Only Theatre of Pain

Label
Frontier
Release date
14 Feb 2012
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
45:39

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Cavity - First Communion 4:07 30,718
2 Figurative Theater 2:41 2,011
3 Burnt Offerings 3:44 31,732
4 Mysterium Inquitatis 2:46 7,246
5 Dream for Mother 3:19 30,114
6 Stairs - Uncertain Journey 3:06 21,116
9 Resurrection - Sixth Communion 3:45 15,610
10 Prayer 2:42 23,366
11 Deathwish 2:14 30,374
12 Romeo's Distress 3:16 59,588
13 Dogs 2:53 24,468
14 Desperate Hell 4:24 20,731
15 Spiritual Cramp 2:55 43,337
16 Cavity 3:47 11,438

About this album

Only Theatre of Pain was the debut studio album of American goth rock band Christian Death, originally released by Frontier Records in 1982. The album is considered the harbinger of deathrock.

All tracks after “Prayer” (on the later published CD version only) actually comprise the earlier EP, “Deathwish”. The writing of Only Theatre of Pain was vocalist Rozz Williams’ rebellion to his religious upbringing as well his own personal attacks against organized religion.

Christian Death’s appearance on the Hell Comes to Your House compilation helped to get them signed to Frontier Records, which released their debut album, Only Theatre of Pain, in March 1982. James McGearty paid for the studio.

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