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Monday, 2 February 2015

Rotting Christ announce European festival shows 2015

ROTTING CHRIST have announced a string of festivals shows all over Europe and slightly beyond starting at Norway's Blastfest in Bergen on February 19th and running through nine more countries with prestigious festivals such as With Full Force (DE), Metal Days (SI), and Party.San Open Air (DE) all summer long until coming to a northern final in Trondheim, Norway on the 1st of October. Watch this space for more concerts!

19 Feb 15 Bergen (NO) Blastfest 28 Feb 15 Praha (CZ) Hellenic Darkness Fest 14 Mar 15 Esslingen (DE) Hell Over Esslingen Festival 05 Apr 15 Rotterdam (NL) Veneration of the Dead Festival 16 May 15 Pfaffing in Oberbayern (DE) Bavarian Battle Open Air 29 May 15 Warszawa (PL) Progresja 30 May 15 Gdynia (PL) Atlantic 05 Jun 15 Milano (IT) Circolo Coloni 06 Jun 15 Roma (IT) Traffic 05 Jul 15 Roitzschjora (DE) With Full Force 09 Jul 15 Neskaupsstaðir (IS) Eistnaflug 23 Jul 15 Tolmin (SI) Metal Days 24 Jul 15 Hamburg (DE) Schlattfest 25 Jul 15 Lörrach (DE) Baden in Blut Open Air 06 Aug 15 Schlotheim (DE) Party.San Open Air 22 Aug 15 Spital am Semmering (AT) Kaltenbach Festival 30 Aug 15 Istanbul (TR) Headbangers Weekend Festival 01 Oct 15 Trondheim (NO) Trondheim Metal Fest

ROTTING CHRIST will be touring in support of their latest masterpiece 'KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY', which is still available in various formats through the Season of Mist shop. There is a chance for brand new material to be performed as well, so do not miss the performance of the Greek metal heroes.

Artwork and tracklist are shown below.

1. In Yumen – Xibalba 2. P'unchaw kachun - Tuta kachun 3. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos 4. Κατά τον Δαίμονα του Ἐαυτοὗ 5. Cine iubeşte şi lasă 6. Iwa Voodoo 7. Gilgameš 8. Русалка ("Rusalka") 9. Ahura Mazdā-Aŋra Mainiuu 10. Χ Ξ Σ ("666") 11. Welcome To Hel (bonus track)

"KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY" means "Do What Thou Wilt" and according to the infamous English occultist Aleister Crowley (1875–1947) this "shall be the whole of the law" of the coming Æon of Horus. This title links ROTTING CHRIST to their heritage as pioneers of Black Metal. The Greek band was founded as early as 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Sakis Tolis together with his brother Themis on drums. They started out playing Deathgrind, but had already turned to darker paths by the time their debut full-length "Thy Mighty Contract" (1993) was unleashed. On the following seven albums covering a ten year period from "Non Serviam" (1994) to "Sanctus Diavolos" (2004), ROTTING CHRIST steadily refined their style by experimenting with elements from Death, Heavy and Gothic Metal without betraying their black roots. At the same time the band went from underground heroes to headliner status. Yet with the highly acclaimed "Theogonia" (2007) the Greek veterans added an unmistakable native element to their sound, which gave their ninth full-length a very distinctive and individual twist. Such a masterpiece can hardly be surpassed, but ROTTING CHRIST held their ground with "AEALO" (2010). Their country’s rich ancient heritage was translated into the universal language of Metal with added female choirs, ancient reed pipes as well as folkloristic melodies and rhythms. Now "KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY" takes this musical and lyrical concept another step further. ROTTING CHRIST have clearly found their very own sound, which they skilfully vary with female vocals, piano, bagpipes, horns and by other means. Their excellent songwriting is extremely confident and displays a maturity and perfection born out of long years of composing and experience. This band knows exactly what it is doing. The principle of "Do What Thou Wilt" is the threat leading through this amazing album, which is inspired by ancient cultures around the globe. ROTTING CHRIST employ poetry from the Sumerians and Incas as well as a Romanian folk song, the tale of an undead Russian water spirit, Voodoo, Zoroastrianism and other sources. Dive deep into "KATA TON DAIMONA EAYTOY" and witness its wonders!

Line-up Sakis Tolis: vocals, guitars, bass Themis Tolis: drums

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