Band: Rotting Christ
Album: "Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy"
Style: Extreme metal
Release date: 2013-03-01
1. In Yumen - Xibalba
2. P'unchaw kachun - Tuta kachun
3. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos
4. Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού
5. Cine iubeste si lasa
6. Iwa Voodoo
9. Ahura Mazdā-Aŋra Mainiuu
10. Χ ξ ς'
Greece. How many metalbands can you namedrop from that country? Yeah, same here. I've always been aware of Rotting Christ, (honestly, how can you not be when a band has such a stupid name? It's sure to be remembered by everyone) but apart from a quick listen or two from their previous offering "Aealo" (2010) I've never actually bothered to sit down and thoroughly digest an album of theirs. Well, this is what I did with this latest album with the annoying title.
Awkward album- and songtitles aside, I think I expected a band sounding sort of like Portugal's pride (that's Moonspell for all you morons out there) but with a more experimental edge to it. And although this album doesn't sound anything remotely like Moonspell, I wasn't completely wrong either.
For while these Greek lads are undoubtedly gifted musicians and people who know how to cook songs together, I strongly feel that they lack the ability to build a really interesting song which you can remember 5 hours after last listening to the album. Don't get me wrong, each song in itself has parts all over the place which makes me raise an eyebrow or two or nod along to the music. But while no song really bores you to tears, there's no song that sticks out either. This is ultimately the albums blessing and curse.
All in all, this album is mediocre. Period. It's not one of those albums where you like 2-3 songs and the rest are shit. "Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy" is an album where you most certainly can appreciate every song, but never truly fall in love with them. It actually saddens me to sort of "bash" Rotting Christ like this, because despite their silly name, I really wanted to enjoy this. And I also do to a certain extent, but I doubt I will take this album out for a spin much more in the future.