Los Angeles Times - 06/27/2013
"If ever a movie about punk deserved to be called legitimately sweet and life-affirming, it's the documentary A BAND CALLED DEATH."
Washington Post - 06/28/2013 3 stars out of 4 -- "[M]oving, enlightening and exhilarating."
New York Times - 06/28/2013
"[P]art of the charm and warmth of the film lies in the abiding family bonds and winning decency of the group's surviving members."
A.V. Club - 06/27/2013
"[T]he film springs to life in its second half, when the members' grown kids, who are also working musicians, discover that their dads/uncles were in a forgotten, innovative band that the family had never once mentioned."
Filmmakers Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett profile obscure, early-1970s Detroit proto-punk outfit Death, who disbanded before releasing a single album, but who were vindicated nearly 30 years later when their 1974 demo tape was released to much fanfare. Formed by three Detroit siblings six years before the Sex Pistols stormed the airwaves with God Save the Queen, Death's blisteringly aggressive music was initially dismissed by record labels more interested in cashing-in on the glitzy disco craze. As contracts were cancelled and debts mounted, the band that ushered in a dangerous new era of music vanished into obscurity. Three decades later, however, the discovery of Death's only demo reveals just how far ahead of their time the band really was.
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