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Athens, Attica, Greece (1987 – present)

Rotting Christ is a Greek band formed in Athens, Attica, Greece 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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  • kspsml

    Santa Muerte.

    19 Dec 12:53am Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    Goddamn, I just can't get enough of Theogonia. Such a brilliantly awesome album.

    14 Dec 12:26pm Reply
  • mefurgly

    heavy on the cheese.

    7 Dec 1:38am Reply
  • Juan_Topo

    Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy <3

    11 Nov 10:09pm Reply
  • BTsGraveland

    Sanctus Diavolos and Theogonia are both fantastic albums. I really like their first three as well, which was really cool melodic-yet-riffy black metal similar to Varathron. Cool shit. I somewhat liked Aealo as well, but it got a little over-the-top with the folky themes and the metal quality suffered as a result I think. I couldn't really get into the middle stuff though. They weren't bad albums, but I just found from A Dead Poem onward to get a bit boring. Triarchy of the Lost Lovers started it a bit, but still retained the heaviness and solid riffing.

    21 Oct 4:00am Reply
  • Forsakenas

    Athanati Este, Noctis Era live, great quality.

    20 Oct 2:07pm Reply
  • THXmille138

    c'è qualcosa di blasfemo nel nome del gruppo. :asd:

    1 Oct 6:15pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    One of the greatest black metal bands of all-time!

    26 Sep 2:53am Reply
  • Vipey

    Passage To Arcturo crushes

    21 Sep 8:46pm Reply
  • ZuyCezarx

    Mhm idd come to poland...

    16 Sep 6:38pm Reply
  • Snutskallar

    This band is aging so well!

    9 Sep 9:35am Reply
  • jesterhead1

    Their latest albums seems to satisfy my taste, They are damn melodic. And as well the Melodic Death/ folk influence sounds fucking brilliant.

    11 Aug 4:51pm Reply
  • waxtadpole3657

    http://www.metalsucks.net/2014/08/01/sweet-tour-alert-belphegor-rotting-christ-beheaded-svart-crown/ Hell yes.

    3 Aug 9:35pm Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    Hail

    17 Jul 10:05pm Reply
  • Damianek666XD

    "Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy", "Aealo" & "Theogonia" are fuckin' amazing... Now these albums are one of my fav :>

    16 Jul 11:10pm Reply
  • Sith_Lord3330

    Sanctus Diavolos, such a majestic record.

    10 Jul 3:00am Reply
  • lllAnteklll

    I want them on Brutal Assault |m|

    15 Jun 8:43am Reply
  • PsyHead_GR

    Every single f..cking album has tracks that i love. Rotting Christ is my favorite black metal band hands down! Their best album is Non Serviam....the 2006 Remaster is an absolute eargasm...not that all the others that followed (especially their latest one) or the ones that were released before it (Passage To Arcturo..etc) didn't give me goosebumbs.... ;) And the Grammy goes to........\\m/ Rotting Christ - Where Mortals Have No Pride \\m/

    13 Jun 8:45pm Reply
  • AgneesTheo

    \\m/

    2 Jun 6:46pm Reply
  • baphomet665

    POLAND!! whheenn?

    2 Jun 2:04pm Reply
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