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Rotting Christ

Rotting Christ are one of the most influential, long-running metal bands to hail from Greece. Their sound has shifted over the years from grindcore to black metal to dark/gothic metal, blurring styles and incorporating folk and early music influences. The band has been the subject of controversy due to their name, with conservatives criticizing the group, and even other metal bands refusing to be booked on the same bill as them. While the group maintains a staunchly anti-Christian stance, their lyrics are usually centered around occultism and mythology rather than Satanism.

The group's co-founders, Athens-based brothers Sakis (vocals/guitar) and Themis Tolis (drums), initially started a band called Black Church in 1985. They later established Rotting Christ as a grindcore band in 1987, releasing a few demo cassettes and split EPs. After Jim "Mutilator" Patsouris became the group's bass player, they moved toward a black metal sound. However, nationwide attention as a second-generation black metal act didn't start until the release of their 1991 EP, Passage to Arcturo. After adding a keyboard player to their lineup (George Zaharopoulos) and hooking up with France's Osmose Records, their first full-length, Thy Mighty Contract, was released in 1993, followed by Non Serviam a year later. Clearly showing off their Venom and Celtic Frost influences with those two releases, Rotting Christ established themselves as one of the premier European underground metal acts, as they toured with bands such as Immortal and Blasphemy.

After the departure of Zaharopoulos and the addition of guitarist Costas Vassilakopoulos, and recording 1996's Triarchy of the Lost Lovers, a deal was secured with Century Media Records, meaning that Rotting Christ were finally getting distribution on both sides of the North Atlantic. The group began to incorporate more of a goth metal influence into their sound on this album. In 1997, Andreas Lagios replaced Mutilator as the group's bassist, and Georgios Tolias became their new keyboard player. The band's melancholy, keyboard-driven full-length A Dead Poem (1997) featured much slower tempos than prior works, including acoustic guitars and less black metal. Following their 1999 album, Sleep of the Angels, which continued in this slower, lighter direction, the group toured the United States for the first time, as well as undertaking an epic European tour with Deicide, Behemoth, Ancient Rites, and Aeternus.

Rotting Christ's seventh full-length, 2000's Khronos, co-produced by Hypocrisy's Peter Tägtgren, was a partial return to their earlier, more extreme sound, but it blended their harder style with gothic and industrial elements, including a cover of Current 93's "Lucifer Over London." On 2002's Genesis, they blackened their sound further. Following this album, guitarist Vassilakopoulos and keyboard player Tolias both left the group, and Sakis Tolis played both guitars and keyboards. The group released Sanctus Diavolos in 2004. The album featured choral vocals and a guest solo by Firewind guitarist Gus G.

After Nightfall guitarist Giorgio Bokos joined the band in 2005, they decided to change labels and signed with Season of Mist. The atmospheric Theogonia was released by the label in 2007, and was one of the group's most acclaimed releases. The group celebrated 20 years of existence with a retrospective compilation, Thanatiphoro Anthologio, and a live DVD/CD box set, Non Serviam: A 20 Year Apocryphal Story, appeared two years later. 2010 album Aealo, the group's 11th, was one of their most ambitious works to date, featuring numerous female vocal choirs and a guest appearance from Diamanda Galás on a cover version of her song "Orders from the Dead."

After playing their 1,000th concert and undergoing another lineup change (with George Emmanuel replacing Bokos on guitar and Vaggelis Karzis becoming the group's bassist in place of Lagios), Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy arrived in 2013. The album delved deeper into mythology than any of the group's prior releases, and incorporated more diverse instrumentation, including bagpipes and horns. The group performed in India and Sri Lanka for the first time in 2014, and toured America with Mayhem and Watain in 2015. A live album titled Lucifer Over Athens was released that year. The group's 13th proper full-length, Rituals, appeared in February of 2016. ~ Mike DaRonco & Paul Simpson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Lucifer Over Athens

Disc 1

1. 6 6 6

2. Dub Sag Ta Ke

3. Athanatoi Este

4. ΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔAIΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ

5. Nemecic

6. After Dark I Feel

7. Sorrowfull Farewell

8. Among Two Storms

9. Gloria De Domino Inferni

10. Feast Of The Grant Whore

11. The Nereid Of Esgalduin

12. Forest Of N Gai

13. The Sign Of Evil Existance

14. Transform All Suffering Into Plague

15. Fgmenth Thy Gift

16. Societas Satanas

Disc 2

1. Demonon Vrosis

2. Quintessence

3. The Call Of The Aethyr

4. In Yumen Xibalba

5. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos

6. Welcome To Hell

7. King Of A Stellar War

8. Archon

9. Exiled Archangels

10. Dive The Deepest Abyss

11. The Fourth Knight Of Revelation

12. The Sign Of Prime Creation

13. Non Serviam

14. Enuma Elish

15. Noctis Era

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Track List: Thanatiphoro Antologio

Disc 1

1. The Nereid Of Esgalduin

2. The Mystical Meeting

3. Fgmenth, The Gift

4. The Fourth Knight Of Revelation

5. The Sign Of Evil Existence

6. Non Serviam

7. King Of A Steller War

8. Archon

9. Shadows Follow

10. Sorrowfull Farewell

11. Semigod

12. Out Of Spirits

13. Der Perfekte Traum

14. After Dark I Feel

Disc 2

1. Cold Colours

2. Thou Art Blind

3. You Are I

4. In Domine Sathana

5. Quintessence

6. Under The Name Of Legion

7. Athanti Este

8. You My Cross

9. Keravnos Kivernitos

10. Nemecic

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Track List: Theogonia

1. (The Sign Of Prime Creation)

2. Keravnos Kivernitos

3. Nemecic

4. Enuma Elish

5. Phobos' Synagogue

6. Gaia Tellus

7. Rege Diabolicus

8. He, The Aethyr

9. Helios Hyperion

10. Threnody

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Track List: Passage To Arcturo

1. The Old Coffin Spirit

2. The Forest Of N'gai

3. The Mystical Meeting

4. Gloria De Domino Inferni

5. Inside The Eye Of Algond

8. Feast Of The Grant Whore

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Track List: Non Serviam

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Track List: Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy

1. In Yumen-Xibalba

2. P'unchaw Kachun-Tuta Kachun

3. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos

4. Kata Ton Demona Eaftou

6. Iwa Voodoo

8. Rusalka

10. 666

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Track List: Rituals

1. In Nomine Dei Nostri

2. Ze Nigmar

3. Elthe Kyrie

4. Apage Satana

5. Les Litanies De Satan (Fleurs Du Mal)

6. For A Voice Like Thunder

7. Komx Om Pax

8. Devadevam

9. Tou Thanatou

10. The Four Horsemen

11. Lok'tar Ogar

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Aaaaagggghhh h h OLD SCHOOL S**T!!!!
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Awesome band . One of my favorites.
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I understand theyre going to share a boat with me
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Very creative black metal
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mercflf8
Bad a**
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Awesome f**king band
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Yes I agree great band
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Too many people don't now but rotting Christ start play gring core with same name rotting christ after comes a waves of black metal in greek with band like varathron and necromantia that now play in indepent record no like comercial band is now rotting christ
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They get mad snatch my guess is.
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Varathron were is pandora is good band is the same member of rotting christ and necromantia
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Fuckk im like too much this album is the last good album rrrrotting christtttt argrrrr argrr varathron and necromantia the begining in this style of greek black metal
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Horrible bio. Awesome band.
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Noticing the start of the crazed black metal scene in the Scandinavian region...- WRONG. This is the band that started it all. People need to research before they post this crap, or better yet, have someone who listens to it do the biographies.
Norway didn't prance along until years later. If you need proof, read your Dark Throne- A Blaze in the Northern Sky album, it clearly states Rotting Christ, Necromantia, Varathron, etc. as their influences.
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Loll, great name for a band :D
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They're legit my favourite band so far, I'm very impressed with them. So many songs to choose from, and speak a language I've hardly heard in music - it gives it an exotic, mysterious feel to their songs. You guys should hear their songs from the Non Serviam album, they redid some of the studio versions like Athanati Este and it sounds MUCH better than the studio.

Long live black metal \m/
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\„\,NON SERVIAM,/„/
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rmc826
Wow. I forgot about this band until they played on my A Day to Remember station. Death metal is not the same as post-hardcor e .

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More albums please. A Dead poem at least! Band is still active so new albums keep coming out.
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please put more of their albums on here
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gmellos
Saw them last year at Brick by Brick in San Diego. Not into the typical Satan Metal which RC isn't. Love that they've been leaning towards Ancient Greek Mythos (Dodecatheis m ) in their music the past few records! Hope they come back to SoCal soon.
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Kicks a**! Great especially when I am writing code at work.
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the country may be rotting but not this incredible band. anyway, i suspect its another corrupt goverment along with the banking system of greece that screwed up that beautiful country.gree k people are great.goverm e n t s suck.greece has rotting christ,so therefore greece rules. !
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I LOVE THIS BAND! THEY ARE F**KING BAD A**!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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i'm a greek phreak(excep t for college fraternities , w h i c h are nazi factories)gr e e k yogurt,melin a mecouri,jule s dassain,diam a n d a l a galas,pictur e s of the blue sea and of course ROTTING CHRIST !
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has Rotting Christ ever been on Portlandia ?
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count me in.this filth reeks...
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will p.-you're just some guy talking. words fall out of your mouth like heavy stones and apparently no one can stop you.
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Going to see Rotting Christ tomorrow in Portland!!
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THIS IS NOT UP TO DATE! where's AEALO??? f**king sick band hail rotting christ \m/
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One of my favorite Black Metal bands. New album this year. f**k yea
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The sanctus diavalos album has some intriguing tunes, particularly "doctrine". Pandora does not have this album however. Limbonic Art is fantastic.
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Hail Rotting Christ!
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the_cadaver
Oh yeah, you guys might wanna check out Stormlord if you haven't already. All of their albums kick a**.
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the_cadaver
I love Emperor and Old Man's Child. Dimmu Borgir is EPIC as far as black metal goes. I'll check out the other three sometime.
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the_cadaver
I'm sorry but this is probably the 2,000th mediocre black metal band I've heard. They all have generic gimmicky names. I guess good black metal is really hard to find...Oh yeah, on a side note; is it just me or do alot of black metal guitarists sound as though they can't tune their guitars?
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moomoo, you suck.
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stur9899
FTTguy: Black metal is known for its poor recording quality, and it was often done on purpose (Darkthrone) .
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\m/
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superjesus1
cute name, but seriously good band
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wow i got "dawn of the iconoclast" and the quallity sucks! but upon hearing the later stuff, it sounds good.
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i f u ck i ng lo v e d e vi l m us i c !
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kkovacs unit k2, people like you shouldn't be allowed to breathe, anyone held up by the name of this most excellent group should just stay in sunday school and never EVER leave. May Satan set the hordes upon your home.
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This band rules. On every album they've displayed very different sounds. And, ironically, Pandora has only their best albums here it would seem and none of their mid era stuff. I don't like their mid era stuff at all, sorry. Got all gothic-laced and started being like cof or other gay symphonic crap. Their old and new stuff kicks a**, though.
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Ok, kkovacs unit k2, that's fine. Don't listen to this. Good. Don;t listen to anything like this. Just keep listening to your Deehmoo Burger and Bullet 4 Valentines or w/e. No one wants you listening to this or any other good music with a taste like that anyways.
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eww the name sounds like something i wouldnt want to listen to.
ive never heard them before but maybe someday i will.
im NOT saying that they suck but i dont like the name. i like the genre so ill probably give this a go
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Jesus' favorite band :D
one of my favorite Black Metal bands
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whoa, they sound most excellent! not to thrilled w/name but that's their right. Good sound. will add to personal fave list.
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Consider me flung against the wall by a hurricane of sound!!!
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Excellent as always.

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