Rotting Christ have revealed that their new album will be called “The Heretics.” The band confirmed the news in the below post regarding a recent listening session for journalists.
Rotting Christ will be releasing their “Non Serviam: The Official Story Of Rotting Christ” book in late November. The effort was created by frontman Sakis Tolis and Dayal Patterson (“Black Metal: Evolution Of The Cult”, “The Cult Never Dies Vol. One” and “Into The Abyss”) and it will feature interviews with Themis Tolis, Jim Mutilator, Morbid, George Tolias, and George Emmanuel, as well as members of Watain, Mayhem, Enslaved, Moonspell, Blasphemy, Mystifier, Septicflesh, Behemoth, Macabrr Omen, and Immolation.
Rotting Christ will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with a new “Under Our Black Cult” 72-page book/five-CD set, which is set to be released on July 6 via Peaceville. The book, which is titled “Non Serviam: The Official Story Of Rotting Christ,” was written by Dayal Patterson and it chronicles the band’s early years. The CDs come with three early releases, “Passage To Arcturo,“ “The Mighty Contract,” and “Non Serviam,“ as well as early demos, rarities and live material. The set can be pre-ordered HERE and it will include a limited hand-signed certificate from Sakis “Necromayhem” Tolis while supplies last.
Rotting Christ have started the recording process for their new album, which is expected to be released in early 2019. The effort will be produced by vocalist/guitarist Sakis Tolis and mixed/mastered by Jens Borgen.
“After almost two years on the road promoting and supporting our latest album ‘Rituals‘, the time has come to create its follower. An album that will be inspired by the intense artistic worries which arose during those two years on the road, and which seems to be our darkest and most mystical influences yet in our career! Thanks for the support all those years, we will not disappoint you!”
06/02 Duisburg, GER – Rage Against Racism
06/07 Solvesborg, SWE – Sweden Rock
06/16 Cerveny Kostelec, CZE – Czech Death Fest X
07/14 Anyksciai, LIT – Devil Stone Festival
08/17 Borre, NOR – Midgardsblot Festival
08/18 Bucharest, ROM – Metal Gates
Rotting Christ have premiered a new live video for their track “Κατά τον Δαίμονα Εαυτού.” The clip was filmed in Athens, Greece on June 30, 2017 and it can be seen below:
Rotting Christ vocalist/guitarist Sakis Tolis and drummer Themis Tolis were apparently arrested in the country of Georgia on April 12, due to suspicion of terrorism related to their band name, which led authorities to assume they were Satanists. Fortunately, the other two members were not arrested and were able to work with the local promoter to help free them.
The group’s label Season Of Mist posted the following:
“Rotting Christ have been arrested in the country of Georgia on spurious grounds involving charges of terrorism allegedly based on the band’s name!
Frontman Sakis Tolis relates the events in his own words: “We arrived in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi very early in the morning of Thursday, 12th of April. After the regular document check at the border, my brother and I were stopped by the police on our way out from the airport. After some minutes, we were ordered to follow police to another area of the airport under the pretence of further questioning before entering the country.
Instead, we had our passports and mobile phones taken away and were lead into a prison cell. When we were demanding to be told the reason for this arrest, we were simply told this information would be ‘confidential’. Our lawyers informed us later that we are on a list of unwanted persons of national security that branded us as Satanists and therefore suspects of terrorism.
Without previous warning and no official reason, we found ourselves in jail, locked into a small and rather dirty cell and without being permitted any contact to the outside world or legal representation or our embassy for 12 hours. Conditions were bad and no further information provided during this time.
Luckily, only the names ‘Tolis‘ were on the list and the other two band members started to work with the local promoter to extract us from prison and commence legal procedures. It took strong efforts and a complicated procedure to find a solution. Due to the hard work of the local promoter, who involved legal experts, journalists, and activists in Georgia, we were finally released.
We are extremely grateful to everybody involved in this process. In the end, we were even able to perform our show and it turned out to be a fantastic night. We would also like to thank all our Georgian metal brothers for their overwhelming support!”
ROTTING CHRIST were allowed to leave the country towards Armenia without any further complications.
ROTTING CHRIST live
21 Apr 18 Burgas (BG) Youth Cultural Center
04 May 18 Velenje (SI) Metal Days Warm Up show
05 May 18 Izegem (BE) Headbangers Ball Festival
11 May 18 Kopervik (NO) Karmøygeddon Festival 2018
13 May 18 London (UK) Incineration Festival
27 May 18 Langres (FR) Outch! Festival
02 Jun 18 Duisburg (DE) Rage Against Racism
07 Jun 18 Sölvesborg (SE) Sweden Rock
16 Jun 18 Cervený Kostelec (CZ) Metal Gate Festival
14 Jul 18 Anyksciai (LT) Devil Stone Festival
17 Aug 18 Borre (NO) Midgardsblot Festival (exact date tbc)
18 Nov 18 Bucharest (RO) Metal Gates”