Rotting Christ - The Heretics



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Release date: 15 February 2019
Style: Black metal

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01. In The Name Of God
02. Ветры злые (Vetry Zlye) [feat. Irina Zybina]
03. Heaven & Hell & Fire
04. Hallowed Be Thy Name
05. Dies Irae
06. ΠΙΣΤΕΥΩ (I Believe)
07. Fire, God And Fear
08. كلاﻡ ﺍلكﻭﻥ (The Voice Of The Universe)
09. The New Messiah
10. The Raven
11. The Sons Of Hell [deluxe edition bonus]

Additional info
Label: Season of Mist

Cover art: Maximos Manolis

Staff review by
nikarg
Rating:
N/A
In the review of Rituals, I expressed my expectation wishful thinking that Rotting Christ would move towards a darker direction closer to tracks like "Cine Iubeşte Şi Lasă" and/or "Ze Nigmar". They didn't.

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published 12.03.2019 | Comments (25)

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16.11.2018 - 19:20
Ugwemubwem Ossas
China was a neat
Have a feeling this will be really good.
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19.11.2018 - 13:32
Tomas Piller
The tracklist reads like a compilation of cover versions Maidens, Bathory, Dream Theatre, Powerwolf...
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25.11.2018 - 14:55
Rating: 7
Netzach
"The Raven" is supposedly a take on the poem by Edgar Allan Poe.
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21.12.2018 - 23:50
Lord Lanrac
It comes out a few days after my birthday. I look forward to it and enjoy what I've heard thus far. I really like the musical direction they've taken within the last 3 albums or so.
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What is the difference between the man who fools you from the pulpit, and the other man who fools you from the platform?
Both of them seek to obtain power over you - To rule your mind, control your property interests or labor power.
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13.02.2019 - 16:10
Rating: 7
Netzach
AMG are far from convinced: https://www.angrymetalguy.com/rotting-christ-the-heretics-review/
I hope they are wrong, guess we'll see in a couple of days.

On the other hand here's a much more positive review:
https://www.sonicperspectives.com/album-reviews/rotting-christ-the-heretics/

edit: My verdict after a couple listens is that it is on par with "Kata", not as many standout tracks but more even throughout, definitely better than Rituals. I like how they have brought back a lot of influences from their earliest albums in the guitarwork. Could do without a couple of tracks that sound completely rehashed but hey, it's Rotting Christ and their latest trademarked brand of stadium black metal ain't going anywhere soon.

(note on the "rehashed" comment: are they gonna record a blatant copy of "666" for every album from now on? No rocket science involved in figuring out which track I refer to here)
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15.02.2019 - 00:15
How many times they said word "fire" ?
did someone count ?
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death to all but science
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15.02.2019 - 00:21
nikarg
Old Nick
Written by Netzach on 13.02.2019 at 16:10

it is on par with "Kata", not as many standout tracks but more even throughout, definitely better than Rituals.

No, no and no for me, I'm afraid.
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15.02.2019 - 12:25
Rating: 2
BLIND GUARDIAN
So for me Rituals was bad. Really bad. It was their worst album by far. As a huge RC fan, I was really disappointed with Rituals and I wanted to believe it would have been IMPOSSIBLE for a band like RC to do an album worse than Rituals. I was wrong...
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15.02.2019 - 18:17
Rating: 7
Netzach
Written by christmas.inHell on 15.02.2019 at 00:15

How many times they said word "fire" ?
did someone count ?

Probably as many times as "desire"..
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16.02.2019 - 13:30
nikarg
Old Nick
Written by Netzach on 15.02.2019 at 18:17

Written by christmas.inHell on 15.02.2019 at 00:15

How many times they said word "fire" ?
did someone count ?

Probably as many times as "desire"..

And "pyre"..
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16.02.2019 - 23:38
Lord Lanrac
FUCK This album is far better than I expected! Excellent stuff.
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What is the difference between the man who fools you from the pulpit, and the other man who fools you from the platform?
Both of them seek to obtain power over you - To rule your mind, control your property interests or labor power.
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17.02.2019 - 10:57
Rating: 8
AtrumHiberna
It's a very solid album. It still recycles riffs and melodies from the last 3-4 albums, but this is more melodic and reminiscent of their "A Dead Poem"/"Sleep of the Angels" era.
It blends perfectly all their elements from "A Dead Poem" till "Rituals".
There are some standout tracks, some decent ones and some are just indifferent. Also, there's a LOT of talking, I mean, a LOT; to the point of it being considered a negative feature of the whole record.
All in all, I enjoyed this better that "Rituals", and definitely better than that abomination called "Aealo"
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18.02.2019 - 20:54
Rating: 2
BLIND GUARDIAN
Written by Liafev on 18.02.2019 at 14:47

Written by BLIND GUARDIAN on 15.02.2019 at 12:25

So for me Rituals was bad. Really bad. It was their worst album by far. As a huge RC fan, I was really disappointed with Rituals and I wanted to believe it would have been IMPOSSIBLE for a band like RC to do an album worse than Rituals. I was wrong...


Giving 2 to an album like that shows great objectivity and knowledge about music man


Knowledge about music.... Says the guy who gave Gojira - The Link and Lustre - Wonder a perfect 10

AMG gave this a 3/10 (1.5/5) and they don't know about music either. If you read around, yes there are quite a lot of people who don't like this album and I'm entitled to my opinion. Going around offending people for their ratings tells me that you need more excitement in your life man... Horns up
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20.02.2019 - 13:16
BloodOnTheCeilin
What are these "Hyeven" and "Hyell" he keeps screaming about?...
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20.02.2019 - 17:14
Rating: 7
Theodore V
Written by BLIND GUARDIAN on 15.02.2019 at 12:25

So for me Rituals was bad. Really bad. It was their worst album by far. As a huge RC fan, I was really disappointed with Rituals and I wanted to believe it would have been IMPOSSIBLE for a band like RC to do an album worse than Rituals. I was wrong...


Seriously? 2? 2=Pure Shit. So, The Heretics is Pure Shit as an album? I'm no RC fan but if an album has good, or in this case great, production and is decently performed it deserves at least a 6 (Average). I get that you don't like it but you've got to try and be fair with all the work that goes into making an album...
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20.02.2019 - 17:19
Rating: 7
Theodore V
Written by BLIND GUARDIAN on 18.02.2019 at 20:54

Written by Liafev on 18.02.2019 at 14:47

Written by BLIND GUARDIAN on 15.02.2019 at 12:25

So for me Rituals was bad. Really bad. It was their worst album by far. As a huge RC fan, I was really disappointed with Rituals and I wanted to believe it would have been IMPOSSIBLE for a band like RC to do an album worse than Rituals. I was wrong...


Giving 2 to an album like that shows great objectivity and knowledge about music man


Knowledge about music.... Says the guy who gave Gojira - The Link and Lustre - Wonder a perfect 10

AMG gave this a 3/10 (1.5/5) and they don't know about music either. If you read around, yes there are quite a lot of people who don't like this album and I'm entitled to my opinion. Going around offending people for their ratings tells me that you need more excitement in your life man... Horns up


No one is robing you of your opinion, we are just telling you that you're factually incorrect...

be cool and stop bashing the artists you love for not making the same albums over and over again
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20.02.2019 - 17:21
Rating: 7
Theodore V
Great production, execution and atmosphere but I'm not a huge fan of any of the tracks.
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21.02.2019 - 07:18
Cynic Metalhead
Atrocious Virgin
Written by BloodOnTheCeilin on 20.02.2019 at 13:16

What are these "Hyeven" and "Hyell" he keeps screaming about?...


Maybe he is screaming in the name of god.
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21.02.2019 - 08:44
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Drinking game idea:
Take a shot every time you hear something you heard before on their previous 3 albums
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Take off those stupid glasses and kiss me
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21.02.2019 - 10:13
Nefarious
Doom Knight
I think their genre should be changed to 'Environmental Black Metal' in honour of how much they reuse & recycle.
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"FUCK!!! You're the fucking 5th person asking me in an interview about the woman in the bathtub…The problem is that I AM the fucking person in the bathtub, and I AM a fucking MAN, for fuck's sake! I hate you all!" ~ Herr Morbid
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22.02.2019 - 01:18
nikarg
Old Nick
Written by Nefarious on 21.02.2019 at 10:13

I think their genre should be changed to 'Environmental Black Metal' in honour of how much they reuse & recycle.

I've written something very similar in the review I am doing for this. Telepathy
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22.02.2019 - 18:55
Rating: 7
Netzach
Written by nikarg on 16.02.2019 at 13:30

Written by Netzach on 15.02.2019 at 18:17

Written by christmas.inHell on 15.02.2019 at 00:15

How many times they said word "fire" ?
did someone count ?

Probably as many times as "desire"..

And "pyre"..

And "empire"...

Ok after a couple listens this is a solid 7/10 (and by solid I mean it is very close to exactly 7.0 in score) for me; a little more interesting than "Rituals", but not by much, and falls just short of "Kata...". Also, it is probably never a good sign when you have a hard time distinguishing the drums from the guitars (the mix is very flat and bad, mkay).
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22.02.2019 - 19:01
Rating: 7
Netzach
Written by Theodore V on 20.02.2019 at 17:19

be cool and stop bashing the artists you love for not making the same albums over and over again

Agreed, generally... Too bad in this case RC are deservingly getting bashed for making the same album over and over.
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22.02.2019 - 20:31
Rating: 7
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Actually, I don't really care they've done it AGAIN. I mean, every month literally hundreds of metal albums are being released. If you want to hear something else but RC's previous album: listen to something else but RC's recent album, goddammit.
The only thing to blame Rotting Christ for is that they have proven to be able - able to write great songs and to deliver great albums. They have proven it with Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers, with Sanctus Diavolos and with Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy*.
Why didn't they just do it AGAIN, whereas repetition seems to be their most favorite occupation of the decade?

Besides, it pissed me off hearing that (quite nice) bonus track right after paying for the digipak with no bonus.
Furthermore, I can have foreign languages for free - any Wednesday and any Friday. I just go to the vegetable market and it will not cost me 17,- Euro.
What I am trying to say: some more metal (= less speech) would have been nice.

Anyway, I love track #8 and the rest is more or less okay and what I had expected.

*no, I didn't forget Theogonia or Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers - I just like the aforementioned albums a tiny little bit more.
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23.02.2019 - 23:45
Rating: 8
Reaper_Redeamer
I was not expecting a good album but I enjoyed it. Of course it is not one of their best, but keeping interest for a band in their 13th album means something.
Highlights:
02. Ветры злые (Vetry Zlye)
03. Heaven & Hell & Fire
06. ΠΙΣΤΕΥΩ (I Believe)
07. Fire, God And Fear
08. The Voice Of Universe
10. The Raven
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25.02.2019 - 08:58
Rating: 9
illumipony
This is an amazingly solid album. Rituals may have had a few really stand out tracks, but this one was more consistant. It was awesome starting out and stayed awesome all the way through. Badass.
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25.02.2019 - 18:56
Rating: 7
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp
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25.02.2019 - 21:13
Rating: 10
Himedal
Can't get enough of this shit. :banger::banger:
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What goes by is life to be taken
The doom calls upon the forsaken
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19.03.2019 - 19:53
Rating: 9
metalbrat
Not as bad as few reviewers have mentioned. I know they have recycled their own tunes but then they are their music and no other band sound like them. I really enjoyed and it's worth listening again and again. Raven is classic.
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