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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, Novembers Doom, and Epicurean will team up for a North American tour early next year. Confirmed dates are as follows:
January 6 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
January 7 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
January 8 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
January 9 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Chance Theater
January 10 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
January 11 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
January 12 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
January 13 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
January 14 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
January 15 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
January 16 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Square
January 17 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
January 18 - Winnipeg, MB @ Royal Albert Arms
January 19 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
January 20 - Calgary, AB @ Warehouse
January 21 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
January 22 - Prince George, BC @ Sound Entertainment Soundstage
January 24 - Victoria, BC @ Sugar
January 25 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
January 26 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
January 27 - Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
January 28 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
January 29 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
Metal Temple has issued an interview with ROTTING CHRIST frontman Sakis. The following is an excerpt from the interview, conducted by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos:
Q: How was the Athenian concert where you filmed the upcoming DVD?
A: It was something amazing! We had 1,500 fans who knew all the songs and were singing with us. I am really happy about the result of this concert.
Q: When can we expect the release of this DVD?
A: Actually, we have done absolutely nothing about it! After the US tour we will start working on it. I think that we will probably release it in September.
Read the full interview at Metal Temple.
As previously reported, Rotting Christ filmed their December 8th, 2007 concert in Athens, Greece for the upcoming DVD.
The group’s setlist was as follows: 'Intro', 'The Sign Of Prime Creation', 'Keravnos Kivernitos', 'Athanatoi Este', 'Enuma Elish', 'King Of A Stellar War', 'The Fifth Illusion', 'Archon', 'The First Field Of The Battle', 'Shadows Follow', 'The Sign Of Evil Existence', 'Coronation Of The Serpent', 'The Old Coffin Spirit', 'The Mystical Meeting', 'Thou Art Blind', 'Morality Of A Dark Age', 'You My Cross', 'Saturn Unlock Avey’s Son', 'Exiled Archangels', 'Sorrowfull Farewell', 'Among Two Storms', 'After Dark I Feel', 'In Domine Sathana', 'Nemecic', 'Under The Name Of Legion'. Encore: 'Societas Satanas' (THOU ART LORD cover), 'Non Serviam'.
Further details as they surface.
ARCH ENEMY, SYMPHONY X, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BLACK STONE CHERRY, THROWDOWN and BLEEDING THROUGH have just been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting which is set to take place June 27th - 29th at De Boeretand in Dessel, Belgium.
Confirmed acts now include: ALCHEMIST, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, AT THE GATES, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, BEHEMOTH, BLACK STONE CHERRY, BLEEDING THROUGH, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, COMEBACK KID, DEATHSTARS, DEF LEPPARD, DYING FETUS, FORBIDDEN, HELMET, HOLLENTHON, ICED EARTH, IMMORTAL, IN FLAMES, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, KORPIKLAANI, MADBALL, MINISTRY, MORBID ANGEL, MY DYING BRIDE, NILE, NOVEMBERS DOOM, OBITUARY, OPETH, PRIMORDIAL, ROSE TATTOO, ROTTING CHRIST, SABATON, SAXON, SOILWORK, SONATA ARCTICA, SYMPHONY X, TESTAMENT, 36 CRAZYFISTS, THROWDOWN, VOLBEAT, WHITESNAKE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.
Greek extreme metallers ROTTING CHRIST have scheduled the following dates:
Mar. 13 - ITA Bari @ Nordwind
Mar. 14 - ITA Pescara @ Rock House
Mar. 15 - ITA Albignasengo (PD) @ Country star
Mar. 16 - ITA Roma @ Jailbreak
May 16 - GRE Ptolemaida @ TBA
May 17 - GRE Alexandroupolis @ Domus
May 18 - GRE Kavala @ Jazz Rock
May 29 - CHI Conception @ TBA
May 30 - CHI Santiago @ TBA
May 31 - ARG Buenos Aires @ TBA
Jun. 01 - PAR Asuncion @ TBA
Jun. 03 - PER Lima @ TBA
Jun. 04 - COL Bogota @ TBA
Jun. 05 - COL Manizales @ TBA
Jun. 06 - COL Rio Negro @ TBA
Jun. 07 - EQU Quito @ TBA
Jun. 08 - VEN Caracas @ TBA
Death metal legends Vader have issued the following announcement on their official website:
It's going to be the loudest anniversary! 25 years on death metal scene, what a great result! Only few bands were able to survive for so unimaginable period of time. Among them there's a Polish death metal band Vader! Massive Music - band's management and booking agency is going to celebrate this great anniversary with a special concert. The show will take place in Warsaw, at Stodola Club on 30th of August.
"Hopefully the venue will be completely packed this day. There are at least a few good reasons to come to this special show. You will see a bunch of famous metal guests, also bands that in the 80's together with Vader created extreme metal scene. The guest-list we've created is quite impressive. Unfortunately, some of them can't appear on the show due to their other obligations. Some of them are maybe too big to be a part of this, I would say- pretty uncommercial event. That's also why we decided to organize this anniversary at Stodola Club, it will be a show for most dedicated Vader's maniacs. Anyhow, you can expect a great package! " (Mariusz Kmiolek - Massive Music)
First bands confirmed for this show are Grave (Sweden), Nile (US), Rotting Christ (Greece) and Krisiun (Brazil). More special guests of Vader's anniversary gig will be announced soon. Another good reason to come to the show is of course Vader! The band will play over two-hour liveset, presenting songs from old demo tapes as well as Vader's famous hits from recent studio albums. The show will be filmed for an anniversary DVD release tentatively called "XXV" (to be released in 2009).
"This time we can promise you a very special release. We don't want to screw up things as it happened with our latest DVD. To refresh the entire concept of a metal DVD we decided to work with people who have never filmed a metal show. They have a great experience in making videoclips, TV programs, advertisements and other things. Those fresh ideas blended with our visions will guarantee something really special. The DVD will feature not only a show, but also a lot of backstage footage including many surprises." (Mariusz Kmiolek - Massive Music)
Exclusively for this day Vader will prepare not only a special live set, but also a special stage design and some other surprises. On the anniversary party you will see also some other famous guests from a music industry. The band is going to launch a special anniversary website. Be prepared for XXV anniversary of Vader!
The Austrian blackened/death metal machine, BELPHEGOR, will be returning to the US this February with ROTTING CHRIST, IMMOLATION and AVERSE SEFIRA for the “Lucifer Over North America” tour. Vocalist/guitarist, Helmuth, had to this to say about what could be the most blasphemous paring of bands in quite sometime:
“It’s an honor for us to return to US shores! The last two runs were beyond fucking amazing and we had such a good time there. Thanks to First Row Talent and Nuclear Blast Records for bringing BELPHEGOR over again. I'm sure this whole tour will exceed our expectations yet again. Hail Chaos - Hail Satan!”
Here are the confirmed tour dates:
02/04/08 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
02/05/08 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
02/06/08 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
02/07/08 Penny Arcade – Rochester, NY
02/08/08 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
02/09/08 Mark’s Place – Bedford, NH
02/10/08 BB Kings Blues Club – New York, NY
02/11/08 Peabody’s Down Under – Cleveland, OH
02/12/08 I-Rock – Detroit, MI
02/13/08 Huntington Music Hall – Huntington, WV
02/14/08 The Muse – Nashville, TN
02/15/08 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
02/16/08 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
02/19/08 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
02/20/08 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
02/21/08 Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
02/22/08 Galaxy Theater – Santa Ana, CA
02/23/08 Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
02/24/08 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
02/25/08 El Jardin del Silencio Extreme Rock Bar – Mexicali, MEXICO
02/26/08 Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ
02/27/08 The Sets – Tempe, AZ
02/28/08 Launch Pad – Albuquerque, NM
02/29/08 White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
03/01/08 Cine El Rey – McAllen, TX
03/02/08 Meridian – Houston, TX
BELPHEGOR recently entered Andy Classen's Stage One Studios in Kassel, Germany to begin recording their new album for an April 11, 2008 European release via Nuclear Blast Records (April 15 in North America). The follow-up to 2006's "Pestapokalypse VI" is being recorded in three separate sessions lasting through the middle of January 2008.
U.S. black/death metallers SATHANAS will support ROTTING CHRIST on Monday, February 11 at Peabody's Down Under in Cleveland, Ohio.
SATHANAS' latest album, "Crowned Infernal", was released last September via Singapore's Pulverised Records.
"Crowned Infernal" was recorded at InnerTube Studios in Ambridge, Pennsylvania with producer Nick Kucel. The album was mastered at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm, Sweden by Tore Stjerna.
Greek extreme metallers ROTTING CHRIST filmed their December 8, 2007 concert in Athens, Greece for an upcoming DVD. The band’s setlist was as follows:
02. The Sign Of Prime Creation (Theogonia)
03. Keravnos Kivernitos (Theogonia)
04. Athanatoi Este (Sanctus Diavolos)
05. Enuma Elish (Theogonia)
06. King Of A Stellar War (Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers)
07. The Fifth Illusion (Non Serviam)
08. Archon (Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers)
09. The First Field Of The Battle (Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers)
10. Shadows Follow (Trirchy Of The Lost Lovers)
11. The Sign Of Evil Existence (Thy Mighty Contract)
12. Coronation Of The Serpent (Thy Mighty Contract)
13. The Old Coffin Spirit (Passage To Arcturo)
14. The Mystical Meeting (Apokathilosis EP)
15. Thou Art Blind (Khronos 666)
16. Morality Of A Dark Age (Non Serviam)
17. You My Cross (Sanctus Diavolos)
18. Saturn Unlock Avey’s Son (Non Serviam)
19. Exiled Archangels (Thy Mighty Contract)
20. Sorrowfull Farewell (A Dead Poem)
21. Among Two Storms (A Dead Poem)
22. After Dark I Feel (Sleep Of The Angels)
23. In Domine Sathana (Genesis)
24. Nemecic (Theogonia)
25. Under The Name Of Legion (Genesis)
26. Societas Satanas (THOU ART LORD cover)
27. Non Serviam (Non Serviam)
In other news, ROTTING CHRIST mainman Sakis Tolis was interviewed by Reka Barti on November 26, 2007 prior to the band’s concert at the Kathedral in Toronto, Canada. You can watch the five-minute clip on YouTube or below.
ROTTING CHRIST will embark on the "Lucifer Over America Tour 2008" in February/March. Support on the trek will come from IMMOLATION, BELPHEGOR and AVERSE SEFIRA. Tickets are available via EnterTheVault.com and all normal ticketing systems.
As previously reported, ROTTING CHRIST’s video for the song "Enuma Elish" has been posted on YouTube. The track comes off the Greek extreme metallers’ latest album, "Theogonia", which came out in January via Season of Mist.
ROTTING CHRIST will tour South America in June 2008. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.
Lebanese death metal trio OATH TO VANQUISH have issued the following update:
"Oath To Vanquish will perform live in Cyprus as a supporting act to ROTTING CHRIST on the last date of their Hellenic tour.
The event will take place in the capital, Nicosia at Club Red on Sunday, December 23rd, 2007."
Greece’s ROTTING CHRIST will tour South Amerca in June next year. More information is expected to be released shortly.
More dates have been released for the “Lucifer Over America Tour 2008” featuring ROTTING CHRIST, IMMOLATION, BELPHEGOR, and AVERSE SEFIRA:
February 4 - Charlote, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
February 5 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
February 6 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
February 7 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
February 8 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
February 9 - Bedford, NH @ Mark’s Place
February 10 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
February 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
February 12 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
February 13 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
February 14 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
February 15 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
February 16 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
February 19 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
February 20 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
February 21 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
February 22 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
February 23 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
February 24 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
February 25 - Mexicali, MEX @ El Jardin del SIlencio Extreme
February 26 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
February 28 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
February 29 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
March 1 - Mc Allen, TX @ Cine El Rey
March 2 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
Greek metallers ROTTING CHRIST check in with the following update:
"Rotting Christ invites you to their DVD recording concert on December 8th."
"You are all welcome from all around the world to celebrate with the band the 20 years of their existence with events before and after the show, So if you want to come to Greece to attend a gathering of Rotting Christ fans from all over the world please ask for further pieces of information via firstname.lastname@example.org" More...
Greek melodic death metallers Rotting Christ will be embarking on an American tour in early 2008, entitled 'Lucifer Over America 2008'. Immolation, Belphegor, and Averse Sefira as set as support for the duration of the trek. The dates are as follows:
04 Feb 2008 USA Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
05 Feb 2008 USA West Springfield, VA Jaxx
06 Feb 2008 USA Hartford, CT Webster Theater
07 Feb 2008 USA Rochester, NY Penny Arcade
08 Feb 2008 USA Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
09 Feb 2008 USA Bedford, NH Mark’s place
10 Feb 2008 USA New York City, NY B.B. Kings Blues Club
11 Feb 2008 USA Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
12 Feb 2008 USA Detroit, MI I-Rock
13 Feb 2008 USA Huntington, WV Huntington Music Hall
14 Feb 2008 USA Nashville, TN The Muse
15 Feb 2008 USA Mokena, III The Pearl room
16 Feb 2008 USA Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
19 Feb 2008 USA Seattle, WA El Corazon
20 Feb 2008 USA Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
21 Feb 2008 USA Oakland, CA Oakland Metro
22 Feb 2008 USA Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theater
23 Feb 2008 USA San Marcos, CA Jumping Tartle
24 Feb 2008 USA West Hollywood, CA House of Blues
25 Feb 2008 MEX Mexicali El Jardin del Silencio Extreme Rock Bar
26 Feb 2008 USA Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theater
27 Feb 2008 USA Tempe, AZ The Sets
28 Feb 2008 USA Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad
29 Feb 2008 USA San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
01 Mar 2008 USA Mc Allen, TX Cine El Rey
02 Mar 2008 USA Houston, TX Meridian
Greek metallers ROTTING CHRIST just made a new video for the killer "Enuma Elish" song, off the band's latest album "Theogonia." Check it out here [LIEN SITE SOM] and on Season of Mist's MySpace page and YouTube channel. More...
Greek black metallers ROTTING CHRIST have lined up the following upcoming Canadian tour dates:
November 20 - Montreal, QC @ The Saints
November 21 - Quebec City, QC @ L’anti
November 22 - Trois-Riviere, QC @ Le Maquisart
November 23 - Saint-Hyacinthe, QC @ Bar le Trash
November 24 - Rouyn-Noranda, QC @ Petit Theatre du Vieux-Noranda
November 25 - Sudbury, ON @ The Jubilee Hall
November 26 - Toronto, ON @ The Metal Bar
November 27 - Hamilton, ON @ The Underground
November 28 - Ottawa, ON @ T.B.A.
Incantation's John McEntee releases a strong statement about Cathedral Rock Productions in regards to the Sourth American tour issues:
“There were many problems working with Cathedral Rock Productions. I would like to let everyone in the metal community know that he is a real con-artist and after talking to many bands and promoters that have worked with him we all agree the conclusion is he is a all around a rip-off that does not care about the bands, fans or anything else except how much money he can scam from everyone.”
John continues, “Even with the major problems and financial loss that Cathedral Rock Productions had plagued on us, we still made the best of the tour and have worked with many great people. We also want to thank all the Incantation supporters that have came out to the shows along with everyone that have helped us make the best of our problems with Cathedral Rock Productions."
INCANTATION would like all metal fans to read John's whole statement, as well as a detailed account from Tour Manager Roberto Lizarraga, on their website.
INCANTATION have no intention of letting this incident affect their loyalty to fans as they are currently preparing for the upcoming European and Mexico tours. See the tour dates below: More...
Promoting their latest release "Primordial Domination," INCANTATION will hit the pavement and recharge the European fiends.
"We are proud to once again share the stage with Krisiun & Rotting Christ. This tour will hit numerous countries that we have never preformed at before. We are looking forward to some killer shows. I'm sure with this strong line up it will kick ass." said mainman John McEntee.
INCANTATION tour dates with Krisiun, Rotting Christ and Crionics:
31.08.07 LIT Vilnus @ Mulen Ruzas
01.09.07 LAT Riga @ Melna Piektdiena
02.09.07 EST Tallin @ Nomme Cult
03.09.07 FIN Tampere @ Hella
04.09.07 FIN Turku @ Klubi
05.09.07 FIN Helsinki @ Nosturi
06.09.07 FIN Kuopio @ Henry's Pub
07.09.07 FIN Oulu @ tba
08.09.07 SWE Umea @ Midnight
09.09.07 NOR Trondheim @ Zone/Blaest
10.09.07 NOR Oslo @ Maiden
11.09.07 SWE Goteborg @ Belsepub
12.09.07 GER Kiel @ Pumpe
13.09.07 GER Hannover @ Headbanger Ballroom
14.09.07 GER Berlin @ K17
Much overdue, INCANTATION will play for the fans in Russia for their very first time. Additionally, Vader will be added to the roster or brutality.
INCANTATION tour dates with Vader, Rotting Christ and Krisiun:
16.09 (RUS) St-Petersburg @ Orlandina
18.09 (RUS) Ufa @ Ogni Ufy
19.09 (RUS) Ekaterinburg tba
20.09 (RUS) Magnitogorsk @ DK Ordzhonikidze
21.09 (RUS) Samara @ Strokovski Park
22.09 (RUS)Moscow @ Tochka
23.09 (BY) tba
Finally INCANTATION will round out the touring schedule pleasing their loyal Mexican fans with dates in Monterrey and Mexico City.
"It's great to return to Mexico again, you guys are always great. We look forward to a kick ass few nights of killer Death Metal. We will be playing along side long time friends in Grave, Dismember and Sinister and Mexico City will also have Denial (great old school death metal with Oscar of the legendary Cenotaph)" John said.
INCANTATION Mexican Tour Dates :
August 17th.- Monterrey, Mexico @ "Ibex Rock Bar"
August 18th.- Mexico City, Mexico @ "Circo Volador" ( at the "Heavy Metal Circus Expo")
Brazillian death metallers Krisiun have announced additional dates to their 2007 world tour. The tour dates now read as follows
SOUTH AMERICA / 2007
30.06.07 METAL MANIA FEST/Bogotá/Colombia
01.07.07 METAL MANIA FEST/Bogotá/Colombia
05.07.07 Torre Musical/Chacaito/ Caracas/Venezuela
07.07.07 Extremo Sur Rock Festival - Guayana/Venezuela
20.07.07 Gonzagão - Aracaju/SE - Br
21.07.07 Armazen 14 (Recife Antigo) - Recife/PE - Br
22.07.07 Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura - Fortaleza/CE - Br
28.07.07 Centro de Convenções de Serra Negra - Serra Negra/SP - Br
11.08.07 One Way - Guarulhos/SP - Br
18.08.2007 Annihilation Metal Fest 2007 / Belo Horizonte/ MG-BR
EUROPE /SCANDINAVIA 2007.
Krisiun @ UP FROM THE GROUND/OPEN AIR 2007 / Date: 24th August 2007/GEMÜNDEN/GERMANY
Krisiun and Rotting Christ
31.08.07 LIT Vilnus Mulen Ruzas
01.09.07 LAT Riga Melna Piektdiena
02.09.07 EST Tallin Nomme Cult
03.09.07 day off
04.09.07 FIN Turku Klubi
05.09.07 FIN Helsinki Nosturi
06.09.07 FIN Kuopio Henry's Pub
07.09.07 FIN Oulu tba
08.09.07 SWE Umea Midnight
09.09.07 SWE Gavle Vestland
10.09.07 NOR Oslo Maiden
11.09.07 SWE Goteborg Belsepu
12.09.07 GER Kiel Pumpe
13.09.07 GER Hannover Headbanger's Ballroom
14.09.07 GER Berlin K17
16.09.07 RUS St.Petersburg
more to TBC
Blitzkrieg 4 Tour 2007
VADER + KRISIUN + ROTTING CHRIST + INCANTATION + FUNERUS
27.09.2007 Warszawa @ Progresja
28.09.2007 Lublin @ Graffiti
29.09.2007 Elk @ Centrum Kultury
30.09.2007 Olsztyn @ Heaven
01.10.2007 Gdynia @ Ucho
02.10.2007 Bydgoszcz @ Vanila Club
03.10.2007 Poznan @ Zeppelin
04.10.2007 Zielona Góra @ Winiarnia
05.10.2007 Lubin @ CK Muza
06.10.2007 Zabrze @ Wiatrak
07.10.2007 Bielsko Biala @ Rudeboy
08.10.2007 Kraków @ Rotunda
09.10.2007 Rzeszów @ Pod Palma
10.10.2007 Lódz @ Funaberia 2
Balkans Assassination Tour 2007
KRISIUN, INCANTATION, INACTIVE MESSIAH, ESTUARY
12.10.07 SK Bratislava @ Randal
13.10.07 CZ Brno @ Faval
14.10.07 HUN Budapest @ Blue Hell
15.10.07 ROM Cluj Napoca @ tba
16.10.07 ROM Bucarest @ Preoteasa
17.10.07 BUL Sofia @ tba
18.10.07 GRE Thessaloniki @ Eightball
19.10.07 GRE Atheens @ Underworld Club
20.10.07 GRE Kozani @ Otherside
21.10.07 MAC Skopje @ MKC
22.10.07 travel day
23.10.07 SER Belgrade @ SKC
24.10.07 BOS Tuzla @ Palma
25.10.07 CRO Zagreb @ Mochvara
26.10.07 SLO Kranj @ Izbruhov Kulturni Bazen
27.10.07 A Gleisdorf @ Kulturkeller
28.10.07 A Wien @ Escape
J. Bennett of Decibel magazine recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Decibel: A few years ago, you didn't want to play shows with ROTTING CHRIST and DISSECTION. Do you have a standing policy about playing with certain types of bands?
Mustaine: It's not necessarily a policy — I just follow my heart. Before, I used to follow my head, but my heart is closer to my gut. When I saw certain things I didn't agree with, I'd turn my head the other way before. I've never believed in singing about Satan and thinking he's cool, because he's not. When I was 15, I got into witchcraft and black magic, so I've known for over 30 years the power of the dark side, and it took me forever to break those chains. There's no cool way to sing about Satan — you look like a punk. For example, you know MERCYFUL FATE is one of my favorite musical groups, but the lyrics, to me, I can't get behind them. I don't mean to shame them — it's just not my bag. As far as me playing with bands like that, I started thinking, "You know what, Dave? You're a headliner. If you don't wanna play with people that make you uncomfortable, you don't have to." Especially if they're singing about the confessed enemy of someone you believe in… I mean, what idiot gets onstage with their confessed enemy? That'd be like two hip-hop guys who wanna kill each other going out together.
Decibel: King Diamond is definitely an actual Satanist, but Satanism is kind of a put-on for a lot of these other bands.
Mustaine: You think it's a put-on.
Decibel: Yeah, definitely.
Mustaine: You say that stuff, it's real. Words are real. Remember, I was into the one who was into the black side — you weren't. Were you?
Decibel: No, but why should that make a difference?
Mustaine: To say you're a confessed Satanist? I'm not intimidated by them, because I know they're just as misguided as I was at one time. But this is something that's a spiritual war and it doesn't have any place in a MEGADETH interview. A lot of people don't really care about what I believe — they just wanna hear what I play, and I'm fine with that. As far as the situation overseas you're alluding to, as a headliner who's sold as many records as I've sold and played in front of as many tens of millions of people as I've played to over my life — and this is the sunset of my career, where I get to enjoy the remaining years of my life — I don't wanna waste that. The promoter kicked them off and I was furious. It was like, "Well, why'd you put them on in the first place? Now that they're on, don't kick them off. We'll step down; we'll play another night." I'm not ever gonna kick a band off the bill if it's something I don't agree with. If I know about it ahead of time and I agree to it and change my mind, well, that's kind of chickenshit, isn't it?
Decibel: My point was that I think some of these bands are full of shit — that you shouldn't be as concerned about their beliefs, because for some of them, it's an act. And even real Satanists don't spend very much time hating God.
Mustaine: Well, the only other band I had a problem with was from overseas and the singer was a convicted double-murderer [referring to DISSECTION] and they'd been put on the show in Israel. Prior to that, I'd made a couple of things clear to my agent: I don't want tits and ass on my t-shirts, because I think that's kind of juvenile, and as far as the Satanic stuff, I've been there, done that and I found it kind of wanting. You can be so much heavier with stuff like a nuclear bomb than a pentagram. I mean, what's scarier: VX gas or an upside-down cross? So when the information was related to me that they'd been put on the bill, I said, "You know what? We can't play this show." And they'd kicked them off. But I was like, "Oh, my god, why did you do that?" Because that just makes me look like a fanatic and it doesn't really show the love that I have in my heart these days that I'd like to be able to share with these musicians. And this is really a fitting climax to anyone's career, because what do I have left to gain, my friend? A Grammy and getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Everyone thinks it's great to gets your hands stuck in cement in front of Guitar Center [on Sunset Boulevard in L.A.], but those are the things I'm looking for. I've got everything else I want: I've got a beautiful wife and kids — I've got a new puppy, for Chrissakes — everything in my life is looking up. I'm going to Hawaii next month to work on my tan for the next tour and see if I don't turn into a piece of flash paper. Whenever I go to the beach, it smells like pork rinds because I start to burn instantly.
The first date has been released for the upcoming North American tour featuring ROTTING CHRIST, IN AETERNUM, and RESUSCITATOR:
June 7 - Toronto, ON @ Fun Haus