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N.E.W. offers long-awaited new material by Detroit legends Death, a band whose faith in their vision doomed them to near-obscurity for decades. Only a few years ago did a wider audience finally hear this group of three African-American brothers on belated releases of their generally unheard early/mid-‘70s punk/hard-rock tracks that beat later punk contemporaries to the gate.

Bassist/vocalist Bobby Hackney and drummer Dannis Hackney are now joined in Death by guitarist Bobbie Duncan (replacing David Hackney, who died in 2000), and the trio manages to work within the framework of their original sound while pointing out the way ahead. N.E.W. mixes philosophical musings (“Change,” “Look at Your Life”) with rock-out anthems (“Playtime,” “Relief”), comfortably shifting as they go from complex arrangements to Motorhead punch. “This feels like a resurrection,” they sing at one point, and if any band is deserving of a second coming, it’s this one. (

Author rating: 7/10

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