Rotting Christ - Theogonia - 2007 - Season Of Mist
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.