Greek extreme metallers ROTTING CHRIST will release their new album, “Rituals”, on February 12 via Season Of Mist.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
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)
The track “Elthe Kyrie” can now be streamed below.
Frontman Sakis Tolis comments: “It is not an easy task to pick only one song to represent a whole album as diverse as this, but as it has to suffice for the time being, the choice fell on ‘Elthe Kyrie’, which translates as ‘Come Lord’ and was influenced by the tragic ancient Greek poet Euripides and more specifically his creation ‘Bakxais’. This pure bacchanalian play refers to the coming of the new god. The ritualistic atmosphere of this historical theatre drama influenced us lyrically as well as musically and resulted in this song that you are currently listening to. There only remains one thing, which is us taking you on a mystical journey into ancient Greek bacchanalian occultism. The amazing female guest vocals are courtesy of the fabulous Danai Katsameni, an actress of the National Hellenic Theater.”
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”