Rotting Christ – Aealo


By Laura Wiebe Taylor

Listening to the new Rotting Christ over and over, I like it, but I want to like it more than I do. Aealo is powerful and dramatic, sometimes violent, eerie, complicated or just plain straight-ahead catchy – a black-death fusion of metal and eastern folk. But there’s something that doesn’t quite click, or at least hasn’t yet. I came to Rotting Christ fandom slowly and rather late, so the new record doesn’t resonate with me historically the way it might for a longtime fan (see Metal George’s review). When I took a short break from it the only part that stuck in my mind was the unforgettable collaboration with Diamanda Galas that brings the album to a close. Going back to the record was a perpetual ‘oh yeah’ moment – finding I did remember every riff and every interlude and appreciated them all far more than I realized. But that Aealo love only lasts while it’s playing. As soon as the disc stops I start forgetting what makes it so good. Maybe this Rotting Christ works best as an immersive experience, with the amps cranked up loud.

(Season of Mist)

Sean Palmerston

Sean is the founder/publisher of; he has also written about metal for Exclaim!, Metal Maniacs, Roadburn, Unrestrained! and Vice.