Season of Mist
Rotting Christ - Theogonia - 2007 - Season Of Mist
|Track Listing1. The Sign Of Prime Creation|
2. Keravnos Kivernitos
3. Enuma Elish
4. Gaia Tellus
5. Helios Hyperion
7. He, The Aethyr
8. Phobo's Synagogue
9. Rege Diabolicus
Rotting Christ is in my opinion the best metal band from Greece. They started as a grind core band but soon changed to black metal influenced by the first wave of black metal bands (Celtic Frost, Bathory, Venom) and by the Norwegian black metal movement (Mayhem, Burzum, Darkthrone...). So, Rotting Christ released some amazing black metal albums such as: Thy Mighty Contract, Non Serviam, Triarchy of the Lost Lovers and the amazing Passage to Arcturo EP. But then the band turned to more gothic path leaving behind their black metal influences and again releasing amazing albums like: A Dead Poem, Sleep Of the Angels. Now from Khronos album and after, they return to their black metal roots and are releasing their latest album Theogonia.
Rotting Christ with Theogonia seems to succeed with what they were trying to do
since Khronos: release an album like their debut album, an album of pure
black metal. And they succeeded. Theogonia sounds fresh, revealing a band
that knows how to create high quality black metal, without being repetitive.
The album is better than their last three releases, so they have finally
succeeded to return to their roots.
The album is based on Hesiod opus (Theogony) which is a huge poem about the
creation of the world and the birth of the gods. Some of the songs names are
names of Titans (who ruled Earth before the Olympian Gods) like: “Phobos’
Synagogue” which is about the Titan Phobos (Phobos means fear), “Helios
Hyperion”, who was the father of the sun and the moon. The whole album is
full of this stuff, which I find to be a fantastic idea.
The production was made by Sakis and it’s the best production that the band
ever had. The production focuses more on the guitars without leaving unheard
the drums or the bass guitar. Also, the drums in this record (in addition
with the past) are amazing. It’s the first time that Themis plays so great.
The vocals of Sakis (with his usual pronunciation, fucking cult!) are great.
His grim vocals sound as always and his clean are amazing, creating a dark
atmosphere. Also this is one of the few albums that the bass guitar is sound
To sum up: Theogonia is in my opinion Rotting Christ best release since Thy
Mighty Contract. It is one of the best releases of 2007 and one amazing
black metal. If you are a fan of Rotting Christ you will love it, if you are
not familiar with the band, it’s a great album to start with.
Band’s Performance: 8/10
Reviewer Opinion: 10/10
If you like this album check also: Moonspell- Memorial