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Rotting Christ premiered the first track from their upcoming album ‘The Heretics’

Rotting Christ premiered the first track from their upcoming album ‘The Heretics’

The Greek metal veterans of Rotting Christ are now premiering the very first track taken from their upcoming album ‘The Heretics’. The new offering is slated for release on February 15th, 2019 via Season of Mist. The song ”Fire, God and Fear” is now streaming in the form of a lyric video.

Frontman Sakis Tolis comments on behalf of the band:

“Dear Metal brothers around! After almost three years of silence and countless hours of inner search, I can proudly announce, on behalf of the band, our fresh artistic worry that is represented in “Fire, God and Fear”, taken from the upcoming opus ” The Heretics’. A song that definitely won’t create a clear opinion on how the new album will sound like, but shows the heretic and atmospheric approach we have chosen for creation. I Hope you will enjoy our new album and until we cross paths mentally…Non Serviam brothers & sisters!”

Rotting Christ have reached another peak in their long career that now spans over more than three decades. The Greeks have literally stood the test of time. With a steady core line-up and their well-honed live delivery, Rotting Christ are filling concert halls and reap enthusiastic crowd reactions wherever they go. This demonstration of love from their followers is not just driven by nostalgia as the band has managed to evolve and grow, while staying relevant beyond the classics with their highly acclaimed latest albums such as ‘Aealo’ (2010), ‘Κατά τον δαίμονα εαυτού’ (2013), and ‘Rituals’ (2016).

Now, with the new offering ‘The Heretics’, Rotting Christ are opening a brand new chapter. With confidence and skills derived from experience, each song represents its own sonic universe. Guitarist and vocalist Sakis Tolis in collaboration with his brother Themis on drums achieve a perfect balance of amalgamating their classic and unique style of riffing and rhythm with exciting new elements sprinkled in to keep their material exciting and fresh. The experienced is enhanced by Jens Bogren’s equally clear and transparent yet also massive as well as sombre mix and mastering at his widely renowned Fascination Street Studios (AMORPHIS, BORKNAGAR, MOONSPELL, DEVIN TOWNSEND, and many more).

The Heretics
(February 15, 2019)
Season of Mist

1. In The Name of God (04:14)
2. Vetry Zlye (Ветры злые) (03:13)
3. Heaven and Hell and Fire (04:52)
4. Hallowed Be Thy Name (05:06)
5. Dies Irae (03:46)
6. I Believe (ΠΙΣΤΕΥΩ) (03:42)
7. Fire God And Fear (04:50)
8. The Voice of the Universe (05:23)
9. The New Messiah (03:07)
10. The Raven (05:23)
Total: 43:3

Album artwork by Maximos Manolis.
Pre-sales here

Studio: Pentagram Studios (Athens, GR)
Producer: Sakis Tolis
Sound Engineer: George Emmanouil
Mix/studio: Jens Borgen, Fascination Street Studios (SE)

Guest Musicians:
Irina Zybina (GRAI): Vocals on ‘Vetry Zlye’
Dayal Patterson: Intoning on ‘Fire God and Fear’
Ashmedi  (MELECHESH): Vocals on ‘The Voice of the Universe’
Stratis Steele: Intoning on ‘The Raven’

Upcoming live dates:

27 Apr 19 Stockholm (SE) Stockholm Slaughter 2019
11 May 19 Vienna (AT) Vienna Metal Meeting
07 Aug 19 Fortress Josefov (CZ) Brutal Assault (Exact date TBA)
08 Aug 19 Caton Hall (UK) Bloodstock Open Air 2019 (Exact date TBA)
10 Aug 19 Kortrijk (BE) Alcatraz Festival 2019 (Exact date TBA)

About Rotting Christ

Line-up:
Sakis Tolis (vocals, guitar)
Themis Tolis (drums)
Vangelis Karzis (bass)
George Emmanuel (guitar)

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Managing editor: Elsa Marques

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