Review: Death - For All The World To See

Review: Death - For All The World To See

Band: Death
Album:… For All The World To See
Release Date: February 17, 2009

Poster for A Band Called Death

I finally saw A Band Called Death, a documentary about a Detroit-based garage/protopunk band from the ’70s. It was fantastic and I highly recommend it. It’s currently available on Netflix, so get to streaming. The film is well done and the story is both enthralling and heartbreaking.

I enjoyed it so much that I immediately hit up Amazon and bought the album, … For All The World To See. This is the album the band recorded but never released because they couldn’t get label support. It sounds great and I’m kind of amazed that this was recorded in 1975.

The songs are astounding as well. I’ve listened to it about seven times now, and there’s not a bad song in the bunch. I keep having to remind myself that this is the group’s first album and it’s a group that nobody would sign.

The album kicks off with the kick-ass Keep On Knocking. The intro is awesome … actually, the entire song is great. The vocals and musicianship are top-notch. This is absolutely one of my favorites.

Rock-N-Roll victim is fast and furious, and gives a real glimpse into just how tight this band is. The backup vocals make me smile. This song is full of youthful enthusiasm. Hand claps, too!

I’m a sucker for well-timed and well-placed hand claps.

Let The World Turn starts slow, and they spend a lot of time playing with echo effects. During the slow parts, the key is in the emphasis and upper registers. Once the song kicks into high gear, it’s nothing but pure joy. Also, drum solo! When’s the last time you heard one of those dropped in mid-song?

You’re A Prisoner is just straight-out rock with overtones of punk. It’s a thing to behold. More echo effects, but perfectly performed. Again, this is an incredibly tight trio.

Freakin Out quickly became one of my favorites. This song would be incredibly awesome live. There’s so much power in the intro, then it’s straight into a full-on punk vibe. Everything good about the world can be found in this song. It’s so good.

Where Do We Go From Here is, hands-down, my favorite song. The bass dominates and the timing of the drums and guitar are dead-on. The chorus makes my bones vibrate.

Politicians In My Eyes, the song they released on 45 in 1976, is a powerhouse. Everything about this song makes me want to dance. The band is super tight and the vibe is both powerful and fun.

And suddenly it’s over. Seven songs of pure joy. I cannot find a bad thing to say about this album and I cannot stop listening to it, wtf.

Death was an extremely talented and ultimately overlooked band. The entire time I was watching the documentary, I wanted to scream For the love of all that’s holy, move to New York City, you’ll own the world. But they didn’t. And the labels did what labels do. They ignored true talent, true magic, and we’re all the poorer for it. And then David died and, with him, the magic that made the trio a true force. Death was a band that could’ve performed miracles, changing the face of music throughout the 70’s and 80’s, even into the 90’s to the present.

It didn’t happen, but thank god we have this album. You should go buy it. And watch the documentary. It’s time well spent.