FINALLY! Been looking for the rest of Sarcofago for a looong time! iTunes just doesn't cut it. Not that INRI isn't awesome (it'll be my favorite still..), but this album and The Laws Of Scourge are also necessary as groundbreaking death/black/thrash metal, if you're a completist like me.
Originally released in 1989 via Cogumelo Records Rotting’s devastating output made waves throughout the Metal underground upon its original release. Today, Sarcófago's second album still stands as a hallmark of Black/Death Metal. Rotting features an unrelenting and devastating Death/Black Metal attack that, while slightly more polished than the band’s debut album INRI, is no less ferocious. The album brings home its hateful message by way of humanity’s vices and deceptions, such as suicide, alcohol-drenched sex, and of course pure Death/Black Metal, as depicted in one of SARCÓFAGO’S biggest songs “Sex, Drinks, and Metal.”
Thematically, the band delivers an agnostic manifesto against religious superstitions and dogmas. The album art drives that point home by its depiction of a decomposing Christ figure. Rotting’s cover art was extremely shocking upon its 1989 original release as no band had taken such a graphic approach to anti-Christianity up to that point. Backlash on the artwork went as far having it censored in its 1990 US release.