Season Of Mist has teamed up with legendary gothic rock band CHRISTIAN DEATH to release an ongoing series of CD and vinyl reissues of CHRISTIAN DEATH‘s acclaimed catalog.
Previously, the label reissued LPs for the band’s highly influential Catastrophe Ballet as well as The Root of All Evilution, Ashes, The Scriptures, and Sex and Drugs and Jesus Christin addition to CD and vinyl reissues for 1986’s Atrocities.
The Dark Age Renaissance Collection, Part 1: The Renaissance, due on December 10, 2021, combines four of CHRISTIAN DEATH‘s early genre-defining early recordings. This special set pulls together their classic albums, ‘Catastrophe Ballet’ (1984), ‘Ashes’ (1985), ‘Atrocities’ (1986), and ‘The Scriptures’ (1987).
The Dark Age Renaissance Collection, Part 2: The Age Of InnocenceLost, due November 5, 2021, combines four of their middle-period recordings that marked the rebirth of the band as fronted by Valor Kand. This special set pulls together their 1988 commercial break-through ‘Sex and Drugs and Jesus Christ’, (1990), ‘All the Love All the Hate’ Part 1 – All the Love and Part 2 – All the Hate (both 1989), and the full-album version of ‘The Wind Kissed Pictures’ (1988).
The Dark Age Renaissance Collection Part 3: The Age Of Decadence is a 4 CD jewel case set features three of their middle-period recordings and 1990 demos/outtakes compilation – ‘Insanus, Ultio, Proditio, Misericordiaque’ (1990), ‘Sexy Death God’ (1994), ‘Prophecies’ (1996), and ‘Pornographic Messiah’ (1998) – into one limited and specially-priced package of provocative dark music. Released on October 8, 2021.
The Dark Age Renaissance Collection Part 4: The New Dark Age combines their three most recent recordings – ‘Born Again Anti Christian’ (2000), ‘American Inquisition’ (2007), and ‘The Root Of All Evilution’ (2015) – into one limited and specially-priced package of provocative dark music. Released on September 3, 2021 via Season of Mist!
In addition, CHRISTIAN DEATH will be reissuing their long out-of-print 1985 EP ‘The Wind Kissed Pictures’ on November 19, 2021 via Season of Mist! This will be the first time in 30 years that it will be available on vinyl format. The endeavor features the vocal debut of Valor Kand, and marked the start of a new era for the revolutionary band.
This expanded edition includes the companion ‘Lacrima Christi’ 7″ feat. the track in both its English & Italian versions, as well as three additional tracks from that era. ‘The Wind Kissed Pictures’ was way ahead of its time, and it further proves that the bulk of modern dark music still exists under the shadow of CHRISTIAN DEATH‘s influence.
Valor – Male lead vocals, guitar and other instruments
Maitri – Female lead vocals, bass guitar and other instruments
“The founding fathers of American goth rock, CHRISTIAN DEATH took a relentlessly confrontational stand against organized religion and conventional morality, with an appetite for provocation that made Marilyn Manson look like Stryper. Regardless of who was leading or performing in the group, CHRISTIAN DEATH set themselves up to shock, both in their cover art and their lyrics, which wallowed in blasphemy, morbidity, drug use, and sexual perversity. Their self-consciously controversial tactics set them apart from the British goth scene, having more to do with L.A. punk and heavy metal, and thus the band dubbed its sound “death rock”.
However, their sensibility was ultimately similar enough that the “goth” designation stuck in the end. CHRISTIAN DEATH‘s music also relied on slow, doomy, effects-laden guitar riffs and ambient horror-soundtrack synths, and their theatrical performances were strongly influenced by British glam rockers like David Bowie and Roxy Music, as well as industrial provocateurs Throbbing Gristle. The latter was especially true of the band’s first incarnation, led by vocalist and founder Rozz Williams. When Williams left in 1985, guitarist Valor Kand took over leadership and sent the group in a more intellectual, political, and metal-oriented direction. A subsequent dispute over ownership of the CHRISTIAN DEATH name led many of their fans to take sides.
CHRISTIAN DEATH has had an enormous influence on the American goth scene, shaping the sensibility of countless goth, metal, and even industrial acts that followed. Sadly, the Kand-Williams dispute ended in tragedy in 1998, when a heroin-addicted Williams took his own life.” ~ Steve Hue – ROLLING STONE
Despite a revolving door of membership, CHRISTIAN DEATH has since relentlessly toured the world and released dozens of official and unofficial albums including some with alternate versions, covers and packaging for many different countries and languages. In 2019, Season of Mist Records reissued limited vinyl LP editions of the classic albums, Ashes, Catastrophe Ballet, The Scriptures and Atrocities as well as a purple vinyl edition of the 2015 release, The Root Of All Evilution.
Currently CHRISTIAN DEATH is working on the follow-up to The Root Of All Evilution; the tentatively-titled, Evil Becomes Rule.