The Killed By Death Series

The concept that started it all. Around 1988 an obsessed Swedish collector living in New York started what would cause dozens around the world to develop an addiction to own any obscure record featured under the Killed By Death name. The first 4 volumes highlighted some of the best (and now most expensive) punk records ever. Eventually the name came to be used by just about anyone wanting to put a out compilation of their own favourite records, and the quality of the records featured has decreased as the well of obscure punk records is slowly tapped. There have been exceptions to the decline, with the "All American Punk, No Foreign Junk" series (Volumes 8.5, 9, 10 and 12) rivalling the original volumes in quality of the records featured. No doubt there will continue to be additions to this series.

Recently the series has expanded from Killed By Death to Killed By (insert some witty name here).

[ Volume 1 ] [ Volume 2 ] [ Volume 3 ] [ Volume 4 ] [ Volume 5 ] [ Volume 6 ] [ Volume 7 ] [ Volume 007 ] [ Volume 8.5 ] [ Volume 9 ] [ Volume 10 ] [ Volume 11 ] [ Volume 12 ] [ Volume 13 ] [ Volume 14 ] [ Volume 15.5 ] [ Volume 16 ] [ Volume 17 ] [ Volume 18 ] [ Volume 19 ] [ Volume 20 ] [ Volume 22 ] [ Volume 24 ] [ Volume 26 ] [ Volume 33 ] [ Volume 40 ] [ Volume 41 ] [ Volume 69 ] [ Volume 77 ] [ Volume 100 ] [ Volume 200 ] [ Volume 201 ] [ Volume 202 ] [ Volume 666 ] [ Volume 999 ] [ Volume 1234 ] [ Volume FU2 ] [ British DIY Volume 1 ] [ Killed By 7 Inch #1-5 LP]


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Killed By Death #1

Very good LP with a few real killer tracks (Dogs, Hollywood Squares, Mad, Gasoline) and a bunch of really good tracks. Since the original 4 volumes became nearly impossible to find they were reissued by someone several years ago. Reissues come on coloured vinyl, this one white. The reissue also left off several tracks that were on the original LP (the cover says 25 raw rare 77-82 punk thrashers, but only 15 are on the reissue). I can't remember what they were, I think something by the Wipers from their 1st 7" and something from the Beastie Boys "Pollywog Stew" EP (no loss there at all). In fact, if there were anything by the Beastie Boys on the reissue, points would have been deducted.
Rating: 8.5.

Killed By Death #2

A truly great LP. One great song after another. If you had to get just one Killed By Death LP, this would perhaps be it. The Child Molesters track seems somewhat out of place here though. Reissue on red vinyl, same tracks as the original.
Rating: 9.5.

Killed By Death #3

A decent follow-up to the amazing #2. Some great tracks (Sods, Lewd, Shock, NY Niggers, Violators, Plugz) and the rest worthwhile, except the John Berenzy track which is unnecessary. Includes 2 tracks from the second Eat 7". Sorry, I just don't get it with that band. Reissue is on blue vinyl and has the same songs as the original.
Rating: 8.5.

Killed By Death #4

Almost as good as Volume 2, this marks the end of the contribution from the originator of the series. Mostly excellent tracks, the inclusion of both songs from the stupidly rare Rotters 7" is a bonus. Same for the 4 out 5 tracks from the Zero Boys EP. Reissue on green vinyl, same songs as the original issue.
Rating: 9.

Killed By Death #5

The first of 2 (along with #6) volumes done in Australia. Until a reissue in 1998 both of them were quite tough to find. A really good LP, with a little more of an international focus than previous volumes. Great tracks from the Neo Punkz, Nubs, Cracked Actor, Maggots, Dieter Meier among others.
Rating: 8.5.

Killed By Death #6

The second Australian volume, reissued in 1998. The most international volume so far. Fewer classic tracks here though most are still above average. The Funeral Dress track is actually from 1987, though the label of the record is misleading. Goodies from The Kids, Dirt Shit, Next, Hitler SS, and Tampax.
Rating: 7.5.

Killed By Death #7

Done as a joke, featuring records that were on the want list of the person who did #5 and 6. They even went so far as to put his address on the back of the jacket. An excellent volume, with the Village Pistols, Chain Gang, Guilty Razors, Absentees, Fresh Color and Maids being the standout tracks. No crap tracks here. This one was getting tough to find until it was reissued in 1998.
Rating: 9.

Killed By Death #007

Generally a good LP with only a few losers like the Cardiac Kidz. Nice to see some good French bands, especially Les Olivensteins, and the Remo Voor song is really cool as well.
Rating: 7.5.

Killed By Death #8.5

The first of 4 volumes of "All American Punk, No Foreign Junk". Excellent volume, bringing to light some previously unknown (and now ridiculously expensive) records. The cover of this one (an S&M theme, from the Public Disturbance sleeve) caused my copy to be temporarily seized by the fucking morons at Canaduh Customs due to the nature of the subject matter. Move into the 20th century assholes. Two pressings, I don't know what the differences are. It's a damn bootleg, who cares!
Rating: 8.5.

Killed By Death #9

Still more obscurities and even more ridiculously priced records than Volume 8.5. Tapeworm is way over-rated. All of the tracks are winners, with Tapeworm probably being my least favourite tracks on the LP. Two pressings as for #8.5.
Rating: 9.

Killed By Death #10

Still more US (and a few Canadian) obscurities for the 3rd "All American" volume. Quite a good record, similar in quality to #8.5, not quite as good as #9.
Rating: 8.5.

Killed By Death #11

A waste of vinyl. Purported to be rare Tennesse punk, this is nothing but some lame Boston band pretending to play real punk rock. There is a song dedicated to the mysterious founder of the KBD concept, and some sort of amusing notes on the back of the sleeve but that's about as interesting as this gets.
Rating: 4.

Killed By Death #12

The final volume of the "All American Punk" series. More real obscurities, not that many killer tracks but consistent throughout. Ebenezer & The Bludgeons, Lubricants, Rejects (the second track), Meaty Buys, Nubs and Teenage PhDs are the winners here, with most everything else a close second.
Rating: 8.5.

Killed By Death #13

A different concept, this LP focuses on California bands that never (with a couple exceptions) released any vinyl. The bands include some well-known names (Metal Mike, Rikk Agnew, Feederz, Screamers). Others disappeared without a trace. Overall the quality is average, with a couple standouts (Snot Puppies and Der Stab). Interesting more as an historical document than for classic punk rock.
Rating: 7.

Killed By Death #14

A recent (mid-1998) volume. Some good tracks (Rock Bottom & The Spys, Reactors, Mirrors, Widows, Starshooter), some crap (Jimmy Smack, Nuclear Crayons) and a bunch of middle-of-the road tracks. I wonder how many want lists "Stoned" will now start appearing on? Opus is perhaps one of the most pathetic of the recent highly priced US punk records. On second thought, it's just pathetic, whatever the price.
Rating: 7.5.

Killed By Death #15.5

"Dear collector scum fucker, here is the ultimate U.S. punk installment! On some KBD volumes the impotent geeks focused their interest only on top rarities, not on the fucking music!!!" [from the sleeve notes]. While this isn't the ultimate U.S. punk volume, it is very good considering the number of volumes that have preceded it. Most of these records will already be known to collectors, so no points for new obscurities. A good solid LP with few tracks available on other compilations.
Rating: 8.

Killed By Death #16

Along with #11 the only volume I've listened only once. Average live and demo material from a couple California bands. Interesting liner notes, but I wouldn't be running out to buy this one.
Rating: 5.5.

Killed By Death #17

A volume which features tracks from a lot of records which have already been compiled on previous volumes. Nice idea, since you now get to hear other songs from now overpriced records. Often the tracks here aren't as good as the ones featured previously, but most are worthwhile with The Mad, Maids, and Stimulators being the winners.
Rating: 7.5.

Killed By Death #18

Another volume with other songs of already compiled records (Lubricants, Meaty Buys, Nubs, Destry Hampton, Snuky Tate, Ebenezer, Eat, Shit Dogs, Teenage PhDs) and an attempt at some new obscurities. With the exception of the Defex and Shell Shock, the others might have been better left in obscurity. Negative points for including cockrock crap like Aunt Helen.
Rating: 7.

Killed By Death #19

Another "All American Punk" volume (except the K-Tels were from Canada). Several of the records included here would quite likely give collectors their greatest sexual experience were they to actually get their hands on them. You get to hear one track from the Jackie Shark & The Beach Butchers 7", almost completely unknown until very recently. There is also a track from the Noise 7", one of the top 10 over-rated punk records of all time. As is usual with obscure American punk records many of these are good, worth listening to a few times a year, but would you be stupid enough to pay hundreds of dollars for them?
Rating: 8.

Killed By Death #20

A pretty good LP of previously uncompiled material. Nothing too crappy here. I guess all those Cads EPs people couldn't trade or sell before will suddenly be hot items. The idea of taking good tracks from compilation LPs full of otherwise uninteresting material is a good one. That should be good for a few more KBD volumes.
Rating: 7.5.

Killed By Death #22

One of several volumes to recently come out of Europe. Best tracks are Liket Lever, Tsunematsu Masatoshi, Larsen, Scabs, Sozz, Swindled and Vorwarts. Everything else is fairly average.
Rating: 7.

Killed By Death #24

Consistently worthwhile punk compilation. No real killer standouts but nothing that's very bad either. At this stage of the compilation game (mid 1999) it would be near impossible to put out an LP of mostly unknown killer material. There's still some number of LPs worth of material that could (and likely will) be released and this LP will compare well to most anything else to follow. Some (all?) on blue vinyl.
Rating: 7.5

Killed By Death #26

A rather mediocre sampling of Canadian punk. Much of what is on here is already well known. The Action and Viletones along with one Forgotten Rebels track (Angry) are the best. Even with the 2 Smash The State volumes covering a lot of the lesser known bands, a better effort than this could have been put forth.
Rating: 6.5.

Killed By Death #33

Yet another barely average bunch of tracks with some crap like Nirvana. If you're going to do one of these compilations you might as well do as shitty a job as you can on the packaging. You'll make that much more money on it. No need to bother with a real jacket when a crappy folder over photocopied sheet of paper will do.
Rating: 6.5.

Killed By Death #40

This volume does a nice job of featuring bands from places that haven't been covered before - Iceland, Greece, South Africa, Portugal and Argentina. Overall quality is pretty good with not a lot of killers, but not really any crap either. Los Violadores and Skams stand a little above the crowd.
Rating: 7.5.

Killed By Death #41

Similar to #40, with an international focus, again featuring a couple places that didn't have big punk scenes. Fairly even quality, nothing really amazing, nothing really bad.
Rating: 7.5.

Killed By Death #69

Complete 7"s. Worth having for the Pack and Mollesters if you don't have them already. Others are OK too.
Rating: 7.

Killed By Death #77

Like #69 this includes the complete records from all the bands. Not really following the KBD concept, but this LP includes some great records. Originally issued in an edition of 300, it may be reissued again since it disappeared very quickly.
Rating: 8.5.

Killed By Death #100

A mixed bag with really good stuff (Wannskraek, Pathetix, Los Reactors, Spermicide, Systeemi) and some rather mediocre stuff (Kevin Short, Prefects). Everything else is pretty much average as obscure punk goes.
Rating: 7.5.

Killed By Death #200

This volume features bands from France. Some are already known from earlier compilations (Checkmate, Gasoline, and 84 Flesh) and here you get the other tracks from their 7"s. Most of the other bands are worthwhile, my picks would be Bulldozer, Ox, Calcinator, Strychnine, and Electrodes.
Rating: 8.

Killed By Death #201

The All-Italian volume. Except for the well known by now Hitler SS / Tampax split EP this covers a bunch of relative unknowns. Except for the 2 already mentioned, S.I.B. and Satan 81 there isn't a lot on this LP to get really excited about. It's all OK, it just doesn't really excite me very much.
Rating: 7.

Killed By Death #202 (Five Old Spanish Punkrock Twelve Inches)

The All-Spanish volume. Nice idea to include all of the tracks. Most of this is quite good. Slightly harder than most late 70's punk but not hardcore or like a lot of the crap coming out of England around the same time. All in Spanish but who cares, it's the attitude that really matters. Comes with an insert with a translation of the song titles and some minimal band info. The front cover is a repro of the Toreros After Ole cover, the other 4 are pictured in color on the back.
Rating: 8.

Killed By Death #666

Nice job of including some relatively unknown obscurities to make those killed-by-death only collectors scurry a little more. There are a few arty tracks thrown in here that don't do much for me but overall this is a very good LP, especially this late in the compilation game.
Rating: 8.

Killed By Death #999

A lacklustre volume from someone who has done much better. In an attempt to go where no compilation has gone before, are we starting to get to the bottom of the barrel? While it is a challenge to include tracks that haven't been on another compilation there are surely better songs to choose from still out there. Except for Helen Keller, Chronics, Realtors, Now, Vectors and Arthur's Dilemma this isn't that interesting. Blackholes, Ivan & The Executioners, Saucers and Macs are forgettable. The Fensics is plain awful. The other track on the 7" would have been a better choice. The other Helen Keller track should have been included since it isn't likely that anyone besides crazy Italians can now afford that record. Oh yeah, these are all American bands so you can now go and pay $50+ a pop for each of the originals, even the ones that suck.
Rating: 6.5.

Killed By Death #1234

A bunch of obscurities that weren't well known before this LP. At this stage of the compilation game a pretty good job of introducing some new things to collectors want lists.
Rating: 7.

Killed By Death #F.U.2

This volume will likely annoy some self-appointed punk purists out there, which I suspect was the intention of the person who put this together. Rather than concentrate on the obscure 500 or less copy pressing records, he picked things he happened to like, whether they are rare or not. A mixed bag, some is very good, some isn't. Overall it ain't that bad. No megarare classics, still an OK LP.
Rating: 7.

Killed By Death - British DIY #1

A mix of decent punk (London PX, Hornsey At War, Fun 4, Spelling Missteaks, Sods) and some rather arty-farty DIY type bands. All are from England except for one New Zealand band thrown in at the end. An OK LP again, some of the better tracks are on other compilations so if you have them and DIY arty-fartyness isn't your kind of thing you might want to skip this one.
Rating: 7.

Killed By 7 Inch #1-5

A compilation of the first 5 Killed By 7 Inch EPs. Most of those were released only in editions of 300 copies and they quickly disappeared. If you missed out on those now you have another chance. An average collection of tracks.
Rating: 7.


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