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All Hallows Eve

Laurie Cabot - Official Witch of Salem, Massachusetts

Laurie Cabot – Official Witch of Salem, Massachusetts

The moon on this All Hallows Eve will most certainly appear a different hue as I reflect on the sights and sounds I have tasted over the past month.

Normally, this would be the night little goblins and fairies appeared on my doorstep in the hopes of gathering forbidden treats which are limitless on Halloween.  Instead, I shall have 13 cats and kittens sitting on my stoop in the hopes of acquiring a bellyful of leftovers.

I will miss the festivities of living next door to Salem, Massachusetts … the chill of the autumn air … the leaves falling into massive heaps of gold, red, and orange … and the moon … I’ll miss the chill quivering up my spine as I search for the moon in the sky above.

A full moon on this evening has always brought a little more drama to the flavor of the festivity.  Quick flashes of childhood fears with false images of witches beckoning spirits while hovering over a boiling cauldron of magic.

For the first time ever I won’t be “next door to Salem, home of the witches”.  I’ll be sitting in the land of the gods, gazing at the sky which covers my heritage with the Parthenon only steps away.

Instead of witches and thoughts of the hysteria which swept through the town three hundred years ago, I’ll be wondering how many great-minded philosophers, poets, statesmen, scientists, and mathematicians wandered these exact streets thousands of years ago.

Salem, Massachusetts - Witch Trial

Salem, Massachusetts – Witch Trial

It has been an amazing journey for me, thus far.  I saw not one but TWO shooting stars.  I saw a bat commit suicide as it dove into the sea.  I experienced the “thrill” of a hospital after getting stung by a bee (more on this in my next posting cuz I do have an ax to grind). I’ve also had the opportunity to experience things never imagined.  Within a time span of five days I:

  • attended the 10th International Panorama of Independent Filmmakers in Patras, where Vlad the Demon (directed by Michael Pougounas) won the top award in the short-film category.
Vlad the Demon (Directed by Mike Pougounas)

Vlad the Demon (Directed by Mike Pougounas)

  • sat in a recording studio watching the process involved in making a CD (a most amazing event for me — where I also managed to resist the temptation to touch the buttons on the console).
  • witnessed the creativity of much-adored artists as they tweaked and fine-tuned songs during rehearsals for an upcoming gig.

And most amazing of all has been the opportunity to finally meet with people I’ve grown to love from afar.  Each soul a true reflection of what I imagined … warmth and smiles overpowering me.

I guess this a good place to end this posting, for if I keep thinking back upon the past month’s events I’ll never get back out into the real world and will continue writing till the end of time.  (I’m beginning to miss my computer and reflections just a tad bit too much right now.)

Sending my wishes for a spectacular weekend to all … and if you happen to be in the neighborhood of Piraeus, be sure to stop in for a sizzling pizza at my favorite restaurant of all:

210-413-6425

Further information:

Vlad the Demon:
www.myspace.com/VladTheDemon

10th International Panorama of Independent Filmmakers in Patras:
http://www.independent.gr/english/tainiesShort-films.htm

Laurie Cabot – Official Site:
http://www.lauriecabot.com/About_Laurie.html

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2008 in Comedy, Music, Reflections

 

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The A.E.TA. Festival – AN Club November 1987

During the mid 80s a number of Athenian underground rock bands formed a sort-of syndicate named A.E.TA. (Independent Movement of Expression). 

Poster of the Festival

Poster of the Festival

The “syndicate” was an idea of an older rocker, Iraklis Triantafyllides, who was once the leader of the Greek prog-rock band Iraklis & H Lernaia Hydra (Gr. Ηρακλής και η Λερναία Υδρα – released 2 albums) and also the owner of a club in Plaka, called Sofita.

A.E.TA.’s main cause was to organize festivals for these bands (which numbered about 25) and to have easier access to local live clubs.  The HQ of this “organisation” was in Asimaki Fotila Street, Nr 4 – Exarhia (downtown Athens), and, for a while, things worked out fine.

The peak of A.E.TA.’s activities was a 4-day festival in AN Club during November 1987.  Every Monday, three bands of the organisation were playing live, whereby the four Mondays of the month were thus covered.

On Monday, the 9th of November, the bill was as follows:

  • Slow Motion – A medieval goth band with English and German lyrics.  They released a few albums and are still active nowdays.
  • Σκιές (Engl. Shadows, Gr. Skies) – A dark wave band with Greek lyrics.
  • Split Image – A band from the island of Corfu which focused on dark wave with English lyrics.  They are now once again active.

Skies and Slow Motion shared Teo Botinis on bass, who later joined the Flowers Of Romance.  Botinis is currently a member of the prog-rock band September.

On the 16th, Panx Romana, Σρίμανση (Engl. Srimansi) and 16 Days were on the bill.  You can read more about Panx Romana on “Baby Steps to A New Era, Vol. 1” (further down below).  Srimansi were formed by Panx Romana’s drummer, Dimitris Dimitrakas, to play covers of well known Greek rock bands. Dimitris Dimitrakas was also hosting a radio show called Rock’n’Roll Boithies (Engl. Rock’n’Roll Help) titled after a Panx Romana song.  He’s been active since the early 80s and has released lots of albums with several bands.

Unfortunately, the dark wave band 16 days never had the chance to record an album, although they were great.  Just by the name alone one can realise they sounded a lot like the Cure.  One of their members, though, Aris Zarakas, later joined the Greek New Wave/Punk band Magic De Spell.

On the 23rd, the new wave band of Scoria opened (they released three albums in total) and were followed by Film Noir on their last show with their singer, Mariela Loukaki.  Film Noir released two albums.

The last band on the bill were the gothic punks The Flowers Of Romance (released 

Pic of The Flowers Of Romance from that night

Pic of The Flowers Of Romance from that night

3 albums, 2 singles, 1 12″ EP, and many participations in compilations in Greece and abroad – article will come for them in the future).  The last song of the night was “Kashmir” sang by Film Noir’s singer Mariela who joined The Flowers Of Romance for that song.  Another thing I have to mention here is that Scoria’s drummer was Albert Levi, the Parthenogenesis’s original drummer.

On the fourth Monday of the festival, Adiafori (Engl. Careless, Gr. Αδιάφοροι) opened and was followed by the electropunk anarchoband of ANTI.  The Blue Jeans ended the show with their classic rock’n’roll style of the 50’s (they released one EP).

Although the festival was successful, A.E.TA. was a short-lived experiment.  The whole thing soon fell apart as each band was trying to act for their own benefit or just got too lazy to make things work.  This festival gave a great opportunity to the Greek audience to get the whole picture about the Greek underground but slowly it fell into oblivion along with some of the bands which took part in it.  All four nights the club was full and the audience enjoyed the shows, but … time did its work.

Thankfully, most of the remaining bands left their mark on the Greek map by releasing albums that would sell several thousand copies.

Most importantly of all, we have to point out the good intentions of Iraklis Triandafyllides who tried so hard to help the Greek underground rock scene by any means possible.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2008 in Concerts / Performances

 

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Playhouse Gotique Festival

The following received from the Darkedelic Sounds

Playhouse Gotique #4 bands/dj/movie/experiment

Darkened…Playhouse Gotique

split image

split image

…στις 12/13 Δεκεμβρίου 2003, η Cyberdelia Records παρουσίασε για πρώτη φορά το φεστιβάλ Playhouse Gotique στο 8 Δυτικά με τις συμμετοχές ελληνικών συγκροτημάτων της εταιρίας – Past Perfect, Genetic Variation, Nexus -την πρώτη μέρα, και Forkys,Tilbury on Gloves, Dark Runner, Slow Motion τη δεύτερη μέρα.

Ancient tense…Playhouse Gotique N2

…στις 21/22 Σεπτεμβρίου 2007, η Darkedelic Sounds επιστρέφει με το δεύτερο μέρος του φεστιβάλ Playhouse Gotique, στον ΑΕΡΑ της Πετρούπολης – με συμμετοχές και πάλι από ελληνικά συγκροτήματα με αναφορές στον ατμοσφαιρικό, σκοτεινό και πειραματικό ήχο. Clouds by Night, Elysion, Drama Queen, Past Perfect, Urban Sadness Academy, New Zero God (ex-Flowers of Romance,ex-Nexus).

Past tense..Playhouse Gotique n3…

Στις 19/04/08, η Darkedelic Sounds και το Goth. gr συνδιοργάνωσαν το τρίτο φεστιβάλ Playhouse Gotique και το παρουσίασαν στο μέρος απ’ όπου ξεκίνησε, στο Ναό Τέχνης 8 Δυτικά(Λ.Αθηνων 387).

Οι συμμετέχοντες ήταν η ομάδα The Venus Shrine, με το project “Danse Macabre I”, που μας ταξίδεψε στην απαρχή της “σκοτεινής” μουσικής, με ταυτόχρονες βίντεο-προβολές και χορευτική κίνηση, οι newZEROgod, που παρουσίασαν τραγούδια από τον πρώτο επερχόμενο άλμπουμ τους, και οι Split Image, μία μπάντα που, μετά 20 χρόνια, ενεργοποιήθηκε ξανά, για να μας καθηλώσει με τις πολύ όμορφες New Wave μουσικές αναφορές της.

Present tense…Playhouse Gotique n4

28-29 Νοεμβρίου 2008

Midnight Toys,  Herouvim,  Christabel Etheriel, New Zero God, Absent Without Leave,  Split Image

new zero god

new zero god

special Dj set /video projection: The Venus Shrine

προβολή της βραβευμένης στο 10ο διεθνές πανόραμα ανεξαρτήτων δημιουργών, ταινίας Vlad the demon του Μιχ.Πούγουνα.

Dark Rehearsal Experiments
μουσικοί από τα συγκροτήματα που έχουν εμφανιστεί στο Playhouse Gotique θα ανέβουν στο stage με πειραματική διάθεση για αυτοσχεδιασμό σε γνωστά κομμάτια της σκοτεινής σκηνής.

Be there !!!

το flyer του φεστιβάλ

το flyer του φεστιβάλ

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2008 in Concerts / Performances

 

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From Ερεβος to Erevos

Nowdays, many years after their final break up, Erevos reached a cult status.
Little is known to their followers about their relationship to Giorgos Tsigkos with whom
they were playing with under the name Rekviem (I am almost sure about the name Rekviem).
One thing that I am sure of, is that Tsigkos left the band to found George Tsigkos kai oi
Mavri Kykli (gr. Γιώργος Τσίγκος και οι Μαύροι Κύκλοι) while the guitar player Michalis Galaios
and the singer/keyboard player Lambros Sfyris found new members and formed Erevos in 1989.
The sound of the band was a mixture of dark wave and psychedelic rock with very melancholic
lyrics written by Galaios giving many times the impression of a new style of rembetiko music.
(They even featured a song titled Rembetiko in this album)
Sfyris’s cheesie vocals followed by his gloomy keyboard lines were dressing the haunting
drum beat and M.Galaios’s brother, George, played the bass guitar.
After a string of gigs the band released their debut LP “Epomeni Mera” (engl. The Day After
 gr. Επόμενη Μέρα) during 1991.
Erevos continued with a line up change as Leonidas Togkas replaced the drummer Markos
Diamandopoulos.
In 1994 the band recorded 6 tracks for their next release, the mini LP “Aimos“,
released during 1995 and had their one and only video, directed by George Kagialedakis (member
of the band “Sonar Blips” and “Rag”).

Erevos – To spiti me ta Paraxena

In 1999, their last album was released, the CD “Anoites Ehthres” (engl. Foolish Hatred gr. Ανόητες Εχθρες)
After that, the band seized to exist.
Sfyris went on working as a sound engineer while M.Galaios joined the band Lost Bodies
as their bass player.
Lately, M. Galaios is working on his new project, “Mavres Komodies” on a more electronic mood.
There is one more CD released, which was remastered by Coti K. (ex Film Noir member) including the two first albums, “Epomeni Mera” and “Aimos” that were only on
vinyl format.

A few more Erevos tracks can be found on several compilations.

to listen more:
Erevos official site

Mavres Komodies

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2008 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

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Dark wave made in South Of No North

When Charles Bukowski wrote South Of No North, he didn’t know that an Athenian dark wave band would use his title as their name in November of 1983.

 

They had their first gig at Grava’s High School in 1984 with the bands Metro Decay, Villa 21, Yell-O-Yell and Art Of Parties, all label-mates in Creep Records.  Mostly influenced by bands such as Japan, Bauhaus and Joy Division, they covered a dark music spectre which was made obvious by their only video shot in their rehearsing studio (check “Baby Steps To A New Era, Vol. II” featured further down).

 

Their gigs were very rare, considering the existing live clubs of those years, but this didn’t stop Creep Records

Lacrimae Christi

Lacrimae Christi

from signing them up to release the first Greek dark wave album in history.  “Lacrimae Christi”, their debut album, and was recorded during September 1984 and was released April 1985.  New wave and dark wave took over in the Greek underground.

 

 

 

 

It was easy to attend to some small gig and see the Headleaders in a bar called “Blue Note” (later called “Masswell”) near Kipseli Square, which was territorial South Of No North’s area.  This bar had one of the first VCRs in Athens, playing music vids of foreign new wave bands.  Punks like the band Ex-Humans were also hanging around.  Actually, Fivos, Ex-Human’s drummer, was also playing with South Of No North, as well.  The band used Edgar Alan Poe’s poem “Anabell Lee” for one of their songs in their second album, “Fell Frozen” (which was the last release of Creep Records).

 

During the following years there were a few changes in their line up as two keyboard players were added, which pushed their style away from the guitar-oriented sound.

 

South Of No North

South Of No North

In 1989 they opened for Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds at Rodon Club and released the album “South Of No North” reaching the peak of their career with their most successful song, “Sha La La”.  One year later they parted ways after a concert with Last Drive and Villa 21.  Their last album, “Rajah”, was released in 1992 featuring material taken from their past albums.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rumor has it that the band had a new album recorded, which was never released.  Later, some of them formed the band Rock Xerox.

 

In 2003 they had a reunion show for the Elfentanz Festival, in Gagarin 205 Club.

Check also: http://www.myspace.com/southofnonortheu 

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2008 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

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Whispering in Past Perfect

The four piece band, Past Perfect were formed in Athens during December 2000 initialy by the singer B-Abyss

Past Perfect (promo pic 2002)

Past Perfect (promo pic 2002)

 (Babis Diakoumeas) and guitar player E-Raptor (Elias Raptis).
The band went through several line-up changes as the two members were trying to find the right musicians to work with.
They started playing cover versions of bands such as Joy Division, Dead Can Dance, The Sisters of Mercy,
Flowers Of Romance and Nick Cave.
Pretty soon it was obvious that they needed to play their own original material so after many gigs in Athens,
they recorded their first 12 tracks.

They released a 6 track demo CD recorded live in 2002 simply titled “Past Perfect” and participated to the “Rock News” CD compilation by the same year.
They reached a cult status thanks to their stage-sound that evolved into a unique dark epic atmosphere,
with loops and sound effects, backed by projections.
On April 2002, the band released their first studio album through Cyberdelia Records
giving us a fresh dark wave sound.
Their theatrical point of view gave a new breath to what we knew so far as greek Gothic Rock
as their debut album, “Whispers of Souls In Silence” was flirting with dark wave and psychedelic music
and the band was soon on the front covers of the Greek music magazines.
They succeeded the radio-hit “If” and gained very nice reviews from the foreign press too (you can read a review of the album in english, here.
“If” found a place in the hearts of the Greek audience and turned out to be the highlight of the band’s live performances.

In 2003, the greek music mag “Rock & Roll” included their song “Land of Trydoubt” (which was recorded live) to its monthly CD compilation.
Past Perfect finaly came closer to the legends of their youth by supporting the english goth band The Mission on April the 18th in Athens.
Right after the show, the band was reached in the backstage by an other legend, this time of the

Whispers of Souls In Silence

Whispers of Souls In Silence

 60s, Sky Saxon
(of the american garage band The Seeds) who asked them to join him for some concerts.
While Past Perfect were still recording their second album, they played live on Syros Island during 2007 and by the same year
they performed live on Playhouse Gotique #2 in Athens.
Both B-Abyss and E-Raptor are also members of the band New Zero God while Past Perfect are still active and ready to release a new album.

You can find more here

Official web site here

You can buy their album here

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2008 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

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Zeitgeist: Addendum

I know many people are interested in watching this one.

So, as Peter Joseph promised about a year ago, he returns with “Zeitgeist: Addendum”, a continuation of his documentary, “Zeitgeist the Movie” (2007).

Zeitgeist the movieThis time, the film includes conspiracy theories regarding the Federal Reserve System in the United States, the CIA, corporate America and others, concluding with the advocating of the Venus Project,
created by social engineer Jacque Fresco.

The movie premiered at the 5th Annual Artivist Film Festival in Los Angeles, California on October 2, 2008, and was released online for free on October 4, 2008.

For those of you who want to watch it now, here is the link:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7065205277695921912

You can download both “Zeitgeist the Movie” and “Zeitgeist: Addendum” from here:
http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/

Actually, the “Zeitgeist: Addendum” DVD costs about $5 to buy…

Enjoy

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2008 in Politics

 

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Compilation nr. 1

For “The Thing from Another World”  IDBM quotes the following movie plot: Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost
The following has nothing to do with it.
Here is “The Thing from Another World Vol 1.” and not the 1958 cult movie.

The Thing from Another World Vol 1

The Thing from Another World Vol 1

Here we have a CD compilation, that was  coming free with the Greek fanzine The Thing back in 1995.
The CD cover also quotes: “A BRAINS-OUT COMPILATION OF 18 GREEK BANDS”.
This is what is all about.
There was plenty of rock’n’roll activity during the 90s.
Gigs everywhere, thousands of album and single releases, lots of fanzines from several Greek cities and even a free bimonthly fanzine from Salonica called “In Rock” dedicated only to the Greek rock scene.
One could attend to at least 2 different Greek rock gigs every night.
All r’n’r genres were covered.
Metal, punk, garage punk, psychedelic rock, electronica, gothic…everything.
As the fanzines were covering a wide spread part of music, the mainstream music press, the biggies (and especially the top music mag in Greece, “Pop & Rock”) were loosing their readers by thousands.
The fanzines had on the other hand, had also to fight each other (I will write a special article about them) so they started releasing vinyl or CD compilations to attract more readers.
That worked out fine for the bands as lots of them were not signed ofcourse but also gave the opportunity to even more people to give’em a listen.
Today, the compilation “The Thing from Another World Vol 1.” gives us a clear picture of what was going on in the Greek underground during the mid 90s.
Its not my place to judge here whats good and what is not as music is a matter of taste but I am sure that you’ll find stuff that will pleasantly surprise you.

Here is the tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Make Believe – Stepping Out
3. Rockin’ Bones – Jimmy Bomber
4. Scarecrow Dreaming – Miss you touch my real
5. Cosmic Teds – Come Get Me
6. Headquake – (For the) Sake of the psycho
7. Surface – A.Γ.
8. Ache In Silence – Fake Friend
9. Oh! My Garden – Somebody’s Groovin’
10. Groove Machine – Virus Inside
11. Black Static – Mould
12. Last Drive – May This Bullet
13. Deus X Machina – Fear
14. Nonmandol – Texanu
15. Dirty Thoughts – Dive In Me
16. Screamin’ Fly – Still Alive
17. Crackpot – Durham
18. Horror Vacui – Τα χρωματα της Ιριδας
19. Flowers Of Romance – Love
20. Outro

Two of the most famous Greek bands of the era are featured here: the garage band Last Drive and the gothic band The Flowers Of Romance, both well known abroad thanks to their releases through German, American and English labels. (extensive history of these two bands will follow in the future)
Make Believe released 3 albums “Playground” 1995, “Blue One” 1996, “Wide” 1999 and were very successful mostly thanks to the voice of  their singer, Flora Ioannidi.
The most famous greek h/c punk band is also here, Deus X Machina, released 2 albums: “Words Apart” 1993 and “Signs” plus 4 singles. Thankfully they are still around having gigs.

The Thing from Another World Vol 1 (back)

The Thing from Another World Vol 1 (back)

Cosmic Teds were an ala New York Dolls punk rock band playing very frequently back then. Later on, their leader Johnny Ted formed the Mighty Shakers, released “The Deasert’s Bleeding” ep in 2005 and opened for the Damned during 2008 in Athens.
The funksters Oh! My Garden, released an ep in1996 titled ep “Regrooveable”
Ache In Silence were formed by the former bass player of Panx Romana, Julio.(who also played the bass for the band Surface)
Horror Vacui were a very interesting  experimental band (I am almost sure they released an album) singing in Greek while Groove Machine were a dark, groovy electronic band.
Nonmandol were consisted only by girls. One of their guitar players was Ada Lambara, former member of the band Villa 21.
Unfortunately, little I know about the rest of the bands.

More sound about the Rockin’ Bones here

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2008 in Compilations

 

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Avaton – Αβατον

This is a short note about one of my favorite greek bands, Avaton (gr: Αβατον)
Its very sad to know that there is no information at all about them on the internet.
It is disappointing…
The band was discovered by Manos Hatzidakis, one of the most famous greek musicians, by the late 80s who signed them and released their first album through his label, Seirios, late in the 80s.
AVATON – Hymenaon

Avaton had a unique music style, trying to put in melody the poems of the ancient
greek poet Sapfo and because of that…they were singing in ancient Greek.
Mixing Byzantine music with modern instrumentation, Avaton was becoming on stage a 14 piece band trying to achieve an atmosphere of oriental mystery.

The band released a second album through FM Records (always Greece) during the early 90s.
They performed live in the WOMAD festival in Belgium in 1997 but little was known to the
Greek audience mostly because an other Greek singer, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, (dealing
mostly with bouzouki style music) perfomed at the WOMAD the night before them..

AVATON – Aerion Epeon Arhome (gr: αερίων επέων άρχομαι)

By that time the band was signed to Lyra Records and during the same year
they released a double CD album featuring material mostly from their past albums.

They also worked with the great Egyptian singer Natasha Atlas, known for her works with
Transglobal Underground.
The following vid is realy bad and I don’t like its quality BUT it will give you an idea of their work with this lady.

Natasha Atlas ft. Avaton – Yeranos

They were singing in Greek…but…ancient Greek…and this is propably why the Greeks never heard of them.

A more detailed postcan be found on the blog of Urban Aspirines here.

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2008 in Music

 

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The Greek Kings Of Black Metal

Undeniably the Athenian band Rotting Christ is the top black metal act of Greece.
Formed in 1987, the band played in North and South America, Europe, Russia, England, Israel, Turkey and offcourse Greece.
Their albums sold thousands of copies all around the world while they were mostly signed to non-greek metal labels.

First major appearance of the band was on the 1993 “Fuck Christ Tour” consisting by Immortal and Blasphemy.
Tourmates that followed in the years to come: My Dying Bride, Tristania, Tiamat, Vintersorg, Finntroll,
Agathodaimon, Old Man’s Child, Malevolent Creation, Anorexia Nervosa, Vader
,
Krisiun, Deicide, Behemoth and Nile, to name but a few.

The band recorded their first split 7″ EP in 1988 for Sound Pollution label.

In 1989 they released their first official demo,”Satanas Tedeum” and by 1991, released their following split 7″ EP was
released with the Italian band Momentum.

The second official demo “Ade’s Winds” was released in 1992 with two tracks, “Fgmenth, Thy Gift” and
“The Fourth Knight Of Revelation Parts 1 & 2”.
“Ade’s Winds” was the reason for the independent label Osmose Productions to sign Rotting Christ.
The Greek label Decapitated Records (later known as Unisound Records signed to them for 1994-1996) distributed
their first mini-LP “Passage To Arcturo“.
Before signing to Unisound, Mayhem’s Øystein Aarseth was interested in distributing the album
through his “Deathlike Silence Productions” label, but as Aarseth was murdered that same year, this wasn’t possible.
in 1993, Rotting Christ released the album “Thy Mighty Contract” defining the Greek sound of black metal.
By the same year, Osmose released the two track 7″ EP “Apokathelosis” (The Mystical Meeting / Visions Of The Dead Lovers)

Rotting Christ Live In NYC (2/10/2008) – Athanati Este

Trying to find a new record label,the band contacted in 1995 the German offices of Century Media and Nuclear Blast.
Century Media offered them a 6-album deal and by April 1996, their new album “Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers” was released.

A European tour with their labelmates Moonspell and Samael took place for promotional reasons.
Further more, Rotting Christ played in 14 countries (Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany
in the Out Of The Dark Festival with Theatre of Tragedy and Gorefest, Belgium, Holland in a festival with Amorphis and Therion, Czech Republic, Poland in a festival with Immolation and Cannibal Corpse, Denmark, Finland and Norway in the “Hell On Earth” festival.
Meanwhile, Century Media released a limited edition of the 10″ picture disc “The Mystical Meeting“.

In August 1997 the band released their most commercial album,”A Dead Poem“.
Moonspell’s singer, Fernando Ribeiro, participates on “A Sorrowful Farewell” and “Among Two Storms”.

The band was on the road again for a tour in 12 European countries as well as a es.
mini-tour in Turkey. Two shows in Istanbul and one in Ankara.

Before releasing their next album, “Sleep Of The Angels” on January 1998 Rotting Christ were on the road again for twenty more days with Tiamat.
Some of their fans were dissapointed of the gothic elements in the new album but in general the album sales were great.
A new European tour followed with Deicide, Ancient Rites, Aeternus and Behemoth and then the band toured the USA and after a few gigs, they went further down south to Mexico, Colombia and brazil.
Rotting Christ LIVE Under The Name Of A Legion – Vienna 2007
Initialy the next album would have the title “Chronos 666” but it came out titled as “Khronos” during the year 2000.
For the first time the band features a cover version of CURRENT ’93’s track “Lucifer Over London“.

Rotting Christ had also a one-off concert as special guests in MY DYING BRIDE’s gig in London, April 27th 2002.
The album “Sanctus Diavolos” was released through  Century Media in 2004 and the band will be signed to a new record label.

Season Of Mist released “Theogonia” in 2007.
Recently the group recorded two live shows in Larissa (Central Greece) which will be featured on a
live album intended to coincide with the release of the band’s brand new DVD, shot in Athens
on December 8, 2007, sometime in late 2008.

Over the years, the group has faced controversy due to their name and gained international media attention in November 1999 during the 2000 United States Presidential Primaries for Republican Nomination, when candidate/Christian conservative Gary Bauer accused the band of being “anti-Catholic”, among other things.

During the 20 years of their existance, Rotting Christ worked with producers such:
Andy Classen (Asphyx, Belphegor) Siggi Bemm (Therion, Theatre of Tragedy)
Waldemar Sorychta (Lacuna Coil, The Gathering) and others.

Rotting Christ-Transform All Suffering Into Plagues

Rotting Christ are the top Greek metal band.
With album sales of about 30.000 copies for each album and thousands of supporters all around the world
they became the kings of the Greek black metal and one of the most respected acts of this genre.
I hope they continue doing their good job for many years to come.

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