The Greeks are back, with a vengeance. After praising up "Khronos" as a second coming of "Thy Mighty Contract", the result fell a little short of the prediction. Still a very good album though. It just wasn't the aural onslaught that many thought it was going to be. So now, 2 years later, ROTTING CHRIST have made the same promise, even going so far as to say that this is their blackest album yet. Hell, they even brought back the old, unintelligible logo. But you know what? They have delivered! This is the album we have all been waiting for.
Our Greek friends have certainly taken a step back in terms of style. Not that a step backwards is a terrible thing. Or maybe a step back is not the correct expression. More like a huge nod (or headbang) to the past. This disc is definitely much more aggressive than "Dead Poem", "Sleep Of The Angels", and even "Khronos". Yet it manages to keep (and even improve upon) much of the majestic qualities. In fact, I consider it to be much more melodic than the last two releases. It's sort of a "best of both worlds" situation.
One of the biggest changes to be found within this album is the fact that Sakis is making much more use of his clean vocals. He often replaces growling with pseudo-spoken parts, chanting, and even sings ("Quintessence", "Under The Name Of Legion").
An absolutely brilliant album, with no filler. Returning fans and new fans alike would do well to pick this one up. (Online November 13, 2002)