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Rotting Christ are a metal band from Athens, Greece. Founded in 1987, they were one of the first bands of the Black Metal scene in Athens. Their first couple releases showcased an aggressive, Venom-influenced black metal sound, though as time went on they began to mellow out and mix in elements of Mediterranean folk music, creating the unique sound they are regarded for.

Current Lineup:

  • Sakis Tolis – guitars, vocals (1987–present)
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  • Themis Tolis – drums (1987–present)
  • Van Ace - bass (2014-present)
  • George Emmanuel - guitars (2014-present)

Discography:

  • The Mighty Contract (1993)
  • Non Serviam (1994)
  • Triarchy of the Lost Lovers (1996)
  • A Dead Poem (1997)
  • Sleep of the Angels (1999)
  • Khronos (2000)
  • Genesis (2002)
  • Sanctus Diavolos (2004)
  • Theogonia (2007)
  • Aealo (2010)
  • Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού (2013)
  • Rituals (2016)
  • The Heretics (2019)


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This band contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Black Metal: Their later material blends this with Folk Metal, Gothic Metal, and Melodic Death Metal.
  • Bilingual Dialogue: They have a number of songs that are primarily in Greek or some other language with a section in English or vice-versa, such as "Elthe Kyrie".
  • Demon Lords and Archdevils: "In Nomine Nostri" is a chant summoning many of the classical ones.
  • Everything's Louder with Bagpipes
  • Folk Metal: Expect to hear lots of bagpipes, lyres, and chanting.
  • Gory Deadly Overkill Title of Fatal Death: Can you believe a band called Rotting Christ doesn't write gore lyrics?
  • Harsh Vocals
  • Heavy Mithril: Much of their material is about world mythologies and esoterica.
  • Horrible History Metal: Their cover of "Orders From the Dead" by Diamanda Galás, which is about the Greek genocide.
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  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Generally an 8, but a step or two above isn't unusual. Their pre-Triarchy material is a 10.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: If it wasn't obvious already, their genre is very hard to pin down.
  • New Sound Album: Their sound evolves so often that every album sounds distinct in its own way. Even then, a few stand out in terms of impact:
    • Triarchy of the Lost Lovers significantly toned down the aggression of their first two albums in favor of more melodic and atmospheric guitar work.
    • Sanctus Diavolos melded the grim, hellish atmosphere of their early material with the melodic approach they've followed since Triarchy, as well as experimenting with Industrial Metal.
    • While their earlier material occasionally dabbled in Mediterranean Folk Metal, Aealo established it as a core part of their sound.
    • Rituals borders on Doom Metal at times, being significantly slower and more massive production-wise than anything they've written before.
  • Omniglot: Besides their native Greek and English, they've written songs in Latin, Spanish, Russian, Sanskrit, French, Romanian, and German.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Or Greek chanting.
  • Religion Rant Song: Downplayed, despite what you'd expect from their name. They didn't start writing explicitly anti-Christian songs until Khronos, and even then they never included more than a few per album. Post-Aealo they've pretty much dropped this subject matter entirely.
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