sexta-feira, 29 de abril de 2011

Looking Back: Guitar School Fuzz Box

Death's Chuck Schuldiner: battery acid bludgeon

From Empty Words
Magazine: Guitar School / USA
Article: Fuzz Box
Written by: Jeff Kitts
Published: April 1996

AFTER SPENDING the last 13 years fronting Death, one of the death metal's most revered and respected outfits, guitarist/singer Chuck Schuldiner has put the band on temporary hiatus to persue another full-time musical endeavor.

"After all this time, my gut is telling me to do something fresh and different," says Schuldiner. "I've actually been talking about this for several years, ever since Individual Thought Patterns came out [in 1993]. Since then, I've had this urge to do something with a more melodic singer, but along the same musical lines as Death."

The new project, called Control Denied, features B.C. Richards, a young singer formely of Florida's Wicked Ways. Schuldiner is excited that he will no longer shoulder the singing and guitar playing duties.

"When I started Death in 1983, I did not plan to be the singer; it just worked out that way." he says . "The freedom of being just a guitar player is something that's been inside of me, dying to get out, for a long time. It will enable me to be much more expressive as a guitarist."

Let the metal flow!
Schuldiner realizes that hardcore death metal fans may resist his new direction, but feels the transition will be smooth.

"The way I write is the way I write, and in that sense the new project won't be that much different from Death," he says. "The songwriting wil lcontinue in the style of Symbolic, the last Death album, but with a much more melodic and ballsy metal singer. I'm going to put the same 110% into Control Deneid that I've always put into Death.

"At some point I'll get Death back together and do another record. Hell, I've been playing that kind of music for a long tim -- it's in my blood."

Read the article here!

terça-feira, 26 de abril de 2011

Curiosity: Chuck as an ex-Slaughter

Chuck as an ex-Slaughter?! (Click to enlarge)

By Perry Grayson

A small curio I dredged up while doing some research online here in Oz a few years ago: a listing for the April 26, 1989 Death/Dark Angel gig in the Elyria, Ohio, Chronicle Telegram (USA, March 26, 1989). It's funny how they mentioned Chuck as an ex-Slaughter (Canada) member. He was probably ticked off about that, as he wasn't really in Slaughter for more than a coupla weeks tops.

segunda-feira, 25 de abril de 2011

Death TR info: The Metal Crusade

Death:  The Metal Crusade is coming

By Mara Vanessa and Valentina Marcelli

It's with great satisfaction and deep emotion in our hearts that Death TR has the honor to announce that some of our members are also part of The Metal Crusade team, the official fan club of Death (Official). Mara Vanessa, Valentina Marcelli and the collaborator James Copper are among the organizers of the content which will be published in The Metal Crusade.

All our brothers and sisters, fans, friends and guests are also invited to record their testimonials in The Metal Crusade. It will be published very soon, with many news. Besides Death TR, we will meet in The Metal Crusade too. Thanks guys!

Portuguese version by Mara Vanessa:

É com grande satisfação e profunda emoção em nossos corações que o Death TR (página tributo em honra a Chuck Schuldiner e seu legado) tem a honra de anunciar que alguns de seus membros também fazem parte do time The Metal Crusade, tradicional fã club do DEATH. Mara Vanessa, Valentina Marcelli e o colaborador James Copper (Death in HD) estão entre os organizadores do conteúdo que será publicado no The Metal Crusade.

Todos os nossos irmãos e irmãs, fãs, amigos e relacionados estão convidados para registrar seus depoimentos e palavras no The Metal Crusade. O site irá voltar à ativa em breve, com muitas novidades. Além do Death TR, você irá nos encontrar no The Metal Crusade também. Não podemos esperar! Valeu, pessoal!

French version by Bouth Ben Hamida:

C'est avec grand plaisir et une grande emotion que l'équipe Death TR a l'honneur de vous annoncer que certain de nos membres font partie du fan club officiel de Death " The Metal Crusade" . Mara Vanessa, Valentina Marcelli et le collaborateur James Cooper font partie des organisateurs chargés du contenu qui sera publié dans le fan club officiel de Death "The Metal Crusade". Vous êtes tous invités chers fréres , soeurs , amis et fans a nous joindre en nous envoyant vos témoignages , qui seront bientôt publiés avec plein de news. Merci mes chers amis , voila qu'apart Death TR on se verra dans "The Metal Crusade". Au revoir et a bientôt avec d'autres nouvelles.

Italian version by Valentina ''Warchief'' Marcelli:

E' con grande soddisfazione e profonda emozione nei nostri cuori che Death Tr ha l'onore di annunciare che alcuni dei nostri membri sono anche parte del team della Metal Crusade, il fan club ufficiale dei Death. Mara Vanessa, Valentina Marcelli, e il collaboratore James Copper, sono tra gli organizzatori del materiale (articoli, interviste etc...) che verrà pubblicato via Metal Crusade.

Tutti i nostri fratelli e sorelle, fans, amici e ospiti sono invitati a lasciare le loro testimonianze circa la Metal Crusade,queste verranno pubblicate al più presto insieme a moltissime altre news. Oltre che su Death Tr, ci incontremo nuovamente anche nella Metal Crusade! GRAZIE A TUTTI! 

Spanish version by Rafa Vizcaíno:

Con gran satisfacción y gran emoción en nuestros corazones, Death TR tiene el honor de anunciar que algunos de sus miembros son también parte del equipo de The Metal crusade, el fan club oficial de Death (oficial). Mara Vanessa, Valentina Marcelli y el colaborador James Cooper están entre los organizadores del contenido que se publicará en The Metal crusade.

Todos nuestros hermanos y hermanas, fans, amigos y visitantes están invitados a grabar sus testimonios en The Metal crusade. Estos serán publicados pronto, con muchas noticias. Además de en Death TR, nos encontraremos también en The Metal Crusade. ¡Gracias chicos!.

quinta-feira, 21 de abril de 2011

quarta-feira, 20 de abril de 2011

Story to Tell: "Rare Early Chuck Photo"

By Perry Grayson (Guitar & Vocals - FALCON)

Chuck - 1985

An extremely rare Chuck photo from 1985 that Scott Carlson gave me many moons ago. Many people have seen the photo itself, as it was used in the packaging for the reissue of Repulsion's Horrified, but only a few folks have ever seen what's on the back.

Note: Chuck used the guitar in the photo roughly 1984-87. According to Scott Carlson it was made by a guy in Florida and Chuck bought it from a pawnshop. If you examine it closely, the body is a combination of a B.C. Rich Mockingbird and a B.C. Rich Bich. Chuck retired the axe when he was endorsed by B.C. Rich and got his first Stealth. Chuck had a Genocide (pre-Repulsion) sticker on the axe at one point and also stripped the paint off.
"Apologies in advance to Beth, Jane, Mal and Chris." Chuck said goofy things like that in his teens, but he was also very family-oriented.

I'm going to warn you in advance, the message Chuck wrote on the back is kind of raunchy. I'll remind you that Chuck was 17 when he wrote it. Like most teenage thrashers at the time, Chuck had a really morbid sense of humor. Chuck, Scott Carlson and Matt Olivo did a lot of goofy fanzine interviews that year containing similar gross-out tactics. Scott remembers one in which he and Chuck talked about burning hemorrhoids off with hot slices of pizza. It was all about young dudes being silly back then. Immature, but hey, that's how teenage metallers talk and act!? 

Even though Jane and Mal Schuldiner were both teachers, Chuck couldn't even spell hemorrhoid properly! Same goes for "Rigor Mortis," which was an old demo-era Death tune. Chuck handwrote riggemortis" on the tape he sent to Scott. His grammar wasn't too good either. "A" instead of "an." Hilarious! Anyhow, it just goes to show how much Chuck grew and matured within about five or six years. It's not something to be taken seriously by any means, and I hope everyone will get a good laugh out of it. By '90 Chuck was really articulate, even if he never finished high school.

terça-feira, 19 de abril de 2011

Chuck Memories

By Perry Grayson: "As promised, here's my Metal Crusade membership card--along with signed pix of Chuck and Bobby Koelble. :) " Thanks Perry! You rock! ;)

Chuck and his fan

Chuck and his fellas

Chuck, Gene and two other guys

Chuck Schuldiner

Big Chuck and one of his best friends

segunda-feira, 18 de abril de 2011

Fan Words: " Chuck lives"

Roberto Reds Rossi

By Roberto Reds Rossi

Death TR, Metal Crusade, Eric Greif... I'm just a fan, but I woul like to tell you all that I'm really very very very proud of your work and project. Estimate infinite to the people that are continuing to cultivate their own passion even when "seemed all over", even when the sad fate showed his terrible face, even when it took away from us our beloved Chuck, one of the greatest losses ever, not only for Death's fans, but for every metal's lover.

If today, after ten long and sad years I can read about Death's Music and stuff, and about Chuck, and to be able to say once again " Chuck lives"... well all this is thanks to awesome people ( Death TR staff, DeathinHd, Eric Greif, Mal Schuldiner and so on ) that are sharing and spreading the Schuldiner's word, knowing his endless grandiosity.

domingo, 17 de abril de 2011

Eric Greif Interview - by Death in HD

James Copper & Eric Greif

It was conducted by James Copper on the 17th April 2011. A conversation between friends which spans over 3 hours, broken down into categories & parts.

"They are as follows: Eric / Death / Control Denied / Chuck. The content is truthful and real with a constant playful atmosphere never losing the serious undertone of the importance of what was discussed and its value to the fans.

Just about everything imaginable was covered in-depth with an utter sincerity. The conversation is very playful, so to those of you of a serious disposition I would advise you go flex in a mirror elsewhere. The questions posed to eric interspersed with complete tangents were from James aswell as sections of fan led curiosities with all credit given (and promised) when necessary. I repeat myself many times over and will continue to do so again, and express my sincere gratitude towards Eric for his invaluable time!" James Copper.

"Eric" Part 1 of 2 [HD]

"Eric" Part 2 of 2 [HD]

"Death" Part 1 [HD]

"Death" Part 2 [HD]

"Death" Part 3 (Human) 

"Death" Part 4 (Eric's Face is back!)

"Death" Part 5 (Memories)

"Control Denied" Part 1

"Control Denied" Part 2 of 2

"Chuck Schuldiner" Part 1

"Chuck Schuldiner" Part 2

"Chuck Schuldiner" Part 3 (Our thanks to Eric!)

"Chuck Schuldiner" Part 4

"Chuck Schuldiner" Part 5 of 6

"Chuck Schuldiner" Part 6 of 6 (THE FINAL PART!)

sábado, 16 de abril de 2011

Fan Words: "Chuck's solos went straight on my soul as sharp knife, dig me in the deep inside.. "

Melissa: Chuck forever!
By Melissa GilmourSchuldiner Del Sole

The first time I have heard about Death was some time ago, some guys on the Pino Scotto's forum recommended me to listen to Death, so I started to watch the video that was on a profile, it was a live video of Crystal Mountain, in the beginning I was kinda shocked by the different music genre, different from what I used to listen to.

I'm a Pink Floyd huge fan, you know... Two completely different genres. In the beginning I was kinda impressed by them, then I was... Intrigued. As time went by I was fascinated, especially by the Chuck's way of playing guitar. His solos went straight on my soul as sharp knife, dig me in the deep inside... It could be sound absurd but in the Death metal genre, I can listen only to them, I don't like others Death Metal bands.

In my moment of anger I use to listen Death, and just 2 songs of them can really calm me. I adore Chuck, you know, the boy next door ,a simple guy that composed music anything but simple! Unfortunately life takes away the best, but is for people like me that loves his music that Chuck Schuldiner will lives forever.

Symbolic Tribute sends greetings to Death TR

Leonardo, from Symbolic Tribute (Colombia), send us a saludo (greetings)! He talk about Symbolic tour 2011 and other stuffs! Thanks Leonardo! You rock! Take a look guys! Can't miss it! Coming soon: SYMBOLIC TRIBUTE INTERVIEW!

sexta-feira, 15 de abril de 2011

Fresh: News from Death in HD & FreeThought Radio

Death in HD

Hey guys! We have news! Take out:

James Copper (Death in HD and partner of Death TR): Hey world, just wanted to let you know that the promised interview with Eric Greif took place last night and we spoke as friends for 4 hours! The videos will be coming out in the near future but bare with me as the editing process is going to take some time. There was a screen capture on Eric, a camera on me and of course our conversat...ion recorded.  You people are gonna love it!

Perry Grayson: Rescheduled a dentist appointment this morning to do a little college radio intie this morning RE: Chuck Schuldiner (Official), Death (Official) and Control Denied (Official). You'll be able to listen soon on FreeThought Radio. Cheers to Alex Fidel!

Free Thought Radio

Limited DEATH Merchandise From The Vault

From: Empty Words

Jane (Chuck's mother) has some shirts to sell, listed below. You can email her ( to order them. Baseball shirts are $15 plus postage and the Philosopher shirt is $20 plus postage. All shirts come in sizes Medium, Large and X-Large.



Philosopher front

Philosopher back

quinta-feira, 14 de abril de 2011

Looking Back: Precious Memories of Chuck Schuldiner (Final)

Chuck Schuldiner: Loyal and friend of his fans

By: Empty Words
Magazine: Metal Maniacs / USA
Article: Precious Memories of Chuck Schuldiner
Written by: Perry Grayson
Published: May 2002

Land Of No Return: The Professional

Chuck's career as a professional metal guitarist was just beginning, and before anything else could be done a first album would have to be recorded. In summer of '86, Chuck flew back to Florida with Chris with big pipe-dreams about their first album ever, far from the recording capitol of the world. It was in Florida where Chris notes Death "recorded a version of the album and it got scrapped. Then we started over again in L.A...It sounded really good at the Music Grinder."

While back in S.F. Chris and Chuck befriended neighboring thrash band Sadus, whose bassist, Steve DiGiorgio, would later record on Death's Human and Individual Thought Patterns and Control Denied's The Fragile Art of Existence. Says Steve: "They got a hold of Sadus' first demo. The phone rang one day, and the dude on the other end says, 'Hey, we're in a band called Death from Concord. We dig your demo. Do you guys wanna hang out?' So we got directions and drove out to Chris' house. We met Chuck there. We were just fresh out of high school, so we had a lot of time to kill during the day. We asked him where his band was, and he said, 'They'll be out of school in a couple of hours.' And we're like, 'School? These guys are young.' He played the Mutilation demo. His 'band' got there a little later...just Chris. 'How the hell do you guys sound like that?' So, we went in Chris' room...and they ran through songs. We figured we didn't know many bands in the area. We were always on our own, and here's a couple of guys our age doing our type of thing." Steve continues, "Back then we were young, and no one had money. Jon Allen had a drum kit that was barely hanging in there. But Chris had a nice, huge Tama set, and Jon was just blown away. Chris was like, 'But we can't practice in my house very often. And Sadus had a killer practice space. So, this deal got worked out where we loaned them our practice space if Chris would leave his drums set up so Jon could play it. That eventually led to me filling in on bass with them. Sadus would set up and go through our set. And they'd get up there...All the Sadus guys would pull up a pillow and watch us. 'Time for a break.' We'd all go jump in the pool at Darren's [Darren Travis, guitarist/vocalist of Sadus] house or something. It went like that for a few band in a way. I was the common denominator. They were looking for a bass player the whole time, but no one was around."

Chuck expressed his approval of Scream Bloody Gore to Metal Forces, "Randy Burns gave us a super-heavy production...The only thing I kind of regret now is not hanging around for the final mixes. I think the rhythm guitar could have been a bit louder in the mix." Not too shabby for the 5 days Chris claims it took to track SBG. "Right after we did the LP as a two-piece," Chuck told Metal Forces, "we ran into this guitarist, John Hand, whom we really liked at the time, so we got him into the band. He played with us long enough to have his photo appear on the back of the album, but he just couldn't play our newer material, so he had to go."Steve DiGiorgio remembers the lack of Death gigs from that period, "We decided to do some shows, and just figured we'd double session it. Chris double sessioned for Desecration. We were gonna do a Desecration, Sadus, and Death show where me and Chris both double setted. But that never happened because Chuck went back to Florida and never came back." Something was making Chuck homesick. He told Metal Forces, "When I first moved to California back in late '85, the scene was just starting to flourish. There were lots of places to play, and the fan support was just overwhelming. Unfortunately, as time went by, most of the clubs closed down and the scene just sort of died out. I knew there was no way I was gonna be able to get a band together there, so I decided to go back to Florida. I told Chris he could move back down with me, but he said he didn't want to." Chuck and Chris were metal brothers, though, and Chuck wished him "good luck in the future" in his thanks list on his second album.

Scream Bloody Gore was released in May 1987. Chuck was far from taking a rock star attitude after getting signed and seeing his first album issued, telling Metal Forces that "the reaction from the fans has been just amazing...I really have to thank everybody for their great support, because it wasn't for them, we wouldn't be here right now." SBG was an extension of the over-the-top, pile-driving riffs and gory lyrics from Death's demos. The gore Chuck would outgrow, but the riffs would only become more memorable as time passed. Chuck splattered listeners with corpse-riddled tunes that had much in common with flicks like George Romero's Dead trilogy or the Italian "giallos" of Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, and Umberto Lenzi. Horror is different from the jokingly satanic lyrics of Venom and Hellhammer. When asked about satanism in metal, Chuck told Metal Forces, "I'm not into it."

Perseverance And Moments Of Clarity

It was Florida where Chuck based himself for the rest of his career. 1988's Leprosy saw Chuck leaning toward polished productions and an inner conflict between the horror fan and the emerging philosophical, down-to-earth Chuck. Leprosy reunited Chuck briefly with Rick Rozz, who brought with him Massacre bandmates Terry Butler (bass) and Bill Andrews (drums). "Pull the Plug," in particular, became the song fans went absolutely nuts for whether in their bedrooms or a crowded club. In his own words, Chuck told us that "Pull the Plug" is about "being on a life support system and having the right to die." Chuck explained to Metal Hammer, "the lyrics are more serious and on the next album they will get even more realistic." Leprosy saw Chuck's foray into touring, on a double bill with Dark Angel. The road was-like life in general-filled with ups and downs. Ex-Dark Angel guitarist Jim Durkin informed me, despite rumors that have been spread that he "got along really well with Chuck and everyone before I left the tour and didn't look back. Chuck and I had a lot of fun hanging out and jamming. It had nothing to do with us two."

Leprosy was the appetizer for Chuck's new direction, but Spiritual Healing (1990) was a cerebral feast-paving the way for every Death album to follow. "Living Monstrosity," in Chuck's own words, is about cocaine abuse among pregnant women, while "Altering the Future" tackles abortion. At 22, Chuck's guitar playing, songwriting skills, were reaching new heights. On Spiritual, Chuck's razor-sharp lead guitar abilities took flight-and his solos were bolstered by another young shredder, James Murphy. [Murphy too has battled cancer recently, and we wish him the best!] Chuck told Guitar Magazine, "I started practicing more and came up with the idea that, for this band to move forward musically, we'd need a cleaner approach, something real dry and in-your-face...Our rhythms also became a lot more complex..." The lineup mutiny Chuck endured when the rest of his band went off to Europe without him tested his strength, but Chuck was far from quitting. Ex-manager Eric Grief, notes: "Chuck's contention was that he did not feel the Spiritual Healing tour of Europe was adequately organized. Considering Death's previous negative European experience with the Belgian agency Metalysee (that tour being one of the worst experiences Chuck had encountered as a musician thus far), he did not want a repeat of that. He kept exclaiming that he wanted his 'next European tour to rage for the fans'. Chuck also had mounting personal issues at the time, and no manager to fall back on. Bill and Terry countered by claiming that Chuck waited until the very last minute to pull out, and they felt his apprehension was not warranted. They argued that Chuck had missed several opportunities to bring Death back to Europe and that they were sick of they went anyway...That bold move was the end of Bill and Terry."

For Human (1991), Chuck recruited Florida-based Cynic members Paul Masvidal (guitar) and Sean Reinert (drums), and Sadus' Steve DiGiorgio (bass), which led to an injection of the technical edge Chuck had been striving for. Chuck, Paul, and Sean dug progressive metallers Watchtower, but Human still retained the signature Death sound. Chuck explained the genesis of "Suicide Machine" to Rock Hard, "In America, there's a doctor who invented a machine that can deliver sick and suffering people to death. I think it's a great invention. When somebody really is incurably ill...and it's his wish to die, then we must allow him that choice before an endless suffering takes place."

On Individual Thought Patterns (1993) Chuck furthered his sonic experimentation. Chuck hired ex-Dark Angel skinsman Gene Hoglan, King Diamond lead guitarist Andy LaRocque, and Steve DiGiorgio Speaking of his new comrades, Chuck told Metal Hammer, "One by one very gifted musicians but perfectly fitting in the musical concept of Death." Chuck told Watt, "I hope ITP lifts metal as an art form to a higher level...I don't set myself any boundaries." Chuck first voiced his intentions to evolve by finding a melodic vocalist in '93 to Guitar School: "In the future I plan to do a more melodic, straightforward metal side project with a singer in the Rob Halford style."

Symbolic (1995) was the album on which Chuck's assailed massive heights. Heavy, moody, emotional, and full of technical twists and turns. Gene Hoglan returned for Symbolic, but Steve DiGiorgio was unavailable. The second guitar spot was filled by Bobby Koelble. Symbolic was one that Chuck would continue to build on with his next two albums. "Do you remember when things seemed so eternal? / Heroes were so real... / Their magic frozen in time." The words Chuck wrote for "Symbolic" send a shiver up my spine, because I know that not only was Chuck my hero, but I know he was such a huge role model for thousands of young musicians worldwide.

Chuck and Shannon: Killer!

After coming off the road in '95, Chuck hooked up with drummer Chris Williams (Talonzfury) and began working on his new project, dubbed Control Denied. Guitarist Shannon Hamm met Chuck through Chris Williams. "We became really good friends," Shannon said. "Then Chris invited Scott [Clendenin, bass] who was also in his band. So we all came from the same place here. We did a couple of demo tapes." Among Chuck's prospects for Control Denied singers was Warrel Dane, from Symbolic tour openers Nevermore. Commitments to Nevermore prevented that, but Chuck didn't give up, though Control Denied had to be put on hold. He was only too aware that Death fans were still hungry for more. Chuck told Metal Maniacs, "I do things when I feel they're right. There was label interest in Control Denied, but I felt that the time was right to bring Death back." Another slight lineup change occurred here. Shannon explained , "That's when we started working on the Perseverance stuff...and got Richard [Christy] in on drums."

The Sound of Perseverance (1998) bludgeoned listeners with infectious heaviness from Chuck's introductory lead burst. Unaware of his fading mortality, Chuck had written "A Moment of Clarity", which tells us: "Life is like a mystery / With many clues, but with few answers / To tell us what it is that we can do / To look for messages that keep us from the truth." At the Ventura, California, Perseverance gig I hung out with Chuck for the first (and last) time. He signed my LPs and CDs, and I apologized for being such a fan-boy. But he understood. "I'm the same way," he said, "like with KISS." I spent the afternoon inside the venue, with no one around but Chuck's friend Maria Abril. It was unreal watching Chuck jam unaccompanied before everyone showed up for soundcheck. He didn't kick me out or wonder what I was doing there. As a matter of fact, he was one of the kindest musicians I've ever met!

A shocking press release was issued by Chuck in spring 1999, just after tracking for the Control Denied album, The Fragile Art of Existence, was completed. "Toward the end of our time in the studio, I started experiencing some pain in my upper neck which I initially thought was a pinched nerve or strained muscle. Having completed the recording I consulted with a chiropractor followed by a massage therapist and acupuncturist who recommended I go for an MRI...Well, I was right about the pinched nerve but unfortunately it was being caused by a brain stem tumor. "I am in my fourth week of radiation therapy with some of the most sought-after physicians in the field. I am also blessed with the immense love and support from my family and friends which is such a big part of getting through something like this. To try to put this into simple terms is obviously difficult but let me say this: it is a mind, body and soul expanding experience. The treatment has been going well and with this type of aggressive radiation the prognosis is very good. Patience is something I have learned to embrace in my fourteen years of living music and now it is time to further master the art of patience on my road to recovery. "I've always felt a personal connection between the music and the fans/friends who support it. It is that support, that goes beyond the music itself, which I appreciate with all my heart and soul."

The words sent Death fans reeling with sympathy for their ill metal comrade. Months of radiation followed, during which time The Fragile Art of Existence was released. A medical fund was organized for Chuck. He lacked insurance that would cover the enormous expenses such a volatile disease as cancer brings. Chuck's family's assets were being poured into the best care he could possibly receive. The Schuldiners encountered much friction from hospitals that were reluctant to treat Chuck without being paid up-front. "Every single dime has been for him, but Chuck would do it for me 1,000 times over, " Chuck's sister Beth told MTV News.

The Fragile Art of Existence is what Chuck had wanted the public to hear since '93. Clear production, a solid lineup, and songs loaded with themes both personal and relevant to all people. The epic direction was made more accessible by the powerful voice of Tim Aymar (Psycho Scream). The title track closes out the disc with the prophetic lines: "No time for self-pity / No time for dwelling on what should have been / But is yet to be." In "Believe" there are further messages laced with experience from Chuck's life. Chuck tells us: "If I was paid for disappointment, I would be a wealthy man / The magic lives in sincerity, in truth, behind the thoughts I choose to stand... / Awaiting discovery". Chuck told Metal Maniacs, "These are words and things I need to re-embrace-not for music, not for that outlet-I need to re-embrace key words for a new survival...Life is fragile."
Chuck Schuldiner: On the top

Just before Chuck underwent surgery, MTV News covered his story online on the web. Family, friends, and fans braced themselves as Chuck entered the hospital. Chuck made another statement to the metal community following his successful surgery: "I am alive and letting the metal flow! I just finished writing the last song for the new Control Denied album...100% trend free. The responses to The Fragile Art of Existence have been really awesome. Thank you for embracing it! I also want to thank everyone around the world for the incredible support you have shown me. I read the emails and the letters and appreciate your kind words and honesty...I'm settling down here in Florida, feeling good and looking forward to getting busy again with the new record and tour to thank all my metal brothers and sisters in person with some new metal...Shazaamm!"

Recovery went awry, even though we had hoped with all our metal hearts that Chuck would defeat cancer and continue to astound us with new slabs of raging metal. It was spring 2001 when Chuck fell more gravely ill. Maria Abril, who worked for nearly every label Death & Control Denied have been on was Chuck's friend from her days at Relativity Records. She spearheaded online auctions on Chuck's behalf. The donations and love flowed from the metal community, but all the money in the world can't erase the horrible side effects of experimental chemotherapy drugs and the gruesome killer known as cancer.

By November 2001 Chuck's condition seemed to have improved somewhat. He even emailed, the official Death & Control Denied website, something he rarely did. Only weeks later Chuck was hospitalized again with pneumonia-his mother constantly at his side. Those who knew feared each day that we would lose Chuck. The news we all dreaded came, when Yvonne Kluitman from Emptywords tearfully informed us that Chuck had passed away on the afternoon of Thursday, December 13, about an hour after returning home from the hospital.

Chuck was human-and enjoyed simple things like his dogs and cats ("The Guys"), canoeing, collecting records, and cooking. Chuck, a humane soul who was especially fond of his pets, rescued his dog Heidi when she was a puppy from the horrid fate of being trapped in a bag and left to die in a dumpster. Never one to shrink from popularity with metal fans and the intricacies such fame brought with it, Chuck told Guitar World, "I'm proud that I've never had a drug problem or complained that success sucks and shot myself like Kurt Cobain. Sorry, but success is something people like me dream about." When it came to Chuck's concept of metal, he was uncompromising. Ex-Death guitarist Matt Olivo told me shortly before Chuck's death, "He doesn't have one dishonest bone in his body when it comes to his own music. He has to do his own thing." Chuck's old manager, Eric Greif explained how Chuck stared misery in the face, and slayed it with optimism: "One particular moment will live on in my brain forever: we were travelling somewhere in snowy Sweden... the only guys still awake, having a deep conversation about our lives, our futures, and the band. I was quite down at the way things were going. He put his arm on my shoulder and pointed at the stars that were shining clearly. He said I had nothing to fear-that fate would lead the way and that things would turn out as they were meant to. Chuck was like that-there were moments of sheer depth, honesty and conviction...."

As for me, I can only say that I feel fortunate to have known Chuck Schuldiner, a true heavy metal hero, even for a brief time. We won't forget you, Chuck, and perhaps we'll meet again on the tour bus to infinity...


Looking Back: Precious Memories of Chuck Schuldiner (Part I)

Charles Michael 'Chuck' Schuldiner

"Life ends so fast, so take your chance, and make it last." - "Pull the Plug"
By: Empty Words
Magazine: Metal Maniacs / USA
Article: Precious Memories of Chuck Schuldiner
Written by: Perry Grayson
Published: May 2002

A retrospective on Chuck Schuldiner (Death & Control Denied) has been long overdue. Unfortunately Chuck will not be around to read these words. Chuck was 34 when he passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2001, after a long bout with brain stem cancer. It was a sad day for metal. I'd been researching and writing this piece for months when the news came. Chuck's suffering is over, but his memory remains bright. In '96 I penned a Death article for my zine Yawning Vortex to spread the word about Chuck's new project, Control Denied. My services seemed imperative again when Chuck was diagnosed with cancer in '99. I'd intended this to be a retrospective, not a memorial.

Reconstructing history without Chuck's participation is something I was forced into. Chuck had been ill for over two years when I first started this article. He and I last spoke on a tour bus in December '98. The love Chuck had for his fans is mutual. The fans' support proves some metalheads are indeed sensitive individuals. Sorrow for the loss of our hero is overwhelming. We wish he could have pulled through, but find solace in the 8 albums of uncompromising metal Chuck forged. Chuck's lyrics to "Suicide Machine" tell us "How easy it is to deny the pain of someone else's suffering," but we cannot overlook Chuck's musical contributions or his endurance in fighting his illness.

The Birth of Death

The energetic metal axeman and gravel-throated vocalist didn't always have 8 studio albums under his belt. He was born Charles Schuldiner on May 13, 1967 in Long Island, New York, the son of Mal and Jane Schuldiner. Chuck's began a long way from the famous Whisky in Hollywood or the Dutch Dynamo Open Air Festival. In the quiet Orlando, Florida suburb of Altamonte Springs Chuck spent most of his life. It was late 1983, according to metal journalist Borivoj Krgin, when Chuck was joined by guitarist Rick Rozz (a.k.a. Frederick DeLillo) and drummer/vocalist Barney "Kam" Lee to form the Mantas, the precursor to Death. The primitive metal birth pangs for Chuck & Co. were filled with an urge to shock audiences, fueled by bravado and clashing personalities. Par for the course for teenage kids forming a band, much less one of the heaviest metal acts on Earth!

Chuck enjoyed recalling simpler times. He told Guitar School, "When I first started the band, I'd only been playing guitar for six or seven months-I couldn't even play a lead. My main goal was to bash out the most brutal riffs ever with the most brutal guitar sound ever, but I always had an urge to become a better guitarist. Though things were very crude back then, I still had a vision of becoming a very musical death metal band. I knew it would take time to get to that point, and I worked hard to get there." Complexity must evolve from something. Chuck pointed out to Ill Literature that it was "Rick, Kam and myself-we didn't even have a bass player. Reflecting on his youth, Chuck told RIP's Jon Sutherland, "If you listen to my early demos, you can hear the Venom influence." In a chat with Metal Mania video show, Chuck cited Kiss, Anvil, Mercyful Fate, Exciter, Raven, Slayer, Hellhammer, Celtic Frost as "early stuff I feel lucky to have been a part of." Voices from the Darkside recently interviewed Kam Lee online. "It was during high school," said Kam. "I was starting to get into darker metal like Venom, Hellhammer, and Mercyful Fate. I'd bring the albums to show classmates and watch them get spooked 'cause the stuff was so dark ...This caught the attention of Rick [Rozz]...Then Rick asked me if I would try out as a drummer...Later that week Rick contacted Chuck, and everything from that point is history!"

"History" leaves much to fill in. Borivoj Krgin pointed out "they had a bassist for one very rough recording (pre-Death by Metal), but it was certainly no one that was in the band long enough to qualify as a 'member.'" Mantas' first official demo Death by Metal (Summer '84) had a homegrown cover with a picture of Chuck, Kam, and Rick in front of a sign bearing the words "Danger, High Voltage." DBM's original track list was "Legion of Doom," "Mantas," "Power of Darkness," "Evil Dead," and "Death by Metal." Kam told Voices from the Darkside, "It was recorded in Chuck's parent's garage...and 'Power of Darkness' was always on it...Chuck did the vocals on that one..."

Mantas' first gig supposedly occurred on August 1, 1984, but trouble was brewing. Borivoj's liner notes to the Death reissue CDs explains that "lack of local support for the band's music was at least partly to blame for the constant internal turmoil within the group and Mantas' eventual break-up in late 1984...Within weeks, however, Chuck reconciled with Rozz and Lee..." Chuck told Metal Mania, "I wanted to reform a new band with a new lineup called Death. I unfortunately had to resort to my old members..." The bass-less Death by Metal was then "reissued" with a black cover adorned with skulls and an inverted cross. Listening to early Mantas & Death tapes, one notices Kam and Chuck vying for vocals. Chuck screams "Power of Darkness"-and on "Beyond the Unholy Grave" both duel on grunts and screeches. "He'd get tired after a while, so I picked up the vocal duties. First I tried to sing in a normal voice, but that didn't work, so I went for the more brutal approach," Chuck reminisced to Guitar School. Death concentrated mostly on rehearsal tapes to make the rounds in the underground.

The Chuck/Rick/Kam lineup only played a few shows-as Kam put it, "covered in blood and makeup around the eyes and stuff!" Hirax singer Katon DePena contacted Chuck in the early days of the metal underground: "He was young at the time but already showed signs of becoming one of the elite in the underground. He was very into Hirax. He had all our demos. Chuck sent us the rehearsals because he wanted to see what we thought about his band. We thought they were great and encouraged him to keep making tapes...I have some favorite demos and that's in there with all of them. Fuckin' great...just complete raw metal." Borivoj recalls first hearing about Mantas "at the Metallica/Anthrax/Raven gig at the Roseland in New York City back in August 1984. I happened to see a flyer of theirs...put up by two guys, Mark [Conrad] and John [Gross], who used to do a fanzine called Guillotine in contained a phrase along the lines of 'heaviest' or 'sickest', which caught my attention. So I wrote to the address on the flyer...included cash for the cassette, and got a letter backfrom Chuck a few days later along with a copy of the Death by Metal demo."

Death's second official demo was October 1984's Reign of Terror, which Borivoj divulges "was never actually mixed-and cost a whopping $80 to record!" Death gigged at Ruby's Pub in Brandon, Florida, on November 9th and December 30th. The latter show was taped by John and Mark from Guillotine and sold as the only official live recording. Rick was out of the band soon after. The 3-song Infernal Death demo appeared in March of '85. Several more rehearsal tunes were committed to tape by Chuck and Kam when Scott Carlson (bass) and Matt Olivo (guitar) of Flint, Michigan's Genocide relocated to Florida in May to join Death.

Terry Butler, Bill Andrews, Chuck, James Murphy

 Scott was the first to contact Chuck: "I mailed him a copy of our demo...I read about them, and they sounded so close in spirit to what we were doing...I sent Chuck a tape after reading about him in Guillotine. Matt and I were a musical concept without a drummer or a second guitarist. And Chuck and Kam were without a bassist or second guitarist. It sort of made sense to merge. We packed all of our stuff into one Chevy Malibu and drove straight down there. 24 hours straight till we knocked on Chuck's front door." Practices took place in the Schuldiner's garage. Matt recalls, "It was probably an average of a 110 degrees in there, but we loved it. It was intense and so much fun. Because we already knew the songs. There were never any lulls in rehearsals." Scott remembers the only sour point: "At first it was bliss. We found a kindred spirit in Chuck and John and Mark from Guillotine. But Kam was going through personal problems, and he wasn't really able to fully able to commit to the band. We were so young and naive that we just saw it as him being a wimp or a poser...It was just at the time that we were mad at Kam, but in the big picture I understand his position. I don't have anything bad to say about him. I've hung out with him since and had fun. The death metal world ended up a being a better place because of it. You got Massacre, Death, and Repulsion out of it." Matt focused on memorable times: "We had so much fun and talked for so long about playing death metal. We would sneak into this drive-in theater and watch the same movie every night just to get out. It was just the time-of-your-life type of thing. It was contrasted by the situation with Kam. That was the only thing stopping us from going to the moon."

Matt and Scott paint a picture of Chuck, plugging away at a fast food job to accumulate equipment. "Here was Chuck from Death," Matt explained, "the coolest up and coming metal band, and he's wearing a Del Taco uniform with his hair pulled up." He may have worked his ass off, but, as Matt noted, "Chuck always had great support from his parents. He was never out in the cold with his metal." Jane and Mal Schuldiner were supportive of their son and his band. Scott relishes their time living at the Schuldiner house: "Chuck's mom was too sweet to deny us. She made dinner for us every night. She was an angel. Chuck's dad was always cool. They never gave him grief about anything...except like taking out the trash... when it came to Chuck's future they never stepped in and made decisions for him." "We had talked to someone at Combat that said 'make a demo and you've got a deal,'" said Scott. "Matt and I went down the mall where Kam hung out to talk him into coming back to the band. He was totally against it. That's when we knew...we weren't gonna get anywhere. We decided to go back home and regroup. And Chuck went and started his adventure. "We were all young.... When we left we didn't really know how to talk to Chuck about it. We knew it was gonna bum him out. Instead we talked to his mom, and she talked to him about it first." San Francisco was on Chuck's horizon Chuck and Repulsion awaited Matt and Scott. "He just wished us all the luck in the world and we did the same for him," Scott said.

Big Chuck lives!
By September, Chuck's relocation to San Francisco was in motion. He teaming up with ex-D.R.I. drummer Eric Brecht and a bassist also named Eric. This lineup recorded the lightning fast rehearsal demo dubbed Back from the Dead by fans. It was also during this first jaunt to San Francisco that Chuck, now handling all the vocals, stepped foot on stage again. Borivoj Krgin maintains "they had this idea to make Death the fastest and heaviest band in the world, which Chuck quickly grew tired of-unsurprisingly. Eventually, he went back to doing what he did best-playing super-heavy riffs at varying speeds, always concentrating first and foremost on crushing brutality rather than speed." This lack of dynamics eventually led to Chuck's return to Florida by December of '85. A quote from the German zine Deathfuck unravels Chuck's brief trip to Toronto, Canada, in January '86 to join death/thrash band Slaughter. "It's unbelievable...Evil Chuck, who just joined Slaughter in early January, left 'em again in the same month! Official news from Slaughter headquarters tell that Chuckie baby had to leave 'em coz of a total lack of band dedication..." It was Slaughter bassist Terry Sadler who, years later, explained perhaps the biggest reason for Chuck's hasty departure to Snakepit's Laurent Ramadier in 2001: "He lived in my parents' basement with me for a while and my parents had no idea. They found out and the shit hit the fan. They wanted him and me out! I think Chuck overheard our fighting and took off...We had no bad feelings towards Chuck...but rumors started flowing...We now wish Chuck the best of luck with his health, and we're not kids anymore slagging each other!"

Chuck wasted no time in heading out west again after his return to Florida. Chuck hooked up with drummer Chris Reifert on his second San Francisco jaunt. Chris revealed that he met Chuck before any big formal advertising could be done for musicians. "Early in the year. I heard he was looking for members out here. I already knew about the group...I was pretty excited...I got the gig. He was going to put an ad on the radio on a local station. A friend of mine told me about it before it even got aired. I got the phone number." Chris furiously pounded the skins behind Chuck's whirlwind guitars and acidic vocals as early as a two song rehearsal tape from late March '86. Chuck's bond with Chris Reifert was the defining point for improvement in Death's seedling sound. Chieko Redmer, then a young metal fan, met Chuck at Ruthie's Inn in '86: "I could barely even walk straight. I remember that he was standing against the wall inside, and I ploughed right into him-almost knocking him down! I didn't know who he was, but he helped me up and saw that I was very sick! I remember telling him I was about to puke. He was so nice that he escorted me outside so I could throw up in the planter! This was a pretty nice thing to do for a total stranger, not to mention it being embarrassing for me! He was a total gentleman. He presented me with a business card with the slogan 'Corpse Grinding Metal' on it! Very suave! We started hanging out after that, and I met Chris. They would practice at Chris' house in Concord. I'd go over there to watch...I never forgot how funny Chuck is! His wacky personality and silly sense of humor... He would say these goofy things back then like 'understand rubberband?' and 'know what I mean, jellybean?' Those days were great times...No responsibilities. It was a bummer when Chuck went back to Florida, but...Chuck never seemed to lose his humbleness even though he got famous."

In April, Chuck and Chris quickly followed up Combat's request for a pro demo with Mutilation, the most polished of the early Death recordings. According to Bernard Doe of Metal Forces, Mutilation was made with "Chuck also playing bass." Doe conceded Mutilation was "the band's best recording to date; both in terms of material and production." The underground and Combat Records were in agreement about Mutilation. Despite the fact that the band was still only a duo, Combat signed them up to a five-album deal.

Story to Tell: Death: A band; a legend

With pal Malek Baali (ex-Rising Dust) in front of the Chuck Schuldiner mural in the Baroeg, Rotterdam, Holland - April '05
Perry Grayson: ''Here's a special photo. Two Death fanatics, me and drummer pal Malek Baali (ex-Rising Dust), in front of the Chuck mural inside the Baroeg, a metal club in Rotterdam, Holland, back in April '05. Taken when I was playing bass for Pale Divine on a Euro tour with Rising Dust and Place of Skulls. Malek and I jammed "Zombie Ritual" during a soundcheck. Good times!!''

by Chris (USA) (Thanks Jochen S.O.D for your wonderful archival material)  
Mara Vanessa & Valentina Marcelli's collection

quarta-feira, 13 de abril de 2011

Death's cover: Symbolic Tribute North American tour 2011

Symbolic Tribute

Our friends from Symbolic Tribute shared the dates of their tour. Check a look: 

North American tour 2011:

Jul 8 Jacksonville – Florida
Jul 9 Gainsville - Florida
Jul 10 Tampa - Florida
......Jul 13 Richmond - Virginia
Jul 14 Washington DC
Jul 15 New Jersey
Jul 16 Allentown P.A NYDM
Jul 17 Manhattan - New York
Jul 20 Pittsburgh
Jul 21 Ohio
Jul 22, 23 Y 24 Canoppi Club - Urbana –Illinois

More infos? CLICK HERE!

terça-feira, 12 de abril de 2011

Curiosity: A rare card

Good memories of Chuck Schuldiner

The musician Perry Grayson is a big fan of Chuck's and crossed paths with many people in the Death and Control Denied family tree over the years. He has a very valuable historical collection and is sharing with us. Perry, that's awesome! This picture is a rare stuff. 

Note by Perry Grayson: "Apologies to Chris in advance."

The Death TR will publish a more detailed article about Chuck Schuldiner. It was written by Perry Grayson. Don't miss!

segunda-feira, 11 de abril de 2011

Story to Tell: "Chuck was/is my hero for many reasons"

By Perry Grayson

I donated my first acoustic/electric guitar to help Chuck Schuldiner's battle against cancer nearly 11 years ago. Was meant to be auctioned. I don't know if it ever was... Behind me here are a bunch of LPs you may recognize.
Perry: "With my old roundback acoustic donated to aid Chuck Schuldiner's battle against cancer, 2000"
Chuck was/is my hero for many reasons, but most of all because he was down-to-earth. He didn't cop a rock star attitude when I met him in the least. ;)

This is the letter of authenticity I sent with the guitar I donated to help Chuck's fight for life

Read the letter HERE!

Here are the lyrics to the song I used that acoustic/electric guitar I donated on. ;)

The Obscure
Lyrics/Music by Perry M. Grayson
From the Destiny's End album BREATHE DEEP THE DARK (Metal Blade Records, 1998)

To the Memory of Frank Belknap Long (1901-1994)
Inspired by his tales "The Flame Of Life" and "Giants In The Sky"

[Intro Acoustic Lead: Perry]

Out in the distance the voices are calling
High in the night, the sirens are blaring
Will we survive or just fade away...

Humankind bleeding with arrogance
To not realize they're so insignificant
Adapt to change and leave the Earth behind...
Behind... Behind!

Flame of life - reach the core of space
Suspend time - reach eternity

Won't you tell my future?
The unknown is waiting
Won't you tell my future?
Memory is fading
Won't you tell my future?
Words are forever
Won't you tell my future?
The unknown is waiting

When the final days are approaching
Watch the arrogant ones burn themselves out
Legacy of the obscure
The remaining force going beyond... beyond...

Flame of life the creative mind
Suspend time reach throughout the years
Flame of life reach the core of space
Suspend time reach eternity

Won't you tell my future?
The unknown is waiting
Won't you tell my future?
Memory is fading
Won't you tell my future?
Words are forever
Won't you tell my future?
The unknown is waiting

[Leads: Perry, Dan]

To die as a pauper, while memories remains
To live an outsider, outcast from this time
Masses fall into self destruction
Vanish from greed into oblivion

Won't you tell my future?
The unknown is waiting
Won't you tell my future?
Memory is fading
Won't you tell my future?
Words are forever
Won't you tell my future?
The unknown is waiting

domingo, 10 de abril de 2011

Chuck Memories

Chuck Schuldiner live: print from youtube video

Chuck, Bill Andrews and Terry Butler

Miss you, brother!

Control Denied: Chuck's big dream
DEATH: Music and feeling!