Rotting Christ – Sanctus Diavolos (2004) – Review

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Rotting Christ. Some already hate their admittedly contentious band name. Others continually take issue with their ever-evolving metal style. On top, they’re often labeled Satanists, and shunned by fellow musicians and states alike.

Fancy an example or two?

In 2005 Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine forced Rotting Christ off a gig in Athens, stating personal religious beliefs. Or more recently, in 2018, Sakis and Themis Tolis were arrested in Georgia after stepping off a plane. On grounds of satanism and – hold on to something – terrorism.

Yep, you heard that right. But then, it is also true that Sakis Tolis[...] Click to raid more!

Dark Mirror Ov Tragedy – The Lord Ov Shadows (2019) – Review

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Why is it that these Extreme Metal outfits always have that need to wear out their drummer? Overly elaborate drum patterns will just work them into a heart attack.

Just watch some of the videos that start with the stick wielder and their pained expression. So far I have seen none really with a heavenly smile on their faces. And to add insult to injury, I openly heard some bands joking about that, by the way.

You’ll mostly find that situation in these epically charged and overly bombastic works of operatic Symphonic Metal. And with those bands living in pseudo-Black [...] Click to raid more!

Dimmu Borgir – Eonian (2018) – Review

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There was a time when the purists and die-hard adepts would have burned them disks on heaps of flaming plastic. Like those churches, they liked to torch in Norway. We talk about those records that emanated from bands that stepped away from the pure path of flaming, spiked, and red-hot Black Metal.

Those that reduced themselves to screamy bombast and loads of make-up. Cradle of Filth comes to mind for instance. Even if Dani Filth and his merry warriors are adamant that they are no Black Metal band no more. But still, this is pure blasphemy to the goat!

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Carach Angren – Dance and Laugh Amongst The Rotten (2017) – Review

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Sometimes theatrics are just part of the show, there’s nothing else to it. Or they can be part of a band’s DNA, out of which their style and lifeblood emerge. Just look at bands like Cradle of Filth, whose works would be rated much differently, were you to judge them by the music only. Yet – as it turns out – their on-stage and on-clip performance plays an almost equally important role in their fans’ perception. And by that same token for the reviewers and critics as well.

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