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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.
Rotting Christ has issued the following announcement about playing the band's 1,000th live show:
"The long, glorious and mystical journey of the band through the decades of its existence reaches a cumulative point with our 1000th show!
"One thousand majestic nights marauding the earth will be marked with the band's appearance at the Nuclear War Now Festival in November. The occasion will be celebrated with a very special setlist that will be performed, in all probability, by the first ever official Rotting Christ line up, including Mutilator and Magus, playing songs exclusively from their first three albums and demos.
"Until then… I name you under our cult." More...
Underground journalist Ryan Bartek has just released chapter one of his forthcoming book “Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II)” as a free PDF download. "Fortress Europe: London" features interviews with members of Killing Joke, Pantheist, Hello Bastards, Armed Response Unit, Fen, Flowers of Flesh and Blood, as well as a barrage of industry insiders and renowned metal/punk journalists.
Also included in this PDF download is the prologue to “Fortress Europe,” which was released earlier this year and features face-to-face interviews with Polish death metal legion Hate, Grecian black metal kingpins Rotting Christ, and the USA’s own blackened extreme metal machine Lecherous Nocturne.
"Fortress Europe: London" details the first week of Bartek’s travels throughout the European underground during Summer 2011. “Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II)” is the follow up to 2009’s “The Big Shiny Prison” -- a book in which the author traveled the USA covering all forms of counterculture fringe through a genre-bending combination of nonfiction journalism and the classic autobiographical road novel.
Rotting Christ has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled appearance at the Cork Midwinter Festival:
"Due to esoterical matters that cannot be resolved in a short amount of time, Rotting Christ is in the very difficult position to announce the cancellation of their special performance in Cork on the 26th of November.
"We would like to send our sincere apologies to our Irish Metal Brothers for that and we do promise to be back in Cork soon to make a hell of a show.
"Thank you for understanding! With respect, SAKIS on behalf of ROTTING CHRIST."
The Rotting Christ track "Demonon Vrosis" was also recently used for the horror movie Morituris. You can check out the teaser trailer here.
With Friday finally here, the Rock Band Network has new tracks for metal fans to jam over the weekend. This week's lineup of Xbox 360 tracks features a range of bands including such names as Rotting Christ, Halcyon Way, and Bring Me The Horizon. The newly added Xbox 360 metal tracks are as follows:
All Shall Perish - "Never... Again" (160 MSP)
Bring Me the Horizon - "Pray for Plagues (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Chaotrope - "Scarred" (80 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "Solar Winds (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Mouth Without a Head (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
I Am Abomination - "Examination" (160 MSP)
I Am Abomination - "Examination (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Rotting Christ - "Fire Death and Fear (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
The following song hits the PS3 edition on Tuesday, 10/4/2011 (North America) and Wednesday, 10/5/2011 (Europe):
The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Farewell, Mona Lisa" ($1.99)
These two songs will also be released on the PS3 on Tuesday, 10/4/2011 in North America:
After the Burial - "Pendulum" ($1.99)
Soilwork - "Stabbing the Drama" ($1.99)
For this week's lineup of newly added tracks on the Rock Band Network, metal and rock fans can look forward to new tracks from Halcyon Way, Rotting Christ, and Devin Towsend, with PS3 players getting more After the Burial and Soilwork in early October. The Rock Band Network website was updated with the following statement about the delay in PS3 songs and the lower number of PS3 tracks versus Xbox 360 songs:
"There will be no North America PS3 RBN release on Tuesday, 9/27/2011. Instead, we will release the songs listed above on 10/4/2011 along with the 5 songs regularly scheduled for that day (so 10 songs total will be released to North America PS3 RBN on 10/4/2011).
"We've got something extra-special planned on PS3 RBN for the release on Tuesday, October 11. Look for our upcoming announcement in the 'New to RBN' on Thursday, October 6!
"The Rock Band Network was developed upon Microsoft's XNA technology, and all RBN songs have 30-day exclusivity on the Xbox 360. However, select RBN 2.0 songs are submitted to the PS3 by Sony and Harmonix at the rate of 5 songs a week, as determined by factors such as popularity and community interest. To request future songs for the PS3, go to the forum thread here. We're always interested in hearing what songs our PS3 customers would enjoy!"
The following songs are now available on the Xbox 360:
Black Veil Brides - "Children Surrender" (160 MSP)
Black Veil Brides - "Heaven's Calling" (160 MSP)
Black Veil Brides - "Perfect Weapon" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "Solar Winds" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Mouth Without a Head" (80 MSP)
Rotting Christ - "Fire Death and Fear" (160 MSP)
Verah Falls - "A Family Affair" (160 MSP)
The following songs are coming to the PS3 edition on Tuesday, 10/4/2011 (North America) and Wednesday, 9/28/2011 (Europe):
After the Burial - "Pendulum" ($1.99)
Soilwork - "Stabbing the Drama" ($1.99)
The Rotting Christ song "Demonon Vrosis," which is taken from the band's latest album "Aealo" (reviewed here), has appeared on the trailer for the horror movie Morituris. You can check out the trailer for the movie below.
Arrayan Path (formerly known as Arryan Path) has issued the following update about appearing at the upcoming Ayia Napa Festival:
"Arrayan Path will be appearing in the Ayia Napa youth festival at the end of August together with bands like Stratovarius, Sabaton, Rotting Christ, as well as with some great bands from Cyprus like Blynd, R.U.S.T., Winter's Verge, and Lethal Saint, etc... A perfect combination of metal and holidays! Be there!"
Additional details on the festival are available by heading over to this location.
The first chapter of “Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II)” is now online & features interviews/appearances by Rotting Christ, Lecherous Nocturne, Hate, Melechesh, Hate, and Abigail Williams.
"Fortress Europe" is the sequel to Ryan Bartek’s “The Big Shiny Prison," a book of nonfiction journalism in which the author will be traveling Europe from July - August 2011 interviewing bands, artists, promoters and performers of all varieties. Although all aspects of underground culture will be represented, the main focus will again be extreme metal, hardcore punk, industrial, rock, electronic, etc.
"Fortress Europe" will feature a number of face-to-face interviews with legends in the metal/punk community - confirmations include members of Gorgoroth, Korpiklaani, Finntroll, Discharge, Agathocles, Bethlehem, Anaal Nathrakh, Deinonychus, Ingurgitating Oblivion, Ominum Gatherum, Rage, Decapitated, Mortiis, Stahlhammer, Horna, Master, Pigsty, Beherit, Squash Bowels, Drakkar Prods, Enochian Crescent, Thy Serpent, Battlelore, Antaeus, Funeral, Glittertind, Corpus Christii, Anata, Deranged, Primordial, and Wolfbrigade.
Footage has been posted online of a protest over an appearance by Greek metal act Rotting Christ, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"History repeats itself! And it proves that mankind still needs a hell of effort to break the shackles of tremors that still divides humanity into camps. Meanwhile we will keep on rotting any kind of organized religion worldwide…"
Rotting Christ also recently announced the band's upcoming summer festival schedule, which can be found at this location.
Rotting Christ has issued the following announcement about upcoming summer festivals:
"2011 and this summer finds the band again faithful with its every year's meeting with some of the greatest festival around the European continent. The so far journey is as follows and will soon be expanded. Stay tuned and as always… horns up, cross down."
20 May 2011 Rage of Destruction Festival V- Peer (Belgium)
10 June 2011 MetalGate Czech Death Fest OpenAir -Èervený Kostelec (CZECH REPUBLIC)
24 June 2011 Kilkim Žaibu XII - Varniai (LITHUANIA)
02 July 2011 Hard Rock Laager Festival-Tallin (ESTONIA)
23 July 2011 Hell's Pleasure Metalfest - Pößneck (Germany)
20 Aug 2011 Summer Breeze Open Air-Dinkelsbull (GERMANY)
26 Aug 2011 Ayia Napa Youth Festival (CYPRUS)
17 Sep 2011 Farmer Fest - Bigues i Riells- (SPAIN)
08 Oct 2011 Black Flames Of Blasphemy Fest-DOM Helsinki (FINLAND)
Ahhhh, death metal. Until tonight I hadn’t been to a proper death metal show in a couple of years at least, if not longer, so when I opened the doors to Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago’s Near South Side, the stench of decaying flesh wafted into my wanting nostrils and refreshed my soul. Spiked gauntlets and shinguards, bullet belts, corpsepaint, unending blast beats, lots and lots of huge buckles, long black coats – all the pleasantries of a death metal show were coming back to me in trigged kick drum style as I boldly strode past the merch table. The Apostles of Darkness Over The Americas Tour was in town, and headliner Rotting Christ had brought along a bag of very special guests: Melechesh, Hate, Abigail Williams and Lecherous Nocturne. Unfortunately I had a sustenance occasion that precluded my arrival in time for Lecherous Nocturne, but the folks I chatted with said their tech-death was precise and heavy. More...
Earlier this month, Greek act Rotting Christ announced an upcoming North American tour. The band has now commented on also lining up a run of European dates:
"We are back in Europe. We proudly announce our third invasion in our continent in the frame of our worldwide tour for the promotion of our last album AEALO, which its great success forced us to tour and the last territories that didn’t include within our previous 2 tours. This time the battle will take part in the following lands. Prepare your weapons with your… horns up & the cross down!"
The dates are as follows:
28 April 2011 Wiatrak- Zabrze (POLAND)
29 April 2011 Melodka-Brno (CHECH REPUBLIC)
30 April 2011 Colloseum –Kosice (SLOVAKIA)
01 May 2011 Club 202-Colloseum (HUNGARY)
02 May 2011 Gambrinus- Cluj Napoca (ROMANIA)
03 May 2011 Dublin-Iasi (ROMANIA)
04 May 2011 Silverchurch -Bucarest (ROMANIA)
05 May 2011 RBF Club - Sofia (BULGARIA)
06 May 2011 Cinemas Sloga-Sarajevo (BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA)
07 May 2011 MMC Slavija- Osijek (HRVARTSKA)
08 May 2011 Gala Hala- Ljubljana (SLOVENIA)
09 May 2011 Escape-Wienna (OSTERREICH)
10 May 2011 Kulturfabrik Kufstein-Worgl (OSTERREICH)
11 May 2011 Pieffe Factory- Gorizia (ITALIA)
12 May 2011 Arci Onirica –Parma (ITALIA)
13 May 2011 Industrie 45-Zug (HELVETIA)
14 May 2011 RnR Arena- Novara (ITALIA)
15 May 2011 Init Club- Roma (ITALIA)
From the very beginning, heavy metal has been about rebellion against established norms and restrictive social institutions. That theme has never prevented metal from being influenced by the greatest of mankind’s various systems of organized repression, however. Using a guitar and a microphone to express discontent over the actions of parents and governments inevitably led to bands expressing their disgust with the beliefs behind those actions. Whether musicians are singing about it, railing against it, or just simply partaking of it in their free time, religion has an undeniable role to play in nearly every sub-genre of heavy metal.
Plenty of bands have been built up around an anti-religious atmosphere, whether a simple general sentiment or a full-on fervor that drives the music. Despite metal being frequently identified with an anti-religious standpoint, the style has more than its fair share or religious spokesmen. Famous musicians such as Dave Mustaine of Megadeth have never been particularly quiet about their Christian faith, even if they don’t expressly promote it in any given song. Explicitly Christian metalcore acts are also rapidly gaining widespread attention, with groups like August Burns Red taking over Hot Topic and acts like I The Breather touring the U.S.
In general, it would seem the thrash metal world either doesn’t care about Mustaine’s religious affiliation or is willing to overlook it for the sake of the music. Thrash certainly has its share of anti-Christian songs, but it’s a genre that’s more concerned with social issues or an overall aggressive musical feel than anything dealing with supernatural belief systems.
As any fan of metal can easily attest, not all genres are built equal, and what appeals to one metal head is a serious turn off for another. Black metal is easily among the most infamous of all metal styles, having cut its teeth in the early ‘90s across a back drop of church burnings and sensational media stories of power struggles between Satanic leaders. Names like Emperor and Mayhem were starting to make waves and become recognized in the underground not only across Europe, but also in the U.S. and abroad. More...
Abstinenz has checked in with the following brief announcement about an upcoming festival appearance: "Abstinenz at Czech Death Fest! Now it's official - Abstinenz will come to Czech Republic! See you all there!" The Czech Death Fest is set to take place from June 10th - 11th, 2011. You can check out additional details on the festival at this location.
The currently announced lineup is as follows:
Arch of Hell(CZ)
Mechanical Falus Cult(CZ)
Return to Inocence(CZ)
Rotting Christ (GR)
Secret of Darkness (CZ)
Six Degrees of Separation(CZ)
Greek metallers Rotting Christ have issued the following update about an upcoming headlining North American tour:
"The missioners are back! The Rotting ones and their friends are the chosen ones, the Apostles of Darkness that selected to spread the unblessed idea in the following lands. Join the missionary…"
Support on the trek will come from Melechesh, Hate, Abigail Williams, and Lecherous Nocturne. The currently announced dates are as follows:
09 March 2011 Jaxx-West Springfield-VA (USA)
10 March 2011 Championship Bar & Grill-Trenton-NJ (USA)
11 March 2011 Montage Music Hall-Rochester-NY (USA)
12 March 2011 Rocko’s-Manchester-NH (USA)
13 March 2011 The Palladium-Worcester-MA (USA)
14 March 2011 Crazy Donkey-Farmingalde-NY(USA)
15 March 2011 Petit Campus-Montreal (CANADA)
16 March 2011 Mod Club-Toronto (CANADA)
17 March 2011 Blondie’s-Detrtoit-MI (USA)
18 March 2011 Peabody’s-Cleveland-OH (USA)
19 March 2011 Reggie Rock Club-Chicago-ILL (USA)
20 March 2011 Station 4-St Paul-MN (USA)
22 March 2011 The Republik-Calgary (CANADA)
23 March 2011 Starlite Room-Edmonton (CANADA)
25 March 2011 El Corazon-Seattle-WA (USA)
26 March 2011 Howthorne Theatre-Portland OR (USA)
27 March 2011 DNA Lounge-SF CA (USA)
28 March 2011 Chain Reaction-Anaheim CA (USA)
29 March 2011 Key Club-Los Angeles CA (USA)
30 March 2011 Brick by Brick-San Diego CA (USA)
31 March 2011 U.B.’s Bar-Mesa-AZ (USA)
01 April 2011 The War Legion Underground-Amarillo-TX (USA)
02 April 2011 Marquee-Tulsa-OK (USA)
03 April 2011 Rail Club-Ft Worth-TX (USA)
04 April 2011 Emo’s Alternative Lounging-Austin-TX (USA)
05 April 2011 Walter’s-Houston-TX (USA)
07 April 2011 Brass Mug-Tampa-FL (USA)
08 April 2011 The Masquerade-Atlanta-GA (USA)
09 April 2011 Volume 11-Raleigh-NC (USA)
10 April 2011 The Casbah-Charlotte-NC (USA)
16 April 2011 La Respuesta Theater Club-Santurce-PUERTO RICO (USA)
Mayhem has been confirmed tol perform at this year's edition of the Eindhoven Metal Meeting on December 17th, 2010. Other bands on the bill are Moonspell, Immortal, Rotting Christ, Severe Torture, Finntroll, Pestilence, Exodus, and many more.
The Eindhoven Metal Metting will take place on both Friday 17th and Saturday 18th, 2010 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. More information on the festival can be found through this location.
Rotting Christ has issued the following announcement about performing a hometown Athens shows:
"It’s been three years since our last appearance in our home town. We are back and we can proudly announce our only one exclusive show in Athens within our worldwide AEALO tour.
"We are ready to rise our horns in the air on the 8th of January in FUZZ CLUB with a more than 2 hours set list including songs from all of our history. Together we have our dark experimentalers CHAOSTAR. Sharpen your Steel to sharpen your fear... The boys are back in town…Spread the word around."
Rotting Christ has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming European dates with Samael and Finntroll:
"Time is getting near for the long time announced second part of Rotting Christ’s European tour within the framework of their last very successful album AEALO promotion. This time the band will honorably share the stage with great bands such as Finntroll, Samael, Metsatoll, Nothnegal, and is really anxious to see all you Metal Brothers and sisters in one of the following European destinations."
26 Nov 2010 Biebop-Vosselaar (BELGIUM)
27 Nov 2010 Turock-Essen (GERMANY)
28 Nov 2010 Romein Popodium-Leuwaarden (HOLLAND)
29 Nov 2010 Markthalle-Hamburg (GERMANY)
30 Nov 2010 Meir Music Hall- Braunscweig (GERMANY)
01 Dec 2010 Rockfabrick-Ludwigsburg (GERMANY)
02 Dec 2010 K17-Berlin (GERMANY)
03 Dec 2010 Hellraiser-Leipzig (GERMANY)
04 Dec 2010 Metal Meeting- Lichtenfels (GERMANY)
05 Dec 2010 Masters Of Rock-Zlin- (CHECH REPUBLIC)
06 Dec 2010 Wig Wam-Budapest-(HUNGARY)
07 Dec 2010 Kino Skina- Ljubeljana (SLOVENIA)
08 Dec 2010 Generali Magazzini-Milan (ITALY)
09 Dec 2010 Szene-Vienna (AUSTRIA)
10 Dec 2010 Backstage-Munich (GERMANY)
11 Dec 2010 Kulturfabrik-Kufstein (AUSTRIA)
12 Dec 2010 Z7-Pratteln (HELVETIA)
13 Dec 2010 Ninkasi Kao-Lyon (FRANCE)
14 Dec 2010 Salamandra –Barcelona (SPAIN)
15 Dec 2010 Heineken-Madrid (SPAIN)
16 Dec 2010 Phare-Toulouse (FRANCE)
17 Dec 2010 John Lennon-Limoges (FRANCE)
18 Dec 2010 Eindhoven Metal Meeting-Eindhoven (HOLLAND)
19 Dec 2010 Batschkamp-Frankfurt (GERMANY)
Rotting Christ has announced three new vinyl re-issues with bonus material via Floga Records. The details are as follows:
1. "A Dead Poem" + bonus track LP on red transparent vinyl. To be issued in November, 2010.
2. "Genesis" + bonus track LP. To be issued December, 2010.
3. "Triarchy of the Lost Lovers" + bonus track LP. To be issued December, 2010.
Each vinyl reissue will be limited to 500 copies, with the first 100 signed by Sakis Tolis. Additional details can be found at this location.
Mercenary has issued the following announcement about three upcoming live shows with Finntroll, Samael, and Rotting Christ:
"We're proud to announce that we will be playing three shows as special guests with Finntroll, Samael, Rotting Christ and more on the following dates. Show up for a a few oldies and a taste of the new album! Spread the news! Cheers."
The details are as follows:
12/9 Vienna - Szene (Austria)
12/10 Munich - Backstage (Germany)
12/11 Kufstein - Kufa (Austria)