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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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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 Day Two: Mayhem

All the best metal on day two took place in the clubs as part of the Nites extension at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. Black metal Warfare II tour featuring Mayhem/Watain/Rotting Christ stopped at The Mohawk. Black metal is a seldom seen commodity at FFF, so it was exciting to see three legends in the black metal camp play. With Venom playing on Sunday, black metal has singed its mark on the annuals of the decade-long festival.

Gaia’s tears could not hinder music lovers from attending day two. I did not arrive at Auditorium Shores until around 4:30. By that time the rain had dwindled down to a drizzle but its effects were evident in the mud. The sets of major acts Jane’s Addiction, NOFX and Wu-Tang Clan monumentally clashed.

I did not stay for any of those bands. I left early to get down to the Mayhem show. Before leaving, I caught stoner comedian Doug Benson’s act. He reeled off funny slogans and got the crowd wired in to his Twitter page. He read off tweats from his followers in and out of the tent. He did not seem as stoned as he usually is, his delivery of jokes was too fast, but did beckon an E-cig filled with Mary Jane juice, which he graciously accepted and toked. More...

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Mayhem Kicking Off Black Metal Warfare II

Mayhem just kicked off the Black Metal Warfare II tour, joined by Watain and Rotting Christ for the U.S. trek.

The tour begins tonight in New Orleans, and sees the band traveling across the country before concluding on November 28. A full list of dates for 2015's most extreme tour can be found below.

11/05 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
11/06 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/07 Austin, TX @ Mohawk (FunFunFun Fest)
11/08 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live!
11/10 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/11 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
11/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red
11/13 San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
11/14 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/15 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
11/18 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
11/20 Palatine, IL @ Durty Nellies
11/21 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
11/22 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
11/23 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/24 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/25 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
11/27 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
11/28 Atlanta, GA @The Masquerad More...

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Bloodstock Confirms Dragonforce, Paradise Lost

After recently revealing Twisted Sister'sfinal U.K. show and the mighty Mastodon as two of the three main stage headliners for 2016, Bloodstock is excited to announce three more main stage bands for next year’s event.

Power metal fans rejoice! Be sure to practice your air guitar skills in advance, because the shredtastic Dragonforce has confirmed that Bloodstock will be the band's only U.K. show in 2016!. Guitarist Herman Li informs us:

"It’s been over 10 years since DragonForce played Bloodstock, and both of us have come a long way in that time. Back then, we were a new band with only our debut album out, and Bloodstock was a smaller indoor festival, but still a magnet for true, die-hard rock & metal fans, just as it is today. We had some of our best times that year at Bloodstock and felt great excitement at being invited to play. That excitement is just as real today having been invited back again, only this time it's even better because I won't need to pack the gear and drive up there in my car with Sam Totman as my map reader!!"

British doom pioneers Paradise Lost also join the bill, with guitarist Greg Mackintosh commenting: “It is great to be confirmed to play Bloodstock 2016! We haven't played there since 2012 and we had a blast. It will also be our first UK festival appearance since the release of our new album, ‘The Plague Within’. We look forward to seeing you all there and adding the doom and gloom to Bloodstock 2016.”

Greek extreme metallers Rotting Christ will blaze into Catton Park, with front man Sakis having this to say: “We’re very proud to be coming back to the biggest metal festival in the United Kingdom! Bloodstock, let's create hell on earth next year! Until then...keep the spirit alive!”

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Rotting Christ Finishes Recording Album

Rotting Christ just wrapped up the recording process for the follow-up to 2013 release "Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy" (reviewed here). Sakis Tolis had this to say:

"After more than a year and a half of deep soul searching, and 4 grueling months in the studio, I can proudly announce that we have finished recording the new Rotting Christ album.

"It's eleven new songs, with eleven different and unique stories influenced by rituals and myths from all around the globe. All of these new creations are mystical journeys into hidden knowledge under the name 'Rituals' that will release on the 12th of February, 2016.

"'Rituals' is the darkest and most personal-sounding Rotting Christ album that we've ever made, and you'll be able to hear it very shortly. Stay tuned brothers & sisters!" More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Adds Six More Acts For 2016

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added 4 more acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 40 bands of the 60 revealed.

The latest additions are: Jag Panzer, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Squealer, Stratovarius and Vader!

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.

Jag Panzer, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Squealer, Stratovarius and Vader join the following previously named acts (with 20 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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Bloodbath, Krisiun, 2 Others Added To 70,000 Tons

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added 4 more acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 34 bands of the 60 to be announced.

The latest additions are: Bloodbath, Krisiun, Vallenfyre and Subway to Sally.

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.

Bloodbath, Krisiun, Vallenfyre and Subway to Sally join the following previously named acts:

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

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Updated Lineup For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Over the past few months, UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added 17 acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 30 acts of the 60 announced.

The latest additions are: Aura Noir, Belphegor, Carach Angren, Credle of Filth, Epica, Gamma Ray, HammerFall, Holy Moses, Insomnium, Manilla Road, Rhapsody of Fire, Rotting Christ, Samael, Sodom, Tsjuder, Tyr and Visions of Atlantis.

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.

Aura Noir, Belphegor, Carach Angren, Credle of Filth, Epica, Gamma Ray, HammerFall, Holy Moses, Insomnium, Manilla Road, Rhapsody of Fire, Rotting Christ, Samael, Sodom, Tsjuder, Tyr and Visions of Atlantis join the previously named acts:

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Children of Bodom
Delain
DragonForce
Firewind
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Iced Earth
Lacuna Coil
Moonspell
My Dying Bride
Thyrfring
Turisas More...

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Kaltenbach Open Air Streaming Short Video Recap

Austria's only true metal underground festival, Kaltenbach Open Air, is streaming a short video recap of its 10th anniversary edition below (courtesy of Stormbringer). This year's edition of the festival had the following bands live on stage: Marduk, Dark Funeral, Agalloch, Krisiun, Anaal Nathrakh, Rotting Christ, God Dethroned, Valkyrja, Benighted, Thulcandra, Hideous Divinity and Darkfall.

Check it out now below.

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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
Audio click : 253 b.p.m More...

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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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