Rotting Christ

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Rotting Christ
Sakis Tolis, Leeuwarden, 2010.jpg
The baund performin in Holland, 2010
Background information
OreiginAthens, Greece
GenresMelodic black metal[1]
Gothic metal[2]
Years active1987–present
LabelsOsmose Productions (1991−1993)
Unisound
(1994-1996)
Century Media Records
(1996−2006)
Season of Mist
(2006−Present)
Associate actsMoonspell
Necromantia
Nightfall
Samael
Septic Flesh
Thou Art Lord
Nightstalker
Wabsteidrotting-christ.com
MembersSakis Tolis
Giorgos Bokos
Andreas Lagios
Themis Tolis
Past membersCostas Vasilakopoulos
Georgios Tolias
Magus Wampyr Daoloth
Jim "Mutilator" Patsouris
Panayiotis

Rotting Christ is a Greek black metal baund formit in 1987. Thay are notit for bein ane o the first black metal baunds athin this region, as well as a premier act athin the European unnergrund metal scene.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Line-up[edit | edit source]

The permanent line-up consists o brithers Sakis Tolis (vocals an guitar) an Themis Tolis (drums). Andreas Lagios haes been the bassist syne 1997, takkin the steid o Jim Patsouris. Nightfall's Giorgos Bokos jyned as a guitarist in 2005, replacin Costas Vasilakopoulos.

Three keybuirdists haed previously been a pairt o the baund; George Tolias, George Zaharopoulos an a session man kent anerlie as Panayiotis (on A Dead Poem).

The baund frae the beginnin, up tae thair Triarchy of the Lost Lovers album, wis uisin the pseudonyms Necromayhem for Sakis[4], Necrosauron for Themis[5] an Mutilator for Jim (Dimitris)[6].

Biography[edit | edit source]

Durin thair rehearsal era in the late 1980s, the baund began as grindcore an released various demos an splits wi ither baunds frae the Athens aurie. The group wad later alter thair soond wi influence frae proto-black metal baunds lik Celtic Frost an Venom, an in the process became ane o the genre's instigators. Thair 5 sang demo, Satanas Tedeum, wad shaw a grindcore/black metal crossower, follaeed bi thair career-breakin EP, Passage to Arcturo, in 1991.

Ane o the baund's first major appearances wis on the 1993 "Fuck Christ Tour" consistin o Immortal an Blasphemy. Durin this concert, some audience members haed engagit in cuttin an sel-mutilation that resultit in hospitalisation.[7] Afore signin tae Unisound, Mayhem's Øystein Aarseth haed expressed interest in distributin the baund throu his "Deathlike Silence Productions" label,[8] but due tae Aarseth's murther the same year, nothin materialisit. The baund wad sign tae Century Media Records in 1996 an remain on thair roster for 10 years afore jynin Season of Mist.

Rotting Christ hae played in mony kintras ootside thair hame Greece, includin baith Americaes, Greater Europe, Roushie, the Unitit Kinrick, Maltae an the Middle East. Several hivy metal festivals aroond the warld hae hostit the baund, includin the 2003 Wacken Open Air in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Past tourmates hae includit My Dying Bride, Tristania, Tiamat, Vintersorg, Finntroll, Agathodaimon, Old Man's Child, Malevolent Creation, Anorexia Nervosa, Vader, Krisiun, Deicide, Behemoth, Melechesh an Nile, amang mony ithers.[9][10][11]

Rotting Christ hae been aroond 20+ years, ane o the langest runnin baunds athin the black metal genre. In celebration o the baund's longevity, the 2 DVD + 2 CD compilation, "Non Serviam: A 20 Year Apocryphal Story," shot in Athens on 8 December 2007, wis released warldwide 23 Februar 2009.

Publicity[edit | edit source]

Ower the years, the group haes facit controversy due tae thair name an gained internaitional media attention in November 1999 durin the 2000 Unitit States Presidential Primaries for Republican Nomination, whan candidate/Christian conservative Gary Bauer accused the baund o bein "anti-Catholic", amang ither things. In response tae Bauer's criticism, Sakis wrote:

Living in (so called) democratic societies, I think everyone should have the right to call religions as he/she wants. We in fact simply believe they are "rotting"! We are not a "satanic-crusader" type of band but rather one of the many bands that represent the dark side in nowadays Metal music. [12]

Thay hae haed tae cancel some shaws an aw, maist recently in Mey 2005, whan Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine refused tae play at a Greek concert if Rotting Christ war on the bill.[13][14]

In response tae thair forcit cancellation, Sakis notit:

I didn't expect something like that from Dave Mustaine, because, you know, he's supposed to be metal — you know, 'metal band,' all metal ... I just feel sorry for him and for every new Christian with new ideas, because we think Christianity is the worst thing to happen in human history. This is a well-organized trick in order to control society, so when I see someone that's very much Christian, that's full of the system, I feel very sorry for him because he's not free. [15]

Anthrax co-foonder Dan Lilker defendit Rotting Christ an criticisit Dave Mustaine's actions,[16] as did Nevermore's Warrel Dane, whose baunds appeared on Mustaine's Gigantour in 2005. Dane eikit:

Everybody is free to believe anything he wants to; I just think that Dave misunderstood the whole subject. I have met the guys from Rotting Christ and I don’t think that they are Satanists or something. I think that Dave overreacted on this. [17]

Whan playin in Maltae, a kintra that in its constitution declares itsel as Roman Catholic, trouble frae the Kirk an ither Catholic groups ensued whan an unkent body stuck a Rotting Christ flyer tae a kirk door. The baund wis alloued tae play eventually even tho thay haed tae chynge venue.

Muisical style[edit | edit source]

Despite the name, the baund's traditional leerical themes involvin evil an occultism haes evolvit intae a mair "mystic" path,[12] an thay hae modifee'd thair muisical direction on each album, utilizin elements sic as clean melodic baritone vocals, doom, gothic metal an industrial muisic traits, an male/female Benedictine chants. Recent albums, beginnin wi Khronos, hae shawn the baund takkin a mair modren, faster an mair aggressive approach tae thair blackened-gothic style. Thair 2007 album, Theogonia, especially, haes been describit as mair "atmospheric" an "epic" bi thair label.[18]

The group's choice o producers, ingineers an mixers haes been variet an aw; Swadish extreme metal figurs Dan Swanö (Unisound), Peter Tägtgren (Abyss Studios) an Fredrik Nordström (Studio Fredman), German producers Andy Classen (Asphyx, Belphegor) Siggi Bemm (Therion, Theatre of Tragedy) an Waldemar Sorychta (Lacuna Coil, The Gathering) as well as Xytras (Samael percussionist/keybuirdist) hae aw contributit tae production on the baund's albums.

Baund members[edit | edit source]

Current members[edit | edit source]

Past members[edit | edit source]

  • Costas Vasilakopoulos - guitar (1996–2004)
  • Georgios Tolias - keybuird (1997–2003)
  • George "Magus Wampyr Daoloth" Zaharopoulos - keybuird/backin vocals (1992–1994)
  • Jim "Mutilator" Patsouris - bass (1989–1996)
  • Panayiotis - session keyboard (1997)

Discography[edit | edit source]

Full length[edit | edit source]

Demos, singles, an DVDs[edit | edit source]

  • Decline's Return (1988) (demo)
  • Leprosy of Death (1988) (unoffeecial demo)
  • The Other Side of Life (1989) (EP split wi Sound Pollution)
  • Satanas Tedeum (1989) (demo)
  • Passage to Arcturo (1991) (EP)
  • Split with Monumentum (1991) (split)
  • Dawn of the Iconoclast (1991) (EP)
  • Ades Wind (1992) (demo)
  • Apokathelosis (1993) (EP)
  • The Mystical Meeting (1997) (single/live/cover compilation)
  • Der Perfekte Traum (1999) (single/Live)
  • In Domine Sathana (2003) (live DVD)
  • Non Serviam: A 20 Year Apocryphal Story (2009) (live DVD/CD)
  • A Soundtrack to Mikael Häll's Doctoral Dissertation (2012, Malört förlag) (7" single, split wi Negative Plane)

Best o compilation

References[edit | edit source]

  1. DaRonco, Mike. "Rotting Christ biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
  2. Rotting Christ Aealo Review - HeavyMetal.About.com
  3. Rotting Christ biography at allmusic
  4. Necromayhem Discogs
  5. Necrosauron Discogs
  6. Mutilator Discogs
  7. Rotting Christ at bands.metalland.net
  8. A brief chronicle of the early Hellenic Black Metal movement
  9. Rotting Christ biography at The Gauntlet
  10. Anorexia Nervosa Join Vader's Blitzkrieg 3 Tour
  11. Metal-rules.com interview with Rotting Christ
  12. 12.0 12.1 Rotting Christ biography at rusmetal.ru
  13. Rotting Christ interview at tartareandesire.com
  14. MusicMight :: Artists :: ROTTING CHRIST
  15. Rotting Christ Mainman Feels 'Sorry' for Megadeth's Dave Mustaine
  16. DAN LILKER to DAVE MUSTAINE: Break Up Megadeth And Pursue Your Own Love For Jesus On Your Own
  17. Metal-Temple.com - Warrel Dane interview, 30 June 2005
  18. PhonoPaca/Season of Mist

Freemit airtins[edit | edit source]

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