Chuck Schuldiner Project

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Rotting Christ - The Heretics

It's weird to think that it's been three years since the last Rotting Christ full length, perhaps it's just because the band has been so busy, with the interim being dotted by a split, an EP and numerous compilations and box sets. The band is truly on another level and with their latest offering The Heretics they prove that the black metal fire that has burned in their bellies for over thirty years has no signs of dying out. Instead their symphonic brand of black metal seems only ready to propagate the madness even further.

It's hard to think that we live in a world with Greek black metal institutions having careers that are thirteen albums deep, but here we are. The band come at this one with their usual bombast and the brooding power of the songwriting speaks to all that they have been able to create. Rotting Christ exist as passionate and powerful visionaries, a band who seem to have mastered their craft and are unleashing it in a way that, while it may court mainstream potential, is still clearly evil. So often bands in their position completely sell out or simply become uninteresting. Instead The Heretics shows that Rotting Christ's dedication to the genre is only growing.

Over the top and at times overwhelming, this is an album that takes a sort of grim dedication to truly pick apart, but that's part of the fun. There are a lot of fresh and potent layers to the production here and nifty little effects further expanding what Rotting Christ is all about. The bands usual panache is on full display and everything that has made them special to me since I was a kid seems to be further accentuated. With potent rises and falls in the music, a swirling whirlwind of aural madness kicks you in the teeth and forces you to fall in love.

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