Interviewed on November 30, 2014 at the Death to All show in New York City
Renowned metal bassist Steve DiGiorgio is one of the very best in the genre. Currently a member of Testament, Steve also had stints in Death and Sadus and is currently on tour with Death To All. At the New York City Death to All show I was lucky enough to interview him and ask a few questions about Chuck Schuldiner, Death To All, and the differences between the bands Steve has played in.
Swamp Leper Stomp ’14, is the latest edition of the Death To All (DTA) tours to cross North America. DTA features former members of Death, celebrating the life and music of Chuck Schuldiner. Joining DTA for the North American trek were a couple of Florida death metal legends; Obituary and Massacre, as well as new comers from Pennsylvania, Rivers of Nihil.
Terry Butler needs no introduction as his works in legendary death metal bands are known amongst death metal fans world wide. Terry keeps himself busy with Massacre and Obituary at the moment. Massacre’s new full length album BACK FROM BEYOND comes 23 years after their debut album hit the streets and gained enormous praises. Obituary is putting the final touches on their brand new album which was financed by the fans. Therefore, it was a good time to catch up with Terry Butler from his home and talk about those bands and of course his past works with Six Feet Under and the mighty Death.
It’s a fittingly cold night in London as we head to the Black Heart, Camden for a round of some of the finest doom metal Europe has to offer. Teaming up with Infected Brain promotions, both EYE OF SOLITUDE and MARCHE FUNEBRE gear up for the opening night of their first ever UK tour. Read the rest of this entry »
Celebrating past legends is something the metal scene has always hung onto. Who can miss the Dimebag tributes every year, the Dio stage at Bloodstock and the Jeff Hanneman tribute is surely not too far off. One that you rarely hear of though is pioneer and father of death metal Chuck Schuldiner. Aiming to change this are three of his old band members who joined him at during his career. Death to All is a celebration of the life of this influential musician by keeping alive his work from over the years.
Interviewed on April 25, 2013 at the Death to All show (Death To All Tour live at the Theater of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA, April 25, 2013)
Paul Masvidal – Death To All
When you think of Chuck Schuldiner and Death, your next thought is usually of gifted guitarist Paul Masvidal, who played on the classic HUMAN album and did various tours with Chuck. An extreme metal veteran with over 25 years of experience and a style all his own, Paul continues to play with his own band Cynic and has recently taken part in the Death To All tours, a celebration of the late Chuck Schuldiner’s music. Paul was kind enough to grant me a few moments of his time prior to the Death To All show in Philadelphia.
For the first time in twelve years, work has commenced on the unreleased sophomore album from CONTROL DENIED. Guitarist Shannon Hamm and Morrisound Recording guru Jim Morris (ICED EARTH, SAVATAGE, CRIMSON GLORY, DEATH) have been reviewing material recorded by the band before Chuck Schuldiner’s untimely passing.
Control Denied started in 1996 as Schuldiner wanted to procure a more melodic style than was possible with Death. The project was interrupted by Death’s release The Sound Of Perseverance in 1998, but finally the debut album was released in 1999. A second album, tentatively titled When Man And Machine Collide, was partly recorded, but the death of Schuldiner in 2001, put the recordings on hold.
Control Denied line-up:
– Chuck Schuldiner – guitar (1996 to 2001), vocals (1996-1998)
– Steve DiGiorgio – bass (1999-2001)
– Shannon Hamm – guitar (1997-2001)
– Tim Aymar – vocals (1998-2001)
– Richard Christy – drums (1997-2001)
– Chris Williams – drums (1996)
– Scott Clendenin – bass (1997-1999)
It’s hard to believe it was 10 years ago, on December 13th 2001, that the entire Heavy Metal world was hit by sad news: Chuck Schuldiner (also known as “Evil Chuck”) of Death had tragically passed away. He lost a lengthy battle with a cancerous brain tumor, dying at the age of just 34. The Heavy Metal world was in shock and mourned his loss, realizing how much joy Chuck Schuldiner had brought Metal fans around the world through his music for nearly two decades.
Chuck is considered as one of the true pioneers of the Death Metal genre, starting out his musical career in 1983 by using the Mantas moniker, and changing the name to Death in late 1984. Death’s debut full-length studio album, SCREAM BLOODY GORE, originally released on Combat Records in 1987, was in many ways a groundbreaking Metal album. It turned out to be a remarkable and influential Metal record for many young generations to come. Unquestionably from that particular album in question onwards, Chuck’s career as a musician, started to sky rocket – Chuck deserved and enjoyed the attention and success he gained with his band Death. People knew Chuck as an ambitious musician who always wanted to develop himself as a musician, to reveal some new sides out for himself. He got involved with a more experimental-sounding super-group called Voodoocult in 1994 for one record – and formed Control Denied (1995-2001), in which he was able to write more melodic stuff that didn’t suit Death’s music (it’s been told the ex-members are determined to finish the 2nd Control Denied album, as that was one of Chuck’s last wishes for all the fans). Chuck’s legacy in Metal is probably greater than any of us will ever realize.
It’s now been 10 long years since the legend left this world. Therefore, we here in Metal-Rules.com decided to honor Chuck’s memory together with several people from all around the world who were either very close to Chuck and knew him personally (Chuck’s ex-band mates, close friends, etc.), or to whom Chuck’s music made a great impact, resulting in thousands and thousands of young musicians forming their own bands – heavily inspired and influenced by Chuck’s signature vocal style, guitar playing and so on. All the people who got involved with this special feature, told their heart-warming and humble thoughts about our much loved, never-forgotten, and very much respected fallen hero.
Oh, just before you are about to start reading this massive tribute article to Chuck, first make sure that your room is filled up with some of Chuck’s music at the highest volumes possible. If you neighbors don’t like it, tell them you have an official permission today to play your music as loud as you want to, authorized exclusively by Metal-Rules.com.
Written by Luxi Lahtinen on October 30th 2011
This tribute is dedicated especially to Chuck’s family, relatives, close friends and all those people who really cared for Chuck and all his music he ever did. Chuck’s legacy and music are meant to live forever.
Richard Christy: “Everything in my life has been touched by the influence of Chuck Schuldiner, and I think about that every day.”
December 13, 2011, marks the tenth anniversary of the tragic early passing of Chuck Schuldiner, leader of the bands Death and Control Denied. Only 34 years old at the time, Schuldiner left behind a fifteen-year metal legacy that began with the crude groundbreaking death metal of Mantas, expanded tremendously over more than a decade with Death, and ended unresolved with the virtuoso metal of Control Denied.
On this week’s “Bloody Roots” heavy metal history show on the Sirius XM Liquid Metal channel, host Ian Christe (“Sound of the Beast”) will be joined by Schuldiner’s longtime bandmate and friend, drummer Richard Christy (Death/Control Denied/Charred Walls of the Damned/Howard Stern) to pay tribute to a fallen icon with memories and merciless metal by Mantas, Death, Autopsy, Massacre, Cynic, Charred Walls of the Damned, and Control Denied.
Says Richard Christy: “Nobody would know who I am in the metal world if it wasn’t for Chuck giving me a chance with Death. I was really just some unknown guy from Missouri. That led to me being in Control Denied, and even Iced Earth. I really owe everything to Chuck as far as my life in metal. Chuck even had a connection with me now being on the Howard Stern show, because I learned how to use recording software from being in the studio with Chuck and Jim Morris. Everything in my life has been touched by the influence of Chuck Schuldiner, and I think about that every day.”
The broadcast dates and times for Bloody Roots on Sirius XM Liquid Metal are as follows:
Saturday, 12/10 @ 6pm ET
Sunday, 12/11 @ 2pm ET
Tuesday, 12/13 @ 3pm ET
Thursday, 12/15 @ 9pm ET
James Murphy, former guitarist of both Death and Testament, As well as founding member of the death metal band Disincarnate, has had a relapse of the brain tumor that sidelined him back in 2001. Murphy stated that the tumor had returned but that it was a non malignant and that it was being treated pharmacologically. Unfortunately, those medications have serious side effects that have left him unable to work. The option for different medications is available, but at a cost of over $1000 a month, and he needs a minimum of 6 months of medication for treatment to be effective. With his medical expenses extremely high and James not being able to work due to the side effects of the current medications, the metal community is being asked to come together and help one of their brothers and donate to help him beat this once and for all.
In August 2001, Murphy was discovered to have a massive tumor growth near the base of his brain (on the pituitary gland) and was quickly scheduled for an urgent life-saving operation. James underwent surgery on September 17, 2001, involving a Maxillary Swing procedure that made entry through the left side of the face. An incision was made underneath the left eye, along the side of the nose, and finally through the middle of the upper lip. The facial tissue was then pulled back and the cheekbone removed. They then cut through James‘ sinus and made entry below the orbit of the eye to remove a portion of the growth. More was removed through an incision made in the soft pallet inside the mouth. About 70% of the tumor was removed, the remainder being too close to vital structures to risk further damage. The sinus was then packed with fat tissue taken from the lower abdomen via an incision below the navel and reattached. The cheekbone was set back in place and held with two small titanium plates. The facial tissue was then sutured closed along with the soft pallet. His mouth was fitted with prosthesis to protect the pallet tissue while it healed. The remaining 30% of the tumor was treated with a medication called Parlodel (Bromocriptine) to shrink it called which James was told he would have to take for the rest of his life. This treatment was more or less successful for 9 years.
A spike in the hormone indicator for the tumor, as discovered by a blood test that was followed up by an MRI to confirm, showed that the tumor was again active, and had grown a bit. Luckily not enough to require surgery, but radiation treatment was still on the table. The decision was made to defer the radiation treatment for 6 months, during which time the tumor would be attacked pharmacologically, increasing the dose of the drug used to hinder its growth to a level which leaves James wiped out, overly fatigued, nauseous, and unable to work to earn his living at full capacity. A better drug, one that has less side-effects, and would require a much smaller dosage is available, but considerable vastly more expensive. Click Here to Donate:
DEATH’s legendary fourth album, Human, will mark its 20th anniversary with an official reissue on June 21st in North America (June 27th internationally) via Relapse Records.
DEATH - HUMAN
Human has been entirely remixed by longtime Death producer Jim Morris and remastered 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 and 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. This footage was filmed 20 years ago to the day at Morrisound studios in Tampa, FL. Check it out below:
Eric Greif, Esq. for Perseverance Holdings Ltd. (which runs everything related to late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED legend Chuck Schuldiner’s intellectual property) has issued the following update on the official Death/Control Denied/Chuck Schuldiner website EmptyWords:
“A very happy 2011 to all Death and Control Denied fans around the world! This is going to be an exciting and dramatic year for all of us preserving Chuck’s legacy – not just of course the fact that in December it will be a full decade since Chuck died, but due to all of the cool things happening that keep his music and memory very much alive. The Schuldiners and I, in partnership with Relapse Records – and with the full cooperation and support of all the former band members and associates – have been painstakingly dealing with every small detail to ensure that the Death and Control Denied names live on for the diehards as well as with a new generation just discovering the groundbreaking music.
You already know some of what is happening: Producer Jim Morris is already working with the Control Denied guys on the much anticipated completion of When Man And Machine Collide (yes, this is now the fixed, proper title), which will eventually be out on Relapse. Keep checking EmptyWords for progress reports; Relapse production manager Drew Juergens and I continue to map out the reissues, gathering together rarities and extras to make each release is historical – one of the Death reissues will even be a complete album remix by Jim Morris (more news on that in EmptyWords as it becomes available)!
The official Death fan club The Metal Crusade will soon be re-launched. There will be a Chuck Schuldiner biography by trailblazing metallic globetrotter Ian Christe. And the first Death reissue is The Sound of Perseverance in mindboggling two-CD standard (available internationally) and three-CD deluxe (available through Relapse mail order only) versions, scheduled for release in February – but the big news is that the cover has been revamped by original artist Travis Smith… and I am here giving the official debut of the new cover at EmptyWords for all to see!
All of this would surely meet Chuck’s approval. However, the most important thing is to make the fans happy – and that is our motivation, as it was Chuck’s. Keep the metal flowing and I hope to meet a lot of you in this New Year.”