Sakis Tolis
Among the Fires of Hell


3.7
great

Review

by manosg STAFF
March 13th, 2022 | 18 replies


Release Date: 03/22/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Courage is a kind of salvation.

Fact #1: A Dead Poem, at the time of its release, was Rotting Christ's breakthrough and is still their most commercially successful album.

Fact #2: During RC's mid-period, and particularly during the conception of Sleep of the Angels, Sakis Tolis was dealing with depression, which had a direct impact on the sound of the aforementioned 1997-99 albums.

Fact #3: Rotting Christ's success, considering the circumstances in Greece during the late-'80s and early-'90s, is nothing short of a miracle, which, in large, became reality due to Sakis Tolis' courage, perseverance, and work ethic.

So when he was forced to abstain from touring as a result of the consecutive lockdowns, he had to fight depression once again and, consciously or not, decided to revisit Rotting Christ's mid-period. Therefore, Among the Fires of Hell is an externalization of Tolis' psyche during that era and a deeply personal affair. Of course, it's also a fine slab of blackened gothic metal which will definitely appeal to those who consider A Dead Poem a gem.

Right from the bat, the title track's opening verse, "let me sleep the sleep of the angels", is a direct reference to 1999's homonymous album and a mission statement. The aforementioned track is one of the standouts, with its infectious groove and impressive leads that feel as if they're rooted in the Greek tradition. Of course, not everything is within Sakis' comfort zone. "My Salvation", for example, is the first song in his career where he utilizes only clean vocals that bring to mind Nick Holmes. This song probably describes most Tolis' state of mind during the quarantine but also features some compelling spoken lyrics. In fact, as melancholic as Among the Fires of Hell is, it is also motivating and uplifting due to its epic guitar leads and motivational quotes in almost every song. This is a prime example of an artist communicating directly with his fans about common issues during a difficult time in everyone's lives and providing encouragement.

Now, Among the Fires of Hell is not all about reminiscence, as it also contains elements from Christ's modern material scattered within songs in the form of war-like rhythms or vocal patterns. Unfortunately, the one occasion that seems to escape the mid-period rule, "Silence", is the EPs weakest track. Nevertheless, that shouldn't deter you from checking Tolis' inaugural release, as it's quite spectacular if you're into RC's 1997-99 material and a solid slab of atmospheric metal.



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manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2022


12506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Don't miss out on this one if you're into A Dead Poem and Sleep of the Angels.



"Among the Fires of Hell": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hj2_JLsKe0

"My Salvation": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i20ApQ152g8

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Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2022


17424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Alright this sounds more interesting than it has a right to be. I’ll add it to the list

manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 13th 2022


12506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

It's a fanboyish review, but hopefully this one won't disappoint you Rob.

bloc
March 14th 2022


68814 Comments


What's Adrian Brody doing on the album cover

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Egarran
March 14th 2022


28794 Comments


Ooh a William Blake reference

ToSmokMuzyki
March 15th 2022


1992 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

is this an album or a netflix series

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Dedes
March 15th 2022


8918 Comments


Great review brother will czech
Always adored Rotting Christ and they're defiance within black metal. Considering how conservative Greece is its incredibly godddamn impressive that they managed the popularity they did.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 15th 2022


9693 Comments


Album stream:
http://sakis-tolis.bandcamp.com/album/among-the-fires-of-hell-full-album

Short and sweet review, will listen sooner or later.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 16th 2022


12506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Appreciate it, brothers. Hope you enjoy this one.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
March 16th 2022


28549 Comments


Love me some RC, didn't realize the connection until you reviewed manosg, will have to give it a check.

" a fine slab of blackened gothic metal"

Yep, definitely checking this.

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 16th 2022


12506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Sweet! Just bear in mind that it's a bit different from modern RC.

alkostach
March 16th 2022


277 Comments


So this basically a rehash of RC from the mostly goth era? Okay for me. I've liked even the most goth of their albums.

themoviesinner
March 18th 2022


1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I enjoyed this EP, but It's probably a weak offering when compared to other Rotting Christ works. But Sakis Tolis is always an interesting songwriter and it's nice that he is giving us some music for free. Ad Astra was my favorite track.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
March 23rd 2022


17841 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was expecting something different from Rotting Christ as it is his solo release. I'm enjoying it so far, kinda by the book but the songs are nice.

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garas
Contributing Reviewer
March 24th 2022


7293 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Oh, didn't notice this was reviewed already! I'm really digging this album, I'd say this is just as good as other Rotting Christ albums!

manosg
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2022


12506 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Absolutely. Even better than modern RC.

ToSmokMuzyki
March 25th 2022


1992 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

damn alt cover looks even more like a netflix ad

ToSmokMuzyki
April 2nd 2022


1992 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

lmao wtf is this



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