Death…for the Whole World to See - Cult Pick - Music Review

Posted on 08. Sep, 2009 by Administrator in Music

Death…for the Whole World to See

Death was punk before there was punk, when “punk” was just prison slang for the new and soon-to-be abused inmate. You could even argue that Death invented the sound that would be associated with punk towards the end of the 70s. In the early half of that decade these three Detroit siblings created a rock n’ roll monster somewhere between the protopunk garage rock of the Stooges and MC5, and the breakneck audio assault of later punk and hardcore bands like Fear and Bad Brains. In 1974 Death was writing songs that were faster than those of the Ramones, and more aggressive then the Sex Pistols. Check out “Rock N’ Roll Victim” on the band’s Myspace if you need proof, then pick up this album. We can thank Drag City for reissuing the seven tracks the band recorded in ‘74 for Columbia, because we might not have heard them otherwise—the sessions were shelved when Columbia tried to make Death change its name and the brothers told the label to fuck off.

by Bill Dvorak

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