Rotting Christ are a band from Greece that has a few albums reviewed in this zine and played a gothic influenced form of black metal on this recording and this is a review of their 1999 album "Sleep Of The Angels" which was re-issued in 2016 by Sleazy Rider Records.
Atmospheric sounding keyboards start off the album along with some heavy yet melodic riffing a few seconds later and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts before adding in black metal screams and gothic style clean singing.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are done in a very melodic fashion and clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording and spoken word parts also return on some of the later tracks and most of the songs stick to either a slow or mid paced musical direction and one track also brings in a brief use of acoustic guitars and whispers while a couple of tracks also brings in a small amount of fast tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling.
On this recording Rotting Christ went a different route from earlier releases and created a more melodic and gothic influenced style of black metal, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding recording from Rotting Christ and if you are a fan of goth influenced black metal, you should check out t his re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "After Dark I Feel" "You My Flesh" "Delusions" and "Thine Is the Kingdom". 8 out of 10.