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On disc: Rotting Christ



- Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers - Volker Raabe - 7 stars
- Khronos - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
- Genesis - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars


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Genesis

Genesis
(Century Media - 2002)


The Greek band Rotting Christ is back and the are also back to their roots. With their last release Khronos they started their travel back in time and now they put it a step further. On Genesis they back to black metal and it probably was helpful to return to the places where they've recorded in the past to bring back the spirit. Anyway, the band of singer / guitarist Sakis returned to Andy Classen's Stage One Studio for May / June 2002 to record this album. They use spoken words like for example in the beginning of Quintessence before going full speed ahead. But one thing changed in comparison with their early releases, they were able to add the epic touch their album had in the late 90's and they play on black metal on a high level, very sophisticated this time as well.
A good song to check out Rotting Christ these days is Nightmare, coz it's presenting the album best in my opinion. The old fans of the Greek will welcome this change, but I think some fans from the late 90's might dislike it....
Interesting is the track In Domine Sathana which has partly a very unusual drum beat and spoken words like Sakis is saying a prayer... A prayer to Satan?!?! Anyway, this isn't a typical black metal album, so the narrow minded should give it a try first, but for everybody else this is an interesting piece of music.


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Khronos

Khronos
(Century Media - 2000)


Khronos is Greek for 'time'. With this release the Greek returned to a more aggressive and extreme sound. The Greek quintet proofed their ability with several releases since their debut (demo) been released in 1989. Last years release was more in a gothic type of sound, but the circumstances during their tour made them stronger, more aggressive which brought them back to the heavier sounds. Beside that the band of singer Sakis decided not to record in Germany at the Woodhouse Studio, instead they went to Sweden to record there at the famous Abyss-Studios. Sakis took care of the production and got help for the mixing from Peter Tägtgren.
Personally I think that the Greek kinda took the best of both musical directions and combined the melodies of their gothic sound with a rawer, heavier sound. A very interesting album which proofs that they try to go on and not musically stuck with their last release. In the beginning they might had a kind of bonus as a band coming from a country which is not known for a metal scene. Even if Greece has a metal scene. Anyway, these days they don't need this anymore!
For they fans they added a video track, kinda bonus... The video of After Dark I Feel which many might not know. Cool!


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers

Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers
(Century Media - 1996)


Wow, Greece and metal? Well, not that strange, coz after the death doomsters of Nightfall now Rotting Christ is arising from Greece. Rotting Christ are a new, ambitious and musically innovative band from the land where the Gods reside on the Olymp. Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers presents the Greeks variety, speed metal tracks here, melancholy gothic compositions there. Listen to Dynasty From The Ice and Archon! These tracks show the band-width of the band. Musically Rotting Christ are somewhere between Samael, Amorphis or the early Paradise Lost.


7 stars

Volker Raabe
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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