Rotting Christ are a band from Greece that has been around for 30 years and are a very legendary and influential band for black metal and this is a review of their 1996 album "Triarchy of The Lost Lovers" which showed the band focusing less on a raw black metal style and focusing more on a melodic dark metal sound and the album was re-issued by Sleaszy Rider Records in the year of 2016.
A very melodic and heavy sound starts off the album along with some atmospheric and epic sounding keyboards and after awhile aggressive black metal screams are added into the music and all of the musical instruments also sound very powerful and the solos and leads also use a great amount of melody.
A lot of traditional metal influences where present throughout the recording along with the songs sticking to mostly a slow or mid paced musical direction and they also bring in a touch of the more melodic style of death metal at times and when the music speeds up it displays more of a raw black metal style along with a small amount of blast beats and as the album progresses elements of goth and doom metal can also be heard and when spoken word parts are used briefly they add more of a ritualistic feeling to the music.
Rotting Christ played a style on this recording that was still very much rooted in black metal while also getting more slow, melodic and atmospheric on this recording and playing a musical style that was more closer to dark metal, the production sounded very professional for the era it was released while the lyrics cover darkness, war, Occultism and Greek Mythology themes.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding recording from Rotting Christ and if you are a fan of this band, you probably already own this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "King Of A Stellar War" "Snowing Still" "Diastric Alchemy" and "The First Field Of the Battle". 8 out of 10.