The Greek Kings Of Black Metal

13 Oct

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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