Catastrophe Ballet is Christian Death's second studio album. This is the first album that featured Valor Kand. Besides Rozz Williams, the lineup was completely different from Only Theatre of Pain. The popular front cover art of this album was by Serge Burner of the Ivitation Au Suicide label staff. No one in the band had any idea what the cover would look like until it was pressed and delivered, contrary to the notion of Williams claiming that he got the idea for the bizarre looking album cover from a shroom experience.
Catastrophe Ballet featured a change in Williams' vocal delivery. While Only Theatre of Pain and the Deathwish EP had Williams presenting a rhythmic spoken word style with an almost androgynous pitch to his voice, Catastrophe Ballet showed a richer, less harsh side to his vocal stylings, with more influence from David Bowie and Lou Reed. Rather than the occult-oriented lyrics from the first album, the singer showed a new-found interest in Surrealism and the Dada movement. Kand, Demone and Glass shared these interests, and the synergy between them helped cultivate the musical change from the old band's murky, dark punk to a more elegant, romantic strain of guitar-driven rock, though a tribalistic drumming was also added into the mix.