The metal staff at KASC The Blaze 1330 AM (web site), Arizona State University's radio station, recently conducted an interview with Sakis Tolis of Greek extreme metallers ROTTING CHRIST. You can now listen to the chat in several parts below.
"Aealo", the new album from ROTTING CHRIST, sold around 400 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 144 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Aealo" was recorded at Lunatach Studios in Katerini, Greece and features guest appearances by Greek-American vocalist Diamanda Galas and PRIMORDIAL frontman Alan A. Nemtheanga.
According to a press release, "Aealo" delves deeper than ever before into ROTTING CHRIST's Greek roots. Frontman Sakis Tolis explains: "'Aealo' is the transcription of an ancient Greek word into the Latin alphabet. It means thrashing, catastrophe or destruction and reflects the musical and lyrical content of the album.
"The concept of 'Aealo' deals with the feelings of a warrior during a battle, therefore the album's title bears this sense of anger, fear and grief."
Diamanda Galas makes an appearances on ROTTING CHRIST's cover version of "Orders from the Dead", from Galas' "Defixiones, Will and Testament" album, for which Sakis wrote new music.
ROTTING CHRIST will embark on a European headlining tour later this month. Support on the trek will come from OMNIUM GATHERUM (Finland), DAYLIGHT MISERY (Greece) and DARK END (Italy).
1) What is the idea behind the latest ROTTING CHRIST album, "Aealo"?
2) ROTTING CHRIST is been relevant to black metal for more than 10 years, and with a non-association to the movement initiated by Norwegians bands in the '90s. Why do you think ROTTING CHRIST has been so constant?
3) How do you see the black metal scene at the moment?
4) Your sound had changed since the old days of "Thy Mighty Contract". Do you think that ROTTING CHRIST has found its style or is continuing to search for a specific sound?
5) Your lyrics have moved away from the typical Satanic topics to something darker. Do you thing that Satanism is not relevant anymore in the black metal scene?
6) In some of your lyrics you turned to Greek mythology. What is the relation between black metal and Greek mythology?
7) How has the experience been of touring with MELECHESH and HATE?
8) What is the next step in ROTTING CHRIST's career?