ROTTING KINGDOM – Rotting Kingdom
The cover artwork is superb and the lyrics are both moving and suitably bleak in a dark-romantic-gothic-horror-sort-of-way, which is just the way I like it. Rotting Kingdom are not exactly reinventing the wheel here or doing something original as such, but this EP is nevertheless so goddamn confident and convincing not to mention well-written that it hurts. Whether you are into early My Dying Bride, early Saturnus, or maybe even early Tiamat, this particular offering ought to appeal to you. Having said that, Rotting Kingdom are more raw and organic than those acts, which is probably why they hit right home with me.
This band deserves all the support they can get simply because their music is marvelous, but the ever-awesome label that is Godz ov War also deserves praise for unearthing brilliant releases such as this one and bringing it to our attention. You want gloomy and depressing music for November and December? Look no further than Rotting Kingdom – melodic and blackened death/doom metal has rarely sounded better than it does here.