Rotting Christ's Sakis Tolis Offers Track-By-Track Breakdown Of New Album "Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy"
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Continuing to evolve in new musical directions, the ever-present Greek act Rotting Christ is now only a handful of days away from the release of new album "Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy" (reviewed here).
Metalunderground.com will be hosting a full stream of the new album this coming Monday, March 4th, on the eve of its official U.S. release (Update: the stream is now available by clicking here).
In conjunction with the impending full album stream, vocalist Sakis Tolis connected with us to offer a track-by-track breakdown of the entire disc. Check out what Sakis had to say about each song below, along with his thoughts on the band's long running career and the album's artwork.
xFiruath: First off, can you give me a track-by-track breakdown of the album? What drove the inspiration of each song and what your thoughts on their individual sounds?
In Yumen-Xibalba: A journey in the underworld of Ancient Mayas. A journey into dark, cruel, and apocryphal world of Xibalba accompanied from the darkest rotting Christ music ever composed.
P'unchaw kachun- Tuta kachun: A ritual in the name of Supai, the Incas’s god of Death.
Grandis Spiritus Diavolos: Middle aged satanic ritual sang in Latin.
Kata Ton Demona Eaftou: True to your own spirit. The self titled album song with the intense use of the ancient Greek language and with a message that pretty much the same of Crowley’s maxim DO WHAT THOU WILT.
Cine Iubeste Si Lasa: Based on a traditional Romanian Song. A Transylvanian curse.
Iwa Voodoo: A journey into the magic world of Voodoo.
Gilgames: Based on the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest written story on earth.
Rusalka: Based on the Slavic myth of the unquiet being and Nereid of Rusalka.
Ahura Mazda Anra Mainiuu: The Zoroastrianism hupostasis of good and bad.
666: The 7 salpinxs due to Saint John’s Apocalypse lead to the number of the beast.
Bonus track Welcome to Hel: Welcome to the underworld of Vikings.
xFiruath: I got into Rotting Christ way back with “Triarchy of the Lost Lovers” years ago, and the band has been around for a good 20+ years now. How has Rotting Christ changed over all that time and did you ever think the band would make it this far?
Sakis: You know something my friend, if you start up a band and you have dreams and plans of doing something big you will never do that because this is not the Metal Underground spirit. We never had plans like this. Our goal was to create soulful true music and to travel all around the world in order to meet our metal brothers worldwide. Maybe our intense will in knowing the world made us touring all the time under really hard conditions and that made our music and our band more known. I also believe that our true dedication to the metal spirit for almost 25 years helped too. Really I cannot find any other explanations. There are so many good musicians worldwide much better than us but only some of them follow the spirit.
xFiruath: Can you give me a brief rundown of how this new album came together? When were the songs written and how did the recording process go?
Sakis: It took me more than a year to get the idea of the album and to compose of course the song. Being the only composer of the band I have to say that I take the composition process very seriously. For me is a kind of meditation and this is what I am doing when is time to start writing some music. This is something very esoteric and I really search myself before I grasp the guitar and to start writing a song. I must feel vibrations, I must explore hidden anxieties that want to see the light before I come up with something new. So when I do I go ahead and reveal something new. If I will ever wake up and realize that has nothing new to say then I will quit with the band as I really do not want to be one of those old bands that release albums only to get tours or to cash some money.
xFiruath: Who did the cover artwork for this album and how does it connect to the album’s themes?
Sakis: The only one that could follow us for our new cover, an occult and unconventional cover away from all those multicoloured and photoshoped edited covers, was a Ukranian artist called Nurgeslag. He expressed with his own demons that created and sculptured exclusively for the cover the dark message we wanted to pass with it and I think that he did it successfully.
xFiruath: What are your upcoming tour plans?
Sakis: Rotting Christ without touring cannot exist, so as long as we have our new album out we start our worldwide tour performing wherever a metal heart beats in every corner of this planet. So until we meet in your land…NON SERVIAM.
xFiruath: What’s happening with your local metal scene these days?
Sakis: The breeze of renewal that blew the last year turned into a strong air of renewal. A really new wave come of great metal bands comes up from Greece and I am pretty sure that will soon the results will be shown. Just Google Greek metal bands and you got it!
xFiruath: Outside of your own album, what albums are you really excited about and what have you been listening to lately?
Sakis: I am more stuck with the past and with the first generation of black metal bands that influenced me in my first steps and is for me something precious. You can guess for what albums I am referring to. Meanwhile I follow the scene and its releases and I can say that I really liked the latest album from Enslaved, also Darkthrone’s “Underground Resistance,” Kreator’s “Phantom Antichrist,” Negative Plane’s “Stained Glass Revelations,” and Inquistion’s “Ominus Doctrines Of The Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm.”
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