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Rotting Christ
Sleep of the Angels (Century Media)

By: Jeb Branin

Although this is yet another adventurous step away from their black metal roots ala 1997's superb "A Dead Poem" R.C. may have finally taken that fatal step off the edge of the precipice. "Sleep Of Angels" is a solid metal album with some fascinating musical explorations but it is so far removed from the band's roots that I have a hard time believing that long time fans are not going to turn on them. Melodic I know black fans can accept and atmospheric is not a problem, but classic metal riffs? Maybe. Pop hooks? I just can't see it. "Sleep of the Angels" is chock full of pop sensibilities, especially in the guitars. It certainly makes many of the songs memorable and provides some really stunning counterpoise to the overall feel of the disc but I fear it is also something that is not going to sit well with fans of the extreme. Hopefully I am proven wrong as I have found the guys in R.C. to be some really nice and classy gentlemen (yeah, I know, in spite of their moniker) in our interactions and I wish them all the best.
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