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Rotting Christ – Sanctus Diavolos (Reissue)

Rotting Christ
Sanctus Diavolos (Reissue)
by "Der Bärtige Mann" Gareth Beams at 08 October 2019, 2:46 PM

The Greek Gods of Black Metal have remastered their 2004, 10 track bombshell “Sanctus Diavolos”. Did this album lose anything in the last 15 years? It’s not as if the band need any more coverage for the sake of it, they have just produced “The Heretics” this year, which is a great album in itself. This re-release is for the fans to appreciate what the band have in their back catalogue. Let’s enjoy the Greek Extreme band for what they are. Since this release Andreas Lagois has left the band as bassist. The Greek Guitar icon Gus G was a guest guitarist on the opening song “Visions of a Blind Order”.

Visions of a Blind Order” takes no prisoners with its hard hitting pace from the off. If you know ROTTING CHRIST’s usual sound, you can hear a cleaner cut guitar in places, this is from Gus G. The balance is amazing. The addition from Gus G really adds volume to a pulsating song. We’re usually made to wait for a few songs in to hearing the guests, not here. It’s a great start to the album. It ends abruptly, but it still leaves you wanting more.

Thy Wings Thy Horns Thy Sin” has an intense start including a choir section, which doesn’t always work for every band that tried it, but it works well in the build up here. The song doesn’t have the same pace as the one before, it feels like more of a filler song, possibly to slow down the pace of the album, but this is not a negative approach, merely a progression

Tyrannical” has a weird intro kind of like the dubstep weapon in Man vs. Steel. Only difference is here, that this has drums and guitars to follow it up. Vocals are added to pick up the pace more and exclude the weird instrumental, I’m imaging keyboard, addition. The feel to thins song is a weird one. I’m still not 100% sure what they went for, but that being said, it is a decent enough song for pace and beat. Its frantic.

Doctine” is the return of the heavier styles. There is less emphasis on the vocals, however, they are darker, adding a more Black metal feel to the song. The pace and build up is much better here than before. This is the sound that the fans have come to expect. Dark vocals, heavy hitting drum beat and frenzied guitars to blend it all together. The choir section is used for the mid break down, but it works very well and not too much. It adds more emphasis to the drums and guitars when they kick in. The only issue here, is that the song just continues into a 3-minute instrumental jam, I think it is good, but the vocals don’t return, so it feels like a fade out.

It is a good album. It shows you that this was the start of when they truly found their sound and progressed from here to the sound we have now. This is more of a history recap, so we know where it leads.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Visions of a Blind Order
2. Thy Wings Thy Horns Thy Sin
3. Athanati Este
4. Tyrannical
5. You My Cross
6. Sanctimonius
7. Serve in Heaven
8. Shades of Evil
9. Doctrine
10. Sanctus Diavolos
Sakis Tolis – Vocals, Guitar & Keyboard
Andreas Lagios – Bass Guitar
Themis Tolis – Drums
Record Label: Sleaszy Rider Records


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