I always hear people talk about the glory days of ROTTING CHRIST, and how people always say that they were much better on their earlier releases. Well, if they were referring to "Passage To Arcturo", then I have to question their judgement. This EP is the first official release by the band. Musically, it is inferior to every other ROTTING CHRIST-album I have heard. The song-structures are boring, to say the least. Vocals are more along the lines of Death Metal than Black Metal. There is nowhere near as much atmosphere as on later albums. The production sounds more like that of a demo than an official release. In fact, I've heard demos recorded in basements that had better sound than "Passage To Arcturo".
Now, despite my overall dislike for this release, I had to give a few extra points because of the song "The Forest Of N'Gai," which is actually quite good. It possibly could have fit on an album like "Khronos", had the production and vocals been better. Also, I'll add another couple bonus points, because this release lets fans know just how far this great band have come.