"To understand why we chose the name, think of the subtle transformation of something dead into something living — the transformation of inanimacy into animacy. Think of the processes concerning life from death, and death into life. Our music takes a similar path.(…) Unfortunately, a lot of people missed the symbolism of what we were trying to convey, and simply assumed Dead Can Dance was some innocuous death-rock reference. To the contrary, our music was about giving life, not taking it…”
- Brendan Perry describing the very nature of the name Dead Can Dance.