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(1987 – present)

Rotting Christ is a Greek melodic black metal band formed in 1987. They are noted for being one of the first black metal bands within this region. During their rehearsal era in the late 1980s, the band began as grindcore, but quickly shifted to playing black metal with a distinctive touch.
Despite the name, the band’s traditional lyrical themes involving evil and occultism has evolved into a more “mystic” path, and they have modified their musical direction on each album, utilizing elements such as clean melodic baritone vocals, doom, gothic metal and industrial music traits, and male/female Benedictine chants. Recent albums, beginning with Khronos, have shown the band taking a more modern, faster and more aggressive approach to their blackened-gothic style. Their 2007 album, Theogonia, especially, has been described as more “atmospheric” and “epic”.


In the beginning of the 90’s the members of Rotting Christ (which were now using pseudonyms such as Necromayhem (Sakis), Mutilator (Jim), Necrosauron or Sauron (Themis), typical for that era) fully dedicated themselves to the band. Greek label Decapitated Records (later known as Unisound Records) circulated their first mini-LP, the legendary “Passage To Arcturo” originally on vinyl. Magus Wampyr Daoloth from Necromantia was added on keyboards. The result was 6 masterfully played black/death metal tracks. Here we begin to see the elements that will characterize Rotting Christ’s personal style in the years to come as well as that occult spirit which is reminiscent of their first recordings.

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  • InSorteDiabolus

    http://youtu.be/ek-Xv73CDW0 one of the best live performances I've ever attended. Thank you.

    13 Apr 9:21pm Reply
  • treghet

    @Spog_Zallagi It really has nothing to do with the clarity of the production. Bands can sound clean and still remain true to the underground values. Perhaps you just don't pay attention to the current black metal bands.

    13 Apr 1:59pm Reply
  • abalaan

    this band is commercial they make world tours and video clips that show this band is commercial, but I like them anyway

    3 Apr 7:27pm Reply
  • helgaPugachova

    В Самаре 29 марта все было просто супер!

    2 Apr 8:23am Reply
  • Spog_Zallagi

    @Katorevenge It's typical Vber Kvlt Buhlak Medul logic. Anything that doesn't sound like it was recorded with a 80s tape recorder by a gaggle of lampooning drunks in their parents' basement qualifies as: commercial, sellout, poser, and other egocentric such bullshit.

    30 Mar 8:21pm Reply
  • Katorevenge

    kinda lame and commercial lol [2] Please explain how Rotting Christ are commercial.

    30 Mar 4:03pm Reply
  • ManeRadjenovic

    Klub Gun, Beograd 13.04.2014.

    29 Mar 8:11pm Reply
  • Tormentor_666

    The Kyiv show was enormously great.

    24 Mar 10:19am Reply
  • JenazyG

    Здорово отожгли в Алматы \m/

    21 Mar 4:12pm Reply
  • MG0rdo

    Without a doubt one of the best black metal bands out there. [2]

    19 Mar 5:28am Reply
  • Alexandros888

    what does behemoth have to do with rotting christ? ............................ both are kinda lame and commercial lol

    13 Mar 10:42pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    good live not very good on studio albums, just like revenge. totally different styles but equally shitty bands hailed by equally stupid kvlter than thou metal internet warriorz, mocked and ridiculed by everyone else on the planet.

    8 Mar 11:04pm Reply
  • OceanGypsy666

    One of the best bands in the world. Great live!

    3 Mar 2:44am Reply
  • Covenantt

    Without a doubt one of the best black metal bands out there.

    1 Mar 7:47pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    what does behemoth have to do with rotting christ?

    1 Mar 2:32am Reply
  • rusverm

    http://vk.com/greatmusicaltournament опрос-турнир по блэку, победителя выбирают слушатели.

    26 Feb 10:45am Reply
  • donvito86

    The Satanist slays this album.

    20 Feb 10:33pm Reply
  • infernus33

    great band, They are not only black metal band of greece but also all anatolia and balkans , greetings from Turkey

    13 Feb 2:36am Reply
  • ricz_dm

    Come to Porto Alegre again, goddamit!

    7 Feb 1:06am Reply
  • leonidascomet

    One of the best bands ever. As far as their last album is concerned, i love it.

    6 Feb 3:10am Reply
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