It’s always awesome to help to announce an upcoming tour when its one that will do nothing less than throttle everyone in attendance. Such is to be the case with the next installment of the “Devastation On The Nation” Tour which finds Rotting Christ headlining with support from Borknagar and more. Check out the full press release and run of dates down below.
The Press Release:
The Greek metal veterans of ROTTING CHRIST will headline 2020’s edition of the Devastation on the Nation tour, which will lay waste to cities throughout North America. The trek will kick off on March 19 in Berkeley, CA and will conclude on April 19 in Los Angeles, CA. The band will be supported by BORKNAGAR, WOLFHEART, ABIGAIL WILLIAMS, and more. The full run of dates can be found below while all ticket links will be made available at MetalFestivalTours.com at THIS LOCATION.
Speaking about the upcoming tour, ROTTING CHRIST frontman Sakis Tolis comments, “We are thrilled to announce that we are finally back in North America after four years. Together with a great bunch of bands, we are ready to make some hell! Until then…NON SERVIAM.”
ROTTING CHRIST will be touring in support of 2019’s critically acclaimed release, ‘The Heretics,’ which so far has been named one of the best albums of the year by Loudwire, A&P Reacts (#10), and Heaviest of Art (#5). ‘The Heretics’ can be purchased via the link to Amazon.com below.
ROTTING CHRIST (Devastation on the Nation tour):
03/19: Berkeley, CA @ Cornerstone
03/20: Portland, OR @ Bossanova Ballroom
03/21: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
03/22: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
03/24: Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall
03/25: Denver, CO @ The Roxy Theater
03/26: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
03/27: Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre
03/28: Chicago, IL @ Reggies
03/29: Detroit, MI @ Sanctuary
03/31: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
04/01: Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
04/02: Quebec City, QC @ Le D’Auteuil
04/03: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar (Early Show)
04/03: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar (Late Show)
04/04: Manchester, NH @ Jewel
04/05: College Park, MD @ MilkBoy ArtHouse
04/06: Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall
04/07: Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlies
04/08: Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
04/09: Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
04/10: Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
04/11: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell)
04/13: Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
04/14: Fort Worth, TX @ Rail Club Live
04/15: Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
04/16: El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse Bar
04/17: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
04/18: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
04/19: Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
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 (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. Exploring the mythical legacy of cultures around the globe led to 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!
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As you can see there are a ton of dates on this one so a lot more people should be able to attend if they so desire. Seems like my own regional show will be at the famous Saint Vitus Bar which will be a little tight for my preference so I hope I can work myself into that one and come back with a proper report for the readership. I’ve never seen Borknagar but can tell you that arriving early is a good idea since Wolfheart and Abigail Williams always manage to bring it to the table. Closing up I will leave you with the usual question. What do you think about this one and will you be in attendance? Chime in down below in the comments section so we know that you are out there.
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