sexta-feira, 27 de maio de 2011

Looking Back: The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists: 10) Chuck Schuldiner

Chuck Schuldiner: The 100 greatest Metal Guitarists

From Empty Words
Press: Jawbone Press
Book: The 100 Greatest Metal Gitarists: 10) Chuck Schuldiner
Written by: Joel McIver
Published: January 2009

Death metal was an American invention, unlike its British-born antecedent, thrash metal. The origins of the genre's name are disputed, with rival claims to its invention coming from the late Tomas ‘Quorthon' Forsberg of Bathory as well as the staff of the German Noise label who issued the Death Metal compilation LP in 1984. However, most experts credit Jeff Becerra of the San Francisco band Possessed with coming up with the ‘death metal' tag and making it the title of one of the songs on his band's debut album, Seven Churches, released in early 1985.

Possessed may have been the first death metal band out of the blocks, but it was a close thing. As they rose to prominence, a younger, more isolated act called Mantas were doing something rather similar at demo level. This Florida band had been formed by the then 16-year-old Charles ‘Chuck' Schuldiner in 1983, recording a demo that year called Death By Metal. Raw, fast and utterly unsophisticated, Schuldiner's songwriting bore little hint of the complexity to come. He had started learning the guitar at nine years old after losing his older brother in a car accident: his parents bought him the instrument in an attempt to help him with his grief. After some initial reluctance he took avidly to the instrument, practising for entire weekends at a time.

Forming Mantas with his schoolmates Barney ‘Kam' Lee (vocals/drums) and second guitarist Rick Rozz, Chuck continued to record more demos after Death By Metal, including Reign Of Terror and an in-concert recording (naively titled Live At Ruby's Pub) – both of which appeared the following year, after a name change to Death. By this point the band, although still without a bass player, were making a name for themselves on the Florida live scene, bolstered by 1985's Infernal Death, Rigor Mortis, Back From The Dead and Infernal Live tapes.

Big Chuck is in this book
In 1986 Chuck parted ways with Lee and Rozz, having negotiated a deal with the Combat label for a full album. Crucially, he had met another like-minded musician, Chris Reifert, a drummer, vocalist and guitarist whose taste for horror-movie-style slasher lyrics matched his own. The pair recorded a demo, Mutilation, in spring 1986 – after Chuck had endured a brief and unsatisfactory stint in the Canadian thrash metal act Slaughter – before embarking on songwriting sessions for the first Death LP, Scream Bloody Gore, released in 1987.

Scream Bloody Gore was a turning-point in extreme metal. Influential though Possessed's Seven Churches album had been two years previously, more than a few metalheads regarded that LP as merely thrash metal with harsh vocals. Scream… extended and elevated the concept a little further, with Schuldiner's throaty roar and the dark, doomy production taking another step towards extremity. The solos were understated and delivered uncertainly, with Chuck clearly searching for a musical identity; he played all the guitar and bass tracks in fast unison, uninterested at this stage in attempting anything other than a speedy, bloodsoaked rampage. In 1988 Death recorded Leprosy, a smarter, cleaner and more thoughtful album, with leads a more prominent feature of the overall sound. Reifert had departed to found the even more extreme death/gore metal band Autopsy, leaving Chuck to recruit his old Mantas sparring partner Rick Rozz along with bassist Terry Butler and drummer Bill Andrews.

By 1990, Schuldiner had reached the ripe old age of 23, and with maturity came a newfound desire to expand his musical and lyrical creativity. Replacing Rozz with the renowned session guitarist James Murphy (see previous entry), he composed the groundbreaking Spiritual Healing, another extreme metal milestone. At this point, a whole death metal scene had arisen in Florida, with Morbid Angel and Deicide exceeding the speed and violence of Death's output by utisiling blastbeats, a fast drumming technique with the snare drum playing sixteenths. This device, borrowed from the hardcore punk scene and the new grindcore movement pioneered in the UK by Napalm Death and Carcass, lent the music much more intensity, and Schuldiner must have noticed that his rival bands on the Florida scene were using it: however, to his enormous credit, he persevered with his own vision. Spiritual Healing, with an iconic cover designed by Megadeth sleeve artist Ed Repka (whose art had also adorned the previous Death albums), was the first step towards a progressive death metal approach, with complex writing such as the riff immediately before the long, melodic solo in ‘Defensive Personalities'.

At this point, Chuck stepped out of the safety zone and really stretched his abilities to the fullest, recording the Human album with a band of extraordinarily gifted musicians including bassist Steve DiGiorgio, Paul Masvidal (also in this book) on guitar and Sean Reinert on drums. Questioning social ills such as suicide and the mysteries of the cosmos, Chuck wrote songs that were a universe away from the gore themes of Scream… and the quasi-political commentary of Spiritual Healing, overlaying the fiercely complex music with opaque lyrics. Human was one of the first albums to combine extreme metal with progressive elements, an approach that continued and expanded on the remaining Death albums, Individual Thought Patterns (1993), Symbolic (1995) and The Sound Of Perseverance in 1998.

Charles Chuck Schuldiner
What these latter albums have in common is a constantly restless songwriting style, in which riffs are interchanged and juxtaposed in a complex, asymmetrical sequence. Chuck's melodic, fast alternate picking was a constant feature of his solos, delivered on his instantly recognisable BC Rich Stealth, as were his frequent returns to tremolo-picked death metal passages from the old days. His strength lay in the many types of guitar-playing which he had mastered, manifesting themselves in a high-profile supergroup called Voodoocult in 1994 in which he temporarily played alongside ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and Kreator guitarist Mille Petrozza.

In fact, such were Schuldiner's skills that – like Alex Skolnick of Testament before him – he embarked in a direction which took him away from extreme metal when Death went on hiatus in 1998. His new band, Control Denied, played a combination of straight heavy metal with progressive elements, a mixture that attracted much praise for their sole album, 1999's The Fragile Art Of Existence. Aided by DiGiorgio again as well as drummer Richard Christy (another Death alumnus), singer Tim Aymar and guitarist Shannon Hamm, Chuck seemed to be well on track to building a succesful second band.

However, Schuldiner was diagnosed with cancer of the brain stem in May 1999, making the title of Control Denied's then-current release somewhat prescient. As is so often the case, radiotherapy reduced the tumour and surgery removed the remaining material, but the cancer returned two years later. Although Chuck had continued to write and record with Control Denied in the interim, problems meeting his medical bills and the gradual erosion of his health meant that much of his time was spent away from the studio, and the new music remained unfinished. Although many of his fellow musicians (Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Korn and the Red Hot Chili Peppers among others) donated time and money towards a fundraising campaign, Chuck died on December 13, 2001 after a severe bout of pneumonia. His death at the age of only 34 was a tremendous blow to Death's fans, who might reasonably have expected another three decades of virtuoso music from him. What made the tragedy even worse was that over his short musical career (a mere 14 years) Chuck had followed a steep curve of evolution, both as a musician and songwriter. If he had moved from raw death metal to prog-metal to melodic heavy metal in that short time, what might he have accomplished if he'd been granted a full lifespan? We will never know, and for many thousands of his fans, that fact still hurts bitterly.

Seven years have passed since then, and it has been a source of comfort for many Death and Control Denied fans that Chuck has not been falsely deified in the way of so many fallen icons. He is known today, just as he was known in his lifetime, as a driven character who could be difficult to work with, as his standards were so high. Chuck demanded, and received, the best possible performances from his fellow musicians, using only the most talented and committed people on his records. This led to a degree of quality control that meant there is very little inessential material on any post-1990 Death album, and not much before that point either.

The Eternal Voice of The Soul

Chuck's legacy has not been without its controversies. His mother, Jane Schuldiner, who administers his estate and music, has been involved in a legal struggle for some time over the remaining Control Denied recordings, some of which were issued by a European label in the mid-Noughties as part of the Zero Tolerance compilation. The feeling among fans seems to be that the recordings deserve to be finished and issued in a manner appropriate to Chuck's last recorded work, although the compilation itself sold well. Death's entire catalogue was reissued by Century Media at the turn of the century, and the 1995 album Symbolic received a luxury reissue by Roadrunner in 2008. Hopefully more of these albums – each of them proof of Schuldiner's phenomenal musical skills and presence – will be reissued soon. BC Rich recently announced that a version of the Stealth which he used on so many great songs will go into production shortly, with fans' reaction to the news varying between delight and cynicism (the latter probably due to the huge revenues and publicity accrued by Dean from their Razorback model, released after the untimely death of ‘Dimebag' Darrell Abbott).

Schuldiner's name remains one to conjure with in metal circles. As a guitarist, as a songwriter and as an innovator, he was one of a select elite whose vision has shaped the music we listen to today. He is much missed.

Moment Of Guitar Genius

‘The Philosopher' features a tapped intro and perfectly precise alternate picking throughout, as well as a picking-hand precision that has been rarely equalled, but any and all of Death's albums display Chuck's maverick genius.

quarta-feira, 25 de maio de 2011

Death: Official Merchandise

Samantha NekroVenere is wearing Mantas T-shirt

Artist: Mantas
Title: Logo (White)
Label: Relapse Records
Price: $15.00
Format: Short Sleeve Shirt
Availability: In Stock

Buy it HERE!

Ugur Karatas is wearing Chuck  Schuldiner Tribute T-Shirt

Artist: Control Denied
Title: Fragile Art of Existence (2CD Reissue) + Chuck Schuldiner Tribute T-Shirt Package
Label: Relapse Records
Price: $23.00
Format: CD
Availability: In Stock
Info: If you have ordered the CD and want to upgrade to this package, please contact

Buy it here!

terça-feira, 24 de maio de 2011

Human Deluxe 3CD Tracklisting Revealed and Human Track Posted Online

Paul Masvidal and Chuck Schuldiner - Human Era

From Empty Words

The complete track listing of songs included in the three-disc set can be found below. This special re-issue package is available June 21st via exclusively with pre-orders being accepted now.

Disc 1: (classic re-mastered Human album)

1. Flattening Of Emotions
2. Suicide Machine
3. Together As One
4. Secret Face
5. Lack Of Comprehension
6. See Through Dreams
7. Cosmic Sea
8. Vacant Planets
9. God Of Thunder (Bonus Track)

Disc 2:

10. Flattening Of Emotions (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
11. Suicide Machine (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
12. Together As One (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
13. Secret Face (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
14. Secret Face - Part 2 (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
15. Lack Of Comprehension (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
16. "Felt Good" - Studio Snippet
17. See Through Dreams (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
18. See Through Dreams - Part 2 (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
19. Vacant Planets (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
20. Cosmic Sea (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
21. Cosmic Sea Part 2 (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
22. God Of Thunder (Basic Instrumental Studio Tracks)
23. Flattening Of Emotions (Human Demos)
24. Lack Of Comprehension (Human Demos)
25. Suicide Machine (Human Demos)
26. Together As One (Human Demos)
27. See Through Dreams (Human Demos)
28. Secret Face (Instrumental-Human Demos)
29. Vacant Planets (Instrumental-Human Demos)

Disc 3:

30. See Through Dreams w/ Paul and Sean ( Rehearsal January, 1991)
31. See Through Dreams (Take 2) w/ Paul and Sean (Rehearsal January, 1991)
32. Secret Face - w/o Paul - 1/2 song (Rehearsal January, 1991)
33. Secret Face (Take 2) - w/o Paul (Rehearsal January, 1991)
34. Secret Face - Riffs (Rehearsal January, 1991)
35. Flattening Of Emotions - Riffs (Rehearsal January, 1991)
36. Lack Of Comprehension - Riffs (Rehearsal January, 1991)
37. Lack Of Comprehension (Take 2) - Riffs (Rehearsal January, 1991)
38. Cosmic Sea - Riffs w/ Drum Machine (Rehearsal January, 1991)
39. See Through Dreams (Rehearsal August, 1990)
40. Suicide Machine (Rehearsal August, 1990)
41. Together As One (Rehearsal August, 1990)
42. Suicide Machine (Drum & Bass Tracks)
43. Together As One (Drum & Bass Tracks)
44. Secret Face (Drum & Bass Tracks)
45. Lack Of Comprehension (Drum & Bass Tracks)
46. Vacant Planets (Drum & Bass Tracks)
47. Flattening Of Emotions (Drum & Bass Tracks)
48. See Through Dreams (Drum & Bass Tracks)
49. Cosmic Sea (Drum & Bass Tracks)

"DEATH, the heavy metal institution founded, realized, and helmed by legendary guitarist Chuck Schuldiner, released its legendary fourth studio album Human (’91) to massive worldwide critical acclaim. The album’s complex and progressive music and introspective lyrics marked a massive stylistic change away from the more primitive early material for the group, and Human went on to become one of the most influential metal records in the history of the genre.

Now remixed under the watchful eye of longtime DEATH producer Jim Morris, Human 2011 represents the fully-realized version of this epic album. Now remixed, remastered, repackaged and featuring over an hour of newly unearthed and previously unreleased early demo tracks, Human 2011 is the definitive edition of this true metal classic."

NOTE: A re-mastered version of DEATH’s “Lack Of Comprehension”, taken from the forthcoming re-issue of Human, has been posted online now via the official DEATH Facebook page.

sábado, 21 de maio de 2011

Chuck Memories

Chris (Chuck's nephew), Chuck Schuldiner and Mrs. Jane Schuldiner (Chuck's mom)

Death 1988 - North Carolina

Death 1988 - North Carolina

Death 1988 - North Carolina

Rick, Chuck, Bill and Terry

Chuck Memories (Special): Chuck Schuldiner Birthday Bash (Final)

More pics here: Deviant Optiks Photography (THANK YOU VERY MUCH GUYS!)

quinta-feira, 19 de maio de 2011

Dearh TR news: Spanish version to Overactive Imagination (Death's song)

Chuck Schuldiner

Rafa Vizcaíno, Spanish Death fan and our friend, translated a DEATH's song (Overactive Imagination) to the spanish language. Brothers and sisters from Spain, our compliments and greetings. Check out:

Imaginación Hiperactiva

Tu existencia es un guión,

la vida para ti es una actuación,

desempeñando el papel principal.

Dirigiendo y premeditando cada movimiento

que crea el acto de la manipulación.

Dominando el arte del engaño

que aumenta tu adicción enferma.

Es una imaginación hiperactiva

que esclaviza a tu coraza vacía.

Existente en dimensiones de la obsesión adictiva.

Tu guión es de ideas a corto plazo.

La historia pronto terminará por si misma.

La gente que cree viene en pequeño número.

Como una plaga tus mentiras propagan

rápido por todo el mundo.

Rafa Vizcaíno: "This is a composed multi pic in perspective of the book that i have made by me with all translations of the lyrics of DEATH. Possibly the work i'm most proud about DEATH for the time spent on it." 

By Rafa V.

quarta-feira, 18 de maio de 2011

Dearh TR news: Turkish version to Perennial Quest (Death's song)

Chuck by ~Hatred-Mistress

Divine Spleen, turkish Death fan and our friend, translated a DEATH's song (Perennial Quest) to the turkish language. Brothers and sisters from Turkey, our compliments and greetings. Check out:


Yolculuk merakla başlar
Ve ruhla hissedilen sorularla kuşatır
Üzerinde yürüdüğümüz taşlarda
Ve yolumuzu oluşturan seçimle
Bazen hiç bilmeyerek
Başka bir zaman çok bilerek

Hırsına layık olanı ele geçirip
Bizi alıkoyan kötüyü süzerek
Bir hırs ki asla bitmeyecek
Yarın için hesaplar, onlar bekleyecek

Karanlığa erişip, ışığa tekrar kavuşunca
Sonsuz sorgulamada bana katılmayacak mısın ?
Düşlerin takip edildiği, zamanın bir sınav olduğu sonsuz sorgulamada cevaplar aramak

Akıl desteği için vakit yok
Yaratıcı ilerlemeye başladı
Ben de acemice yoluma devam edeceğim

Yanımda olanlar
Bu yazılı sözlerin ötesini anladığınız için memnunum
Hissettiğimiz yola bağlı kalmak için
Basit fikri paylaşıyorum

Hüzün ırmaklarından
Umutla derinleşmiş okyanuslara
Hepsini dolaştım
Şimdi dönüş yok
Sınır, gökyüzü
Sorularımı soruyorum; neden ? bugün ne ?
Yarın ne zaman ?

Hırsına layık olanı ele geçirip
Bizi alıkoyan kötüyü süzerek
Bir hırs ki asla bitmeyecek
Yarın için hesaplar, onlar bekleyecek

terça-feira, 17 de maio de 2011

Chuck Memories (Special): Chuck Schuldiner Birthday Bash (Part 1)

Derek, Matt, Paul and Eric

Eric Greif and Paul Masvidal

Eric and Derek

Eric and Derek

Justin Bender, Eric Greif, Derek Petrovitch, Tim Roth, Troy Bleich, Bryan James Newbury

Justin Bender, Paul Masvidal, Eric Greif, Derek Petrovitch, Tim Roth, Troy Bleich, Bryan James Newbury

Eric Greif: THE Man!   

More pics here: Deviant Optiks Photography (THANK YOU VERY MUCH GUYS!)

segunda-feira, 16 de maio de 2011

Looking back: "Making death metal is not about getting out of a limousine"

Chuck Schuldiner lives with DEATH

By: Empty Words
Magazine: RIP / USA
Article: Interview with Chuck
Written by: John Sutherland
Published: post ITP

Chuck Schuldiner is readily acknowledged as the true founder of the U.S. death metal scene and for good reason. His original band Mantas, self-produced a demo called 'Death By Metal', and it was a warning cry for what was to come. Slayer had touched on death as subject matter but was intent on incorporating the speed element in their music at all times. By contrast, Chuck decided to explore a form of music that was loathed by the industry and barely had a foothold at all in the U.S., but make it more diverse while still retaining the intensity. There was more of a death movement taking hold abroad, however thanks to Venom.

"If you listen to my early demos", Chuck told RIP, "you can hear the Venom influence". Chuck only used his influences, which also included more traditional interests like Kiss and classic metal, as a launching pad to start his own sound. He inspired a myriad of bands that would share his same surroundings in Florida as residence, the now legendary Morrisound Studios and producer Scott Burns. The Death catalog is a blue-print for the development of modern death metal, with each release - Scream Bloody Gore (1987), Leprosy (1988), Spiritual Healing (1990), Human (1991) and Individual Thought Patterns (1993) - reaching new listeners. Chuck's influence on the scene caused respected journalist Mike Gitter to confess in the pages of RIP in 1992: "Chuck Schuldiner has turned Death's ugly disease into a ghastly art. The grunt of a generation. Death, whose grungy bombast made Slayer seem hygienic by comparison. They're the Led Zeppelin of death metal, with mainman Schuldiner as both Plant and Page. He's the super-tuned-down, polyp-shredding, 24-year-old godfather of the genre". Chuck has held fast his vision despite a parade of musicians who passed through the band over many years. Many agree to join or help Chuck out because of their reverence for what he helped establish.

Death 'til Death
"Making death metal is not about getting out of a limousine. It's crucial to stay down to earth to get your message across", believes Chuck. "I know some people will think I'm an angry person, because of the nature of the music and the business, but I've learned to separate two". When extreme forms of entertainment are criticized, it is generally when someone tries to live out these horrific stories in real life instead of appreciating the art form.

"I know the lyrics do effect people", Chuck admits, "and as the band has advanced, I've tried to sing more about reality and be more understandable sonically. I want to stay fresh and be able to keep growing".

"When the death bands started out, a lot of bands got screwed and that really bothered me. Music is such a big part of my life and many other people's lives that to see good bands brought down really bothers me. It took us three years between the last two albums and that was too a long time. It definitely inspired some of the new lyrics". Certainly the legacy of death metal would be nowhere near what is today without the genius singing, songwriting, guitar playing and fertile imagination of Chuck Schuldiner. Every album that Death has birthed has been another step forward for the entire genre.

sexta-feira, 13 de maio de 2011

EXCLUSIVE: Reissue Rant (by Perry Grayson)

 By Perry Grayson

I've been asked by my fellow Death/Control Denied and Chuck Schuldiner fans if I'd talk a bit about the importance of the current and forthcoming reissue recordings. I'm more than happy to. It's a non-profit situation, and I'm offering these words of my own free will.

The unfounded criticism has been leveled that reissues are a cash-grab attempt. That has been claimed by more than one webzine since the deluxe versions of Control Denied - The Fragile Art of Existence and Death - The Sound of Perseverance were released. Firstly, the entire object of reissuing these and the entire Death catalog is to bring Chuck Schuldiner's music to new listeners and to bestow extremely rare bonus material (demos, alternate takes, instrumental mixes, etc.) to existing fans. When music goes out of print, as the majority of Chuck Schuldiner's have become, there's a genuine need for those albums to be re-released. How can people who want to own more of Chuck's music--young, old, in between, it doesn't matter--buy it and support his family and legacy directly without authorized reissues? There is no other way, people. The rarities would sit and moulder. Maybe some material would die undiscovered if these deluxe 2 and 3 disc packages don't continue production. Those who wish to get their hands on Chuck's music will otherwise be forced to buy it secondhand or download it illegally if it wasn't for these authorized reissues. To view it from the perspective of a massive Death and Control Denied fan and collector, I was always excited when I knew something new was due. It got me pumped about metal the same way I'm sure Chuck was excited when one of his faves like Mercyful Fate had a new disc on the way.

Chuck Schuldiner
The fact that there are in some cases over 2 hours of bonus tracks and lengthy liner notes just adds to the overall brilliance of the reissues being overseen with much care and diligence by former Death manager Eric Greif. Eric is now the President of Perseverance Holdings, the corporation Chuck's family set up to look after his intellectual property. Who better a man to tackle the reissues than Eric, a guy who intimately knew Chuck, even if they did have their share of squabbles. Eric's nearly 3 decades of experience in the music business made it possible to iron out complicated negotiations with Sony, who owned the rights to much of Death's catalog and were ignoring and mishandling it to say the least. I'm in no way affiliated with a record label and don't think it necessarily matters which label ultimately reissues Chuck's music, as long as they care to give sound, packaging, advertising, promotion and distribution justice. Has Relapse Records accomplished this? I bought the 3 disc versions of The Fragile Art of Existence and The Sound of Perseverance. I wasn't given promo copies or other freebies. No palms were greased. I'm a die-hard fan of Chuck's music, have been since 1989. I'm not writing this at the request of Relapse. As a musician myself, I have my own issues with indie metal labels. So, this is my own spiel, folks. I can definitely say that if the future releases, starting off with Human in June, live up to the first two packages, we're all in for a treat. Beth and Jane Schuldiner wouldn't have entrusted Eric with Chuck's intellectual property if they didn't feel he was worthy. One needs only to glimpse and hear the two reissues released thus far to witness the proof in the proverbial pudding. Well, that's my personal feeling on the subject, anyhow.

Keep the Metal Flowin', Brothers 'n' Sisters!

More about Chuck's Memorial Day? Click here!

Exclusive: Eric Greif talks about Chuck Schuldiner to Death TR/BR

DEATH & Eric Greif

To my Brothers & Sisters in DEATH TR/BR: 

Chuck's Birthday today has me reflecting on what a human experience his legacy is. It joins people from every conceivable background, from all corners of the globe, and from every walk of life. It doesn't matter whether someone knew Chuck personally, as I did, or if you've only heard one DEATH album - it is still the same for all of us. We're touched by Chuck's genius, by what he gave to the world in such a short life. It never ceases to amaze me how wonderful the fans are - so devoted, so touched by the words of the songs, and that it ignited a spark inside each of them that they can't fully explain: a need to share their devotion with others and to proclaim to the planet about the man & his music. 

I have great thoughts about the future - Chuck's spirit will grow, as the story of DEATH & CONTROL DENIED continues to be told, from human to human. On this, what would have been Chuck's 44th birthday, think about what each of you can do to raise awareness of the cancer that claimed Chuck. It is an evil, spiteful disease that claimed him. Turn on a Chuck song, bang your head, and most importantly smile a smile similar to his..and keep that metal flowing. 

Lots of love, ERIC :) 

More about Chuck's Memorial Day? Click here!

Story to Tell: Covers in honor of Chuck Schuldiner and exclusive article

Scream Bloody Gore ( Death cover ) by NekroVenere - Bc Rich Stealth Chuck Schuldiner Tribute

Voice of the soul Bass guitar

Exclusive: Scream For Me Tehran

Somi's interview with Eric Greif, Chuck Schuldiner's former manager, and Mahyar Dean, Iranian musician who translated a book of Chuck's lyrics into Persian.

After the intro in Persian, below are the questions that were asked:

1- What were the main thoughts & concerns behind Chuck's work?

2- Was Chuck aware of the great following he had in the Iranian community?

3- Question for Mahyar: how he wrote a book about Chuck Schuldiner, which he managed to have published in Iran, considering the restriction for metal music in the country.

4- Despite the fact that Chuck was a great musician of such high influence, why was a collective effort needed from friends, fans and other artists to save his life?

5- What made Chuck write the Sound Of Perseverance album and, specially, Voice Of The Soul?

6- From the beginning to the end all of the Death album's flow effortlessly and progressively without loosing the hooks and the character that were specific to Chuck; was Chuck himself aware, at the time, of the impact that he had on the entire metal genre, and extreme music?

More infos in this location.

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Empty Words News: Human Album and Chuck's 44th Birthday

Scott, Sean, Chuck and Paul - Human Era

DEATH’s Legendary Human Album To Be Re-Issued

DEATH’s legendary fourth album Human will mark its 20th anniversary with an official re-issue on June 21st in North America (June 27th internationally) via Relapse Records.

Human has been entirely re-mixed by longtime DEATH producer Jim Morris and re-mastered by Alan Douches (MASTODON, CONVERGE, THE MISFITS). This special 20th anniversary edition of the album will come complete with expanded packaging featuring liner notes from Morris as well as former DEATH / current CYNIC guitarist Paul Masvidal and over an hour of newly unearthed, previously unreleased early demo tracks.

Human will be available on 2- and 3- disc sets as well as digitally. CD pre-orders are being accepted now at this location, digitally via iTunes, and additional release information will be posted shortly.

Additionally, original footage of DEATH during the May 1991 mixing sessions of Human has been posted online now at this location. This footage was filmed 20 years ago to the day at Morrisound studios in Tampa, FL.

Interviews With Richard Christy & Perry Grayson To Celebrate Chuck's 44th Birthday

For May 13th, 2011, Chuck's 44th birthday, we have an interview with Richard from Sick Drummer Magazine, and a radio interview with guitarist, journalist, and EW's contributor Perry Grayson. You can download the interview from Freethought Radio here.

As previously reported, the "Chuck Schuldiner Birthday Bash" will take place in Canada on friday. Let's celebrate the 44th birthday of Chuck with a night of DEATH & metal music, with all profits going to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Eric Greif: "Open your wallets now, folks, because I'm-a askin'. PLEASE buy a $7 ticket, whether you're going or not - SWEET RELIEF MUSICIANS FUND is an important US charity that aids musicians ill with no health insurance coverage".

And last but not least: the official DEATH fan club, The Metal Crusade, is finally getting off the ground. The launch will be one of these days. Enjoy and stay tuned! More soon!

More about Chuck's Memorial Day? CLICK HERE!


Chuck Schuldiner (May, 13th, 1967)

Hello dear brothers and sisters,

44 years ago an inestimable artist and genious came into this world: Chuck Schuldiner. Today he would have turned 44 . We're here to celebrate Him, as we do every single day.

During this time a lot of Chuck Schuldiner/Death/ Control Denied's fans contacted Death Tr, saying us how they love Chuck and how they're thankful to Him. It 's amazing how Chuck influences and helps so many people in the world ,what a beautiful thing! People show their love for him everysingle day, listening to His music, loving it, reading and living His lyrics, and spreading His word, we're proud of them, we really are.

His words, His music, have created a real identity, maded with simplicity, genius, and humanity. Chuck's memory lives in every single Chuck Schuldiner/Death/ Control Denied's fans, Chuck is a guide, a model for every human being. Today we're here once again, to remember Him, to remember Chuck Schuldiner, the one who has made our lives better, the one that give us a pricelss treasure, His Art.

Thank you Chuck for everything you've have done, you will never be forgotten. True love, true art never dies. Proud to be Chuck Schuldiner/Death/ Control Denied's fans!

Happy birthday Chuck, with love Death TR,

Valentina and Mara Vanessa 

More about Chuck's Memorial Day? CLICK HERE!

quinta-feira, 12 de maio de 2011

Chuck Schuldiner: Eternal Words

Death in HD: Chuck Schuldiner Birthday *SPECIAL* 2011

Charles Michael Schuldiner (1967)

Another great video from our friend and partner James Copper. Hell yeah, he's a lucky man! Check this out dudes! (Best regards to Beth Schuldiner, Mrs. Jane Schuldiner, Mal Schuldiner, Chris S. and all Death guys!)

Chuck Schuldiner Birthday *SPECIAL* 2011 [HD]

Out-takes w/ Eric Greif

domingo, 8 de maio de 2011

Happy Mothers Day, Mrs. Jane and Beth Schuldiner!

Chuck Schuldiner (4 years old) by Mal Schuldiner (his father)

Death TR team, on behalf of all members and fans of Charles Michael ''Chuck'' Schuldiner and his legacy, would like to wish a happy Mother's Day to all mothers present and absent in this world. Mara Vanessa and Valentina Marcelli would like to take the opportunity to share a message they dedicated to Mrs. Jane Schuldiner (Chuck's mother) and Beth Schuldiner (Chuck's sister) with all Death's fans. If you want to leave messages for Chuck's mother, send an email to or leave it in this space (we will send it). To leave a message for Beth, click on this link.

Dear Mrs. Jane and Beth,

Light, good vibrations, peace and love. These are some of our best wishes to you in this Mother's Day. It is a moment of affection and memories as well. Every smile, every look, every call, every happiness and every overcome obstacle. Without your support, dear mothers, somethings would be very difficult. And we reaffirm: transform this day in good vibrations and blessings.

For the mothers of children who are no longer among us, a message: the yearning is the same, doesn't change. But the memories make all the missing moments much more stronger to be lived. Memories are the proof that everything worth it. 

Happy Mother's day!

Mara Vanessa and Valentina Marcelli (Death TR)

sexta-feira, 6 de maio de 2011

Fresh: Never-before-seen home-video footage of DEATH

Chuck Schuldiner (1967 - 2001)

Every single day we realize how the 1980s and 1990s aren't so distant and how DEATH sounds so present and modern. We can say the same of all musicians - extremely competent - who left their tracks by DEATH. With great satisfaction we share the recordings of Borivoj (the guy who has made ​​us go back to the good times). 

This stuff was recorded during the Human Era and shows us a bit more of Chuck, Paul, Sean, Scott and all the other guys' routine. Fantastic! In the end there is a recording of CYNIC (Paul and Sean's band). Thanks to all those who in one way or another allow us to believe that life still holds many surprises.

DEATH Human Mixing 1991 Part 1

DEATH Human Mixing 1991 Part 2

DEATH Human Mixing 1991 Part 3

CYNIC 1991

quinta-feira, 5 de maio de 2011

James C. & Perry G. interviews: Check them!

Perry G. and James C.

 If you missed the interviews of James Copper and Perry Grayson, you can listen to them in the following links:

James Copper (click in the name)

Perry Grayson (click in the name)