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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.
New York crossover legends Life Of Agony will be heading to the United Kingdom for the first time in four years this October to headling the Jager stage at the Damnation Festival which takes place on October 24th at the Leeds University.
Damnation Festival director Gavin McInally said: "Landing a headliner of Life of Agony’s stature is a major coup and the fact it’s the first time they’ll play the UK in four years, makes it all the more special.
"After playing some off the biggest and most respected rock and metal events across Europe this summer, they’ll fly in from New York for this one-off performance and we’re delighted to host what is sure to be a special show."
The lineup is as follows: More...
Eyefear has issued the following announcement about confirming their appearance at Australia's Screamfest:
"Greetings. We are proud to announce that Eyefear have been confirmed to take part in one of the biggest metal events ever to take place in Australia Screamfest 09. This promises to be a huge event. Hope to see you all their !!! Horns Up !!!"
The two day festival is set to take place on December 31st and January 1st in Sydney. Other confirmed bands for the Screamfest include: Cynic, Dark Funeral, Destroyer 666, Destruction, Edguy, Ensiferum, Rotting Christ, Sonata Arctica, Black Majesty, Virgin Black, and Vanishing Point.
Not long after the Dutch metal act GOD DETHRONED had one of their concerts in Romania canceled, the same has happened to the Greek band ROTTING CHRIST. They were supposed to play in Verona, Italy on July 12, as part of the Iron Sunday Festival, alongside KREPUSKUL (ROM), but the local authorities canceled the band's performance due to the “satanic” nature of their music.
Fortunately, the organizers of the event found a way to keep the schedule and moved the concert to a venue outside the city.
Manatees has been confirmed for UK's Damnation Festival 2009, set to take place Saturday 24th October at Leeds University Union.
Festival director Gavin McInally said: "Manatees will bring to the mix their blend of soul-crushing progressive sludge in what is shaping up to be our most eclectic lineup yet."
The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
A STORM OF LIGHT
EXTREME NOISE TERROR
THIS WILL DESTROY YOU
For more information, visit damnationfestival.co.uk.
Greek extreme metal band Rotting Christ has revealed that they will be entering the studio soon to record their next album. A message from the band reads as follows:
"New songs composing process has almost been completed and the band is ready to enter the studio for the recording sessions of its upcoming album that will follow up the very successful latest album Theogonia.
"Sakis (vocals/guitar) will take care of the production again and as being the main composer too he declares that he had his most trippy and exhausted simultaneously experience on his career squeezing his mind drawing down ideas that will follow up the band's latest album Theogonia and the end of the process find him as well as the whole band totally convicted that they finally managed it.
"We haven't more to say than proving it with the upcoming recordings and of course with its release that roughly estimated to be released in January 2010."
The organizers of Uni Rock Festival have announced its full line-up for its second edition, held at park KUCUKCIFTLIK, Istanbul- Turkey between July 17-19, 2009. International, regional and Turkish metal bands will dominate the stage for 3 days of ultimate metal experience.
The line-up for this year's Uni Rock Festival will feature:
SOUL SACRIFICE (Turkey)
ONE BULLET LEFT (Germany)
SAINTS 'N' SINNERS (Turkey)
UCK GRIND (Turkey)
EPISODE 13 (Turkey)
VE DAHA FAZLASI (Turkey)
For more info about the event, the lineup, sponsors, and future events, visit unirockfest.com.
Tickets are now on sale here. Tickets for Combine and Front Stage Combine are valid throughout the festival, also special tickets provides the entrance to the front stage to all festival concerts and free entrance to the Testament concert on July 29, 2009.
No camping provided for this year festival, as park KUCUKCIFTLIK is walking distance from Taksim area.
“Razor,” the new album from Dutch blackened thrash/death metal band, ONHEIL, is set to be released on the 15th of May. This will be the first effort in 6 years will be released worldwide by German metal label Cyclone Empire.
The album has been recorded in the Final Focus Studios and has been produced by Bart Hennephof (TEXTURES, BRUTUS) and Yuma van Eekelen (THE NEW DOMINION, BRUTUS). It are the first songs that are recorded in the new line-up, that was started in 2007, featuring two leadvocalists and three guitarists. Onheil's unique musicstyle is often referred to as “Black Metal Iron Maiden.” More...
Greek metallers Rotting Christ have issued the following update about postponing their upcoming Malaysian show:
"Rotting Christ find themselves in the unpleasant situation to announce the postpone of their forthcoming appearance in Malaysia.
"Due to what promoter appealed the band could not manage to get all the proper papers from the local authorities for the legal carrying on of the show! ....
"All we can do as a band is to send our promise to our fans there that so much has supported our band from their first steps that we are going to work hard in order to make our appearance in their country a reality and specifically in December.
"Till then….... KEEP THE HORNS RISING BROTHERS AND SISTERS"
Arch Enemy has announced their first ever show in Turkey. The band will headline the UNI ROCK FESTIVAL, Istanbul, Turkey on July 17th, 2009. Tickets can be bought at www.biletix.com.
Other confirmed acts are: Amon Amarth, Paradise Lost, LA Guns and Rotting Christ.
Arch Enemy has confirmed the following live dates so far for 2009: More...
Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about an upcoming CD/DVD from Rotting Christ:
"The monster DVD ROTTING CHRIST fans have been yearning for for ages will finally hit the stores on February 23rd! On "Non Serviam - A 20 Year Apocryphal Story" ROTTING CHRIST have gathered their most popular and classic songs including some rare treats to celebrate their special 20th anniversary show in their hometown Athens in front of a fanatic audience in December 2007.
"Completing the package is a bonus DVD filled with extra footage from the "Sanctus Diavolos" and "Theogonia" tours, an interview with frontman Sakis telling the story of the band, bootlegs live videos, promotional clips and much more. Last but not least, these 5 hours of video are backed by two audio CD's taking up 25 tracks from the Athens show plus seven exclusive tracks recorded live in February 2007 at B-Live in Larisa, Greece.
"To get a foretaste of this big baby, you can watch the "Nemecic" song here."
Rotting Christ has issued the following update about February tour dates in Mexico:
"Rotting Christ would like to announce the cancellation of their upcoming scheduled for early February shows in Mexico due to lack of professionalism from the agencies' side.
We really send our excuses to our Mexican Metal Brothers and renew our meeting in the close future under more proper conditions.
Keep the horns rising
Hasta luego hermanos Mexicanos"
Chicago death/doom metallers, Novembers Doom, have issued the following statement regarding dropping off the January tour with Rotting Christ and Epicurean:
"It is with much regret that we must announce our departure from the Rotting Christ tour in January, 2009. A serious medical issue arose with a member of the band, making us unable to tour during that time. While this unfortunately prevents us from participating in the tour, thankfully it has come to light now rather than at the last minute, leaving 3 months time for the promoter to find a suitable replacement for us. We wish the very best for Rotting Christ, and Epicurean, and hope their tour has great success!" More...
Chicago's NOVEMBERS DOOM, who are currently touring in Europe and will release its first live DVD "The Novella Vosselaar: Live in Belgium" on August 5th, 2008 via THE END RECORDS, has issued an update.
In a posting online, vocalist Paul Kuhr relates how good of an experience this year's Graspop Metal Meeting was for the band:
"What an amazing festival. I've never seen anything that operates so smoothly. This is easily a career highlight for us. We played to a solid crowd of thousands in early afternoon. Sensational all the way around, from the staff and crew, and the fans here are incredible. We might not come home! Our entire set was pro shot, and I've posted a song from the set on Youtube.
"You can see ‘Dark World Burden’ by using the following link.
"Enjoy, and we'll give you a full update of the next 3 shows when we get home. Cheers!"
The tracklisting for "The Novella Vosselaar: Live in Belgium" is: More...
Chicago's NOVEMBERS DOOM, who will release their first live DVD "The Novella Vosselaar: Live in Belgium" on August 5th, 2008, have issued an update about their upcoming European and North American tour plans.
Singer Paul Kuhr updates, "With the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium less then two weeks away, we are preparing for our departure to Europe. This will easily be the largest show we have had the privilege to perform at, and we're looking forward to this opportunity. With our new DVD, 'The Novella Vosselaar: Live in Belgium' coming out officially on August 5th here in the states, attendees at Graspop have the opportunity to pick up an advance copy exclusively at the METALZONE merchant booth! Also on this trip, we have the opportunity to perform with some friends, such as Draconian in Zandaam, Forbidden in Eindoven, and Dan Swano and Nightingale at the Biebob in Belgium, where we recorded the DVD. More...
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.