NEWS FROM HELLAS

ROTTING CHRIST’s upcoming album, whose title will be announced soon, is to be released on next February 15th! You will also be pleased to know the Greek metallers invited some famous guests to be featured on the album, namely Greek-American vocalist Diamanda Galas and PRIMORDIAL frontman Alan A. Nemtheanga!

Here is Alan’s comment: “‘Satanas Tedeum’ was one of the very first Black Metal demos I got in 1989. I have been a fan since then so it was with pleasure and honour to sing with a band that I have been a fan of for 20 years and friends with from the old tape trading zine network since 1991. We have toured together and I have visited Hellas many times over the years. Somewhere around the late 90s, the scene became fixated with Nordic metal and forgot that great music was still being made in South America, Canada, Australia, Asia, in Eastern Europe and that the Greek scene is one of the oldest. Some of us however do not forget so my contribution is to honour 20 years of great music and friendship…

“It sounds classic Rotting Christ although it sees them continue where they left off with ‘Theogonia’, further away from the older ‘satanic’ feel and more into the realm of the ancient Greek gods, mythology and folklore. I think and feel it is this influence that has in many ways unchained the band, giving them more freedom to explore their own heritage and culture. It invokes the proud spirit of history, just as Primordial tries to do! In this respect we are like brothers!”

ROTTING CHRIST main man Sakis made the following comment on Alan’s participation: “Collaborating with Alan from Primordial on a song from the new album was an honour for our band. By including his great voice in our album, we believe he brought the mood we were seeking for this specific song: a Celtic mood that has so many similarities with the ancient Greek culture and atmosphere that this album exhales. Alan definitely lifted up the specific song because his voice is great and, most importantly, unique. We are honoured to work with the voice of Ireland!”

As for Diamanda Galas’ feature, the song she appears on is a cover of “Orders from the Dead”, from the lady’s “Defixiones, Will and Testament” album, to which Sakis wrote new music.

“It is a huge honour for our band to have Mrs Diamanda Galas on our new album”, Sakis states. “Getting her approval to use her voice as it can be originally heard in her “Orders from the Dead” song feels like we did the most successful cover in our career, with one of the most soulful songs in the history of music. The dead are still waiting for their justification…”

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