The criminally unheralded Greek gods of extreme metal prove once again with Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy, or “Do What Thou Wilt,” that they are the best at what they do. ROTTING CHRIST take on a straight forward approach to the album, where power and hooks are the emphasis of a presentation that is grand and ritualistic.
“In Yumen – Xibalba” is an immense opener that sounds like a ritualistic opening of the gates. Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy takes off from there and never lets up until the journey concludes.
The band do a great job in creating strong atmospheres by adding elements such as group chanting vocals, cries of babies, bells, percussion instruments and Greek folk instruments. ROTTING CHRIST easily show why they are the masters in the wide range of dynamics here. Vocalist/guitarist/bassist Sakis Tolis regularly utilizes a dual guitar approach with very interesting results.
On “P’unchaw kachun – Tuta kachun,” the band build and then release tension and energy. “Grandis Spiritus Diavolos” then breaks away from any semblance of tension with a decidedly lose and simple main riff and feel. Sakis‘ guitar melodies and balls out solos add plenty of color and diversity. “Cine iubeste si lasa” has a dark piano intro and excellent lead female vocals. “Iwa Voodoo” thrives off of a simple main riff and head stopping tempo. ROTTING CHRIST follow this up with two majestic tracks filled with blast beats and half-time blast beats. “Ahura Mazda-Anra Mainiuu” is ominous with chants and war drums. “666” is the sounds of a dark and ancient ritual; epic stuff.
Something in your gut immediately tells you that Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy is something very special. Surely, it is one of the best releases of 2013. Flavor of the month underground metal bands come and go but ROTTING CHRIST is forever. Hail. (Season of Mist)