Black Death (American band)

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Black Death
Origin Cleveland, Ohio
Genres Heavy metal, power metal
Years active January 1978-present[1]
Past members Henry Marshall
Greg Hicks
Darrel Harris
Phil Bullard
Ed Goodman
Clayborn Pinkins

Black Death is an American band from Cleveland, Ohio, who have been noted as the "first all-African-American heavy metal band."[2] The group were also mentioned in Ian Christe's book Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal.,[3] and mentioned Rock 'n' roll and the Cleveland connection by Deanna R. Adams as "one of the only, if not the only, all-black metal bands in the country" in 1987.[1][4]

[5] Black Death was formed in January 1978 by Siki Spacek, Greg Hicks, Phil Bullard, and Clayborn Pinkins. The name Black Death was coined by Spacek and Bullard, taken from Richard Pryor who had a comedy skit featuring a band called Black Death that killed their audience while performing. That year, Pinkins was shot and killed. Soon after, Ed Goodan took over on bass, only to be replaced a year later by Darrel Harris.

The first recording was of one song called "Outcast" in 1980, which aired on Bob "Surge" Surgent's local college radio show. The response from that song generated interest from Bob Surgent to put the band in the studio. The second recording was in 1981 at Angel Studios and to date has never been released. The third was a demo recorded at Suma studios in 1982. Two songs were featured on "Cleveland Metal Compilation". The fourth recording was Black Death's debut LP, released by Auburn Records[6] in Cleveland,[7] with only 2,000 copies printed.

In 2008, original Black Death drummer Phil Bullard died from cancer.

Discography[edit]

  • All songs, lyrics, and musical arrangements by Siki Spacek. All performances by S. Spacek, D. Harris, P. Bullard & G. Hicks except "Tank Shop Manuevers".[8]
  • "Demo I" (1981, Basement Rehearsal Demo)
    • 1. Outcast
    • 2. T.H.C.
    • 3. Untitled
    • 4. Untitled
  • "Demo II" (1982)
    • 1. Streetwalker
    • 2. Until We Rock
    • 3. Standing On A Dream
    • 4. Untitled
  • "Demo III" (1983)
    • 1. Taken By Force
    • 2. Breaking The Chains Of Hell
    • 3. When Tears Run Red (From Love Lost Yesterday)
    • 4. Last Prophet Of The Rise Of The Beast
  • Cleveland Metal (1983 compilation)[9]
    • 1. Taken by Force
    • 2. Until We Rock

"Black Death" (Auburn Records, 1984 12" LP)

    • 1. Night Of The Living Death
    • 2. The Hunger
    • 3. When Tears Run Red (From Love Lost Yesterday)
    • 4. Fear No Evil
    • 5. The Scream of the Iron Messiah
    • 6. Streetwalker
    • 7. Black Death
  • Limited Edition 7" (1984, sold with the first 500 copies of the LP) [10]
    • 1. Here Comes The Wrecking Crew
    • 2. Retribution
  • "Tank Shop Manuevers" 2nd Full-length album, 1988 (Unreleased, 12 songs)
  • All songs, lyrics, and musical arrangements by Siki Spacek. All performances on "Tank Shop Maneuvers" by S. Spacek, V. Lindsay, S. Gore, & J. Harris.
  • Black Death Resurrected - "Return Of The Iron Messiah" CD & LP coming in spring 2015.

Members[edit]

  • Current Black Death Resurrected lineup:
  • Siki Spacek Vocals, Guitars (1978–1988, 2004–present)
  • Vincent Lindsay Guitars (1987–1988, 2013–present)
  • Bobby "Bimm" Fusion Bass (2004–present)
  • Titus "The Phantom" Rosales Drums (2011–present) [11]

Past[edit]

  • Greg Hicks - guitar
  • Phil Bullard - drums (R.I.P.)
  • Clayborn Pinkins - bass (R.I.P.)
  • Richard Smith - bass
  • Darrell Harris - bass
  • Ed Goodman - bass
  • Stanley Gore - drums [12]
  • Stoney Curtis - guitar
  • Mark Shea - guitar
  • Dennis Fuldauer - drums
  • Sandy Kruger - vocals
  • Joe Harris - bass
  • Ken Phillips - guitar
  • Lou - guitar [13]

References[edit]

  • Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives [14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Black Death - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". metal-archives.com. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "allmusic (((Black Death > Biography)))". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Christe (2003), pg. 206, "In Cleveland, Ohio, a revered all-black power metal band crushed posers under the tongue-in-cheek name Black Death"
  4. ^ Adams, D.R. (2002). Rock 'n' Roll and the Cleveland Connection. Kent State University Press. p. 447. ISBN 9780873386913. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Adams, Deanna, p 447
  6. ^ "Auburn Records". auburnrecords.com. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Black Death - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". metal-archives.com. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  8. ^ <www.metal-archives.com/bands/Black_Death/665>
  9. ^ "Cosmic Hearse: The New Wave Of Cleveland Heavy Metal". cosmichearse.blogspot.com. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  10. ^ <www.metal-archives.com/bands/Black_Death/665>
  11. ^ <www.metal-archives.com/bands/Black_Death/665>
  12. ^ <www.metal-archives.com/bands/Black_Death/665>
  13. ^ <www.metal-archives.com/bands/Black_Death/665>
  14. ^ <www.metal-archives.com/bands/Black_Death/665>