Music Monday: Rotting Christ – Athanati Esti

This is a weekly meme I’ve picked up from Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek. It’s very simple, you pick a song on a Monday and share it! Never one to turn away from the chance to share my exquisite taste in music I’m loving taking part in this every week, so thanks, Drew!

This is one of my favourite band introduction stories. I was in Athens, I can’t remember which visit but it was between 2000 and 2002. A friend of a friend who lived there and likes the same music as I do, invited me to a gig to see some local bands play, which I jumped at.

The venue was one of those dark and dingy cavern clubs, in my opinion, the best places for intimate gigs. I will always prefer small squashed gigs to big arenas. There were a few bands playing all of them local bands from in/around Athens, a real treat for me. At the time I could speak Greek reasonably well, not quite fluent but certainly conversational so I held my own as I was introduced to people, the circle grew and conversation flowed.

One of the people I met was a guy called Themis, we had a chat, talking about bands we liked and I told him about the magazines I wrote for back in the UK. He then told me he played drums for one of the bands who were playing that night. I asked about them and he told me they were called Rotting Christ and a bit about them.

Once the bands started playing I really enjoyed it but Rotting Christ they blew me away. I’ve never been the biggest black metal fan, there are a few choice bands I enjoy but most of it just doesn’t do much for me. Rotting Christ, they instantly became one of those choice bands for me, and they still are. Since that first time I’ve seen them play in Athens a further three times. I’ve only seen them play in the UK once and that was at Bloodstock in 2016, and it’s one of the songs from their set that I’ve chosen to share with you today.

Yes, I do know all the words to their songs even though they are in Greek, no I’m not still able to converse in Greek, it’s that whole if you don’t use it you lose it problem, which means I can’t translate a lot of these songs anymore but one day I will fix it!

Μακαριοι εστε οι
τολμηροι
Μακαριοι εστε οι
αμαρτωλοι
Μακαριοι εστε οι
διαφορετικοι
Εουσου δοκει
Μακαριοι εστε οι
καταραμενοι
Μακαριοι εστε οι
κυνηγοι
Ενός ονειρου
πραγματικοιΑθανατοι εστε οι
δυνατοι
Αθανατοι εστε οι
ερμητικοι
Αθανατοι εστε οι
τραγικοι
Εο σου δοκει
Αθανατοι εστε οι
ρομαλοι
Αθανατοι εστε οι
τολμηροι
Οδοιποροι των
αισθησεων
πραγματικοιAnd when the bells of fate sound
Digging your soul deep into the ground
Setting your sense to the bound
Spreading your eminence all around
And when the bells of fate sound
You walk in pathless ways till the dawn
Screaming for salvation so loud
Spreading your indulgence all around

And when the bells of fate sound
Then you immortals stand up and shout
Then you blessed martyrs doubt
Here comes a new age’s blow

Slaves of fate instigate
And feel your sword’s blazing edge
Your section to the enemy
Wound for the sleepy age
Slaves of fate instigate
And feel your sword’s blazing edge
Your section to the enemy
Wound for the sleepy age

Sanctus Diavalos - Rotting Christ

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