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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.
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 email@example.com" 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
Greek death metal legends SEPTIC FLESH will reunite for one-off performance at the Metal Healing Festival, set to take place July 20-22 in Thessaloniki, Greece. The running order is as follows: More...
ROTTING CHRIST mainman Sakis Tolis has told MetalZone.gr that the group's previously announced live album will finally see the light of day before the end of 2007 on Season of Mist. The pioneers of the Greek metal scene put on two special two-hour shows featuring songs covering their entire catalog. These live concerts were held on February 3-4, 2006 at Blive Music House in Larissa, Greece and were the only shows to be recorded for the upcoming CD. The gigs marked the band's 18 years in the metal scene and fans from around the world were in attendance. The band also played a very special concert consisting exclusively of material from their first three albums "Passage to Arcturo" (1989), "Thy mighty Contract" (1992) and "Non Serviam" (1994) on January 14, 2006 at An Club in Athens, Greece.
In other news, Tolis also told MetalZone that the band will return to their home country after their extensive European tour beginning in a few days, to play a couple of shows that will be recorded for an upcoming DVD. More information will be made available soon.
Here are Rotting Christ's current tour dates: More...
US-based black/death metallers RESUSCITATOR have issued the following update:
"We apologize for the eternal delay on updating the website. News about the tour, members and recording will be posted very soon. As many of you already know, Resuscitator will be on tour with ROTTING CHRIST and IN AETERNUM during the May/June 2007 throughout the US, Canada and some parts of Mexico.
Dates for all these shows will be posted very soon on nebulaproductions.net any information or/or booking please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resuscitator is working with a new drummer which will be the one doing the new recording and also be the performing drummer during the tour. The new CD will go by the title, Land Of The Ancient Lords and the name of the label will be posted it soon along with the release date. Keep The Black Flame Burning High!"
Vader will appear on a few summer festivals. Some of them, such as Graspop Festival in Belgium, French Hellfest or German Wacken Open Air, have been already confirmed. More dates will follow soon.
Here's the full list to date:
Jun. 16 Schweinfurt, GER - Queens Of Metal Open Air
Jun. 22 Dessel, BEL - Graspop MM Festival
Jun. 23 Clisson, FR - Hellfest
Jul. 14 Spital am Semmering, A - Kaltenbach Open Air
Jul. 27 Eisenwahn, GER - Eisenwahn Open Air
Jul. 28 Namestovo, SK - Oravsky Rock Fest
Aug. 02 Hamburg, GER - Wacken Open Air Festival
Aug. 10 Bad Berka, GER - Party San
Aug. 11 Jaromer, CZ - Brutal Assault
Also in 2007, Vader are going to warm up their Polish maniacs, playing the second leg of Blitzkrieg 4 tour in such places as Bydgoszcz, Poznan, Zielona Góra, Wroclaw, Zabrze, Bielsko-Biala, Rzeszów, Radom, Bialystok, Elk and Olsztyn. The tour is scheduled to take place in September/ October. Rotting Christ (Greece) and Incantation (USA) have been announced as the special guests. More info will follow soon.
Due to bureaucratic problems with obtaining visas, the Rotting Christ's announced tour in the USA during November 2006 was postponed to May 2007. The tour dates will be posted as soon as they are announced.
As a teaser for ROTTING CHRIST's upcoming opus "Theogonia", out next January 22nd on Season of Mist, you can download one song, "Enuma Elish," here.
As previously reported, ROTTING CHRIST will embark on an extensive European tour in February 2007 beginning with the third edition of The Domination Tour. The band earlier in the year announced the addition of NIGHTFALL guitarist George Bokos as a full-time member of the group.
Here are all of Rotting Christ's currently confirmed tour dates: More...
Season of Mist has set a January 22, 2007 European release date for the new album from legendary Greek death metallers ROTTING CHRIST, entitled "Theogonia". The track listing for the effort is as follows:
01. The Sign of prime Creation
02. Keravnos Kivernitos
03. Enuma Elish
04. Gaia Tellus
05. Helios Hyperion
07. He, the Aethyr
08. Phobos' Synagogue
09. Rege Diabolicus