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Christian Death (Gothic)

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Biography

In the beginning, God created the Heaven and the Earth. Then CHRISTIAN DEATH turned it upside down.

Formed in Los Angeles and fronted by 16 year old vocalist/lyricist Rozz Williams, the band released first album "Only Theatre of Pain" in 1982. A dark, sinister style of punk rock, the album gained local success, but a year later the band completely broke up.

Rozz then joined the band POMPEII 99, founded by singer, guitarist and song writer Valor. Rozz took over vocals, leaving Valor to focus on guitar. Before Rozz joined POMPEII 99, the band had already released their first album "Look at Yourself" to much acclaim, which had an apocalyptic theme with a punk rock flavor. The band had been planning their first tour when the record company proposed to merge POMPEII 99 into a new version of CHRISTIAN DEATH, which after some debate was agreed upon. Thus began the new CHRISTIAN DEATH, and the first POMPEII 99 tour became the first CHRISTIAN DEATH tour.

Part way through the tour, the band stopped in Wales to record songs, some of which were originally intended for the next POMPEII 99 album. The result led to the unique sound of the classic "Catastrophe ballet" album which, like the first POMPEII 99 album, had an apocalyptic theme. However, the music morphed into something not quite POMPEII 99 and nothing like the first CHRISTIAN DEATH album. After the tour the band returned to L.A. to record the third CHRISTIAN DEATH album, "Ashes", which was a post apocalyptic vision of a cold and bleak future.

After the 1985 tour, singer Rozz left the band. Valor then returned to vocals and the band embarked on another tour. When in Italy, CHRISTIAN DEATH recorded the mini album "The Wind kissed Pictures", a surrealist view of a mystical past. Almost immediately, work began on the fourth full length album, "Atrocities", inspired by the atrocities of World War II and the connection to future shock waves. While continuously touring in 1987, the band released their fifth and now classic album "The Scriptures", the theme of which explored world religion and how the legacy of these beliefs impacts our world.

1988 brought the release of "Sex & Drugs & Jesus Christ", which was a turning point for the band. The cover depicted an image of Jesus shooting up heroin - a full frontal attack by Valor against the Church with its scathing heretical mockery of organized Christianity. The band then found themselves confronted by protesters, riots and bomb threats. These events and CHRISTIAN DEATH's imagery and fashion went on to influence the likes of NINE INCH NAILS, KORN, MARILYN MANSON, TYPE O NEGATIVE, every gothic band on the planet and many others.

The following year saw the release of the double album epic "All the Love, all the Hate", interpreting the juxtaposition between life and death, day and night, man and woman, black and white. In 1991 came "Insanus, Ultio, proditio, Misericordiaque", with its theme of an ancient dream state. Later that year, after being in several bands and seven years after quitting the band, Rozz was persuaded to perform in Los Angeles under the name CHRISTIAN DEATH. On the same day, CHRISTIAN DEATH were performing in Paris, France. Assuming this was a one time effort to earn extra cash (as explained to Valor by Rozz), Valor ignored the incident and carried on recording and touring only to later learn that a live album of the show had been released using the name CHRISTIAN DEATH, followed by a hastily recorded studio album also using the name, which led to a turf war. As accusations and rumors against Valor were spread by the financial backers of these unofficial releases, fans were left confused. Valor persevered.

By 1995, female vocalist and bass player Maitri - the now second most continuous member of CHRISTIAN DEATH - joined the band to record "Sexy Death God" which proclaimed sexual freedom in the face of religious adversity.

Sadly in 1997, Rozz committed suicide. It is believed heroin played a role. No suicide note was found. That same year, CHRISTIAN DEATH released "Pornographic Messiah", a colorful elaborate return to the 'sex versus religion' theme. 1999 saw the release of "Born Again anti Christian", an assault on Born Again Christians, which featured members of CRADLE OF FILTH. In 2000 the band promoted the album on tour with CRADLE OF FILTH. While on tour, former CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Was Sarginson played in CHRISTIAN DEATH.

In 2003, Maitri released her debut album and band LOVER OF SIN, with songs and production collaboration by Valor. Later that year, CRADLE OF FILTH guitarist Gian Pyres joined CHRISTIAN DEATH for the 2003 tour, and LOVER OF SIN was the support.

Now in 2007, CHRISTIAN DEATH deliver their epic new album "American Inquisition". Though this is a concept album and a form of protest, its theme is subtly woven throughout the entirety of the music and perhaps, to listeners of the bands previous works, an unexpected departure. In contrast to the negative connotations implied, this album is actually quite upbeat and much more positive. Artistic protests are not new to this band and in the past, the band has been very blatant about getting the point across, to the dismay of some, accusing the band of using shock value tactics.

This time around their efforts are somewhat more ambiguous, leaving it up to the discerning listener to pick up on the innuendos. Rather than using a word or phrase as a double entendre, whole songs are intended to skew the listeners overall perspective. The album features male and female duet style vocals, rare and exotic ethnic instruments, both child and adult choirs.

With band members on opposite sides of the U.S., the production of this album suffered many inconveniences, delays and cancelled flights. So the band repented and eventually god answered their prayers. Final recordings were made in Maine, Florida, Massachusetts, regions of Heaven, divisions of Hell.

Brothers and sisters are you the problem? The solution? Intelligent design? Or evolution?

Line-up

Name Instrument
Valor Kand male vocals, guitars, violin, strings, keyboards
Maitri female vocals, bass guitar, keyboards
Jason Frantz drums

Releases Season of Mist

Som370

The Root of All Evilution

General information
: Fri, Oct 16 2015
: Fri, Nov 13 2015
: Gothic
: SOM370
: available

Som209

Ashes

General information
: Mon, Sep 21 2009
: Gothic
: SOM209
: available

Som197

Catastrophe Ballet

General information
: Mon, Mar 16 2009
: Gothic
: SOM197
: available

Som166

American Inquisition

General information
: Mon, Oct 15 2007
: Gothic Rock
: SOM166
: available

Tour dates

Date Country Town Venue Other information
Tue, Sep 26 2017 US Lawrence, KS Granada Theater +Combichrist
Wed, Sep 27 2017 US Louisville, KY Mercury Ballroom +Combichrist
Thu, Sep 28 2017 US Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall +Combichrist
Fri, Sep 29 2017 US Cleveland, OH Agora Theater +Combichrist
Sat, Sep 30 2017 US Milwaukee, WI The Rave +Combichrist
Sun, Oct 01 2017 US Minneapolis, MN Amsterdam +Combichrist
Tue, Oct 03 2017 US Denver, CO Gothic Theater +Combichrist
Wed, Oct 04 2017 US Salt Lake City, UT Metro Music Hall +Combichrist
Thu, Oct 05 2017 US Boise, ID Knitting Factory +Combichrist
Fri, Oct 06 2017 US Portland, OR Dante's +Combichrist
Sat, Oct 07 2017 US Seattle, WA Showbox @ The Market +Combichrist
Sun, Oct 08 2017 CA Vancouver Red Room +Combichrist
Tue, Oct 10 2017 US San Francisco, CA Slims +Combichrist
Wed, Oct 11 2017 US Santa Ana, CA Observatory +Combichrist
Thu, Oct 12 2017 US Los Angeles, CA Fonda Theater +Combichrist
Fri, Oct 13 2017 US San Diego, CA Brick by Brick +Combichrist
Sat, Oct 14 2017 US Phoenix, AZ Club Red +Combichrist
Sun, Oct 15 2017 US El Paso, TX Tricky Falls +Combichrist
Mon, Oct 16 2017 US Dallas, TX Trees +Combichrist
Tue, Oct 17 2017 US Houston, TX Scout Bar +Combichrist
Wed, Oct 18 2017 US Austin, TX Elysium +Combichrist
Fri, Oct 20 2017 US St. Petersburg, FL State Theater +Combichrist
Sat, Oct 21 2017 US West Palm Beach, FL Respectable Street +Combichrist
Sun, Oct 22 2017 US Jacksonville, FL Maverick's Live +Combichrist
Mon, Oct 23 2017 US Atlanta, GA Masquerade +Combichrist
Wed, Oct 25 2017 US Baltimore. MD Soundstage +Combichrist
Thu, Oct 26 2017 US New York, NY Gramercy Theater +Combichrist
Fri, Oct 27 2017 US Philadelphia, PA Trocadero +Combichrist
Mon, Oct 30 2017 US Toronto, ON Opera House +Combichrist
Tue, Oct 31 2017 US Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge +Combichrist
Wed, Nov 01 2017 US Indianapolis, IN Vogue +Combichrist
Sat, Nov 04 2017 US Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater +Combichrist
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