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Review: Rotting Christ/Varathron - Duality of the Unholy Existence
Rotting Christ
Duality of the Unholy Existence

Label: Hells Headbangers Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 9:27
Tracks: 2
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 12, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Duality of the Unholy Existence

Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)

Since joining The Metal Crypt as a reviewer, I've tried to live by the maxim, "regardless of style, good metal is good metal." That has allowed me to explore genres like black and death and find some excellent music that I never would have deigned to listen to in the past. Today's foray is into the realm of Greek black metal, a distinct tendril of evil within the main genre. What better way to do that than with a nice, short split between two of Greece's legends, Rotting Christ and Varathron?

Duality of the Unholy Existence features one track from each band, and I was a little surprised with what I heard as both songs are far more melodic that I expected. Oh sure, black/death raspy growls, buzzy guitars and a dark atmosphere characterize both songs, "Spiritus Sancti" by Rotting Christ and "Shaytan" by Varathron. Both also feature straightforward melodies that cut through the harshness of black metal. That additional polish may not appeal to fans of more extreme music, but it doesn't take any of the power away from either song and they should easily appeal to anyone looking to expand their palette.

I don't know if this release is indicative of Greek black metal as a whole (more research is warranted on my part), but I do like both songs quite a bit. They appeal to my melodic metal roots and take me to an extreme realm I'm still exploring. Good metal is good metal, indeed.

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