Christian Death
Catastrophe Ballet



by PostPunkFan USER (6 Reviews)
April 30th, 2012 | 5 replies

Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Catastrophically Good

As an album I only recently discovered, it is quite astonishing how good this album is and the puny amount of people who know this album.

The album opens slowly with the paranoid tranquillity of "Awake at the wall". Slow keyboard melodies accompany Rozz Williams' serene interpretation while in the background Valor Kand's guitar chords can be heard along with the ecstatic screams of Gitane DeMone. As the song reaches its end becomes more intense prefacing "Sleepwalk" that begins with stunning and imposing drumming. As Rozz Williams enters the song with his descriptive voice Valor's guitar riffing becomes more intense whilst Gitane paints the soundscape with her voice, when she enters, and her keyboard melodies adding a distressful feeling to the song.

A mid-tempo song based on guitar chords and Williams' descriptive voice, "The Drowning", continues the album. Williams sings in full passion interpreting in a dramatic way and Valor evokes the ideal atmosphere with his guitar chords whilst the bass pulses along with the rhythmic drumming lend groove to the song.

The soft guitar chords open the following low-tempo composition, "The Blue Hour", and the rhythmic drumming and the ethereal keyboard melodies follow, accompanying Valor's chords and Williams' calm, yet so descriptive, interpretation expressing in a mesmerizing way his thoughtful lyrics.

"As evening falls", which follows, starts echoing and it is another Christian Death masterpiece. Stunning guitars along with groovy drumming accompany Rozz Williams while expressing his caustic lyrics. "Here we are now in this God awful state where there's nothing left to say. Let's lose ourselves in a picture dressed for the occasion, then lock it away…"

And now for my recommendations:

Recommendation 1: "The Glass House"- The song starts with a church organ playing followed by an incredibly passionate guitar performance by Valor. Rozz Williams' voice sounds astounding on this track especially well. The backing vocals are very good too.

Recommendation 2: "The Drowning"- The atmospheric guitar playing in the background is just heaven to the ears. The vocals are simply gripping.

Recommendation 3: "Electra Descending"- A superb song with the most unforgettable lyric i've ever heard. "What about the bells? Nipples licking the clouds, Nipples licking the clouds"

All through this album, every single aspect musically is pretty damn perfect. A captivating listen.

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Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2012


this looks cool

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May 17th 2013


This is cool

August 14th 2014


Album Rating: 5.0

wow more ppl need to check this

December 14th 2014


Album Rating: 4.5

This is so different than Only Theatre! woah!

February 18th 2015


good review! needs more pronouns lol pos'd

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