Rotting Christ’s Rituals, so far, has been one of my favorite albums of 2016. No, I don’t necessarily think it’ll be among the top of the list at the end of 2016. But in terms of overall enjoyment, it’s certainly something I go back to regularly. While RC has often taken the cheesiness of black metal to new extremes, the sound behind “Apage Satana” is out there even for them. The rhythmic chanting is just on another level, and for this reason it hasn’t managed to stick with me as well as some of the other tracks on this most recent album. So when the announcement came that Rotting Christ had dropped a video for this particular track, I was a bit surprised. Yet, the end result ended up being a favorable one, as my appreciation for the track has undoubtedly grown.
If you haven’t listened to Rituals yet, man you are missing out. We tend to give black metal bands shit from time to time for taking themselves too seriously or whatever. While Rotting Christ could certainly fall victim to the same criticism from time to time, there is just something about their specific product that just seems to understand what it’s after and completely owns it. It takes a certain primitive approach to satanic music and just runs with it. Simply put, they do what they do well. It’s epic, booming, primitive black metal that can sound ridiculous. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t sound good. Because it does.
“Apage Satana” is an extreme for them on a number of levels. For one, the chanting of this track is more ‘out there’ than anything else on this album. Every other track seems to at least have some mask of recognizable construction to it. Secondly, it doesn’t seem to ever actually go anywhere as a song, at least on record. It meanders a long of a few minutes and then trails off. That’s where this video comes into play. Having the visual elements back up the vocals and rhythms of this song do wonders for the overall experience. The simplistic black and white imagery of what appears to be some form of funeral procession is both easy to understand, yet unquestionably uncomfortable in its eeriness. Watching the slow motion movements and cuts between scenes is impressively organic and does not fail to pull a listener in. The music, in a way, crawls with it. A curious song is made even more dynamic by the visuals given to it, but there’s no doubt that the combined elements make the overall product of this track better. Check it out below.
“Ein Bier… bitte.”