Rotting Christ just released track yesterday from the upcoming eleventh studio album Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού or KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY? Anyway, “Kata Ton Demona Eaftou” is the second song released through one of my favorite new magical musical tools SOUNDCLOUD, the first being “In Yumen – Xibalba”. Both songs can be found in the links below.
Number one: I know everyone likes to put music in a nice, neat little box (especially metal) but a band like Rotting Christ is a hard band to force in there. They started as grindcore, but after Satanas Tedeum they became straight black metal. Then with the release of A Dead Poem the band shifted gears towards the gothic spectrum and left a lot of their black metal elements behind. With Khronos they started bringing back some heavy and with Sanctus Diavolos they blackened back up a notch. Then came Theogonia and the band started incorporating folk elements and such. Now you can go to many forums or comment pages and find people arguing over whether Rotting Christ are a “melodic black metal” band, or a “blackened-gothic metal” band, or the ultimate cop-out: simply “extreme metal”. Long story short (too late) they are a metal band that incorporates a little of everything the genre has to offer and, while I hate the term, they are a fairly “extreme” band.
And number two: Please don’t ask me to pronounce the albums title…
Look for Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού dropping March 5th here in North America and March 1st in the rest of the world through the great metal label Season Of Mist.
Melodic metal masters Hypocrisy keep the Gothenburg ball rolling into 2013 with the upcoming twelfth studio album. These guys sure know how to keep chugging on as you can see from their continued releases. Adding in the EPs and live discs, these guys average about an album a year, and that’s not taking into consideration Mr. Tägtgren’s side projects and production gigs. Speaking of which, End Of Disclosure was, of course, produced by Hypocrisy’s own Peter Tägtgren at his Abyss Studio in native Sweden.
End Of Disclosure features some amazing new art from the legendary Wes Benscoter, who did the art for Hypocrisy’s second album Osculum Obscenum. Wes has done some of my favorite, often gory, metal album covers (Autopsy’s “Macabre Eternal“, Embalmer’s “There Was Blood Everywhere“, Vehemence’s “Helping the World to See“, and Torture Killer’s “Swarm!” To name a few) and has worked with such metal giants as Kreator, Nile, Vader, and Slayer. I would love to get this on a shirt in the near future.
Peter Tägtgren states: “This time I wanted to go back to basic, felt like we lost it for the last couple of albums, it’s straight to the point, it’s more Hypocrisy than ever, the fast, the heavy, the epic… Enjoy!”
I’m sure we will Peter. I’m sure we will. But you should still sing about aliens.
End of Disclosure will drop on March 22nd from Nuclear Blast Records
As always, RESPECT THE VEST!