Rotting Christ Share New Live Video For Their Cover Of Thou Art Lord’s “Societas Satanas”

Rotting Christ have shared a new live video for their cover of Thou Art Lord’s “Societas Satanas.” The clip was filmed during the band’s June 23 performance at the Kilkim Žaibu festival in Lithuania.

Season Of Mist Founder Issues Statement After Psycho Las Vegas Festival Organizers Blame The Label For Rotting Christ’s Cancellation

As previously reported, Rotting Christ recently cancelled their August U.S. dates, including their set at Psycho Las Vegas, due to visa issues. However, the organizers of the festival claimed the cancellation was the result of “procrastination and poor planning” from the band’s label Season Of Mist. Season Of Mist founder Michael Berberian has since issued his own statement, dismissing the claims.

Berberian said the following:

“So Rotting Christ cancelled Psycho fest.

Festival made a statement blaming us (??) and the great journalists at metal sucks and some others mud dwellers were all too happy to relay it.

A few points

– Rotting Christ barely canceled a single show in a decade. They are road monsters. They live on the road. They are on tour and festivals 150 days a year. This week end? 4 festivals, 4 countries with exhausting 15 hours drive between some. I saw the yesterday in CZ playing and driving to Belgium to play the next day… It’s insane.
You really gonna blame that band, one of the hardest working out there, who doesn’t cancel a show out a of thousand and try to hurt their image?

– Did it occur to you that Rotting Christ changed band members for the first time in over a decade? And that every time you change a band member, you have to restart the visa process. Rotting tried a few people since Feb. You know how “fast” US administration is.

– Do you know how many bands we have on tour and fest in the US per year? Yeah exactly, a ton. Ever saw a SOM band cancel for visa issue? Barely. We’ve been lucky I guess.

– I wasn’t a part of this visa process. I just talked to Sakis yesterday, asked my US office who explained me what happened. Administration delay and unforeseen circumstances.
RC made a neutral statement. They didn’t understand the Psycho reaction and were genuinely sorry not to go there.. For real.

So as far as the Procrastination comments goes and this statement from Psycho fest. I don’t know. I have been to this fest once, had a good time – what’s their issue there I have no clue to be honest?? It sounds almost personal..

We know how long and hard it is to get visas. Procrastination? Incompetence? Seriously – we’re not supermen. We make mistakes. But look at Rotting Christ tour history and how many bands we had canceling for visas. Pretty much none. And there was nothing any of us could have done, in Rotting Christ or in SOM.

So to resume : in the interesting new social media drama of the day, a festival made an accusatory statement over one of the nicest band out there and us, and some great “journalists” were happy to relay without any sort of background check. Moving on. 🙄”

Rotting Christ Cancel U.S. Dates

Rotting Christ have cancelled their appearance at the Psycho Las Vegas festival, as well as their August shows in San Diego and Los Angeles. According to the band, the cancellation was the result of an “unexpected delay in the visa process.” However, the organizers of Psycho Las Vegas have issued their own statement claiming the cancellation was related to “procrastination and poor planning by the band’s label and petitioner.”

Here’s Rotting Christ’s statement:

“It’s with great disappointment that we announce our cancellation of our upcoming performance at Psycho Las Vegas. The unexpected delay in the visas process forces us to make a decision for first time in our 30 year history!

We apologize to all our fans, this is out of our control indeed, and one way or another we will be back to perform in front of our American Metal brothers and sisters. Until then…NON SERVIAM. Enjoy Psycho Las Vegas and the rest of summer!”

Here’s the statement from the organizers of Psycho Las Vegas:

“Psychos, we regret to inform you that Rotting Christ has decided to cancel their appearance at Psycho Las Vegas and their subsequent shows in Los Angeles and San Diego. Although there will inevitably be a statement on behalf of the band at some point soon, it’s important that you know that this was not a case of Immigration stalling or denying their visas, which is far too often used as an excuse––instead, this cancellation is due to procrastination and poor planning by the band’s label and petitioner.

Rotting Christ was confirmed for Psycho Las Vegas at the beginning of 2019 and announced on the festival in February, with the two additional shows announced in May. Since the visa process has only proven to be more difficult in recent years, we offer the option for all bands playing the festival to let Psycho handle their visas––in fact, this year alone we’ve secured visas for Lucifer, Mork, Arthur Brown, Truckfighters and many of the international acts on the festival with our own in-house team.

Rotting Christ declined our offer and ignored our emails in May and July which requested an update on their application process (if the application was in transit, there would be several options for speeding up the process with a 6-week buffer). Instead, their record label and petitioner chose to wait until July 18th to submit their visa application, and didn’t inform Psycho of this until July 30th.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the visa process, it is close to impossible to secure a working visa in four weeks, and without expedition, visas can take anywhere from 90-days to 7-months to obtain. Applying one-month out was a completely pointless gesture.

Over the past week, we have urged the band and their label to file for expedited processing, which would be the only way to get the visas granted within this short time frame (only the petitioner can file this, otherwise we would have done it ourselves).

When the label refused, we offered to pay the processing fee out of our own pocket, and they have since ignored our phone calls and emails––as of today, it is simply too late to proceed. We fought as hard as we could to make this happen, but their label made a business decision to skip Psycho and that fucking sucks for all of us.

This entire situation was completely avoidable, and we’re sorry that those involved with the band in this matter didn’t care enough about the festival and its fans to try to make this work.”

Rotting Christ Part Ways With Bassist Vagelis Karzis

Rotting Christ have parted ways with bassist Vagelis Karzis. The band commented:

“Dear ROTTING CHRIST‘s friends around,we would like to anounce that our 6 last years bass player Vangelis part ways with our band in a really friendly and comprehensible way. We would like to thank him for his true dedication and proffesionalism all those years and we are whising him the best with what he is doing with his current band Full House B.C. Our more than 30 years trip into our precious scene going on and on…untill the end! See you in one of our forthcoming battles this year!”