Rotting Christ
Kata Ton Demona Eaftou


4.0
excellent

Review

by Joxer The Mighty USER (20 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2013 | 17 replies


Release Date: 03/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: From the broiling sun of Greece to the malodorous, sombre depths of the ancient crypts.

Rotting Christ’s twelfth release is a gloomy yet ferocious death/black metal release proving once again that they are still quite capable of releasing quality albums. It’s not only a solid continuation to the bands overall strong discography, but it also an evolution, called it progression if you will, in style. Rotting Christ is a band known for their genre twisting catalog of music. The fact that this band has yet once again modified their sound is not surprising, but is still dearly welcomed.

This time around Rotting Christ guides you to a far different place than before. You step down from the hill where a mighty sun touched acropolis rests and begins a journey to far more dank and dark place. Not a single person, enemy or foe, is hiding by the shadows in this forgotten domain beneath the earth, and as you step further in you quickly realize that it’s in fact a labyrinth you’ve entered. Suddenly your imagination takes over and the common dungeon statues once obscured by the dusk turns their heads, looks you straight in the eyes and you realize that you are no longer alone deep down into the blackness of the tomb.

This review will be pretty wage if you haven’t heard Rotting Christ before so I will now explain briefly how they sound. Rotting Christ was a raw black metal, but later deviated into a more gothic sound and from that a combination between the both that mostly resembled blackened death metal. They have also incorporated folk music in their last two albums, Theogonia and Aealo. Rotting Christ has, however, NOT developed the typical folk inspired black metal that we are used to (as perhaps Finntroll or Moonsorrow), but they have instead created something very unique that severely differs from the black-folk metal that many of us are used to. It’s more subtle and is mostly not in the forefront of the music.

Theogonia 2.0 is an easy interpretation of what KATA TON sounds like, but with some major differences. The first most noticeable major change that differs KATA TON from other modern RC releases is the obvious change in sound and production. The music is more muddy, dank and eerie. By muddy I do not at all mean worse. It’s simply a modification to enhance the atmosphere and it was very successful. Though all Rotting Christ albums has their fair share of beautiful Greece folk atmosphere KATA TON has probably the best, billowing sound to it than any other of their albums. The sound is still somewhat the same, but with a more despair inducing sound than normally. The use of choirs has been lowered substantially from Aealo and more frightening things such as backwards sung lyrics and classic piano has been added. Theogonia is very known for it’s use of an Greece folk instrument which is called tsabouna. This is not too easily (some songs have a lot of it while others have not) found in KATA and that certain instrument was pretty much the thing that gave Theogonia its “warmth”. KATA lacks this, but it’s really a matter of taste here. It’s all up to the atmosphere you want to have in a black metal album or what mood you are in. For you who really liked the folk melodies from the last two they are still there and some songs even include a lot of it. Mainly the first released title track. The epicness is still here though and KATA is overall an amazing, heavy force.

Vocally KATA is similar to their other releases, but that is easy to say since the vocalist in Rotting Christ has such an unique voice. They are actually a bit more straightforward here and they are also more harsh and “screamy” than before. It also seems like the vocals have been mixed a bit lower than before and doesn’t take as much room which differs a lot from for example Aealo which was very voice based with it’s choirs and chanting. The drumming and guitar-riffs are mostly the same, but are of course not redundant or repetitive. While keeping the same style of writing their music, Rotting Christ manages the release another original album. Rotting Christ has, however, a bad manor of writing very alike songs. In Yumen / Xibalba and the title track are dangerously similar, but asides from those two the other songs keep a relatively good distance in writing from each other. Though the looming shadows hangs over you like clouds on KATA it is still a fiercely melodic album with catchy guitar-riffs and very steady rhythmical drum-work.



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

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Over 20 years worth of experience packaged into a 56 minute disc of blackened metal...

DirtBagDan (4)
A thrill ride of an album for the Greek veterans that possibly tops all their output to date....


Comments:Add a Comment 
FrozenVain
February 23rd 2013


2432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I did not read DirtBagDan's review before I posted this because I don't want to be accused for stealing any information. He's rating decision is kinda awesome though.

FrozenVain
February 23rd 2013


2432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks dude

dragoth
February 23rd 2013


237 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love this band and this album, review is great too, pos'd

Funeralopolis
February 23rd 2013


11354 Comments


metal is already doing better this year than all of last year

Digging: No Joy - Wait to Pleasure

FrozenVain
February 23rd 2013


2432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@dragoth
RC has been a pretty oustanding band these latest years.

@Funeralopolis
Agreed.




Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2013


8357 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"RC has been a pretty outstanding band their whole career"

There, fix'd for you, FrozenVain.

FrozenVain
February 23rd 2013


2432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Metalstyles

Haha! Yeh of course, my bad.

YUJOS
February 23rd 2013


918 Comments


Good review man, but I believe you could have expanded the review more, meaning that you gave too much attention describing just 2-3 songs from here. And it's tsabouna not tsabounas. Tsabounas has a totally different meaning from the instrument tsabouna.

Digging: Secrets of the Moon - Seven Bells

FrozenVain
February 23rd 2013


2432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Yujos
About the tsabouna thing. I noticed that now. It was just a spelling error, I'm aware of the fact that it's not spelled with an s at the end. I usually try to describe as much as possible in my reviews, but I guess this one was lacking information. Thanks for the feedback and pos Yujos.


YUJOS
February 23rd 2013


918 Comments


Just minor bitching about the tsabounas my friend. You review was really good, and it doesn't lack that much information as you may believe. You did a very good job. Imo, if you had expand a little more on the songs in the album in the last two paragraphs, it would be a perfect review.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2013


6099 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Finally, another Greek metal band puts the rich and unexplored Greek folk tradition and instrumentation, into good use.

Other Greek bands I remember doing this, are Socrates Drank The Conium during the '70s and an underground Greek hard rock band called Leaving Tomorrow a few years ago.

Digging: The Sabbathian - Ritual Rites

YUJOS
February 23rd 2013


918 Comments


Voi, how about some orthodox church choirs like that in Dead Congregation's latest album?

scissorlocked
February 23rd 2013


3510 Comments


^yeah, that was way too cool

YUJOS
February 24th 2013


918 Comments


Kyrie eleison m/!

StubbedMyCamelToe
February 24th 2013


10 Comments


Such a fuckin good band

YUJOS
February 24th 2013


918 Comments


^ Nice nick!

StubbedMyCamelToe
February 24th 2013


10 Comments


Yeah dude



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