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Christian Death Featuring Rozz Williams


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Los Angeles, CA, United States (1989 – 1994)

Rozz Williams’ reclamation of the Christian Death name sparked a fierce court battle with Valor Kand, who eventually won trademark rights and forced Williams to bill his version of the band as Christian Death featuring Rozz Williams.

In mid-1985, Rozz Williams left Christian Death, in part due to his increasing interest in experimental music and performance art. Rozz reemerged in 1989 to reclaim the reigns of Christian Death. Reuniting with former bandmates Rikk Agnew and Eva Ortiz, they embarked on a U.S. and Canadian tour that carried them into 1990. Upon returning to Los Angeles, CA, United States, the band went into the studio and lay the tracks for “The Iron Mask”, the first in a series of recordings Rozz would make and release through newly founded Cleopatra Records. The intial release included, “Skeleton Kiss”, an obscure Christian Death track dating back to “Only Theatre of Pain”. Fans and radio delighted in Rozz’s return to Deathrock, resulting in Cleopatra Records releasing “Skeleton Kiss” as a single.

Several compilations and live material followed, including, “Invocations”, which compiled live tracks from 1981-1989. More interestingly, was the inclusion of four unreleased studio tracks. Two of the tracks gave fans an idea of Rozz’s vision for the follow-up to “Only Theatre of Pain”. The remaining two tracks exhibit material from 1985, planned for the follow-up to “Ashes”.

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  • althefknamsrtkn

    Valor is the true soul of Christian's Death. Stop steeling his band name, Ross fanboys!!

    23 May 2014 Reply
  • DeathrockerPI

    I hope nobody minds that I clipped the Bio to just the bit about the Christian Death featuring Rozz Williams era, which WAS only three mediocre albums, two decent lives, and a shit ton of horrible remixes.

    21 Sep 2010 Reply
  • RegimeOfSwine

    SonicNursery- Can't we just copy/paste the bio from the other Christian Death page? It IS a wiki...

    3 May 2010 Reply
  • RegimeOfSwine

    I hope this catches on.

    3 May 2010 Reply
  • SonicNursery

    Is anyone working on a decent bio yet?

    27 Apr 2010 Reply
  • dogmanstar

    I also renamed all of my Christian Death (with Rozz on vocals) music to "Christian Death featuring Rozz Williams". I know it's not the rightest thing to do, since it's revolting to leave the original name to Valor, but at least I'm not crediting to him the work of Rozz. I'll never scrobble anything under the name of "Christian Death", at least until we don't have a decent bio and band picture (one that we, users, can choose, and not authoritarily imposed by the "artist").

    1 Apr 2010 Reply
  • OperaOfDoom

    I'm home.

    1 Aug 2009 Reply
  • djalienspagan

    25 Jul 2009 Reply
  • MichaelVader

    Rozz was the soul of Christian Death, and when he combined with Gitane Demone, fireworks flew!

    2 Jan 2008 Reply

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