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

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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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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.

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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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Rotting Christ Posts Lyric Video Online

Greek black metal veterans Rotting Christ have posted a new lyric video online for the song, "For A Voice Like Thunder." You can check it out below.

The song comes from the band's most recent studio album, "Rituals," which was released on February 12th of this year and is the group's first official lyric video. The song is based on William Blake's "Poetical Sketchings" and was intended for a Dramatic Piece of King Edward the Fourth. More...

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Moonsorrow Covers Rotting Christ

On April 1st, 2016, Finnish pagan metal act Moonsorrow will release a brand-new, seventh studio album titled "Jumalten Aika" - which means "The Age Of Gods" in English - via Century Media Records.

The 2CD formats come with a strictly limited patch as well as a bonus disc including cover versions of Grave's "Soulless" and also Rotting Christs's "Non Serviam," for which the band just launched a static video.

Moonsorrows: Henri Sorvali comments: "WE DO NOT SERVE. Everyone in Moonsorrow has been a great Rotting Christ-fan since the early 90´s and with our version of this song we wanted not only to honor the band but also give the credit how much we have been influenced by them throughout our history. With our hails and deepest respect to our brothers in Hellas, we proudly present our interpretation of their creation: Non Serviam."

Rotting Christ frontman Sakis Tolis adds: "The Non Serviam dictum is more topical than ever nowadays and we are more than honored, that the Great Finish Pagan Metal Warriors, Moonsorrow, have honored it and gave their own vision on how our early 90's song can also sound nowadays. We all in the band find their creation amazing and we send our respect to the north. Keep the spirit alive!" More...

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Rotting Christ Responds To Religious Demands

Greek black metal legends Rotting Christ have issued a statement in response to the pressure heaped upon them by South African religious groups. The band has also confirmed it will perform the shows as scheduled but under a different moniker. The group's statement reads as follows:

"The religious voices that want to supress the artistic minds freedom and remove any "voice" that is different to their own will not dominate, they will not find auspicious ground against a band who lives in the frontlines of the NON SERVIAM battlefield.

"So we definitely will do our scheduled shows in South Africa this summer (under the name ? ? S*) and we promise a hell of a show to our African Metal brothers.

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70,000 Tons Of Metal, Day Four: "Band Vs. Nature"

I woke up at the usual 7:30am after arriving at my cabin less than three hours prior. I really thought there would be more of a hangover…but then again, it really wasn’t that long since my last drink. I usually reserve the last full day/night of the cruise (today) to be the time I lay down the camera and act more like a fan, but circumstances were such that Saturday night was the party night.

So the last full day of the cruise is met much like any other Sunday before you go back to work…the morning brings the feeling of “I still have a full day ahead of me.” By mid-morning you think “Ok…I have to find a way to slow this day down.” By noon its “I still have lunch and dinner and a bunch of shows to see.” By mid-afternoon its “well, the sun is still out.” By early evening its “Fuck…its almost over.”

I headed up to the Windjammer for some breakfast and I brought my camera so I can check out the 10am pool deck show with Twilight Force. After eating, I walked up to deck 12 and guards were blocking the pool deck from every angle. Apparently there was a banner that was blowing around that may cause harm if it detached…or so the story went. I checked back four times…even seeing many of the band members in costume and ready to go. It was not to be…Twlight Force would be cancelled and rescheduled…but this was just the beginning of the nightmare. More...

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Rotting Christ Posts Full Album Online

The Greek metal masters from Rotting Christ are streaming their entire forthcoming album "Rituals" in full today.

Check it out below, courtesy of Blabbermouth.net. Regarding the new album, Rotting Christ founding member Sakis Tolis comments:

"Dear friends, herewith I proudly present to you our latest creation 'Rituals'! These 11 brand new tracks are united by their mission to take you to the sublime devotion, which can only be achieved by a ritual. We are unearthing some lost knowledge and secrets from around the globe, before they sink deeper into the dustbin of history. Take a deep breath and dive with us into the abyss!"

The full "Rituals" track listing is as follows:

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 More...

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Diamond Head Tops Off 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2016

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail tomorrow. Promoters UMC have declared the event a sell out and announced that the final act added to the bill is legendary UK act Diamond Head.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will sails from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

If you missed out on this year, be sure to check out information on the event over at 70000tons.com.

Diamond Head joins the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Abinchova
Ancient Rites
Arkona
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Delain
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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Novembers Doom, Nervosa Named For 70,000 Tons

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail this Thursday, and promoters UMC have announced all but one act to complete the lineup with the latest additions: Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation.

The clue to the 60th band to be announced is "jewel" and begins with a "D."

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth. You can still book your tickets using the link a few paragraphs down.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation join the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Abinchova
Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Delain
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Lineup Closer To Complete

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal is about to set sail next Thursday, and promoters UMC are inching closer to completing the lineup - the latest addition is Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer)'s new act Dead Cross.

Other additions include: Abinchova, Painful, Twilight Force, Skálmöld, Raven, Koyi K Utho, Dia De Los Muertos, Distillator and Susperia.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth. You can still book your tickets using the link a few paragraphs down.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. Also, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

Dead Cross, Abinchova, Painful, Twilight Force, Skálmöld, Raven, Koyi K Utho, Dia De Los Muertos, Distillator and Susperia join the following previously named acts (with 9 still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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Rotting Christ Streams "Tou Thanatou"

The Greek metal masters from Rotting Christ are streaming another new track from their forthcoming album "Rituals."

Listen in to "Tou Thanatou" below, courtesy of MetalSucks.net.

"Rituals," the band's twelfth studio album, will be released worldwide on February 12th. You can also hear previously released tracks "Ze Nigmar" and "Elthe Kyrie." The album's full track listing is as follows:

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 More...

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Rotting Christ Streaming "Ze Nigmar"

Following previous streams of the tracks "In Nomine Dei Nostri" and "Elthe Kyrie," Rotting Christ has now released a third advance track from upcoming album "Rituals."

Check out third and final early release song "Ze Nigmar" in the YouTube player provided below.

Rotting Christ's new album "Rituals" is set to drop on February 12th, 2016 via Season of Mist Records.

The album's track listing is as follows:

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 More...

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Rotting Christ Posts New Track

The Greek metal masters from Rotting Christ are streaming the second new track from their forthcoming album "Rituals."

The track, titled "In Nomine Dei Nostri," is available in the player below.

"Rituals," the band's twelfth studio album, will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on February 12th.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. In Nomine Dei Nostri
2. Ze Nigmar
3. Elthe Kyrie [streaming here]
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 More...

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Eluveitie Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 41 bands of the 60 revealed. Three more acts (Hint: from Switzerland, Germany and Sweden) will be added this week.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Eluveitie joins the following previously named acts (with 19 still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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Rotting Christ Premieres New Track "Elthe Kyrie"

Greek symphonic/melodic death metal act Rotting Christ premiered the brand new track "Elthe Kyrie" over at Metal Hammer's website at this location (also streaming in the player below). The track is taken from the upcoming new release "Rituals," which is set to drop on February 12th via Season of Mist Records. Pre-orders will be available at this location.

Frontman Sakis Tolis comments: "Dear friends! We now present the first creation of our forthcoming album 'Rituals' to you. It is not an easy task to pick only one song to represent a whole album as diverse as this, but as it has to suffice for the time being, the choice fell on 'Elthe Kyrie', which translates as 'Come Lord' and was influenced by the tragic ancient Greek poet Euripides and more specifically his creation 'Bakxais'. This pure bacchanalian play refers to the coming of the new god. The ritualistic atmosphere of this historical theatre drama influenced us lyrically as well as musically and resulted in this song that you are currently listening to. There only remains one thing, which is us taking you on a mystical journey into ancient Greek bacchanalian occultism. The amazing female guest vocals are courtesy of the fabulous Danai Katsameni, an actress of the National Hellenic Theater."

Rotting Christ is simultaneously unveiling the artwork and track list of "Rituals" as follows:

1. In Nomine Dei Nostri
2. Ze Nigmar
3. Elthe Kyrie
4. Les Litanies De Satan (Les Fleurs Du Mal)
5. Apage Satana
6. Tou Thanatou
7. For A Voice Like Thunder
8. Konx Om Pax
9. Devadevam
10. The Four Horsemen
11. Lok'tar Ogar (Bonus Track) More...

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