Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Great introduction to Christian Death
Crypt | Arkham | 04/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Yes it's true that this is an extremely raw recording, and it's also true that Rozz himself was very critical of it. (he was clear that it was the production, not the musicianship that he thought as sub-par) I can understand how fans of the slickly produced Catastrophy Ballet and Ashes would have a problem with the stripped down, minimalistic versions of Luxury Of Tears and Cervix Couch, but the version of Sleepwalk on this album blows away the original version recorded by the original Christian Death lineup. I even like it more than the version on Catastrophe Ballet. (which is still good) More crunch. Darker sounding, rather than the bright sound of C.B. This album is really not that bad. In fact it's really good as far as I'm concerned. You have to remember that early Goth was SUPPOSED to be raw sounding. It was punk rock, not arena rock. Just listen to the abrasive and a-tonal Only Theater Of Pain if you don't believe me. This isn't a polished and produced Goth album, this is a raw and dirty Death Rock recording. It's all about the gloom, and this album has pleanty of it. Its murky and muddy sound only improves the blackness of the music itself. And the song Skeleton Kiss (the only new song on the disc) simply rocks. A GREAT deathrock tune that is part Munsters and part Black Sabbath. The only real problem for me is the shortened and less impactful version of Spiritual Cramp. The rest of the album rules. In many cases, minimalism and rawness works well and adds to the atmosphere of a recording. It works VERY well here. I enjoy hearing different versions of my favorite songs. That's one reason I like live albums. This album is definitely worth getting and is worth every penny, if you can find it anywhere. Infinitely more worthy than anything Valor has put out with his greedy self in Rozz's place."
Half 'n' half.
Visigoth | Seattle, WA United States | 11/16/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"So here's the real story about what happened: Rozz & Eva went into the studio to record "The Iron Mask". They then went on tour as Shadow Project intending to finish production when they returned. Cleopatra had different ideas...they decided to mix the album to sound like a live studio jam session while Rozz & Eva were gone. Rozz & Eva were not amused.
Even so, there are some gems here. These versions of Spiritual Cramp, Figurative Theatre, Desperate Hell and Deathwish are (in my opinion) even better than the original versions from Only Theatre of Pain. On the other hand...The tracks from Catastrophe Ballet (Sleepwalk, Cervix Couch) and Ashes (The Luxury of Tears) sound sloppy and rushed, as if they were demo versions (which was the sound Cleopatra wanted for some odd reason). I have always wondered how these would have turned out if Rozz had been able to have a say in the production. Skeleton Kiss is a fun, grave stompin', somewhat campy track that for some reason reminds me of the Munsters theme. Not a bad thing, although the "Death Mix" is almost identical with a slightly "rawer" production and some out of place sounding samples scattered here and there. And finally Down In The Park. What is there to say? Rozz Williams covering a Gary Numan track live. Even with the somewhat poor production quality it's great!
I think the most disappointing thing about this CD is that it had SUCH potential...and while half of it is rather enjoyable, the other half is barely listenable."
brian | spring hill | 05/22/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In response to Mr. David L. Smith, please shut up. Everyone, for the last time, Shut up about the Rozz/Valor debate. Chrisian Death was NOT valor's band, and never was. ROZZ WAS CHRISTIAN DEATH. the christian death lineup that included rozz and valor was basically Pompeii 99 with rozz on vocals instead of valor. Rozz wanted the project that released "Catastrophe Ballet", "Ashes", and "The Decompostion Of Violets" to be called Daucus Karota, but valor INSISTED that the name christian death be used. so, technically, all christian death releases after "Only Theatre of Pain" of bogus christian death releases, although anything with Rozz is amazing. stop bitching because you're stuck up Valor's ass and don;t like this album, Rozz is and always was Christian Death, Valor just played guitar for rozz and stole his name. Now, shut up about valor and rozz, its over, it ended when rozz died."