Two things hit home right away once you commence on Aealo. First, the record is intense like dark, hotly spiced chocolate consumed with ruby red wine. And – second – it is not Black Metal. At least not in a proper sense. Okay, nothing new there, as even the powers that be officially called Rotting Christ Dark or Extreme Metal back in 2010.
We write the year 2000. This was the time when the world awoke to the Y2K disaster that did not happen, even if it was widely hyped. Christ did not return to this mortal coil neither, nor the devil for that matter. No earthquakes to speak of, the Earth did not break up and no major asteroids hit the blue planet. A non-event after all these predictions, Nostradamus be damned.
But the Black Metal universe in contrast spawned a felt gazillion of metal records. To cite just two of them: Immortal crab-walked themselves into … [...] Click to raid more!
The Greek act Rotting Christ is one of the outfits most rooted into the Black and Extreme Metal genres. Their ascent to unholy glory really took off with the renowned Triarchy of the Lost Lovers back in 1996.
Now, before you start throwing eggs at me: There will undoubtedly always be those who will argue that Non-Serviam came first. But I was never overly impressed by this specific record. And yes, there are other players in the black magick universe from that epoch, too. Especially the more gritty ones from the North that took … [...] Click to raid more!