Rotting Christ

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Greek band formed in the year 1987 by singer and guitarist Sakis Tolis, bassist Jim and his brother drummer Themis Tolis. At first the trio played a roaring mixture of Death Metal and Grind. Only one year later the band recorded their first split 7″ EP with Grindcore act SOUND POLLUTION. In 1989 their first official demo was unleashed upon an unsuspecting world. This notorious five-track under the name “Satanas Tedeum” witnessed ROTTING CHRIST turning towards an incredibly dark and violent Black Metal sound. With this demo the Greeks established themselves firmly in the underground as one of the originators of the second wave of Black Metal – a fact easily forgotten in the face of later Scandinavian domination.

In 1991 ROTTING CHRIST had scored a local record deal and released their famous “Passage to Arcturo” EP. This 7″ featured NECROMANTIA’s Magus Wampyr Daoloth on keyboards, who later returned on “AEALO”. With this guest appearance the Greeks clearly demonstrated once more that they have never forgotten their roots. Later in 1991, the “Dawn of the Iconoclast” 7″ followed as well as a split EP with Italian band MONUMENTUM.

Changing to an international label, ROTTING CHRIST saw their debut album “Thy Mighty Contract” appearing in 1993. This classic work defined the so-called “Greek sound of Black Metal” and gained them worldwide attention. ROTTING CHRIST took part in the notorious Fuck Christ Tour with IMMORTAL and BLASPHEMY, which quickly earned them even more recognition and caused their label to release the two-track “Apokathelosis” 7” EP.

Returning for a contract to a native company for their next album “Non Serviam” soon proved an obstacle for ROTTING CHRIST. “Non Serviam” came out late in 1994, but unfortunately wasn’t largely available abroad until Season of Mist reissued it many years later. The Greeks still scored a six-album deal with a major German player in the underground. “Triarchy of the Lost Lovers” hit the stores in 1996. After a two-month European tour together with label mates SAMAEL and MOONSPELL, the band’s fame grew again. Kostas from CORRUPTION joined as a second guitarist and eventually became a permanent member of ROTTING CHRIST.In August 1997 “A Dead Poem” continued this Greek success story. Andreas took over the duties on bass, while Xy from SAMAEL played the keyboards and also produced the album. After a headlining European tour with OLD MAN’S CHILD and SACRAMENTUM, the next album was eagerly received by fans and press in January 1998, entitled “Sleep of the Angels”. This release was followed by a massive European tour with DEICIDE, ANCIENT RITES, AETERNUS and BEHEMOTH and several shows in the USA.

In the spring of 2000, Sakis self-produced next album “Khronos” at the Swedish Abyss Studio in close collaboration with Peter Tägtgren from HYPOCRISY. After yet another successful tour, ROTTING CHRIST spent their next year and a half in retreat. The band dedicated themselves completely to the creation of their seventh studio album “Genesis” (2002) and the live DVD "Live in Viena" in 2003. Recorded in Stage One Studio with Andy Classen (HOLY MOSES), “Genesis” was a dark and harsh album, but not without the melodies and the classic Heavy Metal vibe the Greeks had incorporated into their music during the late nineties. The same feeling still emerges from the “Sanctus Diavolos” album (2004). At this time Costas left ROTTING CHRIST and was replaced on guitar by George.

Despite the long and productive cooperation with their previous label, ROTTING CHRIST felt the need for a change and signed to Season of Mist. In January 2006 Season of Mist re-released the band’s early classics “Passage to Arcturo” and “Non Serviam” in a 2CD set including bonus material. One year later, “Theogonia”, the first album for their new label, scored a massive hit. This rare gem gained them highest accolades from critics and fans alike. The Greek Black Metal veterans added an unmistakable native element to their sound, which gave their tenth release a very distinctive and individual twist. As “Theogonia” climbed high in many top lists of 2007, the career of the Greeks reached a new peak, which also led to a high demand of their anniversary live DVD “Non Serviam – A 20 Year Apocryphal Story” in 2009.

It is common knowledge that a masterpiece can hardly be surpassed. Yet ROTTING CHRIST performed this close to impossible feat: in February 2010, “AEALO” strengthened all the features that made its predecessor so glorious. The Greeks drew heavily from their country’s ancient heritage and then went to translate this rich history into the universal language of Metal. Their distinct sound and riffing was transformed by traditional female lamenting choirs and ancient reed pipes as well as folkloristic melodies and rhythms into something fresh and fascinating. ROTTING CHRIST invoked their brotherhood in spirit with equally individualist groups like PRIMORDIAL. This bond was illustrated by a stunning guest performance of the Irish band’s vocalist Alan A. Nemtheanga, while a no less amazing contribution came from Greek-American diva extreme Diamanda Galas in a cover version of her own “Orders from the Dead” song.

“AEALO” was a musical conjuration of the spirit of the past. The inner eye witnessed Homer’s heroes clad in golden armour performing mythical feats before the gates of mighty Troy. It saw that host of Greek freemen among them those 300 Spartans under king Leonidas holding out against a far superior force of Persian invaders. The very ground seemed to shake with Alexander the Great marching his victorious Macedonian phalanxes as far as India. It was such feelings that Sakis evoked within the concept of “AEALO”. He portrayed the loneliness of a warrior, his raging anger, sad grief and final despair, which were captured in the atmosphere and essence of this album. Far from delivering an exercise in exuberant patriotism and false heroism, ROTTING CHRIST touched the universal sorrow behind human warfare, when brother fights brother and neighbour turns against neighbour.

KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY” means “Do What Thou Wilt” and according to the infamous English occultist Aleister Crowley (1875–1947) this “shall be the whole of the law” of the coming Æon of Horus. This album takes the musical and lyrical concepts that ROTTING CHRIST have developed on their two previous releases “Theogonia” (2007) and “AEALO” (2010) another step further. Mastermind Sakis Tolis creates mystical atmospheres by delving deep into ancient secrets and myths from the Sumerians, Incas, Persians and other cultures. ROTTING CHRIST skillfully vary their highly individual sound with female vocals, piano, bagpipes, horns and by other means. The excellent songwriting of “KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY” is extremely confident and displays a maturity and perfection born out of long years of composing and experience. This band knows exactly what it is doing.In combining Metal and cultural heritage, ROTTING CHRIST remain true to the Black Metal roots of their founding in 1987. “KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY” follows the principle of “Do What Thou Wilt” as the threat leading through this amazing album, which makes Sakis’ universal claim even more visible. His lyrics on the album are inspired by ancient cultures, myths and folklore from all around the world. ROTTING CHRIST return to mankind’s eldest verse epic with the Sumerian “Gilgameš”. They visit the Incas by quoting from the sacred hymns of emperor Pachacutec in “P’unchaw kachun – Tuta kachun”. A tale is spun about the undead Russian water spirit “Русалка”, which lures men and children into a wet grave. The voice of ancient Persia speaks through “Ahura Mazdā-Aŋra Mainiuu”, while “Cine iubeşte şi lasă” offers the Greeks’ interpretation of a Romanian folk classic. The latter song is colourfully realised with the stunning vocals of Suzana Vougioukli and Eleni Vougioukli on piano demonstrating the wide range and diversity that make this album so special. Dive deep into “KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY” to celebrate and witness its wonders!
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Rotting Christ Discography Tracks

Albums

Rotting Christ - Passage To Arcturo album art Rotting Christ Passage To Arcturo (MiniAlbum, EP) Decapitated Records, Wipe Out! Records Greece 1991 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Thy Mighty Contract album art Rotting Christ Thy Mighty Contract (Album) Osmose Productions Thailand 1993 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Non Serviam album art Rotting Christ Non Serviam (Album) Unisound Records Greece 1994 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers album art Rotting Christ Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers (Album) Century Media US 1996 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - A Dead Poem album art Rotting Christ A Dead Poem (Album) Century Media US 1997 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Sleep Of The Angels album art Rotting Christ Sleep Of The Angels (Album) Century Media Poland 1999 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Khronos album art Rotting Christ Khronos (Album) Century Media Poland 2000 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Genesis album art Rotting Christ Genesis (Album) Century Media Germany 2002 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Sanctus Diavolos album art Rotting Christ Sanctus Diavolos (Album) Century Media Mexico 2004 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Theogonia album art Rotting Christ Theogonia (Album) Season Of Mist Greece 2007 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Non Serviam - A 20 Year Apocryphal Story album art Rotting Christ Non Serviam - A 20 Year Apocryphal Story Season Of Mist Europe 2009 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Live In Hellas album art Rotting Christ Live In Hellas Dark Side Records (3) Greece 2009 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Aealo album art Rotting Christ Aealo (Album) Season Of Mist France 2010 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Κατά Τον Δαίμονα Εαυτού album art Rotting Christ Κατά Τον Δαίμονα Εαυτού (Album) Season Of Mist France 2013 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Lucifer Over Athens album art Rotting Christ Lucifer Over Athens (Album) Season Of Mist Mexico 2015 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Rituals album art Rotting Christ Rituals (Album) Season Of Mist Brazil 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Rotting Christ - The Other Side Of Life album art Sound Pollution (2) / Rotting Christ Sound Pollution (2) / Rotting Christ - The Other Side Of Life (EP) TNT & Records Germany 1989 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Split album art Rotting Christ / Monumentum Rotting Christ / Monumentum - Split (EP) Obscure Plasma Records Italy 1991 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Dawn Of The Iconoclast album art Rotting Christ Dawn Of The Iconoclast Decapitated Records, Wipe Out! Records Greece 1992 Sell This Version
OPEP 04 Rotting Christ - Αποκαθήλωσις album art Rotting Christ Αποκαθήλωσις(7", Single, Ltd) Osmose Productions OPEP 04 France 1993 Sell This Version
77181-1 P Rotting Christ - The Mystical Meeting album art Rotting Christ The Mystical Meeting(10", EP, Pic) Century Media 77181-1 P Germany 1997 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Der Perfekte Traum album art Rotting Christ Der Perfekte Traum (EP) Century Media Europe 1999 Sell This Version
MF03 Rotting Christ - Naturdemonernas Lockrop: I 1000 Djävlars Namn / The Chasm Depths album art Rotting Christ / Negative Plane Rotting Christ / Negative Plane - Naturdemonernas Lockrop: I 1000 Djävlars Namn / The Chasm Depths(7", Single, Ltd) Malört Förlag MF03 Sweden 2012 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - Promo 1995 album art Rotting Christ Promo 1995 (EP) Floga Records Greece 2013 Sell This Version
Rotting Christ - The Other Side Of Life album art Rotting Christ The Other Side Of Life (EP) Floga Records Greece 2016 Sell This Version