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Latest news: Tue, Apr 17 2018, ROTTING CHRIST

Latest release: "Their Greatest Spells"

Release date: Fri, Mar 23 2018, US Fri, Mar 23 2018

ROTTING CHRIST have been arrested in the Eastern European state of Georgia on spurious grounds involving charges of Satanism allegedly based on the band's name. Read the full story below.

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ROTTING CHRIST frontman Sakis Tolis relates the events in his own words: "We arrived in Georgia's capital Tbilisi very early in the morning of Thursday, 12th of April. After the regular document check at the border, my brother and I were stopped by the police on our way out from the airport. After some minutes, we were ordered to follow police to another area of the airport under the pretence of further questioning before entering the country. Instead, we had our passports and mobile phones taken away and were lead into a prison cell. When we were demanding to be told the reason for this arrest, we were simply told this information would be 'confidential'. Our lawyers informed us later that we are on a list of unwanted persons of national security that branded us as Satanists and therefore suspects.

Without previous warning and no official reason, we found ourselves in jail, locked into a small and rather dirty cell and without being permitted any contact to the outside world or legal representation or our embassy for 12 hours. Conditions were bad and no further information provided during this time.

Luckily, only the names 'Tolis' were on the list and the other two band members started to work with the local promoter to extract us from prison and commence legal procedures. It took strong efforts and a complicated procedure to find a solution. Due to the hard work of the local promoter, who involved legal experts, journalists, and activists in Georgia, we were finally released. We are extremely grateful to everybody involved in this process. In the end, we were even able to perform our show and it turned out to be a fantastic night. We would also like to thank all our Georgian metal brothers for their overwhelming support!"

ROTTING CHRIST were allowed to leave the country towards Armenia without any further complications.

On further news, ROTTING CHRIST have updated their festival schedule for this summer. Please find a list of confirmed appearances below.

21 Apr 18 Burgas (BG) Youth Cultural Center
04 May 18 Velenje (SI) Metal Days Warm Up show
05 May 18 Izegem (BE) Headbangers Ball Festival
11 May 18 Kopervik (NO) Karmøygeddon Festival 2018
13 May 18 London (UK) Incineration Festival
27 May 18 Langres (FR) Outch! Festival
02 Jun 18 Duisburg (DE) Rage Against Racism
07 Jun 18 Sölvesborg (SE) Sweden Rock
16 Jun 18 ?ervený Kostelec (CZ) Metal Gate festival
14 Jul 18 Anyksciai (LT) Devil Stone Festival
17 Aug 18 Borre (NO) Midgardsblot Festival (exact date tbc)
18 Nov 18 Bucharest (RO) Metal Gates

ROTTING CHRIST are touring in support of their new compilation, 'Their Greatest Spells'. Artwork, track-list, and album details are shown below.

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CD1

  1. The Sign of Prime Creation
  2. Athanati Este
  3. Non Serviam
  4. King of a Stellar War
  5. Nemecic
  6. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos
  7. Art of Sin
  8. Dying
  9. Archon
  10. Serve In Heaven
  11. Astral Embodiment
  12. After Dark I Feel
  13. Sorrowfull Farewell
  14. In Yumen-Xibalba
  15. Elthe Kyrie
  16. Cold Colours

CD2

  1. The Sign of Evil Existence
  2. Fgmenth Thy Gift
  3. Ze Nigmar
  4. Phobo's Synagogue
  5. Demonon Vrosis
  6. ...Pir Threontai
  7. Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy
  8. Among Two Storms
  9. Semigod
  10. Welcome to Hel
  11. A Dynasty from the Ice
  12. Shadows Follow
  13. Forest of N’gai
  14. Feast of the Grand Whore
  15. Exiled Archangels
  16. Saturn Unlock Avey’s Son
  17. I Will Not Serve

'Their Greatest Spells' can be ordered in various formats from the Season of Mist shop

Join ROTTING CHRIST on their official Facebook page!

Biography

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ROTTING CHRIST have reached another peak in their long career that now spans over more than three decades. The Greeks have literally stood the test of time. With a steady core line-up and their well-honed live delivery, ROTTING CHRIST are filling concert halls and reap enthusiastic crowd reactions wherever they go. This demonstration of love from their followers is not just driven by nostalgia as the band has managed to evolve and grow, while staying relevant beyond the classics with their highly acclaimed latest albums such as 'Aealo' (2010), 'Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού’ (2013), and 'Rituals' (2016).

With more than 30 years, 12 studio albums, a dozen EPs, singles and split releases, as well as more than 1.250 shows under their belt, it is about high time to take a retrospective look at this band's fascinating musical development by picking a select choice of key tracks covering the many facets of ROTTING CHRIST that have sparkled over the years. With such a massive catalogue such an undertaking will always lead to controversy about certain additions as well as omissions from the final list, but the involvement of frontman Sakis Tolis in this extremely difficult task ensures that the result is at least relevant.

ROTTING CHRIST were founded by Sakis Tolis and his brother Themis in the year 1987. Starting out on a basis of death and grind, the Greeks had already embarked on a darker musical journey by the time their debut full-length ‘Thy Mighty Contract’ (1993) was revealed. On the following seven albums covering a ten-year period from 'Non Serviam' (1994) to 'Sanctus Diavolos' (2004), ROTTING CHRIST steadily defined their own distinct style by experimenting with elements from death, heavy, and gothic metal without betraying their black roots. At the same time, the band went from underground heroes to headliner status. With the highly acclaimed ninth album, 'Theogonia' (2007), the Greek stalwarts added an unmistakable native element to their sound, which has remained with them as a signature trademark ever since. Exploring the mythical legacy of cultures around the globe let to ROTTING CHRIST's massively successful latest release, 'Rituals'. With 'Their Greatest Spells', the Greek metal icons musically revisit their exciting legacy and even contribute a brand new track entitled "I Will Not Serve" to connect their past with the present.

Line-up

Name Instrument
Sakis Tolis vocals, guitar
Themis Tolis drums
Vangelis Karzis bass
George Emmanuel guitar

Releases Season of Mist

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Their Greatest Spells

General information
: Fri, Mar 23 2018
: Fri, Mar 23 2018
: Dark Metal
: SOM453
: available

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Rituals

General information
: Fri, Feb 12 2016
: Fri, Feb 12 2016
: Dark Metal
: SOM374
: available

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Lucifer Over Athens

General information
: Fri, Aug 21 2015
: Fri, Aug 21 2015
: Dark Metal
: SOM353
: available

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KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY (Do What Thou Wilt)

General information
: Fri, Mar 01 2013
: Tue, Mar 05 2013
: Dark Metal
: SOM282
: available

Som214

AEALO

General information
: Mon, Feb 15 2010
: Melodic Black Metal
: SOM214
: available

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Non Serviam – A 20 Year Apocryphal Story

General information
: Mon, Feb 23 2009
: Dark Metal
: SOM195
: available

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Theogonia

General information
: Mon, Jan 22 2007
: Melodic Black Metal
: SOM143
: available

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Passage to Arcturo + Non Serviam

General information
: Mon, Jan 23 2006
: Black Metal
: SOM124
: available

Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Fri, May 04 2018 SI Velenje Metal Days Warm Up show
Sat, May 05 2018 BE Izegem Headbangers Ball Festival
Fri, May 11 2018 NO Kopervik Karmøygeddon Festival 2018
Sun, May 13 2018 UK London Incineration Festival
Sun, May 27 2018 FR Langres Outch! Festival
Sat, Jun 02 2018 DE Duisburg Rage Against Racism
Thu, Jun 07 2018 SE Sölvesborg Sweden Rock
Sat, Jun 16 2018 CZ Cerveny Kostelec Metal Gate festival
Sat, Jul 14 2018 LT Anyksciai Devil Stone Festival
Fri, Aug 17 2018 NO Borre Midgardsblot Festival exact date tbc
Sun, Nov 18 2018 RO Bucharest Metal Gates
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