Review by Tomek on March 11, 2007.
Rotting Christ is not a band that I really paid attention to, but their newest creation "Theogonia" has definitely and irrevocably changed my opinion about them. After the very first time I listened to this album, I knew right away that it will stay in my CD player for a longer period of time.
Throughout the whole album, the creativity and complexity of music kept me on the edge of my seat. All of the songs on "Theogonia" have something in common, yet each and every piece has its own character, and each of them leaves a permanent imprint in your mind. The raw clarity of guitars and deep bass are intertwined with Sakis' raspy growls and occasionally spoken word passages. In the midst of all that lingers a middle-eastern atmosphere created by the use of synths, choirs and haunting guitar solos. The addition of George Bokos (guitar) has definitely modified the sound, allowing guitars to become more audible and gave them the 'up-front' effect and more distinctive harmony. The drummer has outdone himself; drumming is very fast, articulate and really adds to the overall spirit of the album, creating almost a tribal vibe. Overall production and mixing exceed my highest expectations - all of the instruments are equally audible, giving you a chance to discover something new and exciting every time you listen to it.
"Theogonia" is definitely my Album of the Month at this moment, but the more I listen to it, the more I like it, and it's becoming a serious contender to become the Album of the Year. Don't just take my word for it - go out and get it - it's worth the money.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 9 out of 10