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