SOURCE – How did your songwriting and recording process for “Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy” compare to the usual Rotting Christ album?
Sakis Tolis (Vocals/Guitar) – And you understood well! “Kata Ton Demona Eaftoy” was the most time consuming album to be created. Our previous album has left us a big heritage that is so hard to get over. Adding the fact that I respect a lot our fans the Metal Heads that follow our horde all this year you can understand why this album took so long to be composed and to be recorded. Almost two years deep of deep meditation leaded to this result.
SOURCE – Now that you’ve released about eleven albums, is there one in particular that you look back on as the band’s best work?
Sakis Tolis (Vocals/Guitar) – Hmm… unfortunately can not make such a choice! Being the only composer of the band every album represent myself at the time that was recorded and released so they have an important place in my heart. I consider them as my kids so it is impossible to choose. Maybe something could be different or sound different but I do not regret as I never regret for my past.
SOURCE – What is the advantage of having someone like Jens Borgen mix the album?
Sakis Tolis (Vocals/Guitar) – Big advance. He is one of the most talented persons on the desk and you can understand that from his jobs. He gave an apocryphal dimension in the songs something that helped a lot in the final result.
SOURCE – With the success and rave reviews of the last release, does that increase your expectations for this new album “Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy”?
Sakis Tolis (Vocals/Guitar) – Yes. It is always like this. Album by album leave us a big heritage and you can understand that is a pain to get over yourself. But if you evolve in your life mentally that reflect to your music and I think that I try to evolute as individual and I search a lot especially the last years and all that reflect to my music. I am glad indeed when people are saying that our last album was the best we have released or instance. That means that the band is still alive and active.
SOURCE – You have a South America tour scheduled for March 2013. Will there be any more dates added to those?
Sakis Tolis (Vocals/Guitar) – 13 shows in our fave continent where the Metal fans keep still the true metal spirit alive… And this is the first leg. Later on another leg will be mentioned.
SOURCE – What are your most and least favorite things about touring in South America?
Sakis Tolis (Vocals/Guitar) – We love the mentality of the people that is pretty much the same like the Greek one but I do not like at all the humidity in some territories as well as the altitude as I always get sick when I am there. But no pain no gain. A tour in South America is an experience and look forward to visiting your continent.
SOURCE – How do you put together a setlist for a tour?
Sakis Tolis (Vocals/Guitar) – Taking some pills for headache first and then we go for this. Having 12 albums you can understand how hard is to make a set list. It varies a bit but in the end we come up with a fair mix between everything we have released so far.
SOURCE – You (Sakis) and Themis Tolis are the only members since “Thy Mighty Contract”. What hopes or dreams that you had back in ’87 have you accomplished up to today? Are there any that remain yet unfulfilled?
Sakis Tolis (Vocals/Guitar) – We are not the persons that we look for more. Our dream when we formed the band was to play once a show. Now after 25 years we celebrated our 1000 show. So you can understand that we have fulfilled our dream concern music. Ok maybe something could be different and especially when we had to deal with labels and contracts but in the end we are satisfied because despite the fact that we have sacrificied so many thing in our life we manage to play our precious music in every corner of this planet and this is is called METAL!
SOURCE – Do you have any comments or a clear position on mp3 sharing software or in trading music via mp3 format with people in a non profit kind of way?
Sakis Tolis (Vocals/Guitar) – I do not have any problem. I know that for many people out there is so hard to find 15 $ to buy a CD. So if you do not have money download it. I do not care. The only I care is to find sometime once and to listen properly because there are very bad quality mp3 out there that destroy all our artistic view.
SOURCE – What are some of your hobbies and interests outside the music business?
Sakis Tolis (Vocals/Guitar) – If I say that I have run out of hobbies the last years due to the heavy schedule with the band what will you say? It is hard nowadays to have a hobby but when time permits me I like to watch and to play football.
SOURCE – Social media like Facebook and Twitter has been a great tool in communicating with fans and getting the word out. But has that translated into anything tangible for the band, like increased sales, higher concert attendance etc.?
Sakis Tolis (Vocals/Guitar) – I am not the right person to ask because I grew up communicating through letters via post. Really I am so confused with what is going on nowadays with all these social networks and I really do not know what is good and what is bad. I feel that the history will show. Meanwhile try to be yourself because what is going I have the feeling that something bad will happen in the end. Maybe they will steal ourselfs and we won’t understand.
SOURCE – Anything else you’d like to mention or promote?
Sakis Tolis (Vocals/Guitar) – Thanks Falber Teles. NON SERVIAM BROTHERS AND SISTERS.