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

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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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Live Death Track Available For Streaming

Bravewords.com has posted a live version of the classic Death track "Pull The Plug" online now at this page.

The "Pull the Plug" song appears on the upcoming deluxe live 2 CD collection entitled "Vivus!" Compiling two separate Death concerts, each recorded in 1998, Disc One features the band at the height of its prowess tearing the roof off of the infamous Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles while Disc Two is a recording of Death on the festival stage at Dynamo Open Air.

"Vivus!" is set for a February 28th North American release date, March 2nd in the Benelux / Germany, and March 5th in the UK and rest of Europe. "Vivus!" follows the recent Relapse Records re-issues of "Individual Though Patterns," "The Sound of Perseverance," and "Human."

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Death Live Song Available For Streaming

Revolver Magazine has posted a live version of the classic Death track “Zero Tolerance” online now at this location.

The song appears on the upcoming deluxe live 2CD collection entitled "Vivus!" Compiling two separate Death concerts, each recorded in 1998, Disc One features the band at the height of its prowess tearing the roof off of the infamous Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles while Disc Two is a recording of the band on the festival stage at Dynamo Open Air.

"Vivus!" is set for a February 28th North American release date, March 2nd in the Benelux / Germany, and March 5th in the UK and rest of Europe. "Vivus!" follows the recent Relapse Records re-issues of "Individual Though Patterns," "The Sound of Perseverance," and "Human."

Like those reissues, this collection will contain extensive liner notes from previous members and never-before-seen photos of the band. Pre-order options, including a new line of exclusive Death merch and additional release information can be found here.

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's own remembrance of Death's Chuck Schuldiner at this location.

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Obscura Posts Death Cover Track Online

German technical metal act Obscura, which recently announced more European shows, has posted another track online from the upcoming "Illegimitation" demo collection. Check out Obscura's cover of the Death track "The Flesh and the Power it Holds" in the player available below.

You can also hear a previously posted song from the collection recently posted online. Head here to check out "Incarnated." More...

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Anatomy Of I Posts Early Death Cover

Michael Dorrian from Anatomy of I has issued the following statement about posting an early cover of Death's "Lack of Comprehension" album:

"In remembrance of Chuck Schuldiner, who passed away 10 years ago on December 13th 2001, we celebrate the amazing amount of quality music he left behind.

"As a tribute, I dug up an old rehearsal tape in my parents' garage today of me playing a cover of Death's classic song 'Lack of Comprehension' in 1996 together with Dirk Verbeuren on drums and my buddy Ed Martin on vocals and bass. The nostalgic value of this recording is vastly higher than its actual quality, but what can you expect from a bunch of 17/18 year olds recording a rehearsal with one microphone on a boombox ...

"May Chuck's music live on forever." More...

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Remembering Chuck Schuldiner

If one were to ask the average person who Chuck Schuldiner is, there's a fair chance that the response would be little more than a blank stare. However, if one asked a dedicated metal fan who he was, they would instantly retort in detail that he was one of the most innovative musicians in the history of metal, whose passing ten years ago today affected them on a massive scale and whose band, Death, changed the face of extreme music forever.

Born in Long Island, New York on May 13th 1967 as Charles Michael Schuldiner, both of his parents were teachers, which perhaps influenced his strong performance in school before he decided to drop out (though he later regretted doing so.) Chuck Schuldiner the musician was born at the age of nine, in circumstances just as harsh as the music he would become known for, when his parents bought him a guitar, in an effort to appease the sadness he felt of his brothers death, who was only sixteen years old when he passed away. Though starting with a classical guitar, he expressed distaste for the type of music he was being taught and was on the verge of putting the instrument down alltogether, when his parents bought him an electric guitar, something he greeted with a much greater sense of enthusiasm, practicing every day of the week (though he was reportedly limited to three hours a day on school nights.)

When he was sixteen himself, he formed Death, initially under the name Mantas, along with guitarist Rick Rozz and drummer/vocalist Kam Lee. He briefly abandoned the band, in favour of moving to Toronto to join Slaughter, though soon recanted and returned to Florida to continue Death. The group went through a number of lineup changes before signing with Combat Records, at which time Death merely consisted of Schuldiner and drummer Chris Reifert. Despite only consisting of two members, Death released their first album, "Scream Bloody Gore" in 1987, which was immediately hailed as one of the finest extreme metal albums of the time, and seen by many today to be one of the first "true" death metal albums, clearly defining the sound for the first time. While many acclaimed debut albums cast a shadow over their respective artists, this was not to be the case with Death as practically every album they released was hailed as a masterpiece, or at least as excellent. Through his work with the band, Schuldiner garnered the tag, "The Father of Death Metal," although he himself played down his role in the genre and praised other musicians in the death metal scene. More...

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Relapse Continues Death Releases With "Vivus!"

The next chapter in Relapse's Death reissue campaign is "Vivus!," a deluxe 2CD collection compiling two separate Death concerts.

Each recorded in 1998, Disc One features the band at the height of its prowess tearing the roof off of the infamous Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles while Disc Two is a recording of the band on the festival stage at Dynamo Open Air.

"Vivus!" is set for a February 28th North American release date, March 2nd in Benelux / Germany, and March 5th in the U.K. and rest of Europe.

"Vivus!" follows the recent Relapse Records re-issues of "Individual Though Patterns," "The Sound of Perseverance," and "Human.: Like those reissues, this collection will contain extensive liner notes from previous members and never-before-seen photos of the band. Pre-order options, including a new line of exclusive Death merch and additional release information can be found here.

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James Murphy Seeking Donations For Medical Expense

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 is currently accepting donations to cover the costs of his medical expenses. You can donate by heading over here. His publicist also issued the following statement:

"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 17th, 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. More...

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Remastered Death Music Video Posted Online

A remixed and remastered version of Death's music video for "The Philosopher" has been posted via the official Relapse Records YouTube page and can be viewed below. The new version of the song was remixed by Alan Douches and is featured on the band's classic 1993 album, "Individual Thought Patterns."

"Individual Thought Patterns" was recently reissued as a deluxe 3-disc set, a 2-disc standard set, and a deluxe digital download. The album has been re-packaged with extensive liner notes from Gene Hoglan and includes a second and third bonus disc worth of previously unreleased demos plus a full live set recorded in Germany during a 1993 European tour. Also included on the third bonus disc exclusive to this re-issue are rare riff tracks from the Chuck Schuldiner archives.

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Relapse Records Posts New Podcast

Relapse Records has posted a new podcast online through Metal Injection, which can be found at this location. This month's podcast includes an interview with Brutal Truth, along with tracks from bands such as Anal Cunt and Fuck the Facts. The podcast's lineup is as follows:

Death – “In Human Form”
Red Fang – “Hank Is Dead”
Chris Connelly - “Compatibility”
Black Tusk - “Set The Dial To Your Doom”
Coalesce - “This Is The Last”
Anal Cunt - “Song #5”
Fuck the Facts - “A Coward’s Existence”
Mose Giganticus - “The Seventh Seal”
Brutal Truth - “Simple Math”
Primate - “Draw Back a Stump”
Destroy! – “Total Fucking Chaos"
Exit 13 - "Spare the wrench – Surrender the Earth"
Death Breath – “Death Breath”
Disembowelment - “The Tree of Life and Death”

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Death Reissue Streaming Online

The deluxe re-issue of Death's "Individual Thought Patterns" album is streaming online now, and can be heard in the player available below or at this location.

The follow-up album to "Human," "Individual Thought Patterns" has been remixed by Alan Douches and re-packaged to include a second and third bonus disc worth of previously unreleased demos and a full live set recorded in Germany during a 1993 European tour. Also included on the third bonus disc exclusive to this re-issue are rare riff tracks from the Chuck Schuldiner archives.

"Individual Thought Patterns" is currently available in North America as a deluxe 3-disc set, a 2-disc standard set, and a deluxe digital download. More...

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Remastered Death Tracks Available For Streaming

Relapse Records will be reissuing Death's "Individual Thought Patterns" next week, and Guitar World is now hosting a streaming of two tracks off the release.

You can check out "Trapped in a Corner" and a never-before-heard instrumental cover of Possessed's "The Exorcist" by heading over to this location.

The track listing for the re-issue of "Individual Thought Patterns" is as follows: More...

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James Murphy Selling Testament Lyric Books

Guitarist James Murphy, known for his work with metal heavyweights such as Testament, Obituary, Death and others, has announced that he will be selling some rare Testament lyric books, which feature Testament lyrics in both English and Farsi. This is to help pay for his medical costs as he undergoes treatments to determine whether a cancerous tumour has returned. A message from Murphy reads as follows:

"If anyone wants one of these, I'm selling them, signed, for $15 via PayPal in the US, $25 to the EU. Just message me with the subject 'Testament Farsi Book'. It's a unique collectors item that compiles all of Testament's lyrics from the first several albums in both English and Farsi. I have a couple boxes of them, and I'll be using the proceeds for my prescriptions."

To contact James Murphy about the books, check out his official Facebook page.

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James Murphy Fighting Cancer Recurrence

James Murphy, renowned for his guitar work with Obituary, Death, Testament, and Disincarnate among others, has revealed on his Facebook page that the tumor he fought nearly a decade ago may have returned due to a high hormone indicator present during a routine bloodwork exam. He is scheduled for an MRI on the 11th of this month.

Several messages like the one below have been posted on his page, along with a Paypal account to help with his medical expenses.

"James Murphy A metal guitarist/producing legend is racking up the medical expenses, due to a relapsing brain tumor. I know how bad medical expenses can be in this great country of ours so please help out by donating via paypal to felissarose123@aol.com. Every little bit helps, whether it be 50 cents or a dollar, or more. Oh, and you can purchase these sweet CKY vinyls from Mr. Deron Miller, and all proceeds will go to help out James. Thanks"

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Death Releasing Live Material

Eric Greif, president of Perseverance Holdings Ltd. and former manager of Death, has issued the following announcement about upcoming live Death releases to follow the recent slew of re-issues:

"Hello People. I just wanted to let you know we're starting to work on three new Death releases: double live CD, a live DVD &...drum roll...SPIRITUAL HEALING! I'm now getting over my Dad's death (thanks for the dozens & dozens of positive notes) three weeks ago and looking forward to the launch of The Metal Crusade fan club site. Go sick!"

For further details head over to the official Death Facebook profile at this location.

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Relapse To Reissue "Individual Thought Patterns"

Relapse Records announced that it will reissue Death's "Individual Thought Patterns" originally released in 1993. The reissue will consists of a remastered version of the album and two additional discs containing a full live show from April 13, 1993 from Germany and demos and rehearsal songs.

The announcement reads:

"The next re-issue of DEATH’s legendary catalog is 1993’s Individual Thought Patterns. The follow-up album to Human, Individual Thought Patterns has been remixed by Alan Douches and re-packaged to include a second and third bonus disc worth of previously unreleased demos and a full live set recorded in Germany during a 1993 European tour. Also included on the third bonus disc exclusive to this re-issue are rare riff tracks from the Chuck Schuldiner archives. The complete tracklisting for all three discs can be found below. Individual Thought Patterns is set for an October 25th North American release date, October 28th in the Benelux/Germany, and October 31st in the UK and rest of Europe. Individual Though Patterns follows the recent re-issues of The Sound of Perseverance and Human. Like those re-issues, Individual Thought Patterns will be available as a deluxe 3-disc set, a 2-disc standard set, and deluxe digital. Pre-order options and additional release information can be found here." More...

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Remastered Death Video Posted Online

A remixed and remastered version of Death's "Human" record was recently released through Relapse Records to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the album. Relapse Records has now also posted a remastered version of the music video for "Lack of Comprehension" online, which can be viewed below.

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49 Track Reissue Of Death's "Human" Posted Online

The recent reissue of Death's classic album "Human" has been made available online streaming. The stream includes the 8 official album tracks along with 41 bonus tracks that contain studio demos, instrumentals, and pre-production tracks. The remixed and remastered version was released to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the album on June 21, 2011 through Relapse Records. You can view the track listing below.

You can check out reissue of Death's "Human" over at the band's official bandcamp page. More...

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Death Streaming Re-Mixed Kiss Cover Song

A re-mixed version of Death's cover of the Kiss track "God Of Thunder" has been posted online at RevolverMag.com. Head over to this location to check out the song.

"God Of Thunder" originally appeared as the Japanese bonus track on the band's 1991 release of "Human." This re-mixed version comes from the 20th anniversary re-issue of Human that saw its North American release on June 21st, via Relapse Records.

"Human" has been entirely re-mixed by longtime Death producer Jim Morris and mastered by Alan Douches (MASTODON, CONVERGE, THE MISFITS). The deluxe re-issue comes 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" is available on 2- and 3- disc sets as well as digitally. More...

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Remixed Death Song Available For Streaming

A re-mixed version of Death's "Suicide Machine," taken from the new re-issue of "Human," has been posted online now via the official Death Facebook page, along with a re-mixed version of "Lack of Comprehension."

This deluxe re-issue of "Human" will see its North American release today, Tuesday June 21st, 2011.

Death's "Human" album has been entirely re-mixed by longtime Death producer Jim Morris and 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.

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Death Re-Issue Track Available For Streaming

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.

The "Human" album 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. The track listing for the re-issued version can be found here.

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. More...

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