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Rotting Christ

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Formed: 1987
From: Athens, Greece
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Rotting Christ News

Below is our complete Rotting Christ news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Watain & Rotting Christ European Tour Announced

Watain, Rotting Christ and Profanatica will be out on the road again touring Europe together this November. The run will kick off on November 02nd in Copenhagen, Denmark and will hit the below venues:

11/02 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
11/03 Leipzig, GER – Hellraiser
11/04 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
11/06 Prague, CZE – Meet Factory
11/07 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
11/09 Munich, GER – Backstage
11/10 Zug, SWI – Chollerhalle
11/11 Milan, ITA – Live Club
11/12 Colmar, FRA – Le Grillen
11/14 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
11/15 Madrid, SPA – Chango Club
11/16 Limoges, FRA – CC John Lennon
11/17 Paris, FRA – La Machine du Moulin Rouge
11/18 Lille, FRA – Tyrant Fest
11/20 Saarbrücken, GER – Garage
11/21 Mannheim, GER – MS Connexion Complex
11/22 Berlin, GER – Astra
11/23 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
11/24 Bochum, GER – Matrix
11/25 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje

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Rotting Christ Begins Work On New Album

The Greek veterans of Rotting Christ have entered the studio for the recording of their brand new album, which will be released early 2019 via Season of Mist. The album will be produced by vocalist Sakis Tolis himself, and Jens Bogren will again take on the job of mixing and mastering.

Regarding the new record, Sakis comments: "After almost two years on the road promoting and supporting our latest album 'Rituals', the time has come to create it's follower. An album that will be inspired by the intense artistic worries which arose during those two years on the road, and which seems to be our darkest and most mystical influences yet in our career! Thanks for the support all those years, we will not disappoint you!"

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Rotting Christ Debut New Official Live Video

Rotting Christ debut a live video for their song “Κατά τον Δαίμονα Εαυτού” which was captured on June 30th, 2017 during the band’s performance in Athens, Greece.

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Rotting Christ Frontman Clarifies Arrest

Following the arrest of Rotting Christ frontman Sakis Tolis and drummer Themis Tolis the former has taken to social media to provide an update on the situation. His message reads as follows:

"To all friends that worried about our condition after the recent adventure we had with our arrest we would like to inform them that we are back home safe and in one piece.
There is no jail that can stop our endless lust for Metal and we promise that we will always be frontline in the battle against any kind of god-fearing regimes as well as any kind of terrorism independent of where they come from.Freedom of speech to everyone brothers.We will always shout at any part of this world...NON SERVIAM!
See you soon in the battlefield!

"With respect
"SAKIS on behalf of ROTTING CHRIST"

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Rotting Christ Arrested On Terrorism Charges

Rotting Christ have been arrested in the Eastern European state of Georgia on spurious grounds involving charges of terrorism allegedly based on the band's name.

Frontman Sakis Tolis relates the events in his own words: "We arrived in Georgia's capital Tbilisi very early in the morning of Thursday, 12th of April. After the regular document check at the border, my brother and I were stopped by the police on our way out from the airport. After some minutes, we were ordered to follow police to another area of the airport under the pretence of further questioning before entering the country. Instead, we had our passports and mobile phones taken away and were lead into a prison cell. When we were demanding to be told the reason for this arrest, we were simply told this information would be 'confidential'. Our lawyers informed us later that we are on a list of unwanted persons of national security that branded us as Satanists and therefore suspects of terrorism.

"Without previous warning and no official reason, we found ourselves in jail, locked into a small and rather dirty cell and without being permitted any contact to the outside world or legal representation or our embassy for 12 hours. Conditions were bad and no further information provided during this time.

"Luckily, only the names 'Tolis' were on the list and the other two band members started to work with the local promoter to extract us from prison and commence legal procedures. It took strong efforts and a complicated procedure to find a solution. Due to the hard work of the local promoter, who involved legal experts, journalists, and activists in Georgia, we were finally released. We are extremely grateful to everybody involved in this process. In the end, we were even able to perform our show and it turned out to be a fantastic night. We would also like to thank all our Georgian metal brothers for their overwhelming support!"

Rotting Christ were allowed to leave the country towards Armenia without any further complications.

ROTTING CHRIST live
21 Apr 18 Burgas (BG) Youth Cultural Center
4 May 18 Velenje (SI) Metal Days Warm Up show
5 May 18 Izegem (BE) Headbangers Ball Festival
11 May 18 Kopervik (NO) Karmøygeddon Festival 2018
13 May 18 London (UK) Incineration Festival
27 May 18 Langres (FR) Outch! Festival
2 Jun 18 Duisburg (DE) Rage Against Racism
7 Jun 18 Sölvesborg (SE) Sweden Rock
16 Jun 18 ?ervený Kostelec (CZ) Metal Gate festival
14 Jul 18 Anyksciai (LT) Devil Stone Festival
17 Aug 18 Borre (NO) Midgardsblot Festival (exact date tbc)
18 Nov 18 Bucharest (RO) Metal Gates

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Rotting Christ Debut “Fire And Flame”

A new Rotting Christ song titled “Fire And Flame” has been made available to hear below. The track was recorded for the new book, ‘The Metal Chapters: Volume One‘. A 2-CD best of album from the group titled “Their Greatest Spells” will be released on March 23rd.

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Rotting Christ Debut New Live Video

An official live video of Rotting Christ performing their song “Societas Satanas” live in Athens, Greece on June 30th, 2017 is streaming below. The outfit will have a new 7'' titled “The Call” out next Friday, February 09th. A 2-CD best of release entitled “Their Greatest Spells” will follow on March 23rd.

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Rotting Christ Posts New Song Online

Greek extreme metal legends Rotting Christ has posted a new song online entitled, "I Will Not Serve." You can check it out below. The song will be featured on the forthcoming compilation album, "Their Greatest Spells," which is due to be released through Season Of Mist on March 23rd. With such a massive catalogue, a "best of" compilation will always lead to controversy about certain additions as well as omissions from the final list, but the involvement of frontman Sakis Tolis himself in this difficult task ensures that the result is at least relevant. The collection can be pre-ordered here

The tracklisting is as follows:

CD 1
1. The Sign Of Prime Creation
2. Athanati Este
3. Non Serviam
4. King Of A Stellar War
5. Nemecic
6. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos
7. Art Of Sin
8. Dying
9. Archon
10. Serve In Heaven
11. Astral Embodiment
12. After Dark I Feel
13. Sorrowfull Farewell
14. In Yumen-Xibalba
15. Elthe Kyrie
16. Cold Colours

CD 2
1. The Sign Of Evil Existence
2. Fgmenth Thy Gift
3. Ze Nigmar
4. Phobo's Synagogue
5. Demonon Vrosis
6. ...Pir Threontai
7. Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy
8. Among Two Storms
9. Semigod
10. Welcome To Hel
11. A Dynasty From The Ice
12. Shadows Follow
13. Forest Of N'gai
14. Feast Of The Grand Whore
16. Exiled Archangels
17. Saturn Unlock Avey's Son
18. I Will Not Serve More...

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Rotting Christ To Release Compilation Album

Greek extreme metal legends Rotting Christ has announced that a new compilation album entitled, "Their Greatest Spells" will be released on March 23rd through Season Of Mist and include one new song, "I Will Not Serve." With 12 studio albums, a dozen EPs, singles and split releases, as well as more than 1.250 shows under their belts so far, it is high time Rotting Christ get a proper compilation spanning their 30+ years career. The 2-CD set "Their Greatest Spells" takes a retrospective look at the cult Greek band's fascinating musical development by picking a select choice of key tracks covering the many facets of Rotting Christ. With such a massive catalogue, a "best of" compilation will always lead to controversy about certain additions as well as omissions from the final list, but the involvement of frontman Sakis Tolis himself in this difficult task ensures that the result is at least relevant. The collection can be pre-ordered here

The tracklisting is as follows:

CD 1
1. The Sign Of Prime Creation
2. Athanati Este
3. Non Serviam
4. King Of A Stellar War
5. Nemecic
6. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos
7. Art Of Sin
8. Dying
9. Archon
10. Serve In Heaven
11. Astral Embodiment
12. After Dark I Feel
13. Sorrowfull Farewell
14. In Yumen-Xibalba
15. Elthe Kyrie
16. Cold Colours

CD 2
1. The Sign Of Evil Existence
2. Fgmenth Thy Gift
3. Ze Nigmar
4. Phobo's Synagogue
5. Demonon Vrosis
6. ...Pir Threontai
7. Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy
8. Among Two Storms
9. Semigod
10. Welcome To Hel
11. A Dynasty From The Ice
12. Shadows Follow
13. Forest Of N'gai
14. Feast Of The Grand Whore
16. Exiled Archangels
17. Saturn Unlock Avey's Son
18. I Will Not Serve

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Carach Angren Announce European Tour

Carach Angren, Rotting Christ and Svart Crown will make their way across Europe early in the new year, playing the following run of shows:

01/26 Essen, GER – Turock
01/27 Utrecht, NET – De Helling
01/28 Hamburg, GER – Kultur Palast
01/29 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting 2017: Day One

The Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium has become one of the biggest and most popular events on the European summer circuit. Seemingly every year they put together a fantastic line up, mixing the classics, the young blood and cult favourites to really give something for all head bangers. This year was no different, with such legends as Scorpions, Deep Purple and Blue Oyster Cult all booked, as well as plenty for the kids like Chelsea Smile and Architects. It all promised to be a hell of a weekend and indeed it was.

Though the festival doesn't begin it's "official" schedule until Friday, weekend campers arrive the day before and are met with plenty on offer, including a number of live bands and the Metal Cafe. Being too tired after travelling from England to Belgium, we were only able to catch one full performance, though we also caught the last ten minutes of Belgian stoner metal act, King Hiss, who would probably please fans of Mastodon but left little impact. This was followed by the very short journey to the Jupiler Stage, which housed most of the weekend's hardcore and deathcore groups to watch Dutch hardcore veterans, Born From Pain. The quintet are regarded as one of Europe's best hardcore groups and it's easy to see why, particularly in the live setting where their brand of positive energy spreads to the audience very quickly, making for a very enjoyable live set. More...

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Weekend Of Metal Festival Live Streams On Tap

Two of the most popular European festivals kick off this weekend - Graspop Metal Meetings in Belgium and Hellfest in France. Both will live stream selected acts starting today and through the weekend.

Among the confirmed acts set for the live stream (subject to change daily) at Graspop Metal Meetings: Melechesh, Rotting Christ, Axel Rudi Pell, Devildriver and Alestorm.

For Hellfest, you can witness (subject to change daily): Devin Townsend Project, Powerwolf, Behemoth, Obituary, In Flames, Saxon, Opeth, Metal Church and Coroner.

To check the schedule and two channels of live streaming (all times CET) from Graspop Metal Meetings, head on over to this location.

To check out live streaming from Hellfest (all times CET), head on over to this location. More...

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Rotting Christ Gearing Up For "Rituals" Tour

Rotting Christ has announced an extensive headlining European tour. The "Rituals" 2017 trek begins on March 9th and sees Rotting Christ traveling throughout the year, hitting 17 countries before concluding on Ocober 6th.

Mar. 9 Bari (IT) @ Demode Club
Mar. 10 Roma (IT) @ Traffic Club
Mar. 11 Bologna (IT) @ Alchemica Club
Mar. 17 Bielsko Biala (PL) @ Rude Boy
Mar. 18 Prague (CZ) @ Hellenic Darkness Festival
Mar. 20 Bohinjska Bistrica (SI) @ Winter Days of Metal
Mar. 25 Athens (GR) @ Peiraios Academy
Apr. 8 Iraklion (GR) @ Milos
Apr. 29 Catania (IT) @ Southern Storm Festival More...

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Rotting Christ And Inquisition Burn Down London

There have been a number of tours this year that have delighted fans of a specific sub-genre of metal in Europe. Destruction took to the road with fellow old school thrashers Flotsam and Jetsam, bringing with them younger fast bands, Enforcer and Nervosa, while we've also seen some dream pairings such as Exodus and Obituary on their "Battle of the bays" tour and the recently covered Amon Amarth and Testament trek. On this night however, it was the turn of devoted black metal fans to be treated when the "Bloodshed Rituals" tour rolled into London, featuring co-headlining slots from Inquisition and Rotting Christ.

Though unfortunately missing out on opening act, Schammasch due to conducting an interview with Rotting Christ frontman, Sakis Tolis, I was able to see the second band, Mystifier, a black metal group from Brazil who themselves are longtime veterans of the genre. Founded by the charismatic guitarist Beelzeebubth in 1989, the band have not released any new material in fifteen years but have clearly created a legacy for themselves given the reception they received when taking to the stage and those in the audience wearing their shirts. The trio put on a solid performance, no doubt winning over those in the crowd who were not familiar with them during a slot which clearly meant much to them. More...

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Schammasch Debuts New Music Video

Avant-garde occult black metal outfit Schammasch premieres a new music video for the song "Metanoia", taken from "Part II of Triangle, Metaflesh", out now as a limited edition 3CD set, triple vinyl LP, download and streaming.

Schammasch is on tour across Europe this autumn with Rotting Christ, Inquisition and Mystifier. Schammasch will also play an exclusive set of the whole 'Triangle' album at Roadburn Festival 2017.

Check out now "Metanoia" below.

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Hail Spirit Noir Premieres "I Mean You Harm"

Greek psychedelic black metal trio Hail Spirit Noir premieres a new song entitled "I Mean You Harm", taken from the upcoming new album "Mayhem In Blue", which will be out in stores via Dark Essence Records on October 28. The album was mixed by Dimitris Douvras (Rotting Christ) and mastered by Alan Douches (Chelsea Wolfe, Motörhead). The album art was created by Olia Pishchanska.

Check out now "I Mean You Harm" below.

Says the band about the album: More...

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Rotting Christ Posts New Video

Greek outfit Rotting Christ is now streaming a new video for "Apage Satana," a track taken from latest album "Rituals." The video, directed by Jon Simvonis (Magnum Production Studios), is available below.

Rotting Christ mastermind Sakis Tolis comments: "Dear friends, following a string of lyric videos specifically designed to illustrate tracks taken from 'Rituals', we are now presenting you the first official clip for our latest album.

"We chose to work again with the amazing Jon Simvonis, who already directed our video for the song '? ? S' ('666'). The concept for this new video is based on the ritual of exorcism and connected to the idea of a soul's transition to the other side. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy the journey to the other bank of the river with 'Apage Satana'!" More...

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Rotting Christ To Tour North America With Marduk

Greece's Rotting Christ has announced a new North American tour beginning on September 2nd in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and sees the band joining Marduk and Season of Mist label mates Carach Angren, along with Necronomicon. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

Sept. 2 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Sept. 3 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Sept. 4 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Sept. 5 Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
Sept. 6 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Sept. 7 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Sept. 8 Montreal, QC @ L'Astral
Sept. 9 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Sept. 10 Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
Sept. 11 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
Sept. 12 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Sept. 13 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
Sept. 14 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
Sept. 16 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
Sept. 17 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Sept. 18 Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
Sept. 19 Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
Sept. 20 Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
Sept. 21 Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
Sept. 22 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
Sept. 23 El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
Sept. 24 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Sept. 25 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar More...

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Christfuck Covers Rotting Christ

Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan from Venom Inc. is featured on a new cover of Rotting Christ's "Exile Archangels," performed by Greek black metal band Christfuck.

The track comes off Christfuck's new EP, containing 3 original songs plus the Rotting Christ cover, released only on cassette in 150 hand numbered copies by Mercyfull Hell Productions from Peru.

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Rotting Christ Premieres New Vid Featuring Vorph

Greece's most iconic metal outfit - none other than the mighty Rotting Christ - has teamed up with us here at Metalunderground.com to exclusively premiere a killer new lyric vid!

This clip is for "Les Litanies de Satan," taken off Rotting Christ's new album "Rituals," out now through Season Of Mist and available here.

The track features equally renowned Samael frontman Vorph as a guest vocalist, reciting in the original French language from Charles Baudelaire's masterpiece "Les Fleurs du Mal," which inspired this song.

If you haven't heard it yet, the rest of the album is still available for full streaming at this location and the track listing is:

1. In Nomine Dei Nostri
2. Ze Nigmar
3. Elthe Kyrie
4. Apage Satana
5. Les Litanies De Satan (Fleurs du mal)
6. For A Voice Like Thunder
7. Komx Om Pax
8. Devadevam
9. Thou Thanatou
10. The Four Horsemen

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