Band: Rotting Christ
Genre: Atmospheric Black/Dark Metal
Country: Athens, Greece
Release Date: February 15, 2019
Format: CD digipak/CD deluxe collector’s edition box/LP gatefold in various colours/LP deluxe collector’s edition box/Cassette
Label: Season Of Mist


Rotting Christ
Line-up Rotting Christ; Sakis Tolis: vocals, guitar, Themis Tolis: drums, Vangelis Karzis: bass George Emmanuel: guitar

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, Sweden. (AMORPHIS, BORKNAGAR, MOONSPELL, DEVIN TOWNSEND, and many more).

ROTTING CHRIST were founded by Sakis Tolis and his brother Themis in the year 1987. Starting out on a basis of death and grind, the Greeks had already embarked on a darker musical journey by the time their debut full-length ‘Thy Mighty Contract’ (1993) was revealed. On the following seven albums covering a ten-year period from ‘Non Serviam’ (1994) to ‘Sanctus Diavolos’ (2004),ROTTING CHRIST steadily defined their own distinct style by experimenting with elements from death, heavy, and gothic metal without betraying their black roots. At the same time, the band went from underground heroes to headliner status. With the highly acclaimed ninth album, ‘Theogonia’ (2007), the Greek stalwarts added an unmistakable native element to their sound, which has remained with them as a signature trademark ever since whilst exploring the mythical legacy of cultures around the globe.

ROTTING CHRIST‘s massively successful latest release, ‘Rituals’ (2016). With more than 30 years, 13 studio albums, a dozen EPs, singles and split releases, as well as more than 1.250 shows under their belt, 2018 marked the year of ‘Their Greatest Spells’ (2018), where they musically revisited their exciting legacy to connect their past with the present.

‘The Heretics’ marks another step in the evolution of the Greek masters. Buckle up for a fascinating musical ride through the woes of religious wars, Zoroastrianism and the eternal war between good and evil. Metal at its best!

Rotting Christ has already revealed two other tracks and videos from the upcoming album, The seventh track “Fire God And Fear” and the tenth track “The Raven”.

The Greek metal veterans of ROTTING CHRIST are now premiering another track of their upcoming record ‘The Heretics’. The new offering is slated for release on February 15th, 2019 via Season of Mist. The Russian themed track “Ветры злые (Vetry Zlye)”, featuring Irina Zybina (GRAI),

“Dear fellows, I am in the pleasant position to present to you another new song I wrote for Rotting Christ; ‘Ветры злые’ (Vetry Zlye). A song that was influenced by paganism and specifically from the Slavic pagan religions through the history of time and exalts the power of mother nature. I Hope you will enjoy the (probably) most melodic song from our upcoming album ‘The Heretics’, accompanied by the beautiful voice of Irina Zybina.” –  Sakis Tolis, Front man of Rotting Christ.

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ROTTING CHRIST “Heretics” album artwork, created by Maximos Manolis.

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: 43:36

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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)


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Legends of ST. ELMOS FIRE are back, Releases EVIL NEVER SLEEPS Trough Pure Steel Records

Genre: Melodic Metal
Country: Sacramento – CA, US
Release Date: March 30, 2018
Album: Evil Never Sleeps
Format: Stream/Download/CD/LP
Label: Pure Steel Records


Two and a half years ago, the complete back catalogue of this California US Metal cult band had been re-released through Karthago Records, which included all re-releases between 1986 and 1992. Now the first album since “Desperate Years” is ready to take over. Powerful, yet melodic Heavy Metal still is the sound, and St. Elmo’s Fire are back after 25 years with their new album “Evil Never Sleeps”. The vocals of new singer Kevin Brady also fit perfectly into the sound that fans of the early days will love.

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St. Elmos Fire during the 80’s

The Legends of ST. ELMOS FIRE are back and are ready to take the hearts of all Metal fans by storm again with their new burning hot 15 track album “Evil Never Sleeps” in CD/Vinyl and Digital formats.


Kevin Brady – vocals
Jeff Jones – guitars
Chris Stringari – bass
Tom Frost – drums

The band St. Elmo’s Fire has already released their newest album “EVIL NEVER SLEEPS” as a digital download in advance as a worldwide release. The CD and vinyl versions will be released in March 2018.

The recording of “EVIL NEVER SLEEPS” started in July 2016 the final mixing was finished in September 2017.

The 15 songs album is their fifth studio record since their release of “Desperate Years” in 1992 and their first today now showcasing a brand new St. Elmo’s Fire lineup. The band’s founder, guitarist and songwriter Jeff Jones, is now joined by new members Kevin Brady (vocals), Tom Frost (drums and backing vocals) and bassist Chris Stringari.

“EVIL NEVER SLEEPS” are written by band founder Jones. The album is a theme based album focusing on looking upon our world today of Evil in it’s various forms, from religious and state based terror, to mass killings and horror that is portrayed in our popular culture today as something normal.


Airplay already started at Thursday, January 25, 2018. You can already now stream and buy the whole album of “Evil Never Sleeps” on all digital downloading and streaming platforms online such as iTunes, Deezer, CdBaby, Amazon and Spotify.

“Hammer” is the first video from “EVIL NEVER SLEEPS” and is based on the graphic novel series created by Jones’ brother Kelley Jones(DC Comics artist of Batman)


1. Will Not Die
2. Rise
3. Betrayer
4. Lord Of Thunder
5. 5. I Begin
6. Evil Never Sleeps – Doomsday
7. Soultaker
8. Across The Nations
9. Asleep In The Never
10. Hammer
11. Unslaved
12. Wasted
13. Evil Never Sleeps – Doomsday (alt Version, Bonustrack)
14. Betrayer (alt Version, Bonustrack)
15. Wasted (alt Version, Bonustrack)
Total Play Time: 71:58 min

Some background
St. Elmo’s Fire was formed in Sacramento/Citrus Heights, California by guitarist Jeff Jones and vocalist Tim Raynor-Allwein in June 1979. Drummer Alan Kreutzer and bassist Steve Raynor joined later that summer.

Due to their high energy performances and songs the band quickly became a favorite in the local club scene especially in college areas such as UC Davis and Berkeley. Within a year they were opening for major acts such as Nightranger, Y&T, Nazareth and other major acts, in the Bay Area club circuit which included the prestigious Keystone Clubs. Their original demos soon became highly sought after and the band would literally sell thousands to their fans. They remain highly collectible even today.

In 1981 the band completed a 4 month tour of Canada where they caught the attention of producer Dito Godwin (No Doubt, Great White, Peter Criss, Wildside) who agreed to produce and manage the band. In 1982 the band released their first single “Too Bad” to rave reviews in the US and Europe. By 1983 the band relocated to Hollywood and soon Zane Lazar replaced Tim as vocalist . Kris Gustofson of Shrapnel recording artist “Trauma” ( which included bassist Cliff Burton who later was recruited by Metallica) joined the band on drums as well as bassist Simon Evans from Switzerland.Performed all over Northern California starting in 1980 in Davis California playing at such clubs as “The Brewery” and the “Antique Bizarre”.

Later played the San Francisco Bay area opening for international acts such as Nightranger, Y&T, Mötley Crüe, Nazareth among others, Became regulars on the famous Keystone Club circuit before relocating to L.A in 1984. The band played already at the big places as Whisky-a Go -Go, the Roxy, The Troubadour and Gazzarri’s in Hollywood before they signed their first record deal in 1986.

St. Elmos Fire soon became a hit on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood performing regularly at the Whisky-A-Go-Go,The Roxy, The Troubadour, and Gazzarri’s. Even though they played a darker and harder sound than most “Strip” bands at the time , the LA fans loved them and they headlined with such bands as Warrant, Poison,and Hurricane amongst others.

In 1992 after their “Lovers and Madmen” tour St. Elmos Fire disbanded.
Jeff, in 1993, joined the California-based band “Vamp Le Stat”, where he recorded and wrote the “Bloodline“ CD before leaving in 1995.

“Desperate Years”, (CD/ CA) (1992)
“Powerdrive”, (LP /CD /CA) (1990)
“Warning From The Sky”, (LP /CD) (1988)
“St. Elmo’s Fire”, (LP) (1986)
4 song demo,  (demo) (1984)
“Really in Love” /”Too Bad “, (single) (1982)


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Pure Steel Records


It is now time for the big announcement!

Bob Mitchell, Talent Aquisition Consultant at Pure Steel Records announces today that he and Pure Steel Records crew has today inked a deal with Cloven Hoof.

Cloven Hoof band

This is what he says about inking a deal with this legendary band:

I am so proud to share with all of you that I have the privilege of announcing PURE STEEL RECORDS newest acquisition!

Wolverhampton, England UK & PURE STEEL RECORDS are honored and proud to announce the Official world-wide signing of yet another NWOBHM Legend, the one and only CLOVEN HOOF!

The band have begun to work on their new album titled “IMMORTAL” that will see its release in late spring 2018 on CD, Vinyl and DDL!

This album will be the follow-up to 2017’s “Who Mourns The Mourning Star”. An album which has been a critical and commercial success. So much so, that the album has earned the award of “Album of the Year” by media and fans around the world.

More details for “IMMORTAL” on the release date, track listing, artwork will be forthcoming.

CLOVEN HOOF came onto the Metal world in 1979 and to this very day are still brandishing their no-nonsense style of Heavy Metal that fans around the world have come to admire for all these years. They are one of the most influential bands of the NWOBHM movement. Throughout their illustrious career, the band have released two EP’s and six full length albums. Pure Steel are proud to be participating in the release of their seventh album for all of you!

In addition to this historic signing, CLOVEN HOOF will be Headlining The German Sword Brothers Festival on February 24th, 2018 and will be part of the Bang Your Head Festival on July 12th – 14th. Finally, the band will embark on its first ever Tour of The United States beginning in September! Details will be forthcoming.

Here now is a OFFICAL statement from founding member Lee Payne:

“Cloven Hoof are honored to be signing to Pure Steel. We will be joining a growing number of great bands on this legendary label.

We look forward to working with Pure Steel on the follow-up album to “Who Mourns for the Morning Star.” We promise to raise the bar even further with “Immortal”.

The current Anglo-American line up is the finest in the band’s history and Pure Steel is the right label for Cloven Hoof because they are true metal to the bone! Here’s to a successful partnership with many classic albums to come.”

Lee, George, Chris, Luke and Danny

CLOVEN HOOF salute you!!

George Call / Lead Vocals
Lee Payne / Bass guitar
Luke Hatton / Guitar
Danny White / Drums
Chris Coss / Guitar



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