Catastrophe Ballet

Season of Mist
Release date
30 Mar 2009
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Beneath His Widow 5:06 1,611
2 Awake At the Wall 3:55 14,195
3 Sleepwalk 5:21 18,489
4 The Drowning 4:01 17,311
5 The Blue Hour 4:55 14,024
6 As Evening Falls 3:30 10,694
7 Androgynous Noise Hand Permeates 1:15 11,883
8 Electra Descending 4:30 14,142
9 Cervix Couch 5:30 14,107
10 This Glass House 3:12 11,464
11 The Fleeing Somnambulist 4:24 3,698

About this album

Catastrophe Ballet is Christian Death’s second studio album. This is the first album that featured Valor Kand. Besides Rozz, the lineup was completely different from Only Theatre of Pain.
Catastrophe Ballet featured a change in Williams’ vocal delivery. While Only Theatre of Pain and the Deathwish EP had Williams presenting a rhythmic spoken word style with an almost androgynous pitch to his voice, Catastrophe Ballet showed a richer, less harsh side to his vocal style, with more influence from David Bowie and Lou Reed. Rather than the occult-oriented lyrics from the first album, the singer showed a new-found interest in surrealism and the Dada movement. Kand, Demone and Glass shared these interests, and the synergy between them helped cultivate the musical change from the old band’s murky, dark punk to a more elegant, romantic strain of guitar-driven rock, though a tribalistic drumming was also added into the mix.

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  • certain_harbors

    @themayor666 that is wild! we must have a friend at a CD mastering house weird, if your charts weren't so impressive I'd say you were trollin' ;D

    19 Dec 2014 Reply

    Uno de los discos más completos de la música gótica (ya no entraré en polémicas si es Death Rock o Rock Gótico). La influencia de David Bowie es muy notoria en temas como This Glass House, The Drowning y Electra Descending. Las últimas dos pudieron salir en Diamond Dogs, y This Glass House es, a mi punto de vista, un tributo sonoro a Cat People. Aaaaah, y sin olvidar la influencia de Lou Reed en Awake at the Wall.... Las letras surrealistas, toda esa atmósfera, esos riffs.... es un álbum completísimo.

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • themayor666

    I've got a version on CD with 5:06 of silence on track 1 instead of "Beneath His Widow", then track 2 is "Awake at the Wall" with no crossfade at the beginning. Are these a thing or is this a misprint? I'd consider it a blessing at least.

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    I wonder how they got David Bowie to sing on this.

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • deftlyd

    Catastrophe Ballet will be performed in its entirety by Christian Death, and filmed for a dvd release on October 3rd in the Boston area. See full details at

    11 Jun 2014 Reply
  • CoryellsGhost

    This is a really underrated record

    6 Jan 2014 Reply
  • certain_harbors

    @Bokkai I maintain that it's a serious transgression putting a hither-to unknown recording at the beginning of the record...tacking on bonus tracks at the end of a reissue is a standard practice and at least gives a listener the chance to listen to the original release uninterrupted...making someone skip to track 2 to preserve the integrity of the original is pretty unforgivable IMO, though I suppose the CD release of "In the Flat Field" does this too with "Dark Entries"...unfortunately "Beneath His Widow" is no "Dark Entries" - try again, Valor, or better yet don't

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Bokkai

    Check - Catastrophe Ballet With Rhapsody Of Youth And Rain :3 there isn't Beneath His Widow but there are added 3 other song so You can quarrel about something else now :3

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • JoseMariaAznar

    @certain_harbors not only does he place the "bonus track" at the beginning of the album, ruining the purpose of the opener as a fantastic intro, but also mixes them up so you can hear BHW fading out as Awake at the Wall starts WTF?

    2 Dec 2012 Reply
  • prominence_la

    @certain_harbors - Thanks for the heads-up. This was my first listen, so I wouldn't have known. After reading your comment, I decided to skip Beneath His Widow and listen to the album proper first - which was, of course, amazing - and then backtrack, just to hear the difference. Glad I did so, or I might've rejected the entire album on a false premise.

    17 Oct 2012 Reply
  • KunstMachtSinn

    My favourite Christian Death Album. I just love it for decades now ;-)

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • slowpulse-girl

    in love with this record one of my favorites next to 'Ashes'

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • certain_harbors

    re: "Beneath His Widow" - leave it to Valor to mar this classic album by sticking a newly finished fragment at the BEGINNING OF THE FUCKING RECORD - what an egomaniac...why I bother defending him to Rozz fans I'll never know. everyone should be encouraged not to support this remaster series in any way. download away!

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • BrendoDiego

    My favourite Christian Death album.

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Ztephphe

    They played the batcave the same year this album was released, but did they release the album before or after their visit? Did it impact the album at all? Seeing as how Rozz's vocal delivery has quite a dramatic change from the first album. Does anyone know?

    8 May 2011 Reply
  • mercy_street

    Electra Descending♥♥♥[2]

    5 Apr 2011 Reply
  • urban-d

    Awesome album)))

    17 Sep 2010 Reply
  • italicus26

    This song touches my heart...

    25 Mar 2010 Reply
  • dead_dollie

    My favorite and arguably the best Christian Death album IMO.

    28 Dec 2009 Reply
  • rasen-virus

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