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Rotting Christ - Non Serviam: A 20 Year Apocryphal Story (DVD)

Rotting Christ
Non Serviam: A 20 Year Apocryphal Story (DVD)
by Yiannis Dafopoulos at 18 March 2009, 9:44 AM

This is one of the releases I was impatiently waiting for from the very first time I learned this DVD was going to hit the shelves in every record store. ROTTING CHRIST made some huge changes - and experimented a little - over the last few years that really helped them make one more step further in their career. After a magnificent full-length album (Theogonia), here comes the band's latest offering, Non Serviam: A 20 Year Apocryphal Story, A DVD that will probably please every fan of ROTTING CHRIST.

The Greek black metallers decided it was time for a change and they broke their contract with Century Media Records, something that was holding them back, and signed with the French extreme force Season Of Mist. After releasing an album that featured the brutality of their early years, the melody of their Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers and A Dead Poem era and incorporated new elements like the use of Greek traditional instruments, ROTTING CHRIST set off for a long tour that brought them in almost every corner of the planet. One of their stations was Athens, their hometown, and Gagarin club was more than happy to welcome them for an unforgettable show in front of 1500 people!

As you can easily imagine, watching a DVD with a live show you were in, sends shivers down your spine. So, let's get this from the start. It is Saturday, December 8, and hundreds of fans are waiting for the doors to open. Just minutes later, the venue is full, the passion is more than obvious and the intro prepares us for the total holocaust that was going to take place. Watching this DVD reminds me of that beautiful night, although I can say that the camera views are kind of tiring at some parts. But let's not be bitchy.

Pretty good video and audio quality that can give you a fine sample of that night's atmosphere. Now we get to the second DVD and here the things… well, they could be much better. What we have here is a documentary about ROTTING CHRIST, with the band's frontman Sakis telling the story of the band from its first days until now. Since this whole thing is in Greek, there are English subtitles for everyone to understand. What kind of sucks for the non Greek fans, is that the - pretty interesting and funny I must admit - backstage video footage from the tours the band made for its two last albums contain many parts were Greeks talk and someone who doesn't know Greek will not be so happy for not realizing what they are saying and why they are laughing for instance. Thumbs up for the bootleg videos filmed by fans over the years and contain live clips from the band that go back to 1993. The rare and precious bootlegs section is also really cool and kind of touching, since you will come across posters, flyers, t-shirts and other stuff concerning the band. Let's also not forget that the band's videography is contained in here with the three video clips being a nice viewing experience.

Regarding the two audio CD's, there is actually nothing to comment since they contain the soundtrack of the Athens show, as well as some extra tracks from a live show recorded in Larisa on February 3rd and 4th 2007. So, I said this is a pretty satisfying DVD with tons of videos and old school stuff, but it could be a lot better with the English subtitle thingie we were talking about, a kind of better video editing and… a more professional approach to the package. Just imagine a beautiful package that has 1-2 spelling mistakes in the tracklist. I am sorry but the song is not called Feast Of The Grany Whore.

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
Disc 1

Intro (Logos-Aima-Noima)
The Sign Of Prime Creation
Keravnos Kivernitos
Athanatoi Este
Enuma Elish
King Of A Stellar War
The Fifth Illusion
Archon
The First Field Of The Battle
Shadows Follow
The Sign Of Evil Existence
Fgmenth Thy Gift
Coronation Of The Serpent
The Mystical Meeting
Thou Art Blind
Morality Of A Dark Age
Saturn Unlock Avey's Son
Exiled Archangels
Sorrowful Farewell
Among Two Storms
After Dark I Feel
In Domine Sathana
Nemecic
Under The Name Of Legion
Societas Satanas (THOU ART LORD Cover)
Non Serviam

Disc 2

The Rotting Tale
Sanctus Diavolos Tour Footage
Theogonia Tour Footage
Rare And Precious Bootlegs
After Dark I Feel (Promo Video)
Enuma Elish (Promo Video)
Keravnos Kivernitos (Promo Video)
Lineup:
Sakis Tolis - Vocals, Guitar
George Bokos - Guitar
Andreas Lagios - Bass
Themis Tolis - Drums
Record Label: Season Of Mist Records
     


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