Upcomming Rotting Christ Vinyl Reissues

All of Rotting Christ‘s back catalog is being reissued on vinyl by Peaceville Records starting with their second release and first studio album, Thy Mighty Contract on April 21st. Hack writer Dayal Patterson of Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult is writing liner notes along with bang co-founder Sakis Tolis. A box set of all of their releases, including the ones nobody wants, will be released later this year.

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26 thoughts on “Upcomming Rotting Christ Vinyl Reissues”

  1. Marc Defranco says:

    Hmm I’ll probably just stick with my CD but the temptation is still there

  2. nigstomper88 says:

    Brilliant release despite the drum machine (which actually doesn’t sound that mechanical anyway). Pity about the new stuff.

    1. At war with quality... says:

      Bathory is all drum machine. Listen to Under the Sign… As long as it’s well mixed and programmed, drum machines could be a good thing.

      1. Rainer Weikusat says:


        Believe it or not but “a drum kit” is actually an instrument. “Electronic drums” are already crap (including anything done to ‘fix’ the drum sound based on samples).

        NB: You’re obviously free to like this but I don’t. It robs the music of a quality I’m very much interested in.

    2. Spinal says:

      IIRC it’s actually Temis playing, although The Magus applied pre-recorded sounds to the drum-track. It gives the album a special sound.

      1. Spinal says:

        A better term would probably be electronic drums!

        1. Pretty sure it was an actual drum machine, not a digital kit.

          1. Marc Defranco says:

            Yeah it’s a drum machine and from what I remember they used one because the studio was so small there was no room for a kit.

          2. Marc Defranco says:

            Wait now I’m mixed up, I’m probably fucking wrong

            1. InconvenientHistoricalFacts says:

              It’s definitely a drum machine, and it would definitely sound better if it wasn’t. Even samples on triggered drums would sound better, because at least the timing would vary slightly.
              Drumming shouldn’t sound like techno.

              1. Marc Defranco says:

                Oh ok and I honestly prefer the drum machine for some early Greek releases. Another element that sets them apart

                1. Spinal says:


                2. Rainer Weikusat says:

                  Sets them apart from what? From less popular bands using instruments but closer too much more popular all-electronic pulp? That’s not something I consider a positive quality and since the 1970s are long over, it shouldn’t count as “New! and Interesting!” anymore. It’s cheaper to produce and the herd swallows it as well. But then, these people would eat heated dog food if only someone preprared it for them (and sugar was added).

                  1. Rainer Weikusat says:

                    Coming to think of that, chances are that this would be a qualitative improvement over lukewarm fast food.

                  2. Spinal says:

                    He probably just meant that it fits the overall sound well, and I agree. Wouldn’t want to change Thy Mighty Contract in any regard.

                  3. Marc Defranco says:

                    A small element among others that helps set them apart from the other black metal bands in different counties at the time. Although some others did use a drum machine, I don’t think they did so quite as well as Rotting Christ and Varathron. Yes it’s cheaper to produce but when you are under circumstances where the cheapest option is required you work with what you have, and make up for everything through will power and song writing. Also the drum machine fits well into the album, if it did not and was some weird techno beats or something it would be laughably noticeable

                    1. Kvädare says:

                      People can use what ever instruments they want, as long as it sounds good.
                      I would probably prefer Thy Mighty Contract with human drumming, although I like the drum compositions the way they are.

                    2. Marc Defranco says:

                      I meant countries.

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          3. Spinal says:

            It definitely sounds like a machine, but there’s something “too human” about it on this particular album (IMO). I’ve read conflicting accounts about this issue though.

  3. Anthony says:

    You know there’s some serious autism going on when “people” (I use the term loosely) sperg out so hard about drum machines or whatever the fuck that it shoves the quote tree all the way to the right of the screen.

  4. Diarrhea Maarat says:

    Rotting Christ thinks you suck

  5. Night Booger says:

    I remember a better time when black metal was about letting the albums go out of print to never be reissued again. Now the fat chick that used to blow everyone behind the dumpster at grindcore shows but has “grown up” and works at a tattoo shop to support her three kids from different dads just “looooooooves” Rotting Christ. This society doesn’t deserve this music, it is however too late to go back, they took punk, they can have black metal too, leave my death metal alone however.

    1. Marc Defranco says:

      Honestly death metal has already been taken

      1. Kvädare says:

        Cannibal Corpse.

      2. Night Booger says:

        I thought it was forgotten/dropped/given back in a way as the better bands have no chance of entertaining even a curious crowd of passerby, black metal is embarrassingly trendy, doing that now is as bad as having a mall dyed mohawk with big plaid zipper pants and going “oi! i’m a punk!”

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