At the same time, Invitation Au Suicide, a French label responsible for the release of Christian Death's Deathwish EP offered Valor the opportunity to record an album with them in Europe before the start of the tour. There was one condition, change the band's name to Christian Death. Valor did not want to change HIS band's name, nor did Rozz want to be reminded of a band he distasted. Seduced by money, they had changed their name and entered a studio to record Catastrophe Ballet, the birth of Christian Death Official, and marked a shift from Rozz's straight forward Punk Rock to a more rich, melodic sound, thanks mostly to Valor's musicianship (All Christian Death Official songs were written by Valor Kand, lyrics were written by Rozz Williams on two albums).
They then appeared on the BBC's Media Blitz, perform a show at the Batcave, and, of course, have financial deals reneged upon, leaving the band stranded penniless in France. Valor had kept Rozz from killing himself twice while in france, and their bassist had quit the band, her stand-in becoming Dave Roberts of Sex Gang Children for a few shows. Rozz had then gone behind the band's back and gotten his mother to fly him back to LA from France. Christian Death stranded once again. Upon the band's return to LA in 1984, an album was recorded and scantly supported known as Ashes.
The sound continued the Pompeii 99 ethos of apocalypse, straying further from Rozz' own personal doom and gloom, and upon 1985, Rozz had quit the band, just weeks before their departure on another European tour. In respect to Rozz, Christian Death Official continued touring and recording, but as "For Sin and Sacrifice, We Must Die A Christian Death" and "The Sin and Sacrifice of Christian Death" on the records The Wind Kissed Pictures and Believers of the Unpure, respectively. It was during the tour for Believers that Valor decided to return to the name Christian Death, with no opposition. Throughout the rest of the 80s, Valor kept pushing the limits of the Deathrock and Gothic Rock genres, making some of the most notable Christian Death albums to date. In 2000, we saw the release of Born Again Anti-Christian and 2002's Lover of Sin (An album featuring Valor and his backing band consisting essentially of Cradle of Filth and Maitri's mislabeled Blackened Death Metal side project's debut album respectively) as Valor began breaking into Death and Doom Metal influences. 2007 saw the release of Christian Death Official's American Inquisition album.
With pseudo-Sisters of Mercy Hard Rock carrion, they return to a Deathrock-laced Gothic Rock sound, with a very deep message in the album concerning drugs, death, despondency, disillusionment, and Maitri liking it doggy style. 2009 saw Valor's beautiful remastering of Catastrophe Ballet and Ashes, both including two new tracks featuring spoken poems by Rozz fixated together with supporting vocals by Valor, and a blend of 1980s and American Inquisition-era Christian Death music to almost carry on the spirit of Rozz in Christian Death. These appear to be the first in a series of reissues of Christian Death Official's back catalogue on the Seasons of Mist label. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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