Greek black metal legends Rotting Christ are back after a three year hiatus with their latest release, “Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy,” which can be literally translated Do What Thou Wilt. It is a reference taken from the infamous Aleister Crowley from his writing of the Aeon of Horus. The quote seems like a tribute to their black metal roots to their listeners. Since their inception in 1987 by brothers Sakis and Themis Tolis, Rotting Christ has traversed many genres outside of black metal including grindcore, goth and melodic black metal.
With “Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy,” Rotting Christ is picking up right where they left off three years ago. The tone of the album has not changed save for some variances in their lyrical approach to the music. The band sounds as strong as ever and I thank them for that.
The album opens with In Yumen – Xibalba, which is a great song. From its haunted opening to its frenetic pace midway through the song, it never misses a beat and never relents. The following track, P’unchaw Kachun – Tuta Kachun, is more melodic in tone and more powerful with the vocals. The melodic guitar work is done so well throughout that I had to keep hitting the back button to relisten to this one.
Grandis Spiritus Diavolos continues the powerful vocals alongside some very nice guitar riffs. As far as catchy songs go, this one is right up there at the top. I know that it feels out of place for an extreme metal band to create catchy songs, but it just works for Rotting Christ. Even the lead solo has catchy elements to it. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos is also one of the tracks on this album that leans closest to the band almost hitting viking metal styles.
Kataton Demona Eaftou opens so strongly and throws a curveball at you once the verse starts. This one is infectious with its guitar work and vocal chanting.
Overall, Rotting Christ brings the hammer down with “Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy.” I am absolutely loving this album. Hopefully the elitist Dave Mustaine will listen to this album and realize that he is dead wrong on not wanting to play on the same bill as a band named Rotting Christ. There is nothing offensive about this album, nor has their been in much of their more recent work.
Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy Track Listing:
1. In Yumen – Xibalba
2. P’unchaw Kachun – Tuta Kachun
3. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos
4. Kataton Demona Eaftou
5. Cine Iubeste Si Lasa
6. Iwa Woodoo
9. Ahura Mazda Anra Mainiuu