The second you hear "Symphonic" or "ethnic instruments" you usually know it is going to be emasculated as fuck. Don't kid yourself, it's a trade off, you can't be metal as shit and sound like the Mulan soundtrack at the same time. Not the case for Rotting Christ. Seriously the only band that has ever done this. Fucking gods.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdasUo-RDJA]ROTTING CHRIST - In Yumen / Xibalba (lyrics video) - YouTube[/VIDEO]
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THJ0bjl9dRI]Rotting Christ - Enuma Elish - YouTube[/VIDEO]
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-ur-E1IP0c]Rotting Christ - Fire, Death And Fear - YouTube[/VIDEO]
*Septic Flesh came close on The Great Mass, and it's one of my favorite modern metal albums, but it's nowhere near as balls out as Rotting Christ.
that last RC was the best album I've heard in a looooong time, no overplaying, all awesome.