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

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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 Premieres New Live Album

"Lucifer Over Athens," the new Rotting Christ double-live album, sees the legendary band at the height of its power, with a release date set for August 21 via Season Of Mist.

Recorded in December 2013 in the band's home city of Athens, "Lucifer Over Athens" is nothing short of triumphant and a testament to the band's unique magic. With the release date quickly approaching, we are now exclusively streaming the album in full - listen in below, and if you dig what you hear, pre-order your copy right here.

Fans in need of more Rotting Christ live action can catch the group live in the U.S. with Watain in November. Full dates are available at this location.

In addition to this new live album, Rotting Christ also continues work on an upcoming studio full-length, and the band is now seeking fan voices to include on the release. More...

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Rotting Christ Wants Your Voice On New Album

Rotting Christ has issued the following statement about seeking van voices for a chorus segment on the band's upcoming album:

"You want to participate in our upcoming album? You want to help us making the chorus of a new song huuuuuge?

"Then feel free to send us your voice –your screams, your howls, anything you want - to our bands official e-mail address: sakis@rotting-christ.com or rchrist@ath.forthnet.gr and let’s make the most hellish chorus ever!"

Words to say: APAGE SATANA
Wave audio file format: Any format
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Watain Announces U.S. Tour With Mayhem

After a previous co-headlining tour with Mayhem back in January, Swedish black metal outfit Watain has announced a second leg of the trek, set to take place in November.

Featuring Rotting Christ as support, fans can expect another dose of wild blasphemy this winter. See below for all dates.

Watain will be touring in support of devastatingly awesome fifth full-length, "The Wild Hunt" (reviewed here), which was unleashed in 2013 worldwide via Century Media Records. The Black Metal Warfare tour part II will also be the final U.S. tour for "The Wild Hunt." Vocalist Erik comments:

"As with every album tour, it is always towards the end that the all the ingredients of our performances melt together properly and become most powerful. The Black Metal Warfare tour was a very special project for us and I am very pleased we get to end our Wild Hunt in the US with this second leg, with such a legendary package and in front of our ever faithful US militias!

"While Black Metal Warfare part II is of course a continuation of the first one, quite a few surprises can be expected, both in terms of the setlists as well as on the stage itself. All that is certain is that November shall wail and reek of burning, blistering, banging, bloody Black Metal War! A victorious ending before it's time to yet again embark on the ever winding paths into the great unknown..." More...

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Rotting Christ Releasing Live Album

Greek metal band Rotting Christ has announced a live double-album titled "Lucifer Over Athens," recorded in December 2013 in the group's home city of Athens and featuring a setlist running from early demos to Rotting Christ's most recent album.

"Lucifer over Athens" will be released by Season of Mist worldwide on August 21st, and is available for pre-order here.

The track listing is as follows:

CD1
1. 6 6 6
2. Dub Sag Ta Ke
3. Athanatoi Este
4. ?ta ??? ?aiµ??a ?a?t??
5. Nemecic
6. After Dark I Feel
7. Sorrowfull Farewell
8. Among Two Storms
9. Gloria De Domino Inferni
10. Feast Of The Grant Whore
11. The Nereid Of Esgalduin
12. Forest Of ‘N Gai
13. The Sign Of Evil Existence
14. Transform All Suffering Into Plague
15. Fgmenth Thy Gift
16. Societas Satanas More...

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Kaltenbach Open Air Posts Festival Trailer

Austria's Kaltenbach Open Air is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and deploying following bands among many others: Marduk, Dark Funeral, Agalloch, Krisiun, Anaal Nathrakh, Rotting Christ, God Dethroned, Valkyrja, Benighted, Thulcandra, Darkfall. Check out the official festival trailer streaming below. Tickets and all informations about the festival can be found HERE.

Check out the official Running Order 2015: More...

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Kaltenbach Open Air Running Order Announced

Austria's Kaltenbach Open Air is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and has already announced the running order for all three days. Tickets and all informations about the festival can be found HERE.

Check out the official Running Order 2015 below: More...

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Crown Added To Kaltenbach Open Air Line Up

Industrial doom outfit Crown will be playing at this year's edition of the Kaltenbach Open Air Festival (replacing the black metalers of Hellsaw who recently called it quits). Hailing from France, Crown (not to be confused with The Crown) consists of two men and a machine who tune their neutron guitars to the Richter scale, and deliver the sound of a molten universe collapsing.

The Kaltenbach Open Air is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and deploying following bands among many others: Marduk, Dark Funeral, Agalloch, Krisiun, Anaal Nathrakh, Rotting Christ, God Dethroned, Valkyrja, Benighted, Thulcandra, Darkfall. Tickets and all informations about the festival can be found HERE .

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Rotting Christ Gearing Up For Festival Tour

Greek metal outfit Rotting Christ has announced a string of festival dates across several European countries in February.

The trek, which begins at Norway's Blastfest on February 19th, runs through nine more countries, and sees the band performing at festivals such as Party.San Open Air in Germany, Metal Days in Slovenia, Einstaflug in Iceland, and more before concluding on October 1st. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.

2/19 Bergen (NO) Blastfest
2/28 Praha (CZ) Hellenic Darkness Fest
3/14 Esslingen (DE) Hell Over Esslingen Festival
4/5 Rotterdam (NL) Veneration of the Dead Festival
5/16 Pfaffing in Oberbayern (DE) Bavarian Battle Open Air
5/29 Warszawa (PL) Progresja
5/30 Gdynia (PL) Atlantic
6/5 Milano (IT) Circolo Coloni
6/6 Roma (IT) Traffic
7/5 Roitzschjora (DE) With Full Force
7/9 Neskaupsstaðir (IS) Eistnaflug
7/23 Tolmin (SI) Metal Days
7/24 Hamburg (DE) Schlattfest
7/25 Lörrach (DE) Baden in Blut Open Air
8/6 Schlotheim (DE) Party.San Open Air
8/22 Spital am Semmering (AT) Kaltenbach Festival
8/30 Istanbul (TR) Headbangers Weekend Festival
10/1 Trondheim (NO) Trondheim Metal Fest More...

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Blastfest Confirms Finntroll, Moonsorrow, And More

Norway’s Blastfest has just unveiled another seven great reasons why you need to book the 19th – 21st of February 2015 off work.

Today the festival organizers announce the addition of seven more bands to the billing including Finnish folk metal upstarts Finntroll, melodic black metal sextet Moonsorrow and Ireland’s men of myth Primordial. Also confirmed today are Djevelcult, Tortorum, Crib 45, and Morgoth.

The Bergen festival is only in its second year and previously announced acts such as At The Gates, Decapitated, Rotting Christ, Destruction and Asphyx for the 2015 edition. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Belphegor Cancels North American Tour

Due to a family emergency, Austria’s diabolical death / black metal band Belphegor has been forced to cancel the planned headlining North American “Voices From The Dark” tour with Rotting Christ, Beheaded, and Svart Crown.

The tour was scheduled to launch September 24th in New York City. Belphegor front man & guitarist Helmuth Lehner issued the following statement:

"After fighting many months now (the last 4 months have been terrible), my mother is at the end. Her body is decaying more and more and will not survive the next weeks (maybe days) or will fall in coma soon. I will not risk being away at this time."

None of the other bands have issued a statement yet, so it's unclear if they will continue the tour or if the entire trek is off with the headlining band cancelling.

Update: Rotting Christ has now confirmed the tour is fully cancelled, stating: "As Rotting Christ we have no other choice than supporting Helmuth's family situation and to express simultaneously our deep disappointment with the fact that we will not meet our Northern American Metal brothers as we promised them with this tour. We promise though that we will work our asses off to be back in your land ASAP so stay tuned for updates." More...

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Belphegor Headed To North America

The diabolical death/black metal band Belphegor will return to North American shores with a headlining tour this Fall.

Joining the raid of conquest and blasphemy, dubbed the “Voices From The Dark” tour 2014, is a cornucopia of the finest metal miscreants the world has to offer.

Greek outfit Rotting Christ as well as Beheaded from Malta and Svart Crown from France will be supporting on the trek.

“Belphegor is still brutal and consistent, rolling in worldwide like a wartime tank,” comments Belphegor frontman Helmuth Lehner. “It will be a pleasure to conquer the states again. On 'Conjuring The Dead' we celebrate diabolical death musick with one of our most brutal offerings yet. Join the Belphegor rituals and go to hell with us.”

The band's upcoming album "Conjuring The Dead" (reviewed here) is due out on August 5th (North America), August 8th (EU/Brazil/Japan), and August 11th (UK/FR) via Nuclear Blast. Catch the band live on these dates: More...

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Bloodstock Festival Reveals Full 2014 Lineup

The final bands have now been announced for this year's edition of the Bloodstock Festival, which takes place from August 7th - 10th (get ticket info and other details over here). The organizers of the festival comment:

"The ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finals have rocked to a conclusion and some more lucky young bands are joining the New Blood stage at Catton Park next month, plus there's a few last additions for the Sophie and Jagermeister stages.

"Balls Deep bring their trad groove metal to the Sophie Lancaster stage. The Brit outfit have been busy honing their ‘Pro-Pain cut with Black Sabbath’ sound, coming on like the bastard sons of Pantera and classic heavy metal.

"Over on the Jagermeister stage, female-fronted power metallers Aceldama will be impressing allcomers with their high octane performance and audience interaction, while New Blood stage stoner rocker’s Resin will be offering an additional acoustic spin on their new material.

"Meanwhile, the New Blood stage welcomes the last clutch of winners from the last batch of M2TM roadshow finals. Goat Leaf bring their doom groove from the Sheffield heats, Oakhaart’s tech death noise hails from Gloucestershire, impressing judges at the Bristol event, Sinpathetic grace us with their death metal from the Preston night, Eradikator’s thrash metal won out in Birmingham, and lastly but not least, Cacodaemonic's unholy, neo-classical infused death metal represents Nottingham."

The full 2014 festival lineup will be as follows: More...

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Bloodstock Announces Art Exhibition

The work of JRR Tolkien has long been a favorite muse of rock and metal artists. This year's Bloodstock bands Megadeth, Amon Amarth, and Dimmu Borgir all have used Tolkien references in their work, along with many others (Nightwish, Gorgoroth and even the likes of Led Zeppelin to name but a few).

Now Bloodstock’s co-founder, fantasy artist Paul Raymond Gregory, is thrilled to bring the two themes together and launch a major art exhibition at Bloodstock this year.

Christened the Rock and Metal (RAM) Gallery, the exhibition is to be a permanent addition to the festival and will provide a showcase for a changing selection of rock-related art and memorabilia. Paul Raymond Gregory’s extensive body of work includes many famous album sleeves and monolithic pieces inspired by the writings of JRR Tolkien. Paul’s first ever album cover commission was in 1984 for Saxon’s "Crusader," so launching the RAM Gallery on the 30th anniversary of Paul’s artistic debut in the metal world is fitting indeed.

This year’s first showing will include all the original Bloodstock festival artwork, going right back to the first indoor event in 2001, plus a wide range of Paul’s album art including the sleeve of Saxon’s latest release "Sacrifice." Representing Paul’s Tolkien work, there will also be a large triptych inspired by The Silmarillion opus (from whence Marillion derived its name). The painting will be mounted in a bespoke hand-carved frame created by framer John Davis. Although John has framed much of Paul’s other work, the triptych features the first frame actually designed by Paul himself. In addition, Paul will be signing copies of his book "Beyond Time And Place," which showcases artwork from the breadth of his career.

The exhibition will also include a small selection of bespoke handmade guitars created by young artist/musician Cynosure who is working to re-define the guitar, not just as a functional instrument, but as a working, playable piece of art.

The current Bloodstock Festival 2014 lineup is shaping up as follows: More...

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Bloodstock Adds More Bands To 2014 Lineup

The organizers of the Bloodstock Festival have checked in with the following update about confirming more bands for the 2014 edition:

"Things are hotting up at Bloodstock HQ and even more bands are unveiled for 2014!! Joining the main stage bill are the newly renamed, Entombed A.D. After having to change their name from just ‘Entombed’, LG Petrov and his fellow band members are once again ready to let the music do the talking after a year of internal struggles. They release the highly anticipated new album ‘Back to the Front’ on 4th August via Century Media and are eager to get back on the road.

"Getting the heads banging on the Sophie stage on Thursday are British trad metalheads Monument, and bringing their own brand of theatrical madness and extreme metal are former ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ winners, Gethika. Bringing an international flavour on Sunday are death/thrash metallers Krow, who hail all the way from Brazil. Fancy something a little different? Then check out 16-yr old blues star in the making Aaron Keylock, also performing on Sunday’s Sophie stage.

"Not content with that, Bloodstock can also reveal six killer bands for the Jagermeister stage! Grab a couple Jagerbombs and come headbang to Undersmile and King Creature on Friday, plus Massive Wagons and a special acoustic set from Orphaned Land on Saturday. If you’re still standing come Sunday, be sure to catch Rabid Bitch of the North and The Heretic Order."

The festival takes place from August 7th - 10th and full details are available at this location. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Sunday Old School: BMHM Part 2. Rotting Christ

As you may have noticed last week, Metalunderground.com has brought back Black Metal History Month, a special time when we devote February to looking back on some of the most influential and important bands in the history of black metal. Part of the aim this year, not just for Black Metal History Month but for the Sunday Old School column overall, is to read up on bands from as many countries as possible. The first instalment of this year’s Black Metal History Month saw the column look at a band from Poland for the first time and this week, Sunday Old School will be making its first trip to Greece, as we go through the life, music and controversy of Rotting Christ.

The band was formed in 1987 by vocalist/guitarist, Sakis Tolis and his brother Themis on drums, along with bass player, Jim Patsouris and despite the style they would soon become known for, began life performing a mixture of death metal and grindcore. They would only release one record while performing this style, in 1988, when they teamed up for a split EP with Sound Pollution. By 1989, the group had turned to a very dark and harsh black metal sound, which was demonstrated on their first demo, "Satanas Tedeum," a release which saw them make their mark as one of the pioneers of the second wave of black metal. They signed with a local record company in 1991, the same year they released their first EP, "Passage to Arcturo" before releasing a 7" single, "Dawn of the Iconoclast."

With these releases under their belts, they had gained enough recognition to sign with an international label. Initially Rotting Christ looked set to head to Norway, where the black metal scene had really taken off, to sign with Deathlike Silence, the label owned and run by Mayhem guitarist, Euronymous, however this never materialised due to the murder of Euronymous by his former bandmate, Varg Vikernes. Instead, they joined forces with Osmose for their debut album, "Thy Mighty Contract," which was released in November 1993 and was received well enough to earn them a spot on the "Fuck Christ" tour with Immortal and Canadian black metal outfit, Blasphemy, where their performance was met with even more positivity, leading the label to release a new 7" single, "Apokathelosis," after which the company parted ways with the band. Rotting Christ decided to head home for their next label, signing to Greek company, Unisound, who released their sophomore full length, "Non Serviam" in 1994. However, signing with a small label back in Greece did not allow the album to be released as far as they had hoped and so many countries did not stock the album until many years later. More...

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Rotting Christ Added To Bloodstock Lineup

Bloodstock has added three headliners to the Sophie Lancaster stage: Rotting Christ, Sister Sin, and Satan.

A teaser trailer for the U.K. fest can be seen below, and this year's edition is set to take place on August 7th - 10th at Catton Park in Derbyshire. There are still many more bands to be announced, and the current lineup is as follows:

Ronnie James Dio stage
DOWN, EMPEROR, MEGADETH, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, SAXON, LACUNA COIL, OBITUARY, FLOTSAM & JETSAM, CROWBAR, PRIMORDIAL, LACUNA COIL, PRONG, DECAPITATED, BIOHAZARD, REVAMP, ORPHANED LAND, ABORTED, EVIL SCARECROW

Sophie Lancaster Stage
ROTTING CHRIST, SISTER SIN, SATAN More...

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Rotting Christ Announces New Tour Dates

Greek metal act Rotting Christ has announced an international winter tour. The tour starts on January 16th in Brisbane, Australia and will also see the band make stops in Sydney and Melbourne before heading out to Japan.

Additionally, the band has recently announced its inclusion in next year's Summer Breeze Festival. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

Rotting Christ is touring in support of latest record, "Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy" (reviewed here). More...

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Twilight Of The Gods To Tour With Rotting Christ

European super group Twilight of the Gods and Greek cult act Rotting Christ will hit the road together on October 16th.

With Negura Bunget and other bands as support acts, the tour will travel through Europe to end on November 5th.

The Twilight of the Gods debut album is entitled "Fire on the Mountain" and will be released on September 27th (October 1st in North America).

Check out the new song "Destiny Forged In Blood" at this location.

The first announced gigs are as follows: More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting Live Stream Available

Couldn't make it to Belgium this weekend for the Graspop Metal Meeting? Good news is that the festival will be streaming live over at this location. The live stream has two channels streaming from the various stages.

Scheduled to appear at the annual festival are:

Friday, June 28th:

Twisted Sister
Korn
Soulfly
Papa Roach
Helloween
Grave Digger
Heathen
Crucified Barbara
Kreator
Mayhem
Dark Funeral
Korpiklaani
Unleashed
Varg
Coal Chamber
Heaven Shall Burn
Prong
All That Remains
Asking Alexandria
Veil of Maya
Katatonia
Rotting Christ
Entombed
Love and Death
Bliksem
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...

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Rotting Christ Posts New Music Video

Greek act Rotting Christ has released a new music video for "666," which comes off the band's latest album "Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy" (reviewed here).

Watch the video through Metal Injection here or in the player below.

You can also stream the full album at this location, or check out our interview with the band about the release right here. The track listing is as follows:

1. In Yumen - Xibalba
2. P'unchaw Kachun - Tuta Kachun
3. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos
4. Kataton Demona Eaftou
5. Cine Iubeste Si Lasa
6. Iwa Woodoo
7. Gilgames
8. Rusalka
9. Ahura Mazda Anra Mainiuu
10. 666
11. Welcome to Hel (bonus track) More...

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