Christian Death, ESSES, The Acharis

Christian Death, ESSES, The Acharis

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Christian Death

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"The founding fathers of American goth rock, Christian Death took a relentlessly confrontational stand against organized religion and conventional morality, with an appetite for provocation that made Marilyn Manson look like Stryper. Regardless of who was leading or performing in the group, Christian Death set themselves up to shock, both in their cover art and their lyrics, which wallowed in blasphemy, morbidity, drug use, and sexual perversity. Their self-consciously controversial tactics set them apart from the British goth scene, having more to do with L.A. punk and heavy metal, and thus the band dubbed its sound "death rock" instead; however, their sensibility was ultimately similar enough that the "goth" designation stuck in the end. Their music also relied on slow, doomy, effects-laden guitar riffs and ambient horror-soundtrack synths, and their theatrical performances were strongly influenced by British glam rockers like David Bowie and Roxy Music, as well as industrial provocateurs Throbbing Gristle. The latter was especially true of the band's first incarnation, led by vocalist and founder Rozz Williams, - When Williams left in 1985, guitarist Valor Kand took over leadership and sent the group in a more intellectual, political, and metal-oriented direction. A subsequent dispute over ownership of the Christian Death name, - lead many of their fans to take sides. - Christian Death had an enormous influence on the American goth scene, shaping the sensibility of countless goth, metal, and even industrial acts that followed. Sadly, the Kand-Williams dispute ended in tragedy in 1998, when a heroin-addicted Williams took his own life.” ~ Steve Hue VH1, ROLLING STONE


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Esses is an Oakland, CA post-punk/deathrock band, formed in 2014. Their music incorporates elements of deathrock, punk, doom, and noise to create a soundscape that is both intense and intimate. Their live performances have been described as transcendently dark. The group's members have been actively involved in the Bay Area’s underground art and music scenes since the early 2000's. They carry forward the aesthetic that has come to define the San Francisco Bay Area - the band's line-up includes both current and former members of The Phantom Limbs, Black Ice, Altar de Fey, and The Holy Kiss. Esses is currently working on their 2nd full length album set to be released in 2020.

The Acharis


Oakland, CA

"The Acharis are a race of worm-like creatures so ashamed by their own ugliness that they hide underground and constantly cry." - Wikipedia

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