Rotting Christ

Rockwave presents the greatest Greek Metal band of all time for the first time at the Municipal Theatre of Lycabettus on June 29, 2024, in their only appearance in Athens in a special show prepared exclusively for this particular concert.

Rotting Christ is a Greek metal band formed in Athens by brothers Sakis Tolis (vocals and guitar) and Themis Tolis (drums).

They are noted for being one of the first black metal bands from southern Europe and credited with creating the signature Greek black metal sound prevalent in the early 1990s.

In a social media post, the band wrote: "Look forward to seeing you all next summer in Lycabettus Theater where we will have the honour to celebrate together this special event. Until then...Keep the spirit alive brothers & Sisters!"

Early in their career, they were responsible for creating what is known as the "classic" Greek black metal sound which can be heard in other bands such as Varathron and Thou Art Lord.

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, utilising elements such as clean melodic baritone vocals, doom, gothic metal and industrial music traits, and male/female Benedictine chants.

More 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" by their label.

The group's choice of producers, engineers and mixers has also been varied; Swedish extreme metal figures Dan Swanö (Unisound), Peter Tägtgren (Abyss Studios) and Fredrik Nordström (Studio Fredman), German producers Andy Classen (Asphyx, Belphegor), Siggi Bemm (Therion, Theatre of Tragedy) and Waldemar Sorychta (Lacuna Coil, The Gathering) as well as Xy (Samael percussionist/keyboardist) have all contributed to production on the band's albums.

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