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Christian Death is an American deathrock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1979. The band was fronted and founded by Rozz Williams and featured guitarist Rikk Agnew. Christian Death is most notable for their album Only Theatre of Pain, which was a major event in the birth of the Goth and Deathrock subculture within the United States and beyond.

After many line up changes, at one point during the 1990s there were two bands with the name Christian Death. One featured Williams, and the other featured Valor Kand. Kand has been the lead guitarist since the second album “Catastrophe Ballet”, and later became lead vocalist as well.

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Rozz Williams founded Christian Death in October 1979, at the age of 16, with bassist James McGearty, drummer George Belanger and guitarist Jay. The band name was a satirical play on words derived from the designer brand Christian Dior. The first Christian Death performance in front of a live audience was at a Castration Squad gig in 1980, when Castration Squad invited Christian Death on stage to play a couple songs. In 1980 and 1981, the band played many shows with 45 Grave, another L.A. deathrock group, though they also played shows with punk bands like Social Distortion and The Adolescents.

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  • richlesbian

    valor's too busy mastering the art of liquid eyeliner to stop being a cunt ps come 2 brazil

    4 hours ago Reply
  • asking_alice

    So this is just dumb. Rozz people stop taking down Valor pics and Valor people stop taking down Rozz pics! It's that easy. I honestly don't care which is the main photo. Both incarnations of Christian Death have great songs and really poor songs. I had the pleasure to meet Valor and Maitri at a Christian Death show in Detroit a few years ago, and they are both incredibly sweet and talented people!

    yesterday evening Reply
  • Lycaena_helle

    This is so childish. If Valor is responsible for removing the images he needs to either use a different name or accept the fact that most people here prefer Rozz. [2]

    Yesterday 5:53am Reply
  • zukapuwa

    Why everywhere write that music to Sleepwalk wrote by Valor? He didn't use the main melodic passages of songs '83? http://vimeo.com/72845694

    26 Jul 2:54pm Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    I would like to think that in an alternate universe that it was Valor who hung himself instead of Rozz. [2]

    25 Jul 4:02am Reply
  • SpiderLabyrinth

    I would like to think that in an alternate universe that it was Valor who hung himself instead of Rozz.

    24 Jul 7:38pm Reply
  • ValentinE_28

    i'm still more comfortable with that star than Valor's face. [3]

    24 Jul 11:39am Reply
  • feelingsreal

    I mean it's nice to see everyone bashing Valor and all, but relax.

    21 Jul 5:25pm Reply
  • richlesbian

    gewaltraud - that would work if last.fm even allowed you to upload photos anymore. you can't at all now

    19 Jul 11:34pm Reply
  • camilorocks

    I hate so fucking much Valor's Christian Death. I see his music as an offence for Death-rock, Post-punk and the real Christian Death, the Christian Death of the legend Rozz Williams.

    16 Jul 7:27am Reply
  • Gewaltraud

    What if we try to upload CD logos and skip the pictures (which would probably be removed again)?

    15 Jul 9:49am Reply
  • richlesbian

    i have lost all hope of ever getting the photos back

    14 Jul 8:00pm Reply
  • kiethre

    We all can see Valor Cunt's total lack of taste even here.

    13 Jul 5:10pm Reply
  • Gewaltraud

    No pictures... I can only guess who's behind that.

    12 Jul 5:50pm Reply
  • time-undone

    i'm still more comfortable with that star than Valor's face. [2]

    12 Jul 1:04am Reply
  • Soshte

    are we ever going to get pictures again or

    7 Jul 5:53pm Reply
  • high_as_bells

    This whole thing has gotten so boring, I don't even care anymore. The same can be said of Valor's career. I just wish we had something better to talk about at this point. Skippy doesn't really warrant so much attention, and a lack of images on last.fm doesn't diminish what the vast majority already understand about Rozz and Christian Death.

    7 Jul 3:50pm Reply
  • SOPOR_DEATH

    Suck Valor!, the REAL Christian Death of ROZZ♡ †††

    6 Jul 10:30pm Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    Rozz >>>> Valor

    6 Jul 4:46pm Reply
  • rasen-virus

    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3846/14400543939_d1abf5b5a9_o.png

    6 Jul 3:34pm Reply
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