Band Photo: Death (?)
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.
The mother of the late Chuck Schuldiner, guitarist for Death, has posted this message on www.emptywords.org:
This message is to let you know that I have no more Symbolic shirts for sale, and no more medium Let The Metal Flow shirts, just the large and x-large. You let me know you wanted that design and there has been a tremendous response to it. In response to your questions, I am going to have another design as soon as I decide which one to use. Then I will make sure there is more of a variety in sizes, though the large is by far the most requested.
Also, as requested, there is more variety of merchandise in the planning stages, but I will let you know more about that later. I am also talking with someone about a memorial shirt and a tribute shirt, so as soon as I make a decision about that I will be sure to tell you on the emptywords site.
I know only too well that December 13th is approaching and some of you have asked how to contribute to a memorial. I have taken some of the contributions from the past year to have a memorial plaque put on a pathway in North Carolina, I had Chuck and his brother, Frank, together on that plaque. The location has a special meaning for our family. I have two more planned and will let you know about them in the near future.
As for a memorial contribution this time, it would be a great tribute to Chuck, as always, if you would make a donation to The Brain Tumor Society in Chuck's name, address below. Although Chuck did not have a brain tumor, the more rare brainstem tumor he had is also included in the research for a cure. All money is 100% used in the research, no large salaries and bonus benefits for the executives as it is in so many of these organizations. This is the greatest single thing you can do in memory of Chuck. The address:
Brain Tumor Society
124 Watertown Street
Watertown, Massachusetts 02472 / USA
If you prefer to donate online, I will email you a form. If you have questions about the album or anything at all, you can reach me at email@example.com for a personal answer, as always.
Richard Christy was announced the winner of the contest to replace Stuttering John on the Howard Stern show and will soon begin a three-month tenure as a staff member on the show. Christy left Iced Earth amidst touring a couple months ago so that he could audition for the part on the Stern show.
UPDATE: Richard Christy has issued an open letter about winning Stuttering John's job. Apparently he received 31 percent of the votes on the "Get John's Job!" voting web site, and Christy spent all of last week on the show and was considered a favorite to land the gig from the very beginning. Christy's letter reads as follows:
"Richard (Hey KC) Christy here, it definitely still hasn't sunk in that I actually won John's job! Winning today was a very surreal feeling, but then getting hammered by the other contestants quickly brought me back down to earth! Today was truly a dream come true for me and I was honored to stand next to all of the talented people who were finalists in the 'Get John's Job' contest. I would like to thank Howard and the gang for the opportunity to compete in this audition. I would like to thank my family, friends, all the Howard Stern fans, and all of my fellow 'metal heads' for voting for me! I would also like to thank my friends Tom and Omar for letting me stay with them while I've been in New York the past two weeks. I can't even begin to describe how excited I am about the opportunity to contribute to the show! I have notebooks and hard drives full of ideas that I can't wait to present to Howard! It was also hilarious seeing Chaunce in a dress, but it was disturbing when he showed everyone his 'man worm' in the greenroom. It was also great when Sal rubbed Chaunce's hat in the crack of his ass, and then Yucko dipped his hairy walnuts into it! I also loved when Jeff the Drunk called in and was pissed at me! I wasn't feeling the drunken love from him this morning and I really hope that he doesn't speak for all drunks! Well, I'm not sure what more I can say about how excited I am! I love New York and I love 'The Howard Stern Show' and I am honored that I won the greatest job that I could ever dream of having! Thank You!"
You can help out Richard Christy (DEATH, LEASH LAW, ex-ICED EARTH, CONTROL DENIED), who quit his ICED EARTH gig for a chance to get Stuttering John's job on The Howard Stern Show, by voting for him here.
It would be a very positive thing for metal if he were to win such a high-profile position on a nationally syndicated radio show.
In a public statement, SINGLE BULLET THEORY guitarist Matt Difabio took the chance to update people on the upcoming DEATH tribute CD:
"As most of you may know, I had the unbelievable chance to perform on the tribute to Chuck Schuldiner. During the recording of the new SINGLE BULLET THEORY disc, James Murphy and I took a night aside and I tracked the vocals for the song "spirit crusher" (originally on The Sound of Perseverance). I just wanted to say how wonderful it is being given the opportunity to be able to give something back to the legend that influenced me so very much. For those of you who always seem to having something negative to say about EVERYTHING...wait till the disc comes out to judge anyone's ability or "worthiness" to be part of it. So far James has assembled a killer cast of performers and from the tracks I have heard so far, everyone has done a fantastic job. Long live the memory of Chuck and long live the legacy of his believe in what heavy music should be."
Both of Death's official videos (for The Philosopher and Lack of Comprehension) are now available through EW. Check out the new downloads page on EmptyWords.org.
German brutal Black / Death metal band have posted the following update on their website:
"We`ve booked the well known Mastersound Studios of Alex Krull (Atrocity, Belphegor, Sinister...) for two and a half weeks in August this year.
The guestmusicians are Paul Masvidal (ex-Death / ex-Cynic), Victor Bullok (Dark Fortress / The Shroud) and Alex Stütz (Seraph of Pestilence / St. Luzifer)."
Illegimitation will play at the Walpurgis Metal Days (April the 30th/May the 1th) together with Sodom, Haemmorrhage, Disastrious Murmur, Blood and others. Azmo (Tamisra) will help out at the bass guitar exclusively at this Festival.
New gigs are still in preparation for autumn/winter 2004; a second tour, this time together with Human Bloodfeast, Sycronomica and a great headliner is being confirmed now.
Jane Schuldiner, mother of late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED frontman Chuck Schuldiner, has issued another statement in response to continuing reports that the now-defunct Hammerheart Records (currently operating under the name Karmageddon Media) will be releasing the unfinished sophomore album from CONTROL DENIED this spring.
As previously reported, Chuck, who passed away in December 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor, began work on the album (tentatively titled "When Machine and Man Collide") in 2001 but never managed to complete the effort before his health quickly deteriorated in the months leading up to his tragic death. The remaining members of the group — bassist Steve DiGiorgio, vocalist Tim Aymar, guitarist Shannon Hamm, and drummer Richard Christy — subsequently announced their desire to complete the CD and release it in Chuck's memory, but legal hassles between Schuldiner's family and Hammerheart Records (to whom Chuck was signed at the time of his death) put the entire project on hold.
The following is Jane Schuldiner's statement regarding Hammerheart Records' plans to release the incomplete recordings without the family's consent:
"Hello fans/friends, I have read of plans to release, unauthorized, Chuck's raw music on CD. In response to that news let me say that any demo of Chuck's released by Karmageddon will be put on EmptyWords (www.emptywords.org) by the Schuldiner family to download for free."
Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy has issued the following update regarding his upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner" (web site), tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records:
"This past Saturday [Feb. 21] I traveled to Orlando to Richard Christy's [ICED EARTH, ex-DEATH, CONTROL DENIED] warehouse where he and I practiced the songs which he will be playing on for the 'Within The Mind' project. on the first passes through the songs we nailed them... it sounded more like we had been playing together for months rather than minutes. Richard is a very disciplined and talented musician and clearly those traits, along with his love for the music of DEATH and Chuck Schuldiner, have pushed him to put a good amount of his free time into practicing for the upcoming session. The results will be awesome, I'm more than certain.More...
The latest confirmed guest to work on the Death/Chuck Schuldine tribute project "Within The Mind" is Luc Lemay of Gorguts. That brings the total new additions to 4 in as many days. Luc joins other recent additions Richard Christy (Iced Earth, Ex-Death, Control Denied), Patrick Mameli (Ex-Pestilence) and Jean-Francois Dagenais (Kataklysm).
Tonight Richard Christy (Death, Control Denied, Iced Earth, Burning Inside) confirmed his appearance on the Within The Mind project. Richard will play on a total of 4 tracks which originate on the Human and Individual Thought Patterns albums. He will spend the next week or so refreshing his memory and sharpening his chops on those songs and then will be joined by James Murphy at his Orlando warehouse the following weekend for some intense rehearsals after which they'll enter a local Orlando studio (ARS is the most likely choice) and lay down his tracks. Richard's tracks will be the first to be recorded for the project. Soon after, James will begin rehearsals with Dave Culross and he will record the majority of the remaining drum tracks.
Also noteworthy: at last night's Opeth concert in Tampa drummer Martin Lopez expressed his interest in playing at least one track on the Within The Mind project.
Death, Slipknot and Hypocrisy members take part in C. Schuldiner tribute album. James Murphy (Death) is currently working on a project album entitled 'Within The Mind: an homage to the musical legacy of Chuck Schuldiner'. Set for release on MASCOT RECORDS in June 2004 'Within The Mind' is a tribute to one of the most influential bands ever in the history of Metal and it will feature members of Death, Slipknot, Testament, Hypocrisy, Malevolent Creation and more. So far this is the confirmed list of musicians involved in the project: James Murphy (ex Death), Darren Miller (CKY), Paul Gray (Slipknot), Mikael Thomson (Slipknot), Bret Hoffmann (Malevolent Creation), Dave Culross (Malevolent Creation/Suffocation), Ross Dolan (Immolation), Peter Tagtren (Hypocrisy), Mike Chlasciak (Halford), Terry Butler (Death, Massacre, Six Feet Under), Chuck Billy and Eric Peterson (Testament), Ryan and Chad (Mudvayne).
Today, December 13th 2003 is the 2nd anniversary of Chuck Schuldiner's death. Chuck (Death, Control Denied) lost his battle with cancer two years ago. The Italian Metal Hammer has a special about Chuck this month, including an interview with Jane and Empty Words has the translation in English.