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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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  • metaldiscussor

    someone upload some fucking pictures. god damn.

    5 hours ago Reply
  • Post-romantic

    the REAL Christian Death of ROZZ♡

    17 Aug 3:28pm Reply
  • rasen-virus

    that living feces actually belongs to the mall-goth rock realm

    9 Aug 8:23pm Reply
  • StrayDogInDelhi

    Valor is probably the biggest cunt in the history of goth rock.

    7 Aug 10:49pm Reply
  • ainomiko

    I can't believe there's some stupid high school-level bullshit that is preventing photos of these gorgeous people from being uploaded!

    6 Aug 5:08am Reply
  • Gewaltraud

    Why can't there be this kind of an outrage on The Danse Society's page? The new singer is complete shite - who gives a shit about Christian Death? Just sayin'...

    3 Aug 4:58pm Reply
  • metaldiscussor

    when are we going to get some pictures?

    30 Jul 11:23am Reply
  • JohnnyMath

    i'm still more comfortable with that star than Valor's face. [4] I

    29 Jul 11:39pm Reply
  • godpan

    He has allowed people to choose the best image for group and fans have chosen Rozz images. So it's really a matter of principle.

    29 Jul 7:34am Reply
  • Jaina999

    Suck Valor!, the REAL Christian Death of ROZZ♡ ††† [2]

    28 Jul 3:43pm Reply
  • richlesbian

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

    28 Jul 3:00am 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!

    27 Jul 8:37pm 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]

    27 Jul 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
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