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Sounds | Rotting Christ - Saoirse

Het staat natuurlijk al met vetgedrukte letters in ieders agenda....24 mei. Dat is de dag dat Rotting Christ met hun nieuwste album Pro Xristou komen.

In aanloop naar die datum werd in een eerder statium al de debuutsingle gelanceerd, Like Father, Like Son. Nu is het tijd voor de follow up: Saoirse. Tegen het achtergrondgeluid van een veldslag, waarbij we zwaarden horen kletteren en mensen horen schreeuwen, horen we de stem van zanger Sakis: "I am the wind that blows across the sea, I am the wave of the ocean, I am a ray of the sun, I am the spear in the battle," waarna gitaren en drums aanzwellen en we een koor horen zingen: "Hail Freedom, Our Freedom!" Wat volgt is een bombastische opmaat voor een heerlijk nummer waarvan ik me nu al kan verheugen om het live te zien.

Photo by © Chantik Photography


In the dimly lit catacombs of extreme metal, one name stands as a monolith: ROTTING CHRIST. Sakis Tholis and his brother Themis started this band together back in 1987. In the three decades since, these Greek titans have left their blackened imprint all over the metal world. They’ve released 13 studio albums and played more than 1,300 concerts around the globe.  Underneath all this hard work, Rotting Christ have but one vision – an urge to not only push the boundaries of extreme metal, but to keep reinventing themselves along the way.

Rotting Christ’s evolution has unfolded across several distinct chapters. After starting out closer to the barely controlled chaos of grindcore, they went on to establish the iconic sound of Hellenic black metal. Their albums often embrace refined gothic soundscapes, only to plunge back into the depths of blasphemous fervour. Each chapter marked another, further exploration, and an unwavering commitment to push boundaries.

But the real turning point came in 2007, when Rotting Christ signed a pact with Season of Mist. They unleashed a series of albums for the French label that defied any and all expectations. From the piercing Theogonia and the symphonic grandeur of Aelo to the ritualistic intensity of Κατά Τον Δαίμονα Εαυτού, the cinematic experiences created by Rotting Christ became a spectacle of bombastic atmospheres, mesmerizing choirs, and neo-classical arrangements. The unexpected is their modus operandi, with the use of various languages (Latin, Arabic, Greek,  English) as well as the extensive use of famous poetry woven into their music, like Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’ on The Heretics.

In 2019, Rotting Christ’s epic journey continued with The Apocryphal Spell compilation, which offers fans an intimate glimpse into unreleased and rare material. This allowed them to gather strength, preparing for the release of their next, highly anticipated, 14th full-length studio album: Pro Xristou.

Pro Xristou (‘Before Christ’ in Greek), serves as a fervent tribute to the last Pagan kings who resisted the onslaught of Christianity, guarding their ancient values and knowledge. In this thematic odyssey, intricately woven through tracks such as ‘The Apostate’ and ‘Ygdrassil’, Rotting Christ delves into the legacies of historical figures such as Flavius Claudius Julianus and Nordic mythological kings, embodying the might of Pagan wisdom in the face of Christian adversity. The album encapsulates the essence of Rotting Christ’s signature style – melodic, yet harsh at times – reinventing themselves yet again, while remaining rooted in their 35-year legacy.


Sakis Tolis - Guitar, Vocals

Themis Tolis - Drums

Kostas "Spades" Heliotis - Bass

Kostis Fouk - Guitar 


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