(Description by J. Campbell)
This collection of Rotting Christ material represents the genesis of the archetypal Greek Black Metal sound. Recorded after Rotting Christ’s debut MLP “Passage to Arcturo,” these recordings detail the accretion of elements that would ultimately collide in a magnificent manner on the band’s masterpiece “Thy Mighty Contract.” These recordings show Rotting Christ seeking the perfect balance between the epic and the visceral and are all deeply stained with the morose and melancholy romanticism that Rotting Christ perfected before anyone else. Rotting Christ illuminated this particular chamber of Black Metal permitting a number of other bands of varying degrees of quality to rush in and try to follow; however, rarely has there been a Black Metal band as successful as Rotting Christ in generating a sense of atmosphere and emotional depth while simultaneously maintaining the cataclysmic potency of the music. To honor Rotting Christ’s legacy, NWN! presents this 3 x 7” EP collection featuring reissues of the “Ade’s Winds” demo and the “Dawn of the Iconoclast” and “Apokathilosis” EPs. With artwork by Manuel Tinnemans and design/layout work by TLMNN, this is among the definitive releases in the Rotting Christ catalog. There will also be a 12” picture disc version of these materials available at the NWN! Fest where Rotting Christ will perform material from the band’s earliest releases.
Tracks 1-2 from Dawn of the Iconoclast 7"
Tracks 3-4 from Ade's Winds demo
Tracks 5-6 from Apokathilosis 7"
released October 10, 2012
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