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Formed: 1983
From: Orlando, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Death News

Below is our complete Death news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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New Death Anniversary Vinyl Releases Coming

Relapse Records are planning three Death deluxe anniversary vinyl releases for July 20th. Each of the LPs will be released in celebration of a specific milestone, including a 30th anniversary edition of “Leprosy” a 25th anniversary edition of “Individual Thought Patterns” and a 20th anniversary pressing of “The Sound Of Perseverance“.

A trailer for the re-release can be streamed below:


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Gruesome Premiere New NSFW Music Video “Inhumane”

Death (the band) worshipping death metal outfit Gruesome (Exhumed, etc.) premiere their new music video for “Inhumane“, taken from their upcoming album “Twisted Prayers“, which will receive a June 01st release date through Relapse. Jeffrey Sisson (Exhumed, Origin) directed the clip.

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Violation Wound (Chris Reifert) Debut New Songs

Violation Wound, formed by Chris Reifert (Death, Abscess, Autopsy) on guitar and vocals, will release its new effort, "With Man In Charge", on April 27 through Peaceville Records.

Two songs from the release, "Fearmonger" and "State Of Alarm", can be streamed below:

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Gruesome Streaming Cover Of Death’s "Choke On It"

Death worshipping band Gruesome (Exhumed, etc.) premieres its cover version of "Choke On It", taken from the upcoming new EP "Fragments Of Psyche", which will be out March 31st on Relapse Records. Comments drummer Gus Rios:

"This is a true homage from apprentice to master for me! The idea was to reinterpret this song as if Sean Reinert had recorded it, though I’ve always been very vocal about my adoration of Bill Andrew‘s more simple but solid style, so obviously NO disrespect there! This is simply a fun reworking of what I consider to be one of the best tunes on Leprosy, and one that I thought would particularly lend itself well to some more complex grooves. Doing my best Bill/Reinert impersonation!"

Check out now "Choke On It ’91" below.

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Gruesome (Exhumed, Etc.) Premieres "Psychic Twin"

Death worshipping band Gruesome (Exhumed, etc.) premieres a new demo track titled "Psychic Twin", taken from the upcoming new EP "Fragments Of Psyche", which will be out March 31st on Relapse Records.

Check out now "Psychic Twin" below.

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Gruesome Premieres Title Track From Upcoming EP

Death worshipping death metal outfit Gruesome premieres the title track from the band's upcoming new EP "Fragments Of Psyche", which will be out in stores on March 31st through Relapse Records. Former Death drummer Sean Reinert (Cynic) guests on this particular new track.

Check out now "Fragments Of Psyche" below.

Says vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey (Exhumed) of it: More...

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Just For Fun

Death To Reunite With David Vincent

This was obviously an April Fool's gag. For the full list of our 2016 jokes, head here.

Legendary U.S. death metal pioneers Death will return to the studio and live venues in 2017 with a revamped lineup featuring ex-Morbid Angel vocalist David Vincent. Joining the lineup is: ex-Death to All/Cynic (live) vocalist/guitarist Max Phelps and guitarist Shannon Hamm and Charred Walls of the Damned drummer Richard Christy, both of who performed on Death's latest studio album "The Sound of Perseverance." David Vincent will assume both lead vocal and bass duties for the new lineup.

The new lineup was hand selected by manager/Chuck Schuldiner's estate lawyer Eric Greif, with assistance by drummer Richard Christy. A new album is currently being penned by Vincent and Hamm and is targeted for release in late 2017 through Nuclear Blast Records.

Greif was unavailable for comment, but Vincent was asked about whether he would continue Schuldiner's progressive vision of the band and continue in the same vein as "The Sound of Perseverance," which he replied: "I'm not sure yet. Its hard for me to approach this album trying to think what Chuck would have done had he been able to release another Death album. I'm just trying to write a great album that will respect the legacy he left, but also keep his spirit of innovation alive through our influences. I'd like to think Chuck would have moved the Death sound in all different directions given the way music has changed over the last 18 years. I will say this though - expect the unexpected."

As to why this happened now, Richard Christy replied: "A void has been left in the scene when Chuck was taken from us and we intend to continue the legacy of Chuck. I expect to see a lot of backlash, especially calling this band 'Death,' but lineups in bands change and in the modern era even the biggest lineup changes have been accepted over time. We hope people will buy into what we are trying to do and give us the benefit of the doubt. At first, we thought about a different name like 'Death*' or 'Death 2.0,' but Death is just Death, so we kept it Death."

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1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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Obscura Updates Tour Schedule With Death DTA

Obscura just checked in with the following announcement about updates and changes to the band's European tour with Death DTA:

"Next spring, Steve Di Giorgio and Gene Hoglan will be on U.S. tour with thrash metal legends Testament to conquer the stages with mighty Slayer. Unfortunately, this tour overlapping with the upcoming Death DTA Tour.

"To make sure you still get the full Death experience, the band decided to re-schedule the dates. Obscura will not perform at the mentioned dates below due to scheduling conflicts and drop off the tour after Tallinn, EE. Here’s what changed:

19.04.2016 FR – Strasbourg, La Laiterie (moved from 24.03.2016)
20.04.2016 CH – Aarau, Kiff (moved from 26.03.2016)
21.04.2016 IT – Brescia, Circo Colony (moved from 29.03.2016)
22.04.2016 IT – Cagliari, Cueva (moved from 28.03.2016)
23.04.2016 IT – Pordenone, Deposito Giordani (moved from 27.03.2016)

"Already purchased tickets are also valid for the new dates. We are still trying to find a date to re-schedule the already announced show in Lyon @ CCO Villeurbanne. Furthermore, Death DTA could add some extra dates to the tour. Please find the new schedule below." More...

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Former Death Bassist Passes Away

Former Death and Death To All bassist (see also live clip below) Scott Clendenin has passed away at the age of 47. Says former manager of Death Eric Greif on the band's official Facebook page:

"With a sense of shock, I'm letting all of you know of the passing today of former Death bassist Scott Clendenin. Scott had some health challenges in the last few years but was optimistic about his prospects.

"Of course he was the skilled player on 'The Sound Of Perseverance' Death album, and recently participated in two DTA (Death To All) live runs, in 2012 and 2013, including the highlight of his acoustic guitar in a poignant rendition of 'Voice Of The Soul.' Our thoughts go out to Scott's family at this difficult time."

Scott Clendenin stated in an interview 2011 about the experience of playing with Death and Control Denied: "It was a great honor to have played with someone so revered as Chuck (Schuldiner). I can say it made me a better player and person to be involved in these bands." More...

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Godflesh And Onslaught Join Bloodstock Bill

The organizers of the Bloodstock Festival are excited to announce their third headliner for the Sophie Lancaster Stage, and a slew of other Sophie stage bands for the August 2015 event.

Industrial outfit Godflesh is to headline Sunday night on the Sophie Lancaster stage. Frontman Justin Broadrick comments: “Godflesh is thrilled to be playing a very metal UK festival! We don’t get asked to play many, as we’re often viewed as not ‘real’ metal enough, or we’re generally seen as outsiders, which we are, thank you. That doesn’t mean we don’t like to be invited to be a real metal band once in a while and especially in the Derbyshire countryside! Thank you Bloodstock!“

British thrash stalwarts Onslaught also join the Sophie stage line-up on Sunday. The band is celebrating the 30th anniversary in 2015 of debut album, "Power From Hell," with a special EP on the cards for release and special anniversary merch available.

Self-appointed "caveman battle doom" 3-piece, Conan will crash Friday’s Sophie bill. Having recently returned from a string of shows in Australia and mainland Europe, Conan is prepping for a slot on the Maryland DeathFest this summer, before bringing an unholy wall of sound to Catton Park in August.

Greek southern-tinged heavy rockers Planet Of Zeus step up for a Sophie stage slot on Saturday, while London’s blackened doomsters Bast also join the Friday bill. The currently announced lineup for the 2015 edition is as follows: More...

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Enslaved And Pro-Pain Added To Bloodstock

Feeling the winter chill creeping in? Bloodstock to the rescue then, with three more bands announced to get you hot under the collar.

Norwegian extremists Enslaved are added to Bloodstock’s Main Stage next summer. With a new album due in March 2015 via Nuclear Blast, expect to bang your head to some brand new tunes. Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson states:

“We’ve been to Bloodstock once before in 2009, and not only did we understand then why it has become the most important UK Metal festival – but it has grown to mammoth-proportions since. In sum; what an absolute pleasure and honour to be invited back. We like to think that we too have developed somewhat; having a few new, pretty awesome albums and world tours under our (over-stretched) belts. We can’t wait to come and show the Bloodstock crowd what we’ve been up to. To quote one of our spiritual beacons; General Melchett: 'If nothing else works, a total pig-headed unwillingness to look facts in the face will see us through.'"

Hailing from the frozen wilds of Finland, folk metal six-piece Korpiklaani is set to join the fray in a UK exclusive appearance. Guitarist Country Cane tells us; "After having great fun and sold out shows ?with our good friends in Sabaton and TÝR, we are excited to be back in the UK to play Bloodstock in 2015. We plan to return and get the crowds singing and dancing Korpiklaani style on our next rock n roll adventure.” More...

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Trivium To Headline Bloodstock 2015

The heavy hitting Florida metal heads from Trivium are revealed as the Bloodstock Friday main stage headliners in a U.K. exclusive for 2015.

Frontman Matt Heafy raves: “The UK is where the world first took notice of Trivium, and to pay true homage to that, Trivium will be playing the most Metal festival that exists in the UK: Bloodstock! We are thrilled beyond words to celebrate our first time at Bloodstock with the the UK’s Metal elite.”

Other new confirmations include Sabaton and Agalloch. The currently announced festival lineup is as follows:

Rob Zombie, Trivium, Within Temptation, Opeth, Sabaton, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Ihsahn, Orange Goblin, Death DTA, Nuclear Assault, 1349, Dark Angel, Armored Saint, Belphegor, Overkill, Ensiferum, Agalloch

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Bloodstock Confirms New 2015 Bands

While everyone’s talking about Christmas approaching, the Bloodstock festival organizer's sights are firmly fixed on next August. What better way to roll into the festive season than to announce three more crackin’ bands for 2015’s premier heavy metal event?

First up is thrash outfit Overkill. Front man Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth says: “We are loading the BIG guns and setting sail for the UK this summer! Be warned! The island is in danger, it's a White Devil Army....Lets make Bloodstock 2015 a bloodbath!”

Folk metal Finns Ensiferum are also joining the party, having recently wrapped recording on brand new album, "One Man Army," set for release on February 23rd.

Austrian blackened death metal overlords Belphegor will also make a return to Catton Park in 2015. Frontman/guitarist and founder Helmuth Lehner comments: “Belphegor returns to the ingenious Bloodstock Open Air! We will play at the main stage and promote our latest offering ‘Conjuring The Dead.’ Belphegor will bring you the most intense ritual possible. Join the pit and prepare for Diabolical Death Metal chaos.” More...

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America's Secret Metal Paradise

Most of us in metal love to complain about trolling, irrational vitriol, subgenre tribalism, and elitism online. Not to mention the fact that most of said complaining also takes place online.

It’s like plugging the cord of a power strip into the strip itself and expecting it to produce juice. No wonder nothing positive ever seems to get accomplished.

So how do we fix this?

Well, we can’t. At least we can’t fix others. We can, however, control ourselves and try new things from time to time. And when considering just how ridiculously much time we spend drooling in front of our screens, the simple act of attending live music concerts is indeed a “new thing,” or at least a relatively seldom thing. Sort of like shutting off Facebook and actually writing your best friend a letter.

But don’t the same issues manifest in our local clubs? A package tour comes to town, containing bands with separate (or, at best, overlapping) fanbases, which promptly begin to work against each other. Show me such a concert that isn’t brimming with guys judging each other’s perceived tastes, putting on airs by boasting “I’m only here for [insert obscure opener],” and I’ll show you my fourth nipple.

How about major European-style summer festivals? Don’t get me started. Don’t get me wrong, either; they’re ten tons of fun. But often the numbers are too immense for any type of bonding to occur on a mass scale. Crowds usually just devolve into cliques, all corresponding to their chosen favorite acts.

So there needs to be a middle ground. A unique event, rare and special enough to draw the enthusiastic, but familiar enough to include the curious. Small and precarious enough to forestall any jaded complacency, and large enough to foster a carnival atmosphere.

The musical equivalent of a big group of friends around a campfire, bonded not only by the fun they’re sharing, but also by the knowledge that one bad attitude will douse the good time in cold water.

For me, the DeLand Rock & Metal Festival was that event. And for the moment, it has alleviated some of my cynicism over the much-ballyhooed “brotherhood and sisterhood” concepts thrown around in metal.

Here, in central Florida, from November 7th through the 9th, these bonds were very much alive.


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1349 And Armored Saint Playing Bloodstock

The organizers of the Bloodstock 2015 festival have issued the following announcement about new band confirmations:

"Bloodstock early bird tickets are flying out the door in the wake of Halloween’s Rob Zombie headline announcement, but here at festival HQ we aren’t resting on our laurels, we’ve got even more bands ready to add on to the bill!

"British stoner/doom overlords, Orange Goblin are set for a main stage slot in 2015. Having recently unleashed their eighth studio album, 'Back From The Abyss' via Candlelight Records, the band are currently laying waste to Europe on tour with the mighty St Vitus. Check out the brand new video for ‘Sabbath Hex’ from the new release here.

?Norwegian black metallers 1349 also sign up. With latest studio album ‘Massive Cauldron Of Chaos’ recently hitting the racks, the band have also found time to collaborate with Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Company and launch their own ‘1349 Black Ale’. Check out this informative video clip featuring drummer Frost and vocalist Ravn explaining how the whole thing came about over here. More...

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"And Justice For Art" Crowdfunding Campaign Ending

The upcoming book "...And Justice For Art" tells the stories behind the making of album covers like Slayer's "Reign In Blood, "Death's "Symbolic," Carcass' "Heartwork," At The Gates' "Slaughter Of The Soul," Opeth's "Heritage," and many others.

It features more than 400 color images including the works of H.R. Giger, Eliran Kantor, Travis Smith, Ken Kelly, Dan Seagrave and interviews with bands like Carcass, Testament, Enslaved, Iced Earth, Cattle Decapitation, Morbid Angel, While Heaven Wept, Cormorant, Mayhem and much more.

There are only two days left in the book's crowd funding campaign and there's still time to claim one of the limited run of 400 print copies. Head over to this location to see the perks for pledging and take part in the campaign. More...

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Rob Zombie To Play Bloodstock

This Halloween, Bloodstock has some howlingly good news to share! Are you a fan of the undead? Love zombies? The fiendishly brilliant Rob Zombie is confirmed as Sunday’s 2015 main stage headliner, bringing his full production to Catton Park.

Rob Zombie exclaims, "I am so ready to get on a plane, and get my ass over to merry ol' England for Bloodstock. We've had some of the best shows of our lives over there and can't wait to add this to the list. Besides, it's called ‘Bloodstock' so how could it not be bloody fucking fun?”

Expect to witness a spectacular range of Rob Zombie classics as well as choice cuts from the band’s most recent studio album "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor." Check out this cut below of "Superbeast" from last year’s "The Zombie Horror Picture Show" DVD, which captured Rob and his zombie bandmates John 5, Piggy D, and Ginger Fish on the road.

Other bands confirmed for the 2015 festival include Within Temptation, Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura, Death DTA, Dark Angel, Ihsahn, and Nuclear Assault. More...

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Crowd-funding For Album Covers Book Reaches Goal

The race for printing and distributing the upcoming book "And Justice For Art" (which tells the stories behind the making of artworks as iconic as Slayer's "Reign In Blood," Metallica's "And Justice For All," Death's "Symbolic," Carcass "Heartwork," At The Gates' "Slaughter Of The Soul," Opeth's "Heritage", etc.) just reached a new milestone. With one more week to go, the book's Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign has already reached the astonishing amount of $16.267.00. This means almost 200% of its original goal.

"It's simply amazing," enthuses author, Ramon Oscuro Martos, who originally put together the Indiegogo campaign, hoping to raise a couple of thousands dollars in order to produce about 100 physical copies of the book. "With this new amount I'll be able to print and distribute at least 400 copies and it could be even more by the end of the campaign."


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Massacre Announces Upcoming Tour Dates

Pioneering Florida death metal group Massacre, which launched "Back From Beyond" (the band's first studio album in almost 20 years) earlier this year worldwide via Century Media Records, has announced tours through North America and now also Europe in order to continue promoting the release.

The upcoming runs will feature Massacre alongside Death (Death To All), Obituary, and Rivers of Nihil in North America, with Death (Death To All), Abysmal Dawn, and Loudblast in Europe. The band had this to say:

"Massacre is very excited to be part of the Swamp Leper Stomp Tour 2014 & the Death (DTA Tours) Symbolic European tour 2015. This is a great opportunity for us to bring Florida Death Metal to the masses and show people what Massacre is all about. Both tours have great line-ups and the fans get to see some awesome bands!!! With the history that Rick Rozz and I have with Death, we feel this will only add to the excitement and atmosphere of the shows." More...

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