Rotting Christ
Kata Ton Demona Eaftou


4.5
superb

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
March 5th, 2013 | 97 replies


Release Date: 03/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Over 20 years worth of experience packaged into a 56 minute disc of blackened metal

Having been around for more than 20 years, it’s remarkable how Rotting Christ still have the same spring in their step that they had in 1993, when they released their first full-length album, Thy Mighty Contract. If anything, the band has aged like a fine wine, with many praising their relatively recent Theogonia (2007) record as their opus. Six years removed from said album, the band are here with their supposedly most occult outing yet, and to no-one’s dismay, it is another worthy addition to the group’s extensive catalog that manages to cram all of the sounds Rotting Christ have toyed with over the years into a 56 minute LP. It largely continues on the more "epic" melodic black metal path Rotting Christ have trodden for the last 10 years, but it is definitely a darker and more menacing affair than the two albums that came before it. The record carries with it a tenebrous aura that falls on the listener like a dark cloud, and that very aura is what makes this album the beast it is.

One thing that continually impresses me about Rotting Christ’s latter-day albums is how they manage to sound as grandiose and powerful as an orchestra (without actually having one). The band’s sound is large and thick, and when a melodic guitar lead rises amidst the havoc, it sounds like an aural reflection of a tempest looming over a bloody battle. This is exquisitely exhibited in songs "In Yumen-Xibalba" and "Kata Don Daimona Eaytoy" where, halfway through the tracks, snarling leads start to penetrate Rotting Christ’s wall of sound and gyre around it in majestic fashion, often along with flutes that add a distinct Greek folk punch to the mix. With Themis Tolis pounding behind his kit every bit as powerfully as war drums sound, listening to Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy is comparable to being thrown into an ancient Greek civil war, even if the lyrics don’t deal with the subject quite as closely as one might expect (they mostly revolve around ancient epics and deities. For example, the Sumerian epic Gilgamesh and the Old Iranian divinity Ahura Mazda). A perfect example of this is "Gilgames" with its pummeling sound akin to that of a charging army.

The main difference between Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy and its predecessors Theogonia and Aealo is that Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy lacks clear cut standouts, but is consistent in a mesmerizing fashion. It doesn’t have a "Keravnos Kivernitos", "He, The Aethyr" or a "Noctis Era" on it, but it’s actually all the better for it. Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy’s songs are all of equally excellent quality and function as a stalwart body of work that hits the listener with full force. The record is wholly memorable, from the shamanic beginnings of "In Yumen-Xibalba" to the stomping culmination of "666", meaning its replay value should be, by all accounts, immense. Arguably, the best cut on the album is the title track, where frontman Sakis Tolis spits his lyrics like venom over hammering drums and relentless guitars, with folky melodies and crafty leadwork playing over the chaotic wall of sound. The song (and the album as a whole) shows Rotting Christ at their best, executing such controlled chaos that puts them over the top.

Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy isn’t as scintillating as Theogonia was, nor is it as groundbreaking as Thy Mighty Contract, but it is a perfect representation of what Rotting Christ was, is and will be as a band. It is a career defining record that exhibits everything that makes them who they are. From the melodies and chants that have a unique Greek feel to them to Sakis Tolis' idiosyncratic, barked vocals, Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy is an album that is simultaneously a great starting point and a definite fan pleaser. It isn’t for everyone, as Rotting Christ’s formula generally stays the same from song to song, but for those who appreciate Tolis’ style of songwriting, Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy is bound to be a very gratifying experience. The album name translated into English means "according to one's inner demons" and the logic behind it is similar to Crowley’s "thou what you wilt", but with a Greek twist. It is a symbolic title, because it represents not only this album, but the Rotting Christ of today in general: Sakis Tolis writes the band’s music in accordance with his own personal beliefs and standards, isolating himself from the general public’s opinion, meaning the band’s sound isn’t going to radically change, but only become more refined. Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy backs up this claim, because it is a marvelous, supremely consistent album that wears the Rotting Christ stamp on it, further cementing the legacy of Greece’s leading metal power.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DeathPiercedMe
March 5th 2013


676 Comments


good album m/

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2013


6196 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

album stream - http://rottingchrist.bandcamp.com/album/kata-ton-daimona-eaytoy

I was waiting for your review Magnus.

Will read later.




Edit: Great review man, one tiny detail though, the lyrics of every song in the album are written in various languages such as Romanian, Greek etc.

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2013


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cool, I hope you find it a decent read.

Tyrael
March 5th 2013


20893 Comments


album rules hard

great work as always styles

YUJOS
March 5th 2013


940 Comments


Nice work Styles!

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2013


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you for your continued support, Ty! And glad you like the review, YUJOS.

CaptainDooRight
March 5th 2013


29881 Comments


'The band’s sound is thick, large, and when a melodic guitar lead rises amidst the havoc, it sounds like an aural reflection of a tempest looming over a bloody battle.'

'With Themis Tolis pounding behind his kit every bit as powerfully as war drums sound, listening to Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy is comparable to being thrown into an ancient Greek civil war, even if the lyrics don’t deal with the subject quite as closely as one might expect (they mostly revolve around ancient epics and deities, for example the Sumerian epic Gilgamesh and the Old Iranian divinity Ahura Mazda).'

solid descriptions bro, just to name a few. Good review

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mindleviticus
March 5th 2013


8292 Comments


Albums great

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 5th 2013


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

will check

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2013


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I hope you'll find something to like here, kingsoby. And thanks captain, have you heard this yet?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2013


7095 Comments


Magnus drops a Rotting Christ review, who will match with a feature? : ) gone are the days of pos'ing my fried.

CaptainDooRight
March 5th 2013


29881 Comments


@ Magnus - pleasure bro. I haven't heard this yet but may check out a few tracks based on your convincing review. You have me really intrigued.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2013


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, I'm not sure if this is your cup of black metal, but you may like it. Definitely give the title track and opener a go.

Thanks ipod, and yes, for us, the days of receiving pos' are gone (which, in all honesty, is cool by me; makes us look more professional haha).

kingsoby1
Emeritus
March 5th 2013


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is definitely good. not sure how good though.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2013


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm not gonna lie, there's an extra + 0.5 in my rating for the band's general consistency throughout the years and how this album captures everything about them.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2013


7095 Comments


Ah so thats where it came from, i was thinking this was a solid 4. I like the new perks too, it means i can write the review i feel is correct without worrying about fanboy negs

Hawks
March 5th 2013


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

4.5 huh? I need to hear this. I've always really liked this band.

fromtheinside
March 5th 2013


18703 Comments


love this album

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2013


8371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think you'd really like this, Hawks, and fromtheinside, you should raise your rating if that's the case!

DeathPiercedMe
March 6th 2013


676 Comments


its alright.



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