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The documentary film A Band Called Death premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2012 and increased the obscure Detroit group's profile, even more so than …For the Whole World to See, a 2009 collection of the group’s 1975 recording sessions. The concrete visual evidence of the band's continued existence with remaining brothers Dannis and Bobby Hackney (their brother David died of lung cancer in 2000) gave clarity to where their music came from—and where it went. There was still more music left unreleased. In 2011, Spiritual Mental Physical collected Death's early demos and rehearsals. 2014’s III cleans out the vaults. Starting with a solo guitar instrumental from the late David Hackney (“Introduction by David”), III gives way to music that’s more varied than the original sessions. The eight-plus minutes of “We Are Only People” capture transcendent, stripped-down soul music. “Restlessness” features fantastic stinging guitar solos and a relentless drum pattern. Just when it seemed as if music fanatics had exhausted the rarities of the ‘70s era, up came Death to prove there’s always something more.

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This is definitely a mature album for Death especially since these were recorded when they weren't discovered or recognized for their significance yet. For a band to keep progressing like this is remarkable.


Heard about then from Scott Mosier and man he was right great sound rad band

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Formed: 1973 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '10s

The East Detroit-based proto-punk outfit Death formed in 1973 around the talents of siblings David, Bobby, and Dannis Hackney. The brothers, who had spent previous summers banging out soul and funk jams, began to gravitate toward the deafening assault of bands like Black Sabbath, MC5, Alice Cooper, and the Stooges, resulting in a volatile live set and demo that found favor with Detroit's burgeoning underground rock scene. Producer Don Davis (Funkadelic) was called in to helm the band's debut studio...
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