Rotting Christ - Sanctus Diavolos review


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Band: Rotting Christ
Album: Sanctus Diavolos
Release date: September 2004

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

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.

A cackling fire is painted at the canvas' base by the relentless drums, the speed and ferocity of the assault kicking up sparks that burn around and through the smoke of the guitar's strokes, entwining to create a beautiful, terrible image.

Haunting keyboards float around the drums and guitars, casting forth shadows that dance around the flames, painting in black dancing demons that hide within the smoke. They are cold, menacing, and eager to haunt the sleep of any who dare listen to this nightmarish art.

Over the instrumentation looms ethereal chants, layering on paint in the shape of cackling imps the color of blood, and foul black widow spiders dripping venom, layering on the feeling fear and hatred and greed, lust, and the very essence of sin itself, tying the grim painting together, binding the threads of the tapestry, imbuing the soul of evil into the artwork.

And in the foreground of this very, very dark masterpiece is drawn Lucifer himself - his blacks and reds are painted by growls and rasping screams. He drips poisonous charisma. He is Temptation, the Serpent in the Garden Of Eden, and this is the painting of him in all of his dark glory, Sanctus Diavolos, that the masterpiece of a Greek metal band puts in the head of every listener, and never before nor since has the world of men seen such a magnificent monument to evil as this album.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 8
Production: 8

Written by Sulac | 01.02.2013


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This is a guest review, which means it does not necessarily represent the point of view of the MS Staff.

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)

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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)


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04.02.2013 - 14:51
No Longer Human
I enjoyed reading your review. I think if you stick to writing you'll get really good by the time you're 20. Keep it up.

I'm looking forward to your next review.

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