Rotting Christ - Sanctus Diavolos

8.4 | 323 votes |
Release date: 20 September 2004
Style: Black metal


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01. Visions Of A Blind Order
02. Thy Wings Thy Horns Thy Sin
03. Athanatoi Este
04. Tyrannical
05. You My Cross
06. Sanctimonius
07. Serve In Heaven
08. Shades Of Evil
09. Doctrine
10. Sanctus Diavolos

Sakis "Necromayhem" Tolis - guitars, vocals, keyboards
Andreas Lagios - bass
Themis "Necrosauron" Tolis - drums

Guest musicians
Kostas Karamitroudis - lead guitars

Session musicians
Klitsa Trochani - choir
Vaggelis Maniatis - choir
Giorgos Kiriazis - choir
Maria Tanagia - choir
Dialekti Tabakou - choir
Kathrin Kirchiner - choir
Sofia Legatsa - choir
Antonia Tzitzika - choir

Additional info
Pre-produced at Storm Studio in Athens, Greece.
Recorded at SCA Studios in Athens, Greece in May and June of 2004.
Engineering and audio editing by Aris Christou.
Mix by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Mastering by Ulf Horbelt at DMS, Marl, Germany.
Produced by Sakis.
All music and lyrics written by Sakis Tolis.
Choir arrangements by Christos Antoniou.
Cover artwork by "Seth" Spiros Antoniou.

Staff review by
Along with the Norwegian scene in the late 80s/early 90s there was another scene that was trying to get out of the lairs of darkness, the Greek black metal scene. To some of you might sound funny, "the Greek black metal scene", but there were bands just like Rotting Christ, Necromantia and Varathron that had their very own style setting the flames of Hell alight in the South along with their black metal brothers in the North. The years were passing by and Rotting Christ after they formed a cult name in the underground black metal scene, they reach nowadays, being a well-known and respected band in the extreme sound, with "Sanctus Diavolos".

published 24.09.2004 | Comments (6)

Guest review by
GODlike †
The year is 2004 A.C. in a small planet called earth; a minor a dot in the universe, a triviality. But it's also the kingdom of the social species called… humans. In this particular time one man expresses his psychological self with a tribute. A tribute to the evil powers… a tribute to darkness… a tribute to "Sanctus Diavolos." He manages to overcome the triviality of his physical world… he gives color to this world… black… he escapes…

published 14.06.2006 | Comments (2)

Guest review by
In the beginning, the canvas is pure white, the color of an angel's wings.

Then the music starts, staining the purity with evil.

Swathes of dark grey are painted in thick, harsh strokes by guitars, creating a haze of engulfing smoke. The strokes are applied fast, but with cold precision, creating a swirling cloud on the canvas, a picture of calculated chaos - the meat of the unhallowed creation.

published 01.02.2013 | Comments (1)

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17.09.2012 - 23:35
Rating: 9
Metal slave
These guys have a great sound...def. transends melodic black metal
10.04.2014 - 14:06
Rating: 7
Dr. Strawberry
1st - 5th track - 8
6th - 10th trac - 6
Average Score - 7
15.01.2015 - 19:40
Rating: 9
Stamp Tramp
So I have been up and down the discography repeatedly and I have come to the conclusion that as far as consistent quality goes, this is there best. Some of their better songs may lie on other albums, but none can match this one for sheer start to finish awesomeness.
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08.05.2016 - 18:16
Rating: 8
Is this the holy thing to see? Is this the land that sun shines above the Heaven? Hear those children's desperate cries: Oh - children do they cry? Do they hear their fathers' sigh? Is this the fertile place to be? Is this the land that sprouts Green rich gardens? Hear those souls' flickering cries! Do they beg? Do they smile? Do they frame the long line?

I should get that on a T Shirt Sanctus Diavolos and Serve in Heaven are just amazing tho, and the rest of the album is solid too

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