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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 Protest Footage Available

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.

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Rotting Christ Announces Summer Festivals

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)

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Melechesh Steals The Kill From Rotting Christ Live

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...

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Rotting Christ Announces European Tour

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)

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The Unblackening Of Metal

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...

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Czech Death Festival Lineup Announced

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:

Abstinenz(D)
Abstract Essence(CZ)
Arch of Hell(CZ)
Ascendancy(CZ)
BBYB(CZ)
But(CZ)
Colp(CZ)
Deathstar(CZ)
Dementor(SK)
Elysium(CZ)
G.O.R.E.(CZ)
Gutalax(CZ)
Heaving Earth(CZ)
Heiden(CZ)
Hypnos(CZ)
Insane(CZ)
Mater Monstifera(CZ)
Mechanical Falus Cult(CZ)
Melancholy Pessimism(CZ)
Minority Sound(CZ)
Mortifilia(CZ)
Opitz(CZ)
Return to Inocence(CZ)
Rotting Christ (GR)
Secret of Darkness (CZ)
Sic.Engine(CZ)
Six Degrees of Separation(CZ)
Tortharry(CZ)

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Rotting Christ Announces North American Tour

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)

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Mayhem To Play Eindhoven Metal Meeting

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.

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Rotting Christ Announces Home Town Show

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."

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Rotting Christ Comments On Upcoming Tour

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)

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Rotting Christ Albums To Be Reissued On Vinyl

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.

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Mercenary Announces Shows With Finntroll

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)

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Rotting Christ Announces Russian Tour

Rotting Christ has issued the following announcement about an upcoming Russian tour:

"It's been 3 years since our last visit and 5 years since our first ever visit in Russian land. A visit that will be marked in our mind as one of the most interesting in our career. Now we have the chance to revive our memories in one of the most interesting countries to perform as musician. So we can proudly announce our third visit in Russia that will include the following shows in the following territories. We are anxious to meeting you all up brothers and sisters. Till then…Keep the spirit alive."

The currently announced dates are as follows:

10/20 2010 Arktika -St. Petesburg (RUSSIA)
10/21 2010 XO –Moscow (RUSSIA)
10/22 2010 Tarantul-Veronezh (RUSSIA)
10/23 2010 Podzemka-Rostov-On-Don (RUSSIA)
10/24 2010 Hollywood-Rjazan (RUSSIA)
10/25 2010 Rokko-Nizhny-Novgorod (RUSSIA)

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Rotting Christ Cancels Second South American Tour

Greek metal act Rotting Christ has announced the second cancellation of a South American tour in just 3 months. The band commented by saying:

"Being victims of an unprofessional treatment from our South American agency, we are in the very uncomfortable situation to announce for another one time the cancellation of the so expected tour in Latin America. We assure you that we did our best as a band in order to save the tour but the luck of [professionalism] didn't allow us so many limits!

"It seems that there is a curse that do not want our band back in your continent brothers. Really, we can not give as a band a different explanation on this. The only we can give is our promise that we will use our own power to annihilate this curse and to make this tour happen in the close future. A huge sorry to our Latin American metal brothers, that was not our mistake at all."

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Rotting Christ Announces North American Tour

Greek extreme metal act Rotting Christ has revealed the dates for it's North American tour in March and April of 2011. Support on the tour will come from Melechesh, Hate, Abigail Williams and Lecherous Nocturne. It is uncertain if previously announced Lightning Swords of Death will appear.

Rotting Christ North American tour dates:
Mar. 09 - Jaxx - W. Springfield, VA
Mar. 10 - Championship Bar & Grill - Trenton, NJ
Mar. 11 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
Mar. 12 - Rocko’s - Manchester, NH
Mar. 13 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Mar. 14 - Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY
Mar. 15 - Petite Campus - Montreal, QC - CANADA
Mar. 16 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON - CANADA
Mar. 17 - Blondie’s - Detroit, MI
Mar. 18 - Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH
Mar. 19 - Reggie’s Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Mar. 20 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
Mar. 22 - The Republik - Calgary, AB - Canada
Mar. 23 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB - Canada
Mar. 25 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Mar. 26 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
Mar. 27 - DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
Mar. 28 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
Mar. 29 - The Key Club - Hollywood, CA
Mar. 30 - Brick by Brick - San Diego, CA
Mar. 31 - U.B’s Bar - Mesa, AZ
Apr. 01 - The War Legion Underground - Amarillo, TX
Apr. 02 - The Marquee - Tulsa, OK
Apr. 03 - Rail Club - Ft. Worth, TX
Apr. 04 - Emo’s - Austin, TX
Apr. 05 - Walter’s - Houston, TX
Apr. 07 - Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
Apr. 08 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Apr. 09 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
Apr. 10 - The Casbah - Charlotte, NC

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Rotting Christ to Play in North America

Greek black metal legends Rotting Christ are booked to play the first date of their upcoming spring tour in North America. The band will be playing in Chicago, Illinois on March 19th, two years after their previous tour of the North American continent.

Tour support will come form Lightning Swords of Death. No statement from the band or label has been made as of yet, not have other dates been announced as of this time although an official announcement is expected shortly.

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Thyrfing Confirmed For Mean Metal Fest

Sweden's Thyrfing has announced an appearance at this year's edition of the Mean Metal Festival, which will take place in Belgium on August 21st, 2010. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. Other bands confirmed to perform at the festival include Mayhem, Rotting Christ, Macabre, Devourment, Orphaned Land, and Sadist.

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Rotting Christ Announces More Greek Shows

Rotting Christ has announced another bout of tour dates in support of the band's latest album "Aealo." The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

9/9 2010 Rock'n'Rolla Bar-Xanthi
9/10 2010 Golden Rules Festival-Volos
9/11 2010 Polihoros Agora-Ioannena
9/12 2010 3Klino Vineyard-Kerkira
9/15 2010 Jazz Rock Bar-Kavala
9/16 2010 Anoihto Kipotheatro –Alexandroupoli
9/17 2010 Theatraki Serron-Seres
9/18 2010 Stage Club - Larisa

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Finntroll Announces European Tour Dates

Finntroll has announced a European tour with SAMAEL (Switzerland), Rotting Christ (Greece), Metsatoll (Estonia), and Nothnegal (Maledives). The tour dates are as follows:

26.11.2010 BE - Vosselaar, Biebob
27.11.2010 DE - Essen, Turock
28.11.2010 NL - Leuwaarden, Romein Popodium
29.11.2010 DE - Hamburg, Markthalle
30.11.2010 DE - Braunschweig, Meier Music Hall
01.12.2010 DE - Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik
02.12.2010 DE - Berlin, K17
03.12.2010 DE - Leipzig, Hellraiser
04.12.2010 DE - Lichtenfels, Metal Meeting
05.12.2010 CZ - Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe
06.12.2010 HU - Budapest, Wigwam
07.12.2010 SI - Ljubljana, Kino Siska
08.12.2010 IT - Milan, Generali Magazzini
09.12.2010 AT - Wien, Szene
10.12.2010 DE - Munich, Backstage
11.12.2010 AT - Kufstein, Kulturfabrik
12.12.2010 CH - Pratteln, Z7
13.12.2010 FR - Lyon, Ninkasi Kao
14.12.2010 ES - Barcelona, Salamandra
15.12.2010 ES - Madrid, Heineken
16.12.2010 FR - Toulouse, Phare
17.12.2010 FR - Limoges, CC John Lennon
18.12.2010 NL - Eindhoven, Eindhoven Metal Meeting
19.12.2010 DE - Frankfurt, Batschkapp

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Rotting Christ Cancels Festival Appearances

Rotting Christ has issued the following announcement about canceling several upcoming festival appearances:

"Unfortunately it seems that the Gods have rolled the dice and decided that 2010 will be a year of cancellations for the Rotting Christ Horde. Due to the slow recovery of front man Sakis’ broken leg, he has been urged to follow medical advice to avoid any further complications, and the band has sadly no option but to cancel the first part of their summer festival tour."

The following dates are affected:

2 July 2010 Metalshow lv-Riga-(LATVIA)
3 July 2010 Hard Rock Laager Festival-Vana Vigala (ESTONIA)
4 July 2010 Mulen Ruzas-Vilnius (LITHUANIA)
6 July 2010 Randal-Bratislava (SLOVAKIA)
7 July 2010 Planetnoir Metal Stage-Pecs-(HUNGARY)
8 July 2010 Metal Camp-Tolmin (SLOVENIA)

Vocalist Sakis Tolis also commented: "We would like to express from the depths of our soul our frustration having to make this decision, and we promise our brothers and sisters that the band will be be back in the battlefield from the 15th July onwards."

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