"Sanctus Diavolos" (Century Media; 2004)

Reviewed by Snidermann

I have always been impressed by great bands that come from relatively small countries Moonspell hailing from Portugal and Rotting Christ from Greece being two of the primary examples of this observation. I have long been accustomed to hearing Rotting Christ, but only in single song formats rather than full-length efforts up until the band's 2002 release "Genesis."

What sticks in my mind about "Genesis" is that it was quite a ferocious record long-time fans of the band called it a 'return to form.' "Genesis" had an added emphasis on electronics which provided an added dimension to the band's black metal backbone. "Sanctus Diavolos" takes away a bit of the electronica sheen and trades it for a more sturdy rhythmic record. "Genesis" also has more choir-like vocals which pushes the band into a more Therion-lilke direction 

At the end of the day I consider "Sanctus Diavolos" to be a slight drop-off from "Genesis." However, I would not hesitate for a second to heartily recommend "Sanctus Diavolos" to Rotting Christ fans in particular and black metal fans in general. Personally, I like "Sanctus Diavolos" a lot, it just lacks a certain 'stickiness' that I heard with "Genesis" and the band's other 

"Sanctus Diavolos" was produced by Sakis and mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom.

Rotting Christ: Sakis on vocals, guitars, and keyboards, Andreas on bass, and Themis on drums. Guest lead guitar on "Visions Of A Blind Order" by Gus G. (Nightrage).

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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