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From: Athens, Greece
Last Known Status: Active
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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)
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)
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."
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
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.
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.
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
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
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."
Ukrainian Black Metallers Balfor have been set to make an appearance on this year's Global East Rock Festival happening from the 2nd of September to the 4th of September 2010 at Kiev, Ukraine. Balforwill be scheduled to perform on the 3rd of September 2010. For more information and details, visit the Global East Rock Festival Official MySpace. The main headliners for Global East Rock Festival 2010 are Manowar and Venom. The other confirmed bands are as follows:
Maniac Depression More...
Sweden's Demonical has issued the following update about appearing at the Estonian Hard Rock Laager festival on July 2nd:
"We are thrilled to announce our first ever battle on Estonian soil, namely the Hard Rock Laager Festival in Vana Vigala on July 2. Finntroll, Rotting Christ and Metsatöll are some of the other acts on the bill. We will set the night on fire!"
You can find more information on the festival at this location.
Greek extreme metallers Rotting Christ have checked in with the following announcement about canceling their South American tour due to front man Sakis being injured:
"Rotting Christ’s frontman Sakis has been involved in an accident in which he has sustained injuries to his leg that will keep him glued to his bed for at least a month. Unfortunately this means Rotting Christ have been forced to postpone their upcoming South American tour. As you all know, we were really looking forward to these shows and are gutted and very sorry we can’t make it over, but we promise all our Latin American Hermandos that we will be back in October for an even more extended tour of your continent! Whatever doesn’t kill us will make us stronger!"
The 2010 edition of the Hole In The Sky festival is set to take place in Bergen, Norway from August 24th - 28th. The organizers have now issued the following update about Von performing at the festival:
"We promised you one surprise act, here is another: One of THE cult acts in the Black Metal Pantheon, the legend that is VON will perform in Bergen during Hole in the Sky 2010. Their two demos 'Satanic Blood' and 'Blood Angel' are among the most unique releases in Black Metal ever, songs like 'Lamb,' 'Devil Pig,' 'Veadtuck,' and 'Watain' have never been copied or bettered in all their minimalistic, hypnotic glory. Founding members Goat and Venien have decided to reform VON for a select number of shows, with Hole in the Sky being one the few festivals."
Comments the band: "Hole in the Sky Festival is a gathering of the Hordes of Norwegian Darkness and Ritual of Chaos, and that in itself is a significant precursor to our involvement and participation. VON is pleased and honored to be included within the ranks of such bands. VON will perform as special guest on the Wednesday dubbed Invocation together with Rotting Christ, Dead Congregation, Repugnant, Grave Miasma and Urfaust."
The currently confirmed lineup for the festival is as follows: More...