Rotting Christ, Melechesh, Hate, Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne | Reggie's Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Rotting Christ, Melechesh, Hate, Abigail Williams, Lecherous Nocturne Recommended All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Sat., March 19, 7 p.m. 2011

Briefly infamous for getting booted from a festival bill with Megadeth in 2005 at the insistence of the recently born-again Dave Mustaine, Rotting Christ have traveled a long, twisted road since forming in 1987—from grindcore to primitive black metal (once they heard Venom) to sophisticated, sometimes even atmospheric black metal that reflects the current vogue for incorporating national heritage. (It helps if one's nation has a sufficiently brutal history and appropriately ancient, badass-sounding musical traditions—not really a problem for a Greek band.) Last year's Aealo (Season of Mist), which takes its name from a surprisingly mellifluous word for chaos or catastrophe, revels in the Greek horror tradition—it's full of malicious gods, unavoidable tragic fates, and mournful, unearthly keening (not only is there a traditional chorus, there's a Diamanda Galas cover that uses Galas's own voice). This is a perfectly natural step from 2007's Theogonia, the band's first album to use ancient Greek, and it feels like they've at last earned the right to wear the mantle they were only trying on before. —Monica Kendrick

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