Christian Death’s album Theatre of Pain is a classic that was way before its time. As a young hardcore kid in the 80′s, I would just stare at the album and think to myself, wow, these people are even freakier than me and my crew. I’m just saying, on the back, Rikk Agnew is cradling a dead dog or something. Then I listened to their music and I was hooked. I had never heard anything like it before. Rozz’s lyrics were straight poetry that lifted, destroyed, and enlightened our young minds. Then there was the music that had the sleaze of the mean streets of Hollywood & the angst of our generation. The song “Deathwish” has one of the illest guitar licks that draws you in and does not let you go. “Dogs” finds Christian Death blending a dub-like feel into their atmosphere. They didn’t know that history was being made — these L.A. death rockers just did it! If you’re ever feeling down, put on “Romeo’s Distress,” it will take you to a new place of darkness where you’ll see the sun. Check out this cool ROZZ WILLIAMS documentary.
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