Saturday, November 22, 2014

Black Death on The Richard Pryor Show

The earliest known incarnation of both black metal and death metal dates back to 1977, on the first episode of NBC's short-lived (four episodes) The Richard Pryor Show. Black Death's performance emphasizes the band's KISS and psychedelic influences, but also uncovers early death metal's stylistic debt to David Bowie and Funkadelic. I can't seem to find any other footage of the band, though this performance clip, featuring cocaine, a machine gun and Sandra Bernhard, suggests that Black Death lived dangerously. Watch the future of metal come to life in just a few minutes below.

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