Rotting Christ
Triarchy of The Lost Lovers


4.5
superb

Review

by ManintheBox USER (4 Reviews)
March 6th, 2013 | 24 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On their what should be considered classic album, Rotting Christ choose the high road of Black Metal and bring good production and catchy riffs to the forefront of their sound.

I have found over the years that the name of a band alone can tell you a lot of what you need to know about a band’s sound. For instance when you hear of a band named Dying Fetus, there is no way you’d think they’d be a pop punk band hailing from the sunny beaches of California. No, your mind immediately conjured up band filled with blast beats, low guttural growls, and a public image that could make any good mannered citezen run for the hills. Similarly with a band called Rotting Christ, my mind immediately came to the conclusion that this was one of those Black Metal bands who recorded all of their albums on a shoe, whose guitar playing consisted of thin sounding tremolo picking riffs, and whose vocals were in the nasally register. Finally my curiosity got the better of me, and I checked out their album Triarchy of Lost Lovers and boy did I realize that I was dead wrong.

Rotting Christ’s sound is nowhere near to what your stereotypical “copy/paste” black metal band sounds like at all. In fact the two most prominent features of this album are atmosphere and melody. Instead of nonexistent production like most of the classic wave of Black Metal bands, Rotting Christ actually favors a thick layer of murky production which really helps to craft a sorrowful, desolate landscape for the music of the album to be presented on. For example of this production, look no further than the song Snowing Still. Snowing Still is a slow burning and highly melodic song and by far the most emotionally packed song on the album. If this song doesn’t conjure up images of a vast snowy wilderness at dusk something is wrong with your imagination.

Another thing the production does for this album is enunciate and bring to center stage the many melodic and catchy riffs contained on this album. Yes, this black metal album contains actual tangible riffs that you can air guitar too and really well-crafted riffs at that. Most of the songs on this album are based around a singular guitar riff at their core. And when the song isn’t based around a core guitar riff melancholy melody abounds. Diastric Alchemy is the perfect example of this; the core guitar riff is a very headbangable one that interplays with more dissonant guitar melodies throughout the song.

Finally the vocals on this album aren’t your typical nasally sounding black metal vocals either, but instead are midrange growls. While they are not the most amazing vocals you’ll hear, they work well with the music adding a significant amount of weight to it. This means the vocals also work well with the guitar melodies that are predominately portrayed here. They can also add a lot of emotion to the song. For example on Archon the vocals during the chorus of the song make the song as a whole come off as really powerful and one of the best songs off of the album.

So as you can see, in short Triarchy of the Lost Lovers is not your average black metal album and definitely illustrates that Rotting Christ is one of the more underrated classic black metal bands. Despite their more or less stereotypical black metal name Rotting Christ releases an album that truly at the time of its release was original and influential for the local Greek scene and the black metal scene as a whole. So in closing don’t let the name of this glorious band cause you to pigeon hole them into a certain stereotype, give this album a listen and let the music do the talking.

Best Songs: Archon, Snowing Still, and Diastric Alchemy


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ManintheBox
March 6th 2013


867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

A really underrated album and bad, and seriously this needed a review.

ManintheBox
March 6th 2013


867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Oh also my first review in like a year, helpful criticism would be appreciated.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2013


6342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Please separate the text to paragraphs, it's hard to read this wall of text.


Awesome album, epic black metal at its finest.

Digging: Madred - Supersonic Brainfuck Overdrive

ManintheBox
March 6th 2013


867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah man, sorry I realize that now after publishing it. How can I edit it? Also agreed, it's a truly epic album.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2013


6342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Go to your profile and double click the link "Edit My Reviews/Albums".

You review is situated at the top of the page that will pop up.

Click the link and then edit the text lying within the site's default form.

ManintheBox
March 6th 2013


867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks so much for the help dude! It does read way better now.

toxin.
March 6th 2013


12805 Comments


looks like a solid review for an unreviewed album so auto-pos gj

Necrotica
March 6th 2013


10135 Comments


\m/

ManintheBox
March 6th 2013


867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks man, m/..not sure if you're into this kinda glorious music but you should check it out.

Necrotica
March 6th 2013


10135 Comments


I love black metal so I'll check this out \m/

ManintheBox
March 6th 2013


867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Awesome dude, check out the song Diastric Alchemy. If you like it you'll probably dig the album.

YUJOS
March 6th 2013


954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaarchon!!!!!!!!!

Digging: Skaphe - Skphe

Willie
Moderator
March 6th 2013


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

This was the first Rotting Christ album that I ever heard. It was boring as fuck. Even at the time of its release there were bands doing this same sound better.

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 6th 2013


6342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The second main riffs of "A Dynasty From The Ice" and "Diastric Alchemy" are fuckin' epic.

This album brings back so many memories from my teenage years...

FrozenVain
March 6th 2013


2483 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"On their what should be considered classic album"
hmm...Shouldn't it be "On their of what should be considered a classic album"? It just sounds kinda wrong. Or were you going for something else?
Nice review otherwise, pos'd

ManintheBox
March 6th 2013


867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah something like that, I'll admit the summary has bugged me. Thanks for the pos though dude m/!
@willie:what other bands were doing this sound better at the time?

ManintheBox
March 7th 2013


867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

IIII'M ONE WITTHH THEEE FORRRESST!!!

manosg
November 21st 2013


6712 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome album. I think that it's slowly becoming by favorite RC.

Digging: Whitesnake - Slide It In

InFlamesWeThrash666
May 4th 2014


1506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

My favorite RC album...Incredible atmosphere

Digging: Horrendous - Ecdysis

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 4th 2014


6342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^^Indeed, the epic vibe of this album is almost second to none.



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