Bryan Bugaj | California | 05/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After a lengthy wait, this excellent disc is finally getting the reissue it has needed and deserved for so long. This album shows the progression Rotting Christ's sound from the low-fi, speedy thrash of "Thy Mighty Contract" to the epic mid-paced monsters of "Triarchy of the Lost Lovers". However, even if the group's style was transitioning, this album stands on its own as one of their best releases. It's full of speedy, blast-beat driven passages, epic breakdowns, and mid-paced mayhem. Sakis' vocals sound a bit "echo-ey" on this album, but his distinctive style is unperturbed. The high points for me were "The Fifth Illusion", "Where Mortals Have No Pride" and "Saturn Unlock Avey's Son". Although it's primarily guitar-driven, there are quite a few keyborads on this album, heralding the band's evolution into one of the best atmospheric black metal bands of all time. The keyborads never threaten to overwhelm the other instruments, and add some great ambience. If you're a fan of Rotting Christ, or just black metal in general and you don't have this disc, you won't regret it if you pick it up. This is a great reminder of just how far the band has come while still maintaining a connection to their roots, and stands alone as a true extreme metal masterpiece."
Fantastic new live album - same name as old studio album
anonymous | 12/30/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This 2 CD/2 DVD bargain contains possibly the best metal that I have ever heard. Don't confuse with their older studio album of the same name, as Amazon seems to have. These amazing live performances seamlessly blend all the stylistic phases the band has gone through. A complete 2008 concert in their native Athens, Greece, is included in both CD and DVD versions. Engineering is great. There are additional CD tracks from a 2007 show, and the 2nd DVD has footage from the Theogonia and Sanctus Diavolos tours, plus an interview with Sakis."
A. Rorick | Portland, OR | 09/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Rotting Christ is one of the best black metal groups I've come across so far, and this is one of their classics. No metal fan should be without."