VICE Exclusive: Listen to Death's First New Album in Almost Half a Century

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VICE Exclusive: Listen to Death's First New Album in Almost Half a Century

Proto-punk band Death were so ahead of the curve, it's taken us 40 years to recognise their brilliance.

The Detroit proto-punk band Death spent the greater part of three decades making music in obscurity before breaking up in 1977. Made up of three brothers, David, Dannis, and Bobby Hackney, the band was rediscovered in 2009. Drag City re-released their original album, For the Whole World to See, and a hit documentary about the group titled A Band Called Death quickly followed. Punk's missing link was finally getting the appreciation they deserved.

Death bridged the gap between the raucous revolution rock of bands like MC5 and the arty, progressive position of New York bands like Television. They played hard rock with a hardcore punk attitude decades before anyone coined that phrase. Death were so ahead of the curve, it's taken us almost a half a century to recognize their brilliance.

Now, the band is releasing their first album of newly recorded music since 1975's For the Whole World to See, and they sound just as energetic and hard-hitting as they did 40 years ago. It's appropriately called N.E.W. and it's dropping April 21 via the Drag City imprint Tryangle.

Listen to our exclusive sneak-peek above and then pre-order the album via Drag City, iTunes, or Amazon.