December 7th, 2010
by EvilG

After yesterday’s announcement of our first headliner SLIPKNOT, we are proud to add three more giants to the lineup of GMM2011.

Four years after his first GMM show as a solo artist, the legendary OZZY OSBOURNE is returning to the GMM festival arena with his 2nd European tour since the release of his new CD “Scream.” Ozzy himself obviously needs no introduction with worldwide album sales of 100 million (as a solo artist as well as a member of the Black Sabbath), his own Ozzfest festival and not to forget the popular reality TV show ‘The Osbournes’. On stage and backed by a brand new band, Prince of Darkness still delivers the goods.  Ozzy live is synonymous with an amazing show seasoned with countless hits. Ozzy Osbourne is headlining on Saturday 25 June.

More than 40 years after they burst upon the rock scene, German legends SCORPIONS are on the final leg of their farewell tour. This year, the ‘Get your Sting and Blackout World Tour’ conquered American and Asian stages and now the Scorpions are returning to Europe, where the saga began all those years ago. The Scorpions’ popularity peaked in the seventies and eighties when ballads such as ‘Wind of Change’ and ‘Still Loving You’ stormed the charts. Still, song writers Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker never abandoned their roots, spoiling metal fans worldwide with fifteen-odd heavy albums including numerous classic rock anthems such as ‘Rock You like a Hurricane’. Unfortunately their first GMM appearance on Friday 24 June will also be their last, so don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Joining Ozzy on Saturday will be JUDAS PRIEST. No band is more deserving of the epithet ‘Metal Gods’ than the Birmingham quintet. Back in the day, Priest pioneered heavy metal along with Black Sabbath; today, their illustrious career spans over four decades and they are still spearheading the genre they themselves helped create with their no-holds-barred attitude. In 2011, the Priest is embarking on a new world tour of prestigious arenas and major festivals, which obviously includes Graspop Metal Meeting.

Graspop Metal Meeting 2011 will be held in Dessel festival park over the weekend of Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June. With leading bands from just about every metal and rock subgenre and a lineup that spans several generations of heavy music, there’s loads of fun to be had for metalheads both young and not so young. Graspop Metal Meeting is synonymous for three days of music and fun, 70+ bands, four stages and lots of fringe events to boot, including signing sessions, an outdoor festival fair, an indoor metal market, etc.Moreover, the campsite is second to none with its Festival Express Shop, excellent sanitary facilities and much more.


As of Wednesday 8 December, tickets for GMM2011 will be available at www.graspop.be/tickets_EN

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Judas Priest calls it a day – last show ever in Sweden at Sweden Rock Festival

December 7th, 2010
by EvilG

Judas Priest, one of the most important hard-rock bands in history, have decided to end their career. After having defined the term heavy metal for over 30 years, the Brits will say farewell with one final grandiose world tour, “The Epitaph Tour”, in 2011. When the tour reaches Sweden Rock Festival in June, it will be the last time ever that Judas Priest plays on Swedish soil.

In the mid-70’s, Judas Priest pioneered hard rock music by cutting the strings to the genre’s blues roots and increasing the velocity while proudly calling their music heavy metal – a term most other bands despised at the time. By doing so, Priest laid the foundation for most of the metal sub genres that would evolve during the 80’s and 90’s. Judas Priest also invented the studs and leather fashion that has become the uniform of choice for metal fans all over the world. From the late 70’s and throughout the following decades, Judas Priest have remained one of the biggest, most loved and most influential bands on the hard rock/metal scene. Among their many legendary albums are “British Steel”, “Painkiller”, “Screaming for Vengeance” and “Defenders of the Faith”, and the band will always be remembered for classic songs like “Breaking the Law”, “Living After Midnight”, “You?ve Got Another Thing Coming”, “Electric Eye” and “Freewheel Burning”, to name a few.

Once again, and then nevermore, the classic line-up of singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and KK Downing, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis will bombard us with all the classics that have made the name Judas Priest synonymous with heavy metal. On June 8-11, Swedish fans get one final chance to see the band live.

For a more extensive Judas Priest biography, we recommend this link: http://www.rockdetector.com/artist/united+kingdom/west+midlands/birmingham/judas+priest

Confirmed bands so far out of a total of around 70:

Ozzy Osbourne
Judas Priest
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Rhapsody of Fire
The Haunted
Jason & the Scorchers
Agent Steel
Dan Reed Band
Walter Trout
Mason Ruffner
Fläsket Brinner
Rage (Acoustic)

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December 7th, 2010
by EvilG


After storming the world for nearly 40 years and taking their very special brand of heavy metal to all four corners of the planet, JUDAS PRIEST -one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time, have announced this will be their final world tour!!

However, the mighty PRIEST will certainly be going out strong as they rock the planet starting in 2011 on the massive EPITAPH tour – hitting all the major cities throughout the world they will be playing the songs that helped make the name JUDAS PRIEST synonymous with heavy metal!

With all guns blazing and amps cranked to eleven, the band  will be giving all their fans one last chance to witness the ultimate metal experience that is JUDAS PRIEST!

JUDAS PRIEST will be starting their world tour in Europe – we have just confirmed the following festivals for 2011:

9th June                Sweden Rock Festival, Sweden
11th June               Sauna Festival, Finland
17th June               Copenhell Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
19th June               Hellfest, Nantes, France
22nd June               Gods of Metal Festival, Milan, Italy
25th June               Graspop Festival, Belgium
23rd July               HIgh Voltage Festival, London, UK
5th August              Wacken Festival, Germany

Stay tuned as we announce more dates – information will be forthcoming soon – so start getting prepared to rock one final time with the incomparable JUDAS PRIEST!!

Fore more information, visit www.judaspriest.com

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December 6th, 2010
by EvilG

Greek heavy/prog/doom metal band DISHARMONY has been announced for next year’s edition of MetalMorphosis Open Air Festival, set to take place in Cyprus on July 30th 2011.

Alongside DISHARMONY on the festival’s bill, the following bands have also been confirmed: THE FALLEN WITHIN (Greece), FROZEN WINDS (Cyprus) and UNDER THE NUMBER (Cyprus).

The festival’s headliners will be announced in January 2011.

MetalMorphosis 2010’s bill featured Greece’s ROTTING CHRIST as headliners with support from SORROWFUL ANGELS, SONIK DEATH MONKEY and others.

DISHARMONY’s debut studio album, “Shades of Insanity”, was produced earlier this year and you can listen to tunes on the band’s official MySpace profile: http://www.myspace.com/disharmonyofficial


Chris Kounelis – Vocals

John Karousiotis – Guitar

Stavros Gatsopoulos – Guitar

Panagiotis Gatsopoulos – Bass

Thanos Pappas – Drums

Official Website: http://www.disharmony.gr

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New NIDINGR Album To See Release In January; Interviews Available

December 6th, 2010
by EvilG

NIDINGR remain a mainly cult act, although some might conder them a “super group” of sorts when they discover the band is comprised of a long list of notable black metal artisans including bassist/guitarist Teloch (1349, Gorgoroth, Ov Hell, Orcustus, Umoral, Konsortium), bassist/guitarist Blargh (Gravferd, Dødheimsgard), vocalist Cpt. Estrella Grasa (Kort Prosess), and drummer Hellhammer (Immortal, Shining, Thorns, Umoral, Mayhem, Emperor). Wolf Father even features a guest appearance from Ulver’s Kristoffer Rygg (a.k.a. Garm), and features artwork by French visionary Valnoir of Metastazis, known for their work with Watain, Ulver, Peste Noire, Nachtmystium, Anteus and more.

Vendlus will proudly unleash NIDINGR’s Wolf Father to the ravenous hordes in a full-on CD/digital release on January 18, 2011.

Wolf Father Track Listing:

1. Fafnismol

2. Baldrs Draumar

3. Reginsmol

4. Voluspo

5. Hymiskvitha

6. Lokasenna




Cult Norwegian black metal unit NIDINGR return from a five year hiatus with their raging new album. The assassins that form this deadly unit have culminated their dark arts and aggression on their sophomore full-length Wolf Father, the uncompromising album sure to scathe listeners with its relentless whirlwind of black metal wrath.

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Titans of The Throne Drum Festival Scheduled Featuring Members of Deicide, Malevolent Creation, Cynic and Yngwie Malmsteen

December 6th, 2010
by EvilG

Some of the underground’s top drummers have been tapped to take part in the ‘Titans of the Throne’ Drum Festival on January 21 at Hooligans Live in Boca Raton, FL. Sponsored by Sick Drummer Magazine, Tama, Sabian, Vic Firth, Evans and Regal Tip, this performance-based event aims to shine the spotlight on some of the most prominent drummers in metal. While several guests are to be announced later, the main performance will feature appearances by:

Steve Asheim (Deicide)
Gus Rios (Malevolent Creation)
Sean Reinert (Cynic)
Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen)

Tickets range from $15 to $25 for VIP access and students with valid ID will receive a discounted rate. The event will also include raffles, giveaways and even a chance to win drum lessons from Sean Reinert from Cynic! Don’t miss your chance to see the incredible showmanship of these iconic metal drummers!

For more information, visit http://www.titansofthethrone.com/

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CONDEMNED?: Re-Sign to Nuclear Blast Records

December 6th, 2010
by EvilG

Northern CA based crossover veterans CONDEMNED? have re-signed with their former label Nuclear Blast Records. As the second band to ever be released by Nuclear Blast the label is honored to be once again working with one of the groups that helped get them up and running. The band is currently wrapping up recording at Prairie Sun Recording Studios with producer Billy Anderson (NEUROSIS, MR. BUNGLE, CATTLE DECAPITATION, CATHEDRAL, EYEHATEGOD etc.) and an early 2011 release is expected.

Watch a preview of the new album at the following location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMn7KcZ1o2I.

CONDEMNED? is a nostalgic connection for me and it is a pleasure to go somewhat back to our roots,” commented Nuclear Blast founder and owner Markus Staiger. “Nuclear Blast’s 2nd release ever (NB002) from 1987 was the bands debut. Now the band continues mixing the past with the  present for a new release, plus a bonus compilation that will include their debut album Humanoid or Biomechanoid?! CONDEMNED? stands for old school raw metallic hardcore and combines the feeling of late 80’s cross-over/punk-metal, with some brutal and melodic touches. The USHC legends have recorded 14 tracks especially for this release, some are new recordings from when they were USHC legends ATTITUDE!”

CONDEMNED? added in an official statement:
“We are excited to be re-signing with Nuclear Blast! Markus launched our first album in Europe as his 2nd release ever in 1987! He started as we did, ‘doing it yourself’ for the music and the scene. Our latest double CD release with Nuclear Blast has 14-new recordings fresh from the forge, produced by Billy Anderson and CONDEMNED? The bonus disc is a time-line from 1983-1993 covering all the different incarnations over the years.

We definitely have diverse roots, growing up in the S.F. Bay Area! Founded during the 80’s Hard-core/Thrash Metal scene we bridged the two, plus we are influenced by the European punk-movement and S.F’s Acid rock past. We bridged all styles, so we could to stay unique! The latest release reflects both the past and the present.”

For more info visit: www.myspace.com/c2dcondemned2death

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December 6th, 2010
by EvilG

Swedish heavy metallers ENFORCER have confirmed a mini tour of Greece, set to start on Friday, 17th December in Xanthi.

ENFORCER are currently on the road in Europe with Australian rockers AIRBOURNE and will have a few days break following the tour before heading to Greece for four shows.


“Looking forward to getting over to Greece for a few headline shows before Christmas.  Greek crowds are always fantastic.  Looking forward to it being a little warmer over there than the UK – where even though the snow’s on the ground, the reception from the dates with Airbourne has been hot!  Let’s heat it up, Greece!”

Catch ENFORCER live at the following shows:

07 Dec – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia
09 Dec – Manchester, UK – Academy
10 Dec – Birmingham, UK – Academy

View the tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/enforcer_airbourne_2010.jpg

17 Dec – Xanthi, Greece – Fex Club (w/ RELEASED ANGER, PERFECT STRANGERS)
18 Dec – Thessaloniki, Greece – Harley Bar (w/ RELEASED ANGER)
19 Dec – Ioannina, Greece – Polichoros Agora (w/ RELEASED ANGER)
20 Dec – Athens, Greece – Kytaro Club (w/ CONVIXION, WRATHBLADE)

ENFORCER are set to appear in-store at Earache Records’ recently announced pop-up Christmas shop in Nottingham, UK on Saturday, 11th December for a signing session, where an ultra-rare ENFORCER/VOLTURE 7″ split vinyl (only 200 copies made) will be exclusively available.

ENFORCER are also due to play at Earache’s free Xmas Party in Nottingham on the same night.  For more information and to get free tickets, head to http://www.earache.com/party2010

Watch ENFORCER’s new music video for the track “Midnight Vice” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=032iifZ_SmA

ENFORCER’s new album, DIAMONDS, is available now in Europe on limited edition digipak CD and limited edition coloured vinyl.  Get your copy now at http://earache.com/webstore/index.php/cPath/667_669_751

For more ENFORCER news and info, head to http://www.myspace.com/enforcerswe

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EXUMER confirmed to headline Mexico’s Keep the Thrash Festival

December 6th, 2010
by EvilG

German thrashers EXUMER have been confirmed to headline one additional festival date in Cuautitlan /Mexico, on December 18, 2010. The “Keep the Thrash Festival”, will be second date on the band’s itinerary and will feature some of the bands that have been confirmed for the “Thrash or Die Festival”, in Tijuana/Mexico on December 17, 2010.

This second date has been added, due to the requests by Mexican fans and on the recommendation of the Mexican promoters who want to expose EXUMER to as many Mexican fans as possible.

Vocalist Mem V. Stein comments: “We were surprised and delighted at the same time when the Mexican promoters asked us to add another stop in Mexico. It proves the band’s popularity and cult status in Latin America. We will definitely try to cover as many countries in that region as possible when we return there next year. We have focused on playing live in Europe last and this year, which was important for the band’s re-establishment as a whole. However, North and South America are on our agenda for 2011, and that is where we would like to play the majority of our live shows”.

For more information go to: www.myspace.com/exumerwaingthefire

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MEGADETH’s Dave Mustaine – “We’re Going To Have Some ‘Big’ Shows Coming Up”

December 6th, 2010
by EvilG

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has revealed via his Twitter account that there are some major tour announcements forthcoming: “A huge announcement is coming for next summer in the States and in Europe and the UK. Just went through a couple weeks of hell arranging something special for summer. Stay tuned! We’re going to have some Big shows coming up.”

Take note of the word “Big” – alluding to the possibility that the aforementioned territories could see The Big Four of thrash metal – METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX and Megadeth – back on the road.

Nothing has been officially confirmed – stay tunedfor more details.

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AIRBOURNE – Live at Tampere, FINLAND

December 6th, 2010
by Marko Syrjala




October 12’th 2010



Australian rockers Airbourne returned last November to Finland to play two practically sold out shows just less than a year from their last visit here last February. The band is still touring to support their early 2010 release NO GUTS.NO GLORY and it seems that this run will last another year from now on. The future does look good for Airbourne. The band is getting great reviews everywhere and they’re playing bigger venues across the world. In Finland, they last year performed in sold out Club Nosturi for approximately 800 people and band now sold altogether near 3000 tickets in Tampere’s Pakkahuone and Helsinki’s Cable Factory. The band is however still in the early stages of their career, with only two studio albums under their belts, so only time will tell how popular the band will end up to be in their career? 


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SABATON – Interview with Pär Sundström

December 6th, 2010
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Interview with Pär Sundström from SABATON

@ Electric Ballroom, Camden London

Interviewer: Danny Draper

Photos: Altercarnated Photography


On a cold October afternoon we made our way in to the back entrance of the Electric Ballroom, Camden London to a meet Sabaton’s Drummer Pär before tonight’s sold out show.

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Dillinger Escape Plan @ Electric Ballroom, London

December 5th, 2010
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

Dillinger Escape Plan with Support: The Ocean, Rolo Tomassi

Venue: The Electric Ballroom, London

Reviewer: Danny Draper

Photos: Altercarnated Photography

The night was cold and wet with the queues were building to get into tonight’s chao-sphere of metal tonight.


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Introducing a Rockin Sports Eatery… it’s the “Ripper Owens Tap House”

December 4th, 2010
by EvilG
Ripper Owens Tap House

Ripper Owens Tap House

According to Aaron Coleman from Thesuburbanite.com, the opening of the Ripper Owens Tap House on Waterloo Road in Akron, Ohio has been two years in the making for singer Tim “Ripper” Owens (HAIL!, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ex-ICED EARTH) and local restauranteur Randy Arehart who wanted to build a “Rockin Sports Eatery” that everyone could enjoy.

To build a Rockin Sports Eatery, you must have two things, great service, and great food to go along with that atmosphere, and the Tap House has both.

“We take great pride in our menu said Arehart, It’s more than typical bar food, You can get anything from a burger, to a steak, and our waiters, waitresses, and bartenders will be sure it gets to you in a timely manner, with a smile, and cooked the way you want it.”

“The Judas Priest memorabila and the various items Tim’s collected over the years add to the decor of the place and it was totally a team effort,” Arehart said.

“Our policy here is to treat everyone like a rock star, and that means great service from our staff here, and make sure your experience is a quality one that will have you coming back,” Ripper said.

Read the entire report here.

For more info visit Ripperowenstaphouse.com.

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CONTROL DENIED – When Machine And Man Collide To Be Completed

December 4th, 2010
by EvilG
Control Denied

Control Denied

CONTROL DENIED singer Tim Aymar has released the following statement regarding the completion of the band’s second album, When Machine And Man Collide:

“On December 13th, we will once again take at least a few moments of our day to remember the Father Of Death Metal, Chuck Schuldiner. Those who know Chuck’s music from DEATH and Control Denied have faithfully and patiently awaited the announcement of the completion of Chuck’s dying wish which is to get the final Control Denied record out to you, and along with my other band-mates, I am extremely happy to be here to fulfill the promise I made a decade ago.

When I first talked to Chuck about auditioning for a new band he was working on, an extension of his former band Death which he called Control Denied. We first talked over the telephone, and he was not at all like what I had expected him to be. My band-mate, co-writer and dear friend Jimmy Dofka from PSYCHO SCREAM had turned me on to Death a few months before, and the picture I had in my mind of Chuck, judging only by how precise and beautifully violent that music is, was of a brutal tyrant. I mean after-all, just listen to Gene Hoglan’s drumming and the command of Chuck’s blood soaked screaming, and you’ll know what I mean. Well, I was delightfully wrong. The voice on the phone was just a guy like me, an easy going, slow talking hippie with a burning passion for metal. We both understood the seriousness of the business at hand, but neither of made it seem anything but exiting and fun, and that was awesome. That’s just what professionals do.

We talked about our tastes in music and inspirations and our idols. We were definitely on the same page. He said he wanted me to audition because from what he’d heard already from Psycho Scream, my voice had all the qualities he had been looking for since he began his journey into metal. There’s a bit of everyone we both liked in there, a bit of Dio, Halford, Tyler, Gillan, Bonnet, all the best screamers in the biz. With that in mind, we set a date and I flew down to meet him and do the audition. I thought maybe there was a chance he was blowing a bit of smoke up my ass, because that’s just what some people do. But no, as it turns out, he was one of the few people in this biz that didn’t.

I arrived at Orlando International and just grabbed my stuff at the luggage return, when Chuck, Scott, Chris and Shannon came running and screaming through the hallway like pack of wild dogs yelling ‘Tim Scream, Tim Scream’, my new nickname which later, at the house I found inscribed on a half gallon bottle of Jim Beam. They mugged me of my luggage, lifted me up and threw me in the air like a rag doll. I knew this was gonna be a hell of a week already. Surprisingly, we jumped into the car and they had the Psycho Scream tape in the player, and they were singing along like they’d known it forever. We got to the house and there it was… the ominous bottle with the letters J and B scratched out and the rest of the letters sharpied in to spell out Tim Scream. We got to work right away…on the booze, and then we listened to a bunch of stuff from Chuck’s vinyl collection.

Once we got rolling in the studio, the work went smooth as buttermilk. We knocked out three songs in 2 1/2 days rather than the 5 we expected, so Chuck mixed down the tunes and when he was finished he called me into the kitchen. He poured us each a shot of Tim Scream, handed me one and said “we’re all very happy about this, and if you want the job, I won’t even call Halford back.” I could not believe what I had just heard. He not only wanted a voice like one of my all time greatest idols, he had planned on auditioning him after me. But that’s how he said it. That’s just what bosses do.

The police showed up at our first practice as a band. Chuck was polite, but firm in his conviction when he said ‘you might think you know who you came here to hassle, but you don’t know I’m probably the only person on this street who’s house is paid for and my taxes are paid as well, I’ve been all over the world with my band and that’s how I bought this place and not how these people who called you tell their children who say shit to my nephew at school and send him home crying. I just paid like 10 grand to sound proof my home so these people would not hear us, and now you’re telling me it’s too loud? what is the law? I’ll abide it.’ He wanted to know because that’s just what good neighbours do.

So at the end of the week it was time to say goodbye and I waited for the call from Chuck to find out the progress on his soliciting the demos. I waited, and worked my engineering job at Soundscape, and my management job at a home improvement company sales office. Several family members had passed away, including my mom and I was layed off from work, and Chuck did find a record deal with Nuclear Blast America, but it was for Death. I wasn’t sure why he didn’t contact me, but finally I got an email from Liz at NB and she told me Chuck lost my number and needed to talk with me about Control Denied. Then a friend brought over a copy of The Sound Of Perseverance and showed me the liner notes. Chuck had written to me through the liner notes that he lost my number. This is immortalized. Then when I went to pick up the phone to call him, it rang, I answered and it was him. It wasn’t the first time it happened; it happened before and several times after this. It happens with other friends too. That’s just what spiritual connections do.

I met up with the whole Death line-up when they finally hit Pittsburgh, and hung out with them for the rest of the night. This was my first time meeting Richard Christy, our drummer. Chris had already decided to move on, and that was ok because we all knew how much he loved Control Denied, but he just couldn’t hang around waiting and he joined up with another project. Richard, I had already heard with his previous band Burning Inside, because they are on the same compilation CD as Psycho Scream, so technically we were already on the same record together, although in separate bands. Well, Richard and I couldn’t have hit it off any better. We’re both practical jokers. Richard devised a plan to mess with the tour manager. He took a candy circus peanut, stuffed it into the neck of a Heineken bottle and popped the lid back on, and handed it to me. He said, put this in the cooler and when I tell you, grab it and give it to this guy. So the tour manager jumps on the bus and says ‘somebody get me a beer’ and I handed him the Heiney. He popped off the top and tried to take a swig. Upon further inspection, he noticed something odd and that was my cue. ‘oh my god, there’s a fucking mouse in it, holy shit, it’s a fucking mouse.’ He just about vomited when we let him in on the joke. I showed them down the street to THE “O” to get some greasy but good greasy pizza and we joked and talked some more and later, Richard said to me “you got a lot of balls fucking with the tour manager the first time we’ve met” I waited for the punch line…’so you’re gonna fit right in with this bunch.’ Yep, I already knew it.

So I went back home again, and a month or so later , I packed my bags for Orlando. This time, it was to demo some new tunes since a few of the one’s on the Control Denied tapes had been ‘Deathized’ and recorded on TSOP. We demoed and wrote and re-demoed and re-wrote and we rehearsed with the band and.. barbecued. AAAAAAh yeah, carnivores, all of us. We love carnage, and Chuck was our master chef. Being a former chef by trade, I was impressed. He loved coffee and bagels too, so it became our morning ritual. Gourmet coffee, bagels and cream cheese, Jerry Springer and Southern Rock. To get fired up before we hit the studio, we had our breakfast watching Jerry Springer to laugh at the stupidity, and we ordered up MOLLY HATCHET from the local radio station. When Hatchet came on, we’d crank it up and sing along at the top of our lungs like complete idiots. It was such a blast, so… not what you’d expect from such a prominent figure in the music business, yet that’s why it all worked. How could anyone in the world have an ego tantrum or a pissing contest after behaving in such a manner. Impossible.

Wait, I haven’t even mentioned catfish sandwiches or Bethanne yet. This story gets better. I met Chuck’s sister at the country club she worked at. I had mentioned that I loved catfish, so they highly recommended the catfish sandwich. OH MY God! Good catfish, but I mean Bethanne. It took maybe 5 minutes to realize how awesome a gal she is. Not only is she a sight for sore eyes, she’s sharp as a whip, funny as hell, a practical joker as well, and did I mention whip? Later on I saw another side of Bethanne I admire even more. DO NOT TRY TO HURT HER. I swear to that thing people swear to, if you try to hurt Bethanne, we’re all gonna step aside and let her loose on you. I mean I’d rather go toe to toe with Chuck Norris than piss her off. But seriously, when it comes down to it, she’s the best sister in the world. OK, back to the barbecuing.

So, it was Valentine’s Day. Chuck and I are two bachelors spending the day together because we’re two weeks into rehearsals and still wrapping up the demos. Chuck bought chickens and steaks and I bought prawns and lobster tails and we’re preparing a feast for ourselves and the rest of the cast of carnivores who were en route. Just as they rolled in for dinner and practice, Chuck brought me the phone. ‘It’s your dad,’ he said. I almost swallowed my tongue. ‘huh?’ my dad only calls me when bad things happen like when someone dies. ‘You have to come home,” my dad said, “little Danny died.’ My youngest brother was Chuck’s age, this could NOT be real. The guys heard what just happened and they huddled around me and kept me from falling apart; that’s just what brothers do. Chuck yelled ‘what bag do you want to take?’ oh fuck, this IS real. “Don’t worry, Bethanne and Mom are gonna book you a flight and I’ll get you to the airport right away.” It seemed like maybe three seconds but it must have been an hour or so, that she had the flight booked. That’s just what a sisters do. Chuck got me to the airport, and explained the story of his brother Frank, and why he named his band Death in order to turn such a horrible, negative feeling into something positive. “Take your time, as long as you need, and when you get back, I want you to put everything you’re feeling right now into this record, for yourself, for your brother and for mine, and from now on we have each other, we are brothers in pain, and it’s our obligation to the fans to give them what we honestly feel.” I did, because that’s just what singers do.

Mid-way through recording, Chuck started having a problem with severe headaches and neck pain. Well, he’d been a guitarist for half his life and a headbanger at that, and he’d just come home a month before from a long ass tour and had been spending more time than I would want to screaming at the record company about how they planned on launching this band. So, I recommended he see a chiropractor to adjust his neck and get the blood flowing and that should have taken care of the headaches too. Well, it would have, if the problem hadn’t been a malignant brain-stem tumor that took his life two years later. That’s just what cancers do. I know survivors, but I’m sure their survival were inevitable and were not recovery or a cure from any sort of treatment. These are people who had so much money that the doctors tried to kill them slower in order to get all their money, and the ‘treatments’ weren’t strong enough to kill them, so their cancers probably went away on their own. That is also just what cancers do. And don’t try to tell me otherwise, because I’m sure you don’t know how to fucking cure cancer.

So here comes the fun part. Before Chuck passed away, shortly after his first surgery he was well enough to write and track his parts, Richard’s drums, Shannon’s solo’s and a vocal template for me to go by for each of the songs. He called me shortly after he’d worked on getting the band off of Nuclear Blast because they did not execute several key factors of the contract such as advertising, and small things like FORGETTING TO PUT A FUCKING BARCODE ON THE FIRST 10,000 UNITS??? I doubt that it was a mistake. They were ripping Chuck off from the get go. There was a war of words between myself, the new label Hammerheart, who was not financially stable enough to back any promises they had made, and Chuck tried to get that bogus deal settled, and get off that suicide rig, but he died first. leaving his grieving family to contend with the legal battle for 9 gruelling years. The company was finally forced to admit the deal was fraudulent, but they took the Schuldiners through hell first. That’s just what record companies do. A lot of them anyway, but I think we’ve finally found a home that Chuck would be very proud of at Relapse.

Enter Eric Greif. He is formerly Chuck’s attorney, and considered a brother just like we brothers in the band, and like all brother’s sometimes it meant arguments and fighting, and sometimes it meant making up and being best friends again. That’s just what brother do, too. Well, Eric has been around the block, so to speak as far as representing musicians, and he has made great progress on behalf of Control Denied, Death and the Schuldiner legacy. He’s now the President of Perseverance Holdings LTD and Mutilation Music (BMI) which means basically that he is on-board in Chuck’s stead, to make sure his intellectual property is managed and his wishes are carried out. He’s really kicking some ass since he’s come on board. Both Death and Control Denied are now signed with Relapse, one of metal’s most respected record companies. There are reissues of several Death records and is working to get most of Death’s records reassigned to Relapse. The Control Denied CD The Fragile Art Of Existence’ is re-released as a three-CD set, and a two-CD set, both with loads of special tracks and pictures and notes from the band (see BraveWords.com review here). It just gets better and better every time I talk with him. That is just what good attorneys do!

Eric gave me a call yesterday to let me know the time has come. Did you hear that? No you probably can’t believe I just said it. THE TIME HAS COME!!! Our Producer, Jim Morris at Morrisound in Tampa, Florida who have brought to life notable albums by Death, Control Denied, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, SAVATAGE, ICED EARTH, SEVEN MARY THREE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE, MORBID ANGEL, DEMONS AND WIZARDS, END-TIME ILLUSION and OBITUARY, just to name a fraction of the killer artists on their roster, has contacted Eric Greif, informing the members of Control Denied that he is ready to begin laying out the planning and scheduling to complete Chuck Schuldiner’s legacy When Machine And Man Collide. You heard it right, and you heard it straight from the horses (hey wait a minute) mouth. This record will see the light of day and be in your hands sometime in 2011 and Jim will make certain it’s every bit as awesome as Chuck ever wanted and then some!!!”

(Thanks Empty Words)

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