Rotting Christ - _Sleep With Angels_
(Century Media, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
I was pleasantly surprised by the work found on _Sleep With Angels_, having been a fan of the band for sometime, breathing a sigh of relief as the band still wallows in the darkened, black metal realms of uncertainty, but still soothing for bringing into their songs some interesting concoctions. While their early stuff (i.e., _Passage to Arcturo_ in 1991 and 1993's _Non Serviam_) was groundbreaking and allowed them to become the front runners in the rather combative black metal scene, there was always something really tranquil and mystical about the work of this Greek band. While frontman Sakis has lengthened himself a bit from the bands early roots, moving slowly towards some melody and consistent rhythms, it's his stunning vocal style and matching of the music to it that is the true bread and butter of this release. Not in a long time has a record been so flavourful in song structure, allowing such a brilliant atmosphere to stem forth from the recording. Choice cuts: "After Dark I Feel", "You My Flesh" and "Thine Is the Kingdom". Fans will love this, I suspect, and I'm assuming many new legions of metal fans might latch onto such a superb release.

(article published 19/5/1999)

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