Sakis Tolis

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Athanasios "Sakis" Tolis
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Background information
Birth nameAthanasios Tolis
Born (1972-06-29) 29 June 1972 (age 47)
OriginAttica, Athens, Greece
GenresMelodic black metal, black metal, symphonic black metal, death metal, grindcore, gothic metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsGuitars, vocals, keyboards, bass,drum
Years active1987–present
LabelsCentury Media (1996–2006)
Season of Mist (2006–present)

Athanasios "Sakis" Tolis (Greek: Αθανάσιος "Σάκης" Τόλης, born 29 June 1972) is a Greek musician best known as the vocalist and guitarist of Rotting Christ.[1] He is also known as Necromayhem. He has recently produced some of the band's albums and contributed as session keyboardist.[2] Sakis has also provided guest vocals and guitars for a number of bands[3], for example providing guest backing vocals on the track Mocking Modesty on the Nightrage album Wearing a Martyr's Crown.

He also played guitar in a black/death metal band Thou Art Lord[4], which features members from several other prominent Greek extreme metal groups, such as Necromantia and Septic Flesh.[5]

He used to endorse Grossman custom made guitars. He currently has a signature V-Shaped guitar with the Greek letters ΧΞΣ inlaid in the fretboard. As of 2016 he is endorsed by ESP Guitars and uses an Eclipse model.

In 2018, Tolis announced he was co-authoring a book titled Non Serviam: The Official Story Of Rotting Christ with Dayal Patterson.[6] The book was published in November 2018 and details the history of the band.[7][8]


  1. ^ DaRonco, Mike. "Biography: Rotting Christ". Allmusic. Retrieved March 14, 2010.
  2. ^ "Arts in Greece | Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ "Greek metal bands are probably our biggest music export right now"". Retrieved November 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Sakis Tolis - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  4. ^ DiVita, Joe. "Rotting Christ Debut New Song 'Heaven and Hell and Fire'". Loudwire. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "Thou Art Lord - Biography - Metal Storm". Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "ROTTING CHRIST: 'Non Serviam: The Official Story Of Rotting Christ' Book Due In November". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. August 27, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  7. ^ "Rotting Christ first ever book out soon!". Rotting Christ first ever book out soon!. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  8. ^ "Non Serviam: Rotting Christ Biography Coming Out on November 30th". Decibel Magazine. November 2, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2019.