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Genesis - Rotting Christ

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Rotting Christ / Audio CD released 2002-09-02 at Century Media

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      24.11.2009 17:59
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      One of Rotting Christ's poorer albums

      Having previously produced some fantastic albums with a unique sound, most notably their 1996 release "Triarchy of the Lost Lovers" which combined the mystical back metal aesthetic of their earliest releases with a catchy, NWOBHM sound to create a truly landmark metal album, its sad to see Greek metal innovators Rotting Christ sink to the levels of mediocrity eviden on 'Genesis', one of the albums the band produced in their much-maligned mid-career 'gothic metal' phase.

      The album does hint at the wonderfully melancholy yet maidenesque guitarlines evident in both 'Triarchy' and its follow up album 'A Dead Poem', but sadly this aspect is overwhelmed by an overreliance on slick keyboards at the expense of good, crunchy guitar riffs and a rather bland industrial vibe, with the songs on Genesis lacking the catchiness, atmosphere and heavy-metal punch that made their earlier material such a joy to listen to, whilst lazy-sounding spoken word passages (sometimes complete with cheesy slowed-down vocal manipulation and poor english pronounciation/rhythm) don't improve the situation either.

      The album is not completely without merit, and does retain glimpses of the band's former glories here and there, by by and large it smacks as being a bland and cynically commercial effort with little in the way of longevity or creativity compared to the band's earlier landmark albums. A disappointment.

      Tracklisting-

      1. Daemons 03:27
      2. Lex Talionis 05:03
      3. Quintessence 04:45
      4. Nightmare 07:08
      5. In Domine Sathana 05:16
      6. Release Me 03:51
      7. The Call of the Aethyrs 04:32
      8. Dying 04:48
      9. Ad Noctis 06:11
      10. Under the Name of Legion 06:29

      Total playing time 51:26

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Daemons
    2 Lex Talionis
    3 Quintessence
    4 Nightmare
    5 In Domine Sathana
    6 Release Me
    7 Call of the Aethyrs
    8 Dying
    9 Ad Noctis
    10 Under the Name of Legion