Rotting Christ – Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy

rottingchrist2013cdIt seems that the impressive return to form Rotting Christ enjoyed on Theogonia has given this band a well deserved new lease on life. They really needed this, for the middle period of this bands development and life has been decent, though plagued by minor gothic influence and mediocre albums that were tolerable, but nothing earth shattering to rip you away from the early and influential years of this Greek entity. Where the last album Aealo found RC gleaning a bit of the intensity found on Theogonia and choosing to experiment with the formula may not have been as successful or noteworthy as its predecessor, I still like the fact that Brothers Sakis and Themis Tolis know what this band is and are not afraid to push the boundaries and tinker with their creative process. They have pushed the envelope even further on Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy, their 11th full-length album, which finds an almost tribal feel dwelling within the mid-paced nature of this material to sit alongside the droning melodies of their core sound. In a lot of ways, this sounds very much like a band crafting the bulk of this album in the studio with little concern if they can pull it off in the live setting as this Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy strikes me more as a cerebral experience than can be found in the primal setting of a concert hall.

The body of this album is very theatric, sounding like the tracks and dynamics of this music were centered around the movements in a play or movie that ebb and flow… starting out minimal and artistic, only for the aggression to build towards the center of the album, before easing off again to greet the closing moments of Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy. Tracks like Gilgames break out of the slower presentation with a pulsing blast of intensity that worms its way into the simplistic repetition and chanting style that acts as the hook of this track. Rusalka continues with the fast pace, only for the bulk of the guitars to fade away, allowing for a singular blast beat and simplistic melody to accompany a pitch/whispered vocal line before the bulk of the guitars and layers to sweep back in for a nice effect. The multi-dimensional songwriting style of Sakis is indeed a unique gift to the black metal underworld, for the way he has evolved over the years is interesting, finding his sense of uniqueness and not wanting to make the same album twice to be a commendable trait in my book. Even though it sounds like his more aggressive black metal voice is showing signs of being burnt from years of abuse, Sakis’ vocal performance on this album is just as dynamic and unique as the material he is supporting and his performance greatly adds to the vibe so weirdly produced by this music.

For die hard fans of Rotting Christ’s yesteryear, Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy will definitely be a head scratcher and probably difficult for you to to swallow, for the colorful and at times epic visions this album produces seems better suited for the cinema. I have to say that it has taken a few studied visits with this before it finally clicked with me, but I have ended up really appreciating this bands brave experimentation and the deeply mature material they have created on Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy. Open your mind and feel the unique atmospheres drifting down to Hel. -Marty
Season of Mist

~ by martyworm on March 6, 2013.

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