Rotting Christ

Melodic Black Metal - Greece

Rotting Christ Band

In the dimly lit catacombs of extreme metal, one name stands as a monolith: ROTTING CHRIST. Sakis Tholis and his brother Themis started this band together back in 1987. In the three decades since, these Greek titans have left their blackened imprint all over the metal world. They’ve released 13 studio albums and played more than 1,300 concerts around the globe. Underneath all this hard work, Rotting Christ have but one vision – an urge to not only push the boundaries of extreme metal, but to keep reinventing themselves along the way.

Rotting Christ’s evolution has unfolded across several distinct chapters. After starting out closer to the barely controlled chaos of grindcore, they went on to establish the iconic sound of Hellenic black metal. Their albums often embrace refined gothic soundscapes, only to plunge back into the depths of blasphemous fervour. Each chapter marked another, further exploration, and an unwavering commitment to push boundaries.

But the real turning point came in 2007, when Rotting Christ signed a pact with Season of Mist. They unleashed a series of albums for the French label that defied any and all expectations. From the piercing Theogonia and the symphonic grandeur of Aelo to the ritualistic intensity of Κατά Τον Δαίμονα Εαυτού, the cinematic experiences created by Rotting Christ became a spectacle of bombastic atmospheres, mesmerizing choirs, and neo-classical arrangements. The unexpected is their modus operandi, with the use of various languages (Latin, Arabic, Greek, English) as well as the extensive use of famous poetry woven into their music, like Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ on The Heretics.

In 2019, Rotting Christ’s epic journey continued with The Apocryphal Spell compilation, which offered fans an intimate glimpse into unreleased and rare material. This allowed them to gather strength, preparing for the release of their next, highly anticipated, 14th full-length studio album:

Pro Xristou.

Pro Xristou (‘Before Christ’ in Greek), serves as a fervent tribute to the last Pagan kings who resisted the onslaught of Christianity, guarding their ancient values and knowledge. In this thematic odyssey, intricately woven through tracks such as ‘The Apostate’ and ‘Ygdrassil’, Rotting Christ delves into the legacies of historical figures such as Flavius Claudius Julianus and Nordic mythological kings, embodying the might of Pagan wisdom in the face of Christian adversity. The album encapsulates the essence of Rotting Christ’s signature style – melodic, yet harsh at times – reinventing themselves yet again, while remaining rooted in their 35-year legacy.

Line-up:

  • Sakis Tolis : Vocals, Guitar
  • Kostas Foukarakis : Guitars
  • Kostas Cheliotis : Bass
  • Themis Tolis : Drums
Date Venue City Country Info Ticket
February 29th, 2024 Carioca Club Sao Paulo Brazil 35 Years of Evil Existence Buy Ticket
March 2nd, 2024 Toinha Brasil Show Brasília Brazil 35 Years of Evil Existence Buy Ticket
March 16th, 2024 Metal Driver Fest Marsberg Germany   Buy Ticket
March 21st, 2024 White Oak Music Hall Houston, TX United States Hell's Heroes VI Festival Buy Ticket
March 25th, 2024 Bossanova Ballroom Portland, OR United States 35 Years of Evil Existence Buy Ticket
March 26th, 2024 El Corazon Seattle, WA United States 35 Years of Evil Existence Buy Ticket
March 27th, 2024 Rickshaw Theater Vancouver, BC Canada 35 Years of Evil Existence Buy Ticket
March 29th, 2024 Dickens Pub Calgary, AB Canada 35 Years of Evil Existence Buy Ticket
March 30th, 2024 The Starlite Room Edmonton, AB Canada 35 Years of Evil Existence Buy Ticket
March 31st, 2024 The Exchange Regina, SK Canada 35 Years of Evil Existence Buy Ticket
April 1st, 2024 Park Theater Winnipeg, MB Canada 35 Years of Evil Existence Buy Ticket
Posted on February 20, 2024

Rotting Christ have stood the test of time. While their name has caused plenty of gatekeepers to clutch their pearls, Sakis Tolis and his brother Themis have ascended from Greece’s blackened catacombs to one of metal’s most formidable bands.

Posted on January 22, 2024

Back in 1987, Sakis Tolis and his brother Themis started climbing through the dark catacombs of Greece’s metal scene as a grindcore act. Now, 35 years later, Rotting Christ tour the world as one of the biggest bands in black metal.

Posted on January 19, 2024

Rotting Christ have stood the test of time. While their name has caused plenty of gatekeepers to clutch their pearls, Sakis Tolis and has brother Themis have risen from Greece’s blackened catacombs to one of metal’s most formidable bands.

Posted on May 4, 2022

Greek metal legends ROTTING CHRIST have teamed up with Flymachine and Knotfest for a very special livestream of their upcoming Houston, TX performance at White Oak Music Hall, which will take place on May 16 at approximately 8:45 P.M. PDT // 11:45 P.M. EDT (airing in Europe on May 17 @ 05:45 CEST). The stream will air worldwide and here is where/how to watch!

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Pro Xristou
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12" Vinyl Gatefold (Yellow)
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Apocryphal Spells
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The Heretics
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