ROTTING CHRIST "Sleep Of The Angels" /CD/



Fifth full-length album by the cult Greek Gothic/Black Metal band.
Like previous releases, "A Dead Poem" and "Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers", the band refined their direction to a slower style with more emphasis on atmosphere and melodicism than brutality. Despite mixed critical consensus of the album, it was supported during the band's first-ever tour in the United States.
Resuming the path started on "Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers", Rotting Christ show just a mild sort of improvement and honing of a sound with "Sleep Of The Angels". Rotting Christ focuses again on symphonics and a modern romantic Doom sound reminiscient of Alastis, current Samael and even a hint of Rammstein. There are moments where vocalist/guitarist Sakis sounds similar to Moonspell's vocalist in "Wolfheart" era. The simple riffing is very effective within the structure of the style, a lot of large sounding chords and subtle picking. Moreover, this approach mixed with the subtle but alluring lush keyboards is very successful in translating a mood and feel.
"Sleep Of The Angels" on a whole is a very nicely sequenced and unified package. A good step up from "A Dead Poem" and recommended to fans of Atmospheric Metal!!
Century Media Records/Fono Ltd., 1999/2005 (FO473CD). Made in Russia.


Tracklist:
1. Cold Colours     3:36 
2. After Dark I Feel     4:31 
3. Victoriatus     4:01 
4. Der Perfekte Traum     4:28 
5. You My Flesh     4:35 
6. The World Made End     3:00 
7. Sleep The Sleep Of Angels     4:35 
8. Delusions     3:36 
9. Imaginary Zone     3:45 
10. Thine Is The Kingdom     4:59
Total playing time: 41:06

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