Unknown Pleasures Records: Honoris IV (Tribute to Christian Death & Rozz Williams)

Honoris IV (Tribute to Christian Death & Rozz Williams)

Rozz Williams (November 6, 1963 – April 1, 1998) was born into a Christian Baptist family in California. In reaction to his strict religious upbringing, he formed Christian Death in 1979 in Los Angeles, then left his own band in 1985, leaving Valor and Gitane Demone the only masters on board, thus creating a schism among the fans that continues to this day. Fallen angel of the American death rock scene, Rozz embarked on various projects with Eva O’ (Premature Ejaculation, Shadow Project, Daucus Karota, Heltir, EXP) then released records under the name “Christian Death featuring Rozz Williams” between 1992 and 1996.

We wish here to pay tribute to a great underground artist who chose an intermediate path between the glam spirit of David Bowie of the 70s and the punk energy of Iggy & The Stooges “Raw Power” era by bringing his own gay sensibility. Rozz Williams was also an underrated queer icon and a musician with a rare aesthetic of provocation.

Many of us were fascinated during our youth by his musical universe. This deep sepulchral voice, of which the old goths of my generation are fond of, and a haunted poetry evocative of lost souls, are the common point of these people too sensitive to live in a world like ours. It was time to pay him the true homage he deserves.

CD / Digital Album

Posted on June 25th, 2023 under Releases,