Tuesday, April 3, 2012

deathrock - christian death + deadchovsky

OK, as much as I love trad goth rock ... I also really love modern European Deathrock. I have to specify 'modern European', since some people (ahem Anita!) think the term 'deathrock' should *only* be associated with US bands from the late 70s/early 80s like Christian Death, 45 Grave, etc.

It's true that this is where the deathrock label originated - the US had 'Deathrock', and Europe had 'Goth'. In the early days it was hard to tell them apart (except that early US deathrock was more 'rock' influenced). In the 2000s there was an influx of European bands which heralded a new era of Deathrock - many from France, Spain and Italy. Nowadays, there are a lot of bands from South America who have taken up the modern deathrock sound, sometimes mixing it up with a psychobilly influence.

Here's where it all began - Christian Death's 'Only Theatre Of Pain' from the album of the same name. If you don't own this album, you're not a goth (RIP Rozz).

And some modern European Deathrock - Deadchovsky from France:


  1. *claps* And people wonder by deathrockers and psychobillies go to the same events/like the same music. I like it all as I hear the punk influence. ;)

    1. They do! I see psychobilly as a rockabilly/punk crossover. Actually, Anita made a good point this morning about why early deathrock from the US is more 'rock' sounding - it's because goth from Europe was heavily influenced by the wave music coming out of Germany and France. I hadn't thought of that!

  2. Hello Michelle,
    I like Christian Death and i have two album.
    The first one call ''An Official Anthology Of ''Live''Bootlecs ''(Limited Edition Pink Vinyl), and the other one is a picture ''Catastrophe Ballet''.
    You can see it in my rubric (Ma collection de vinyl).

    1. I think Catastrophe Ballet and Only Theatre Of Pain are their best albums!