Rotting Christ is one of the most celebrated bands in the black metal genre and are considered by many to be one of the best Greek metal bands. With a history as long as it is impressive, they are known to have toured with several other highly respected bands, such as Immortal, Blasphemy, and Tiamat. The also have quite an extensive discography behind them, with classic fan favorites such as their debut album, Thy Mighty Contract. With their newest release, Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού (Do What Thou Wilt), the band proves that their legacy remains alive and well.
The album features several key components that make for a highly enjoyable listen. The band’s earlier work is known for featuring different kinds of genres, instruments and experimentation, and this album is no exception. For example, the title track features catchy guitar hooks and atmospheric instrumentation with a large amount of variation. Also, the song “Cine iubeşte şi lasă” is introduced by compelling piano and female vocals before leading into a black metal direction and an uncanny interlude. “Iwa Voodoo” is yet another track to spotlight, due to its intense atmosphere and its jaw dropping, melodious guitar solo. It is apparent that Rotting Christ is making a great effort to be innovative, out of the ordinary, and a bit experimental in this release. But despite this, the band’s early influence is certainly present. Many of the riffs are still played in the traditional black metal style, but the added elements provide a fresh and modern sound.
However, that does not mean it is a flawless and perfect album. Some of the music and songwriting provided seem a bit bland, uninspired and generic. As a result, the album sounds recycled in terms of composition. However, if one pays close attention to the added experimentation of the album, this is not a prominent or bothersome flaw. Though the band peaked in their early work, Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού is worth a proper listen. Highly recommended to fans of any previous Rotting Christ material, but even if this is one’s first introduction to the band, it’s not a bad place to start.