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Rotting Christ - Theogonia - 2007 - Season Of Mist

Track Listing
1. The Sign Of Prime Creation
2. Keravnos Kivernitos
3. Enuma Elish
4. Gaia Tellus
5. Helios Hyperion
6. Nemecic
7. He, The Aethyr
8. Phobo's Synagogue
9. Rege Diabolicus
10. Threnody
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
so clearly.

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.

Production: 9/10
Songwriting: 10/10
Band’s Performance: 8/10
Originality: 8/10
Reviewer Opinion: 10/10

Rating: 9/10

If you like this album check also: Moonspell- Memorial



--Baphomet 01.14.07


Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: ROTTING CHRIST
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TheogoniaRotting Christ
2007
Baphomet2/1/2007


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2016
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