Rotting Christ kicks off their 6-date Russian tour at the MOD in St. Petersburg tomorrow since 21st of November.
The iconic Greeks have furthermore already announced a string of more dates in Europe and beyond for the rest of this year and a massive European headlining tour with Carach Angren in January and February 2018.
Mastermind Sakis stated this about their last album ”Rituals” and about the tour:
“Friends, we are proud to be able to present our latest album ‘Rituals’ once more to you. Your support and enthusiasm is what keeps us going. We are extremely excited and looking forward to see you again on the road!”
Rotting Christ Russia 2017:
21 Nov 17 St. Petersburg (RU) MOD
22 Nov 17 Moscow (RU) Moskva
23 Nov 17 Kaluga (RU) Garage Club
24 Nov 17 Voronezh (RU) Parnas Club
25 Nov 17 Rostov (RU) Rave Club
26 Nov 17 Krasnodar (RU) Arena Hall
Rotting Christ shows 2017:
30 Nov 17 Cluj Napoca (RO) Flying Circus
01 Dec 17 Cluj Napoca (RO) Flying Circus (sold out)
02 Dec 17 Minsk (BY) Brugge
10 Dec 17 Istanbul (TR) If Performance Hall
Rotting Christ co-headling tour Carach Angren 2018:
26 Jan 18 Essen (DE) Turock
27 Jan 18 Utrecht (NL) De Helling
28 Jan 18 Hamburg (DE) Kultur Palast
29 Jan 18 København (DK) Pumpehuset
30 Jan 18 Berlin (DE) Musik & Frieden
31 Jan 18 Katowice (PL) Mega Club
01 Feb 18 Praha (CZ) Futurum
02 Feb 18 Glauchau (DE) Alte Spinnerei
03 Feb 18 Mannheim (DE) MS Connection Complex
04 Feb 18 Paris (FR) Petit Bain
05 Feb 18 Nantes (FR) Ferrailleur
06 Feb 18 Lyon (FR) CCO
07 Feb 18 Barcelona (ES) Razzmatazz 3
08 Feb 18 Gijon (ES) Acapulco
09 Feb 18 Lisbon (PT) RCA Club
10 Feb 18 Porto (PT) Hard Club
11 Feb 18 Madrid (ES) Caracol
12 Feb 18 Marseille (FR) Jas Rod
13 Feb 18 Brescia (IT) Circolo Colony
14 Feb 18 München (DE) Backstage
15 Feb 18 Wien (AT) Szene
16 Feb 18 Wil (CH) Gare de Lion
17 Feb 18 Veghel (NL) Veghel Black Fest
18 Feb 18 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
Rotting Christ festival 2018:
11 May 18 Kopervik (NO) Karmøygeddon Festival 2018
Artwork and track list of ”Rituals” can be viewed below.
1. In Nomine Dei Nostri
2. זה נגמר (Ze Nigmar)
3. Ἐλθὲ Κύριε (Elthe Kyrie)
4. Les Litanies De Satan
(Les Fleurs Du Mal)
5. Ἄπαγε Σατανά (Apage Satana)
6. Του Θάνατου (Tou Thanatou)
7. For A Voice Like Thunder
8. Konx Om Pax
9. देवदेवं (Devadevam)
10. The Four Horsemen
11. Lok’tar Ogar (bonus track vinyl)
Rotting Christ have stood the test of time. ”Rituals” is an album that has obviously been written by veterans. The Greek legends inject a 27 years career, 12 albums, and more than 1.200 shows into their songwriting.
With confidence and skills derived from experience, each song represents its own sonic universe. Guitarist and vocalist Sakis Tolis in collaboration with his brother Themis on drums achieve a perfect balance of amalgamating their classic and unique style of riffing and rhythm with exciting new elements sprinkled in to keep their material exciting and fresh. Carefully chosen guests are being added for better effect, not name dropping such as the spoken words of Nick Holmes(Paradise Lost) on “A Voice Like Thunder” or Samael’s Vorph mesmerizingly quoting from Charles Baudelaire’s “Les Fleurs Du Mal” throughout the song “Les Litanies De Satan“. Goosebumps moments such as these are liberally sprinkled throughout the record, which manages the feat to sound rock solid and made out of one heavy piece as well as diverse and far ranging at the same time.
The experienced is enhanced by Jens Bogren’s equally clear and transparent yet also massive as well as sombre mix and mastering at his widely renowned Fascination Street Studios (Amorphis, Borknagar, Moonspell, Devin Towsend, and many more).
A mature album such as ”Rituals” comes with a history. Rotting Christ were founded as early as 1987 by Sakis Tolis and his brother Themis. They started out playing death/grind, but had already turned to darker paths by the time their debut full-length ”Thy Mighty Contract”(1993) was unleashed.
On the following seven albums covering a ten year period from ”Non Serviam” (1994) to ”Sanctus Diavolos”(2004), Rotting Christ steadily refined their style by experimenting with elements from death, heavy and gothic metal without betraying their black roots. At the same time the band went from underground heroes to headliner status. Yet with the highly acclaimed ”Theogonia” (2007) the Greek stalwarts added an unmistakable native element to their sound, which gave their ninth full-length a very distinctive and individual twist. With this album, Rotting Christ had fully defined their style, to be explored with later releases.
Such a masterpiece can hardly be surpassed, but Rotting Christ held their ground with ”’AEALO’ (2010). Their country’s rich ancient heritage was translated into the universal language of metal with added female choirs, ancient reed pipes as well as folkloristic melodies and rhythms. Their latest masterpiece ”Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy” (2013) took this musical and lyrical concept another step further, confirming Rotting Christ’s individual sound incorporating subtle female vocals, piano, bagpipes, horns, and other means. All of these elements are expertly combined and enhanced by excellent songwriting.
Now ”Rituals’‘ marks another step in the evolution of the Greek masters. Buckle up for a fascinating musical ride through ancient cults and mythologies evoking strong feelings and firing up imagination. Metal at its best!
Sakis: vocals, guitars
Van Ace: bass
Digibox CD with extras
Double Gatefold Vinyl LP in various colours
Sakis: vocals, guitars
Van Ace: bass
Guest musicians (in order of appearance):
Magus (Necromantia) – In Nomine Dei Nostri
Danai Katsameni (National Hellenic Theater) – Ἐλθὲ Κύριε (Elthe Kyrie)
Vorph (Samael) – Les Litanies De Satan (Les Fleurs Du Mal)
Nick Holmes (Paradise Lost) – For A Voice Like Thunder
Kathir (Rudra) – देवदेवं (Devadevam)
Booking Europe: Luc@rtn-touring.com
Rotting Christ are touring in support of their latest album, ”Rituals”. Check out the free streaming of the album, here: