Greece’s finest extreme metal band, Rotting
Christ, have ventured onward. Alas! Their 9th opus can easily be referred
to as the culmination of their career. “Theogonia” reflects
a bit of everything over a 15-year span of actual albums. The album thrives
off of Greek mythology (whence.... their native country) bringing their
black / death style to a whole new level. Along with that, they have also
developed an even more gothic feel than that of their "Sleep of the
Angels" album. Unfortunately for some, much of that black metal sound
they were working back to on the previous two releases is practically gone.
Not entirely, though. More sophisticated is more like it. What I mean is
that the more black, gothic feel now runs parallels with melodic death metal
and a more folk idea as well. Some of this stuff is still very fast and
aggressive while other parts are more melodic or just straight up heavy!
This album also appears to be a concept, and perhaps, a simple extension
from their “Sanctus Diavolos” release. But, know this... Rotting
Christ have just released one hell of an album that will simply bind you
next to your stereo - wanting more.
Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell