clean vocals that are sung over the top of it.

Kata Ton Aimona Eaytoy is a prime example of a band that has evolved very well over the course of a long and thrilling career, and an example of a band that even now has a little to improve on but has put out perhaps their strongest material to date. The 2013 outing for Rotting Christ is an album that often is intense and enjoyable to listen to due to the fact that the heaviest sections are not too crushing and the guitars have such a beautiful tone that it is hard to not enjoy them.



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user ratings (143)
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other reviews of this album
Magnus Altkula STAFF (4.5)
Over 20 years worth of experience packaged into a 56 minute disc of blackened metal...

KriegdemKriege (4)
A strong continuation of the black/folk metal present on Aealo...

Joxer The Mighty (4)
From the broiling sun of Greece to the malodorous, sombre depths of the ancient crypts....


Comments:Add a Comment 
DirtBagDan
February 23rd 2013


582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/rotting-christ-kata-ton-daimona-eaytoy-full-album-stream/ album is streaming here

DirtBagDan
February 23rd 2013


582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol 12 seconds isn't enough. This actually got leaked about 2 weeks ago but I couldn't review it until the stream got posted. I've wanted to review it a while, it was one of the things that made me join the site. Such a good album but it's also massively flawed

dragoth
February 23rd 2013


247 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listened to this and loved it, great album and review. Pos'd

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2013


6751 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The album is taking scalps, simple as that.

Digging: The Membranes - Dark Matter/Dark Energy

FrozenVain
February 23rd 2013


2627 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ah a review for this. I'm not going to read it yet though since I'm actually working on a review for this myself.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2013


6751 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

If you are referring to the album title, it is ancient Greek and it means that an individual should live and excel according to its personal urges and demons.



I don't think Rotting Christ mean that in a destructive way towards other people, though.

stickchop
February 23rd 2013


4 Comments


Joined up to write a review of this myself. Great album.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2013


7508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review.



I'm not sure this is their best, but it's certainly impressive.

aggelosm
February 23rd 2013


472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album. Some songs are similars to each others but ok.

scissorlocked
February 23rd 2013


3518 Comments


Δαιμονα!!!!!

YUJOS
February 23rd 2013


978 Comments


^ Δεν σε χάλασε!!

Digging: Fear Factory - Genexus

scissorlocked
February 23rd 2013


3518 Comments


χεχεχεχ!

it's cause I'm greek

cagedescending
February 23rd 2013


4124 Comments


looking forward to sinking my teeth into this

YUJOS
February 23rd 2013


978 Comments


Από που ξεφύτρωσε αυτό το τρολ ρε συ Scissor;;; χαχαχαχαχα

DirtBagDan
February 23rd 2013


582 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow 13 out of 13 for this and i thought it was a pretty bad review.

oubli
February 25th 2013


67 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules, cover is ugly! Really cool review btw

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 26th 2013


8498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I will be here to talk to you about this now that I gave it its first spin. Yes, it rules.

PortalofPerfection
February 26th 2013


870 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm afraid to listen to this. Theogonia was amazing. Aealo was solid but they definitely seemed to be getting too comfortable. The tacks I've heard from this sound exactly the same as those two albums...like they're interchangeably similar...

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 26th 2013


8498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This one's definitely darker and not as catchy as Aealo (and I'd like to say it's a little more diverse as well, but the album needs more repeated listens from me before I can assuredly say that). The pre-released tracks were probably the catchiest. Rotting Christ's approach to songwriting has generally remained the same, though. Still, it doesn't sound exactly like Aealo or Theogonia, so if you like the band, you should definitely check it out.

LilLioness
March 1st 2013


2952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So far, this and Vexovoid are the best metals albums I have heard this year so far.



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