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Rotting Christ + Supports
Klubi Tampere Finland
The 21st of November 2013
The mighty Greek band, Rotting Christ, have constantly visited Finland since their debut visit in 1997. Back then, they sharing the stage with Samael and Moonspell. Since ’97 Rotting Christ have done a couple of club gigs and one outdoor festival date. The on-going tour in Finland consisted of four dates, crisscrossing South Finland. Therefore witness Rotting Christ in action in Tampere was an obvious choice. Even though gigs arranged for a weekday is always a risky choice for the booking agent, fortunately app. 150 maniacs crawled to witness the Greek cult metallers. Before Rotting Christ unleashed the Satanas Tedeium, a couple of domestic bands kicked the night off.
Morbid Vomit had got rather an unpleasant task being the opening band. Despite the vomiting name, the four piece offered extreme high quality death metal with a true old school grip. Songs after the song sounded brutal and vicious with hooks and neck-breaking riffs. Pity that only handful of people had arrived at the club to see Morbid Vomit.
Another opener was Rebelhead being a more straightforward rocking combo. Frankly, Rebelhead’s choice to open for Rotting Christ was kind of odd. The band’s style and music is far way from the brutal and grotesque black/dark/death metal approach. Instead, Rebelhead would be more of an idealistic opener for Red Fang. Despite this, Rebelhead offered an explosive performance. The frontman especially appeared to be reckless having 230 volts going up his ass. Killer live band, but wrong place.
Finally is was time for the Greek cult metallers Rotting Christ. An eerie opening intro welcomed the four piece on the stage. The whole band was in extreme vital and strike from the beginning to the end. The set consisted of the newer material from the latest Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού up to even from the first full length album THY MIGHTY CONTRACT. Even though Rotting Christ’s newer material never seems to appeal to the old school worshippers, frankly the most recent RC albums present and stand for more roots of all evilness and Satanism with more of an occult grip than ever before. Rotting Christ have succeeded in creating the recognizable sounds of their own having. The sounds of Sakis Tolis’s grim voice carry well to the sounds in the live environment. The whole band appeared to be in extremely great shape. Heads were in turbulence, spinning throughout the whole gig. Of course, the sounds were as sharp as razor blades. It was kind of a disappointment that Rotting Christ only played a one hour show as more songs and a longer playing time would be more than awesome and welcomed.
@ Button Factory, Dublin
Saturday February 9th 2013
Review by Mark Ashby
Photography by Jamie Hunter
Curated by Primordial lead vocalist, Alan Averill, the purpose of this inaugural Redemption event in his home city of Dublin was to bring together half a dozen of Europe’s top black metal outfits under a single roof in a way which the Irish capital had never seen before.
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Interview by Arto Lehtinen
Old Rotting Christ pics by Sakis Tolis
The Greek black/dark metallers Rotting Christ have spread their blasphemic hymns since the 80’s till now. The band has undergone line-up changes and faced up and down hills, but without loosing originality and their roots from the all evil underground days. The latest AEALO was a piece of evidence of Rottting Christ’s uncompromising apocalyptic haunting metal. The band’s cult status amongst the black metal worshippers is definitely incontrovertible. Rotting Christ were booked to play some old school specials at various festivals. The band is working on the follow-up to AEALO and it is good timing to interview the band’s guitarist/vocalist Sakis Tolis.
The 5th of September 2007
The Greek black/occult metal scene has always had unique and original bands since the late 80’s when Rotting Christ and Varathron, and later Necromantia, rose from the world beyond. These three hellenic occult black metal bands carved their own marks into the metal underground in the 90’s when they put out legendary releases. For example: ONE STEP BEYOND by Varathron, the legendary Rotting Christ/Monumentum spilt Ep, and the split album of Varathron and Necromantia. However, Varathron has battled through these years by facing the ups and downs, but the band’s leader Stefan NecroAbyssious is still committed to Varathron. Here is the interview with Stefan telling about the new album and other interesting issues in the world of Varathron.
Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ
Greek extreme metallers Rotting Christ have soldiered on through the years since the early days of extreme grindcore until now with their new SANCTUS DIAVOLOS opus. The Greek leading metal name has undergone line-up changes that the band?s mastermind and frontman Sakis Tolis will be telling us a about and especially about the above mentioned new album. Into The Abyss we go?.