Christian Death

Christian Death

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Death Rock band formed in October 1979 - Los Angeles, California.

Named as a satirical play on words derived from the designer brand 'Christian Dior', Christian Death was founded by vocalist Rozz Williams, bassist James McGearty, drummer George Belanger, and a guitarist named Jay brought in from a previous band Rozz had been in called Daucus Karota. The group went on hiatus briefly in 1981, but reformed that summer with Rikk Agnew replacing Jay on guitar. Their debut album - the death-rock classic Only Theatre Of Pain was released in March 1982.

Later that year, Agnew and Belanger had left the band and were replaced by Eva O and 'China' respectively. Eva O was soon replaced by Michael Montana, and by the end of the year the band had split once again.

In 1983, Williams formed a new band with members of Pompeii 99, a band that Christian Death had played some shows with just before they had split. This new group consisted of Rozz, Valor (2), Gitane Demone, David Glass & Constance Smith. Rozz wanted to bring back the Daucus Karota name for this new band, but Valor and his European record company convinced him to retain the name Christian Death. This line-up remained more or less constant for a couple of years, although there were some problems during that time that led to stress between the members. These problems came to a head in 1985, when Rozz left the band just before a European tour. Long before the band had recorded or played anywhere as Christian Death, and, just as they had decided to change the name of the band from Pompeii 99 to Christian Death, all members signed a partnership agreement. This made Rozz, David, Gitane and Valor "equal partners" both jointly and severally. The terms of the agreement provided articles which would oblige any member to forfeit their rights in and to the name in the event any member should not fulfil his or her obligations. This is what Rozz did when he left. The version of the band consisting of Valor, Gitane and David Glass relocated to England and continued to record and tour until 1988 when David decided to return to L.A. with his pregnant wife to settle down and be a parent, he signed off accordingly. A settlement agreement was signed, and, later, Gitane did the same. This thereby left Valor as the sole proprietor of the business from 1989 onwards.

Valor continued with numerous session musicians until 1991, when his second wife Maitri joined the project. This new version of the group combined dark heavy metal influences with Valor's classical forays and the Gothic rock for which Christian Death remains best known.

Around this same time, Rozz and Rikk Agnew had begun playing some reunion shows in the US also using the name Christian Death, Rozz also started recording new Christian Death material with his wife (and early C.D. member) Eva O. Valor threatened legal action, claiming that he owned the band name and most of Rozz's material ended up being released under the name Christian Death featuring Rozz Williams. This version of the group came to a close on April 1, 1998 when Rozz Williams committed suicide.

During 2006 various original members of the band including Rikk Agnew, Eva O and James McGearty reunited as Christian Death 1334, however due to copyright infringement issues the group had to change their name to CD 1334. They have since split up.

Valor and Maitri continue to record and tour as Christian Death.
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Christian Death Discography

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Christian Death Only Theatre Of Pain (Album, Single) Frontier Records US 1982 Sell This Version
Christian Death Deathwish L'Invitation Au Suicide, L'Invitation Au Suicide France 1984 Sell This Version
Christian Death Catastrophe Ballet (Album) L'Invitation Au Suicide, L'Invitation Au Suicide France 1984 Sell This Version
Christian Death "Ashes" (Album) L'Invitation Au Suicide France 1985 Sell This Version
Christian Death The Decomposition Of Violets - Live In Hollywood (Album) ROIR (Reachout International Records) US 1985 Sell This Version
For Sin And Sacrifice Must We Die A Christian Death* The Wind Kissed Pictures (MiniAlbum, Comp, EP) Supporti Fonografici, Supporti Fonografici Italy 1985 Sell This Version
Christian Death Atrocities (Album) Normal Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Christian Death An Official Anthology Of "Live" Bootlegs (Comp) Nostradamus Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
Christian Death The Scriptures (Album, Single) Normal Germany 1987 Sell This Version
Christian Death Sex And Drugs And Jesus Christ (Album) Jungle Records UK 1988 Sell This Version
Christian Death All The Love All The Hate (Part Two: All The Hate) (Album) Normal Germany 1989 Sell This Version
Christian Death All The Love All The Hate (Part One: All The Love) (Album) Jungle Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
Christian Death "The Heretics Alive" (Album) Jungle Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
Christian Death Past, Present And Forever (Album, Comp) Contempo Records Italy 1990 Sell This Version
Christian Death Insanus, Ultio, Proditio, Misericordiaque (Album) Contempo Records Italy 1990 Sell This Version
HA19 Christian Death (1981-85) Heavens And Hells(2xCass, Ltd, C-6) The Happiest Place On Earth, The Happiest Tapes On Earth HA19 US 1990 Sell This Version
Christian Death Iconologia (Album) Triple X Records US 1993 Sell This Version
Christian Death Tales Of Innocence, A Continued Anthology ... (Album) Cleopatra US 1993 Sell This Version
Christian Death The Doll's Theatre (Album) Cleopatra US 1994 Sell This Version
Christian Death Sexy Death God (Album) Nostradamus Records US 1994 Sell This Version
Christian Death Amen (Album, MiniAlbum) Century Media, Century Media UK & US 1995 Sell This Version
Christian Death Prophecies (Album, Comp) Jungle Records UK 1996 Sell This Version
Christian Death Pornographic Messiah (Album) Sad Eyes, Trinity Germany 1998 Sell This Version
Christian Death Born Again Anti Christian (Album) Candlelight Records UK 2000 Sell This Version
Christian Death American Inquisition (Album) Season Of Mist Europe 2007 Sell This Version

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bodybomb

bodybomb

April 27, 2016
I'd like to get into this band, can anyone recommend what compilation album I should buy?
zelda_123

zelda_123

January 7, 2016
I have a vinyl-copy of Live Cafe Europa Bielefeld 1990, picure disc, very good condition. Interested?
Dawnrazer

Dawnrazer

November 30, 2014
If anyone has any Christian Death related items please get in touch. Im specificly after vinyl, test presses, imports, acetates and posters. No CDs! Im prepared to pay well above average prices!

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