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Rotting Christ - Rituals



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Release date: 12 February 2016
Style: Black metal

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01. In Nomine Dei Nostri [feat. George]
02. זה נגמר (Ze Nigmar)
03. Ἐλθὲ Κύριε (Elthe Kyrie) [feat. Danai]
04. Les Litanies De Satan (Les Fleurs Du Mal) [feat. Vorph]
05. Ἄπαγε Σατανά (Apage Satana)
06. Του Θάνατου (Tou Thanatou)
07. For A Voice Like Thunder [feat. Nick Holmes]
08. Konx Om Pax
09. देवदेवं (Devadevam) [feat. Kathir]
10. The Four Horsemen
11. Lok'tar Ogar [vinyl bonus]

The Best Melodic Black Metal Album Of 2016

Line-up
Sakis Tolis - guitars, vocals
Themis Tolis - drums
Vagelis Karzis - bass

Guest musicians
Kathir - vocals
Vorph - vocals
George Zacharopoulos - vocals
Nick Holmes - vocals
Danai Katsameni - vocals
Fotis Benardo - percussion
George Emmanuel - guitars

Guest review by
nikarg
Rating:
N/A
Let's get something out of the way first: I've been a big fan of Rotting Christ since their early days, I love almost everything they have released and I consider Theogonia to be among the best black metal albums of all time. Apparently, Sakis Tolis feels similarly about his 2007 opus and has been trying to copy it in the two albums that followed. Rituals swims in similar waters. Or is it?

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15.10.2015 - 00:02
Rating: 8
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp
Hm. Hope it's better than the last one.
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15.10.2015 - 02:07
Rating: 7
Karlabos
Meat and Potatos
Rotting Christ can come up with some very good ideas sometimes. I hope this will be one of such sometimes
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Growing up is the worst. I hope I never do it.
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08.12.2015 - 16:59
HellHammer
Account deleted
Can't wait, overall the band has consistently been releasing good albums.
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11.12.2015 - 08:33
Joe Zombie

This is going to be some next level shit.
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19.12.2015 - 05:14
Rating: 10
Jericho Rehling

The comments above are like a chain of progressing interest.
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19.12.2015 - 15:15
Rating: 7
Karlabos
Meat and Potatos
And you are the combo breaker.
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Growing up is the worst. I hope I never do it.
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20.01.2016 - 05:22
Rating: 8
flightoficarus
Stamp Tramp
Written by Jericho Rehling on 19.12.2015 at 05:14

The comments above are like a chain of progressing interest.


You made my day.
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21.01.2016 - 17:00
Rating: 7
Netzach
Planewalker
Seems like Alan Averill of Primordial has already had a taste of the new album, this is what he wrote on Facebook a few days ago:

"Well the new Rotting Christ has some curious side steps I didn't expect, generally much slower, epic and moving into soundtrack territory"
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03.02.2016 - 20:50
corrupt
With a lowercase c
The album should really be called "Recycling". It's an almost tone-by-tone cover of their previous one.

There's not a single song here without a major theme reused from before.
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05.02.2016 - 03:46
Lord_Regnier

Written by GOTHIC BLACK on 05.02.2016 at 01:20

Great band name

its not for children go listen thrash rated (PG13) metal which they use the same style of guitar ,drums, that's more recycle.


Oh yeah, sure. Laughing at Christianity is very original for a Metal band and shows a lot of maturity.
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05.02.2016 - 13:36
Rating: 7
Karlabos
Meat and Potatos
Written by Lord_Regnier on 05.02.2016 at 03:46

Written by GOTHIC BLACK on 05.02.2016 at 01:20

Great band name

its not for children go listen thrash rated (PG13) metal which they use the same style of guitar ,drums, that's more recycle.


Oh yeah, sure. Laughing at Christianity is very original for a Metal band and shows a lot of maturity.

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Growing up is the worst. I hope I never do it.
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05.02.2016 - 16:17
Vombatus
Potorro
Gave it another spin, and it gets better. Overall solid stuff, all the songs are enjoyable to some extent (which wasn't the case since a while).
Problem is the lack of "fresh feel", as if I heard it all before. That lack of originality is palpable in Konx Om Pax (I can hear Innocence and Wrath there) or Devadevam (basically a Xibalba remix). Different vocal approaches thanks to guests does help in that department though.
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06.02.2016 - 00:44
Rating: 8
deswesher

First song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og_VfK3vft0 asndghgasfdhgafdga
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06.02.2016 - 00:53
Lord_Regnier

Written by Karlabos on 05.02.2016 at 13:36

Written by Lord_Regnier on 05.02.2016 at 03:46

Written by GOTHIC BLACK on 05.02.2016 at 01:20

Great band name

its not for children go listen thrash rated (PG13) metal which they use the same style of guitar ,drums, that's more recycle.


Oh yeah, sure. Laughing at Christianity is very original for a Metal band and shows a lot of maturity.




It's not that I want to defend Christianity, even if it is the religion I grew up with. I'm quite aware that the Catholic Church is responsible for many atrocities and abuse of power. Truth is I don't give a fuck at religion and believe the world would do better without it.
It's just that in Metal so-called satanism and anti-Christianity has been so ridiculously overdone that it can get plain tedious. I can hardly imagine less original. I prefer by far when bands can come up with a different subject matter or at least talk of satanism in a more metaphysical/occult way.
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09.02.2016 - 17:25
Rating: 8
Hellcult

Such a Satanic lyrics !!
'In Nomiene Dei Nostri' Satanas Luciferi Excelsi ( i've heard those words before on Kat - Diabelski Dom II (Devils House II years ago).
It is not a typical black metal album but still very 'original' and engrossing!
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And I see the blade fall down upon the head of lord in heaven
And Darkness falls upon the end of history
While I drink the milk of the Black Goddess and cry over the mankind

Black Moses is my name...
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13.02.2016 - 11:31
Rating: 9
GiwrgosOtinanes

I was soo waiting for the release of this album and at last yesterday i bought it . I realy liked it ,it was strong and powerfull befitting of a Roting Christ album . It is not perfect of course ,but worth your money and time . Now next stop ,is for me to hear it live!! 8.5 /10
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16.02.2016 - 21:15
Rating: 7
AtrumHiberna

Sakis Tolis said in a recent interview that with this album closes a circle that started from Theogonia. I hope that's the case musically and listen, at last, something new from the band.
Up to Theogonia, each of the albums had a different character and I really liked that, but from Theogonia onwards there is a repetition, a lack of creativity, with Aealo being the all time low for the band.
Rituals is saved by its overall atmosphere, just that.
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This is my worship, this is my path...
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18.02.2016 - 05:28
Rasputin

Written by AtrumHiberna on 16.02.2016 at 21:15

Sakis Tolis said in a recent interview that with this album closes a circle that started from Theogonia. I hope that's the case musically and listen, at last, something new from the band.
Up to Theogonia, each of the albums had a different character and I really liked that, but from Theogonia onwards there is a repetition, a lack of creativity, with Aealo being the all time low for the band.
Rituals is saved by its overall atmosphere, just that.

I can agree with that. It seems to me that he should have closed the chapter with the last album, since it feels since Theogonia like he was trying to make the "right" album, hence it was all repetitive and very similar. Still one of the stronger BM band that are left.
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04.03.2016 - 10:08
Rating: 8
Gurablashta

I really like Rituals. Not as much as Kata Ton or Aealo or Theogonia, but there is some glorious "Metul" material here, espiecially in the first half. Unfortunately it seems to fall off after the first half of the album, which prevents me from loving it completely. Still, 8/10 would listen again
FOR A VOICE LIKE THUNDER!!
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07.03.2016 - 17:33
HellHammer
Account deleted
Fitting album title, as the songs feel more spiritual / ritualistic.
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08.03.2016 - 17:44
Rating: 7
BloodTears
ANA-thema
My favorite song on the album is "Les Litanies De Satan (Les Fleurs Du Mal)" and not because I like Baudelaire

It's quite simple and straightforward but I just love the French sounds in there and the vocals.

Not many other songs stand out to me but I guess I give it the benefit of the doubt because I'm a RC fangirl!
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26.05.2017 - 14:25
Rating: 6
Deadmeat
Necrobutcher
Is it a Zulu album? What the Heck?

I wont rate it yet just out of respect for them, i'll give it a few more spins trying to find any good moments...
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Υou've sold your human essence to the cold world of dead and empty things... You're SOLD!
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13.09.2017 - 00:42
Rating: 7
solar

I listened to this album months ago, but it was nicely atmospheric, just how I like it. Recommended!
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14.05.2020 - 23:02
ickoriss

This thing is fucking great. I didn't think I'd like anything more than Theogonia, but this just might be it.
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