While not fiddling too much with the formula that made previous album AEALO the success that it was, Greek legends Rotting Christ present here a work of strong riff-driven metal that could probably more properly be labeled "dark" than "black." While the music itself is as invigorating and memorable as ever from these mainstays, here the lyrical matter becomes more of a focal point, hopping from one cultural creation mythology to another over the run of the play. Whether it's the reworked Incan hymn "P'unchaw Kachun - Tuta Kachun" or the illustration of the ancient Mayan underworld in "Xibalba," the offerings of songwriter Sakis feel more interesting and adventurous than ever. The strength of the music more than backs up this world roving heroism: songs are punchy, driving, and rarely complicated, content to hold the interest of the listener on the merits of simple, smart craft. There may be some moments that feel repetitive (and this could be intentional, as over the course of the album, an idee fixe of a riffing style recurs), but once you've played through Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy, you'll certainly feel as though you've been on a revelatory journey across eons inhabited by gods and monsters.
I would recommend this to a friend