Rotting Christ – KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY (Season of Mist)

The veterans are still defining and redefining black metal.
Release Date: 
1 Mar 2013 - 1:30pm

Back in the day, being a fan of Rotting Christ meant that one was really evil, true and kvlt. These words really have some context in 1992 or 1993 other than the internet jokes of today.

But they dared to “evolve” into a gothic/black metal band, while Scandinavian black metal was thriving and that new vision was not well-accepted by everyone. They became stars of extreme music, but looking back now, that twist was what made them survive up to now as one of the greatest and most evil names in the already long history of black metal. 

If you are the kind that says that black metal in 2013 is just more of the same, this album is totally indicated for you.

After Theogonia (2007) and the excellent AEALO (2010) which incorporated elements of Greek culture, now they dare to go even further incorporating elements of evil from different cultures. This is not just your average “Satan is my master” kind of album. The diversities are many and the songwriting reflects these separated ideas into one cohesive magnum opus.

The opener Xibalba leads us to the lanes that will finish in the secluded forest ahead: An operatic, grandiloquent song that gains traction and becomes a full time black metal anthem.

One of the best tracks, Grandis Spiritus Diavolos is catchy as hell, and one can feel the negative energy resounding through the room. 

Kata Ton Demona Eaftou (Κατά τον Δαίμονα Ἐαυτοὗ) has an intricate structure but the songwriting is so over the top that everything sounds harmonious to the eardrums, like the final solo at the end of the tune. For now, the objective is reached; that is to provide the listener with a highly skilled experience while not confusing his head with mathematical formulas. 

Cine iubeşte şi lasă (originally performed by the Romanian singer Maria Tanase in the first half of the last century) has a scary similarity with the original, with a female voice and a piano, delivering shivers down the spine but of course, with the addition of black metal along the way. It’s a perfect example of the level of boldness that Rotting Christ lay in front of their fans.

Although at the first glance all these allegories may sound confusing, this is an album that is highly contextualized.

Other highlights include Gilgames, Rusaika (Русалка, what a great song) , but it’s silly to try to say one song is better than another because this album has no dull moments. Everything is excellent and it will depend on the very interpretation and experience of the listener who will himself define which song is his favorite. 

The vinyl and digipak comes with a bonus entitled Welcome to Hel which is NOT a Venom cover (pay attention to the lack of one L). 

The bottom line is that KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY is not only a superb musical experience: it’s a spiritual one. This is an album that will really wake up the evil inside you. Take this for granted.