Frontman Sakis Tolis of the Greek black metal act ROTTING CHRIST has issued the following statement — exclusively via Metal Temple magazine — concerning the issue that has arisen due to Dave Mustaine's (MEGADETH frontman) comments (see previous BLABBERMOUTH.NET stories: Story#1, Story#2) regarding the announcement that ROTTING CHRIST were going to provide support for (at least one of) MEGADETH's live concerts in Greece:"Unfortunately, we find ourselves in the difficult position to have to announce to our fans that we feel like canceling our upcoming participation in two big festivals (something that we have done several times before, too), with the reason being our band's name. A name that expresses our opposition to any kind of religion, a name that opposes to any fake visions of an eternal calmness and peace, a name that is a punch at the conservative basis of the hypocritical and religious so-called democratic societies. "Unfortunately the middle ages still find their way into the new millennium and METAL must support the freedom of the mind, something that it has been doing since its foundation." (Thanks: Orpheus Spiliotopoulos / Metal-Temple.com)
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