Non Serviam by Rotting Christ

"Non Serviam," released in 1994, is the second studio album by Greek extreme metal band Rotting Christ. This record displays the band's unique blend of black metal and Gothic influences, along with hints of traditional heavy metal. The album showcases the band's growth and maturation, with improved musicianship and songwriting compared to their debut, "Thy Mighty Contract."

The production on "Non Serviam" is a noticeable step up from the band's earlier work, allowing the listener to appreciate the intricacies of the guitar work and the intensity of the drums. The vocals by Sakis Tolis are powerful and passionate, adding a sense of urgency and menace to the album's dark atmosphere. Lyrically, the album explores themes of anti-religious sentiment, defiance, and individualism, which align with the black metal genre's ethos.

The guitar work on "Non Serviam" is a highlight, with strong, melodic riffs and intricate solos that showcase the band's traditional heavy metal and speed metal influences. The rhythm section is equally strong, providing a solid foundation for the music and adding a sense of depth and power to the compositions.

  • Unique blend of black metal, Gothic, and traditional heavy metal influences
  • Improved production quality compared to the band's debut
  • Strong, melodic guitar work and powerful vocals
  • Some tracks may feel less memorable than others
  • The album's sound may not appeal to fans of more traditional black metal

Similar: Moonspell, Samael, Varathron

"Non Serviam" can be compared to albums by bands like Moonspell and Samael. Similar to Moonspell's "Wolfheart," the album incorporates Gothic and atmospheric elements into its black metal foundation, yet "Non Serviam" has a more aggressive and raw approach. In contrast to Samael's "Ceremony of Opposites," which also fuses different metal styles, "Non Serviam" leans more towards the traditional heavy metal sound, with a stronger emphasis on melody and guitar work.

Rating: 8/10

-- Spøkelset


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