Rotting Christ - Pro Xristou (2024)


Hailing from Greece, Rotting Christ is finally back with another sinister exercise of aggression and melody with “Pro Xristou”. Featuring ten tracks and over 45 minutes of highly engaging music, the band shows no signs of slowing down and delivers another high quality release. Slowly refining their melodic Black Metal over the years, the band has it down to a science and unleashing ten of their most catchy and enjoyable tracks.

Setting the stage with a dramatic atmospheric intro, “The Apostate” nicely takes on from where the band left off with their previous release “The Heretics”, and continues unleashing unholy atmospheric brilliance, paired with eerie vocal arrangements and the band’s signature riffing. Sakis Tolis has the band’s sound perfected to deliver crafty guitar melodies alongside his signature snarls, as songs like “Like Father, Like Son”, “The Sixth Day”, and the blistering “La Lettera Del Diavolo” demonstrate.

Our personal favorite has to be the incisive “The Farewell” and its piercing guitars alongside crafty tempo changes and highly engaging drumming. Another aspect we love about the band its the focus on creating sinister melodic passages, like on “Pix Lax Dax”, a track that also reminds us of the band’s “A Dead Poem”, one of our favorite releases of them. For those looking for a headbanging fest, “Pretty World, Pretty Dies” will certainly give you neck pains for weeks, while “Yggdrasil” has a more epic edge, but still delivers some crushing guitar work.

As a whole, “Pro Xristou” is another masterful release from this legendary outfit. The band continues to mature and create sinister compositions that are so far ahead from the competition. Rotting Christ is always consistent and highly creative, managing to keep refreshing their sound while keeping things familiar and polished. If you are a fan of the band, this release will greatly satisfy your craving of new music. If you have never heard of them, this is the moment to educate yourself.

Band: Rotting Christ Album: Pro Xristou

Label: Season of Mist

Release: May 24th, 2024

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Genre: Melodic Black Metal

Country: Greece

Rating: 97/100

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