Rotting Christ - Lucifer Over Athens (2015)
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Black / Dark Metal
Twenty-eight years and eleven full length albums into their career, flagship Hellenic black metal band Rotting Christ unleash Lucifer Over Athens, their second live album. Founded in 1987 by brothers Sakis and Themis Tolis along with Jim Mutilator, also known for his work with Varathron, Rotting Christ was one of the first Greek black metal bands and were the forerunners of that classic, theatrical Hellenic sound...
While the band has morphed over the years, from the raw sounds of Thy Mighty Contract to the melodically sweeping, gothic charged A Dead Poem to the Mediterranean folk-tinged extreme metal of Aealo, they've retained a sound that is distinctive and gripping.
Lucifer Over Athens was recorded on December 7th and 8th in 2013, in front of their home city. The final product brings two discs (or three records depending on your poison) packed with thirty one tracks spanning the band's history. While this isn't the band's first live release, it boasts the best track listing and performance to date. At the time of the recording, the core duo of Themis on drums and Sakis on guitar and vocals were joined by guest musicians Vagelis Karzis on bass and George Emmanuel on guitar, who were promoted to full fledged band members a short time later. The performances are stellar and the audio quality is top notch, especially so for a live album.
The band is able to play tracks traversing their entire career while not coming across as a jumbled, schizophrenic mess of different sounds. Covering tracks from every full length, except Khronos for some reason, Rotting Christ covers each era with aplomb. The sweeping and majestic atmospheres transfer well into a live setting, as the band nails each track, from the bass heavy plodding on "Enuma Elish" to the superbly harmonized melodies on "Sorrowful Farewell" to the ethnic instrumentation amid chugging riffs of "Dub sag ta ke". The only issue one could take with the band's choice of songs is the unlikelihood that Rotting Christ will ever be able to pack over two hours of top notch tracks into a single gig. Lucifer Over Athens won't win the band any new fans, but it should have devotees slathering in no time.
01. Χ ξ ς
02. Dub sag ta ke
03. Athanatoi Este
04. Κατά τον δαίμονα του εαυτού
06. After Dark I Feel
07. Sorrowfull Farewell
08. Among Two Storms
09. Gloria de Domino Inferni
10. Feast of the Grand Whore
11. The Nereid of Esgalduin
12. Forest of N'Gai
13. The Sign of Evil Existence
14. Transform All Sufferings Into Plagues
15. Fgmenth, Thy Gift
16. Societas Satanas (Thou Art Lord Cover)