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Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού - 85%

todesengel89, March 20th, 2013

Over the course of their more than 25 years long career, Rotting Christ has put their country on the worldwide extreme metal map with their constant experimentation of various genres. Starting off as a black metal band in the 80s and early 90s, the band soon added some gothic elements into their music on albums like Thoegonia. This year sees the band return with their 11th full length album, Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy, leaving one to wonder what surprises the band has put in place once more for fans, despite the honestly, rather boring cover artwork on this release.

If one has listened to Aealo, then he can almost know what to expect on Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy. As usual though, the band once again incorporates elements from a vast variety of genres, as evident from the rather doom-laden opening track In Yumen – Xibalba. However things go to rather familiar ground quickly enough as the frantic riffs of Sakis soon greets the listener, with that familiar industrial, martial-feeling pace that reminds me of my first encounter with Rotting Christ on Theogonia‘s Enuma Elish especially on the title track. And from here on out, it’s business as usual for the band, with their style of metal that is so hard to really define.

Throughout the album, it seems that the folk sensibilities are rather strong, and this in the melodies that are unleashed by Sakis, and there are times where one is reminded of earlier material of bands like Eluveitie like on Grandis Spiritus Diavolos, though things are certainly more intense over here. At the same time, the music remains as crushing and heavy as ever, with the drumming of Themis providing lots of the speed and energy to the music, on top of the intensity of the presence of Sakis in the band’s music. Sakis’ vocals also remain as sinister as ever, with that hollow-sounding growl of his.

Yet the album isn’t necessarily a completely heavy or fast ride. The chants that are so heavily present on the record also at times give an almost occult, ritualistic feel to the music, and the backing shouts on tracks like P’unchaw Kachun – Tuta Kachun help to give an epic feel to the music, sounding like preparations for a coming war, though at the same time this is quickly followed up by a rather melancholic melody, bringing the listener on an emotional rollercoaster ride. Songs like Iwa Voodoo even has a somewhat old school heavy metal feel to it.

Honestly, apart from Theogonia, I haven’t really seriously listened to a Rotting Christ record, but hearing the material on Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy has once again reminded me how much I have missed out.