“Rituals”, the new album from Greek extreme metallers ROTTING CHRIST, can be streamed in its entirety below. The CD will be released on February 12 via Season Of Mist.
“Rituals” track listing:
01. In Nomine Dei Nostri
02. Ze Nigmar
03. Elthe Kyrie
04. Les Litanies De Satan (Les Fleurs Du Mal)
05. Apage Satana
06. Tou Thanatou
07. For A Voice Like Thunder
08. Konx Om Pax
10. The Four Horsemen
11. Lok’tar Ogar (bonus track)
For almost 30 years, ROTTING CHRIST have blazed a trail for the black metal genre to follow. From their primitive early material through to 2012’s epic “Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy”, their pioneering spirit has been a flame of inspiration in an increasingly reductive genre. Now the renowned band return with new album “Rituals”, a diverse collection of new songs influenced by rites and myths from all around the globe. “Rituals” highlights their unique power and magic, and is the darkest and most personal-sounding ROTTING CHRIST album to date. As “Rituals” illustrates, there is a reason that ROTTING CHRIST are an international heavy metal institution.
Sakis Tolis in collaboration with his brother Themis on drums achieve a perfect balance of amalgamating their classic and unique style of riffing and rhythm with exciting new elements sprinkled in to keep their material exciting and fresh. Carefully chosen guests are being added for better effect, including the spoken words of Nick Holmes (PARADISE LOST) on “A Voice Like Thunder” and SAMAEL’s Vorph mesmerizingly quoting from Charles Baudelaire’s “Les Fleurs Du Mal” throughout the song “Les Litanies De Satan”. Goosebumps moments such as these are liberally sprinkled throughout the record, which manages the feat to sound rock solid and made out of one heavy piece as well as diverse and far ranging at the same time. The experienced is enhanced by Jens Bogren’s equally clear and transparent yet also massive as well as sombre mix and mastering at his widely renowned Fascination Street Studios (AMORPHIS, BORKNAGAR, MOONSPELL, DEVIN TOWNSEND).
ROTTING CHRIST is:
Sakis: vocals, guitars
Van Ace: bass
Guest musicians (in order of appearance):
* Magus (NECROMANTIA) – “In Nomine Dei Nostri”
* Danai Katsameni (NATIONAL HELLENIC THEATER) – “Elthe Kyrie”
* Vorph (SAMAEL) – “Les Litanies De Satan (Les Fleurs Du Mal)”
* Nick Holmes (PARADISE LOST) – “For A Voice Like Thunder”
* Kathir (RUDRA) – “Devadevam”