Dimitris Kontogeorgakos of Metal Kaoz recently conducted an interview with band mastermind, Sakis Tolis, who talked about the new album and the band's touring plans. Also, Sakis revealed that 'Welcome To Hel', the bonus track from Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy, will be featured on the soundtrack for the video game, Darkfall Unholy Wars.
An excerpt from the interview follows:
Q: What about North America, are there any plans to come here?
A: "We haven’t booked something for North America, but it will happen some time after the new album has been released of course. It has become economically tough for a European band to do a North American tour since nowadays the shows do not attract that many people. Consider that we have to pay for working visas, the air tickets, buses, so we have to find the right billing to get there."
Q: Yeah, we hear that a lot from bands. There is a bonus track on the album, entitled 'Welcome To Hel'.
A: "First of all it’s not a VENOM cover and there is one “l” in Hel that comes from the Scandinavian mythology (meaning of course hell). This track will be in the special edition of the album and most probably it will be in the soundtrack of the video game called Darkfall Unholy Wars."
Q: Cool! And who is responsible for the cover artwork?
A: "A friend of mine from Ukraine did this and it shows two actual statues. We wanted a simple cover artwork (I did not want something Photoshop-made with too many colors) that would also represent the album and I think it really works that way."
Q: I was looking at the album’s title in Greek and “Do What Thou Wilt” is not a direct translation in English.
A: "Yes, you are right but the label wanted to have something in English so I eventually said yes and decided to use “Do What Thou Wilt” since I could not find something for the title that was a direct translation to the original Greek one. But there is a connection based on a loss translation; the demon is you, so the Greek title actually means that you are doing the things the demon is saying that in reality represents yourself and this is the connection with “Do What Thou Wilt”."
Q: I see your point and I agree. So, the title has nothing to do with Aleister Crowley.
A: "No, the album has nothing to do with Crowley."
Read the full interview at this location.
Fans can download a full song from the album for free right now! All you need to do is go to Season-of-mist.com, enter your email address in the widget and follow the guidelines. You will receive an email with a link to download 'In Yumen – Xibalba', the opening track from Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy.
The new lyric video for the track can be seen below:
According to a press release, "the principle of Do What Thou Wilt is the threat leading through this amazing album, which is inspired by ancient cultures around the globe. Rotting Christ employ poetry from the Sumerians and Incas as well as a Romanian folk song, the tale of an undead Russian water spirit, Voodoo, Zoroastrianism and other sources."
The album, mixed by Jens Borgen (AMON AMARTH, PARADISE LOST, KATATONIA, OPETH), features the following tracks:
'P'unchaw kachun- Tuta kachun'
'Grandis Spiritus Diavolos'
'Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy'
'Cine iubeste si lasa'
'Ahura Mazd?-A?ra Mainiuu
Welcome To Hel' (bonus track vinyl and box; see photo above)
About the album, leader Sakis Tolis told Greece's Rock Overdose: "It's definitely something refreshed. We have proved all these years that the reason we release an album is because we have to say something new to the world. Otherwise our discography would be over long time ago. So we are dealing with a Rotting Christ album that will bring the band at least one step forward in terms of composition and always faithfully within the limits of Rotting Christ."
Rotting Christ lineup:
Sakis Tolis: vocals, guitars, bass
Themis Tolis: drums
Read the entire interview here.
(Sakis Tolis live photo on Barge To Hell by Charlene Tupper)