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Death's Legendary 'Human' Album To Be Re-Issued
May 6, 2011
Death's legendary fourth album, 'Human', 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 (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 now at this location, 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 now and can be viewed below. This footage was filmed 20 years ago to the day at Morrisound studios in Tampa, FL.
 
 
 
 
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Classic Death, Control Denied Re-Issues Are Coming!!!
May 10, 2010
Relapse Records is honored to announce a partnership with Perseverance Holdings Ltd. and the Schuldiner family to reissue the legendary catalog of heavy metal luminary Chuck Schuldiner and his bands Death, Control Denied, and Mantas.

Chuck Schuldiner's Death, one of the most important and influential metal bands of all-time, will see the first official digital releases of it's legendary albums 'Scream Bloody Gore', 'Leprosy', 'Spiritual Healing', 'Human', 'Individual Thought Patterns', and 'The Sound Of Perseverance' tomorrow, May 11th at this location. These digital releases will come two days before Chuck Schuldiner would have celebrated his 43rd birthday. Schuldiner passed away on December 13, 2001 after fighting a long, recurring battle with brain cancer.

Relapse will also reissue an expanded version of the classic debut album, 'The Fragile Art Of Existence', from Schuldiner's progressive heavy metal band Control Denied in late 2010 as well as the first-ever collection by his pre-Death project Mantas. The expanded version of 'The Fragile Art of Existence' will include bonus tracks, extra band photography, expanded art and packaging and more. Details on both releases are forthcoming.

Long-range plans include the completion and official release of the final Control Denied album 'When Man and Machine Collide'. Recorded over 10 years ago at Morrisound Studios with producer Jim Morris, 'When Man and Machine Collide' was tracked by Schuldiner but left incomplete upon Chuck's passing.

A range of officially-licensed Death, Control Denied, and Mantas merchandise has also been issued here. Many classic album art designs will follow in the coming months, making some highly sought-after designs available officially for the first time in years. Stay tuned to www.EmptyWords.org, the official Death/ Control Denied/ Chuck Schuldiner website, and www.Relapse.com for more information.

Guitar World Magazine has released a special Death guitar transcription issue, available exclusively at this location. The book contains eight complete guitar and bass tabs for the following Death songs;

"Pull The Plug"
"Zombie Ritual"
"Together As One"
"Spiritual Healing"
"Flesh and the Power It Holds"
"Crystal Mountain"
"The Philosopher"
"Scavenger of Human Sorrow"

All songs were transcribed by Guitar World's ace transcription team and are note-for-note accurate. The book also features the complete life and times of Chuck Schuldiner, including interview with those who knew him best.
 
 
 
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Roadrunner Records Remasters Death's 'Symbolic'
April 19, 2008
Over the course of more than a decade, Chuck Schuldiner has been widely recognised as the father of death metal. Chuck's singular drive and ruthless creative vision guaranteed that Death would retain a pole position at the forefront of the style's development. White the savagely raw aggression of 'Symbolic' proved crucial to spearheading the first generation of death, and subsequently grindcore bands, the astounding musicianship and increasingly sophisticated songwriting found on this effort may have influenced even more groups exploring the limits of extreme metal's progressive outposts.

Throughout their career, Death sold over 500,000 albums in the U.S. alone. One can only imagine the progression Schuldiner's vision might have brought to the genre had he not been afflicted with a rare form of brain cancer in 1999. Despite two years of struggle, including one hopeful period over most of 2000 when it appeared that the cancer had been beaten, he died on December 13, 2001. His legacy left genre defining albums and a host of new, progressive metal artists who found inspiration in his music.

Roadrunner Records present Death's sonic masterpiece, 'Symbolic', remastered for the first time. It includes 5 previously unreleased rare bonus tracks, produced by Chuck Schuldiner and taken from the 'Symbolic' pre-production demos.

Tracklisting:
01. Symbolic
02. Zero Tolerance
03. Empty Words
04. Sacred Serenity
05. 1,000 Eyes
06. Without Judgement
07. Crystal Mountain
08. Misanthrope
09. Perennial Quest
10. Symbolic Acts (demo)*
11. Zero Tolerance (demo)*
12. Crystal Mountain (demo)*
13. Misanthrope (demo)*
14. Symbolic Acts (4-track demo)*

* Bonus tracks

Originally produced and mixed by Jim Morris, with co-production from Schuldiner, the production reins for the remaster were firmly in the grip of legendary A&R man Monte Conner. Remastering was handled by George Marino at Sterling Sound, NYC. Tracks 10-13 were recorded on 8-track in March 1994 and feature Chuck Schuldiner on guitar, Gene Hoglan taking care of drum programming and Steve DiGiorgio on bass. Track 14 was recorded on 4-track in January 1994 with Chuck Schuldiner handling all vocals, guitar, bass, and drum programming. The updated packaging contains extensive liner notes by Don Kaye, as well as additional photos provided by Beth Schuldiner.

Dedicated to the memory of Chuck Schuldiner (1967-2001), Roadrunner gives special thanks to Beth Schuldiner and the Schuldiner family for their invaluable input and assistance with the remaster of 'Symbolic', and Gene Hoglan for helping select the bonus demo tracks.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1983
HOME TOWN: Orlando, FL
MEMBERS:
Last Known Line Up:
Chuck Schuldiner
Shannon Hamm
Scott Clendenin
Richard Christy

Founded in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner under the original name of Mantas in Orlando, Death were among the more widely known, early pioneers of the death metal sound along with California's thrashers Possessed. In the late 80s, the band was both a part of and integral in defining the death metal scene which gained international recognition with the release of albums by a number of area acts.

Together with Kam Lee (Barney Lee), and Rick Rozz (Frederick DeLillo), Schuldiner started to compose songs that were released on several rehearsal tapes in 1984. These tapes, along with the Death by Metal demo, circulated through the tape trader world, quickly establishing the band's name. In 1984, Schuldiner dissolved Mantas and quickly started a new band under the name Death. Its members included the same Rick Rozz and Kam Lee. Another demo was released, called Reign of Terror.

In 1985, after the Infernal Death tape was recorded and released, Schuldiner fired Lee and Rozz in favour of Repulsion's bassist and guitarist, Scott Carlson and Matt Olivio, respectively. However, a drummer could not be found; consequently the band dissolved again. Schuldiner moved to San Francisco and recruited DRI drummer Eric Brecht, but he was not happy with this incarnation of Death and moved back to Florida without a band. There, in 1986, Schuldiner got an invitation from early Canadian thrash band Slaughter to play on their album, which he accepted, moving to Canada. This only lasted two weeks, however, as he found the situation not to his liking. He returned to Florida, then moved quickly to San Francisco again, where he joined with Chris Reifert. They recorded the Mutilation demo, which led to a deal with Combat Records, owned by Important Distribution (later becoming Relativity), that enabled them to record the first LP.

Scream Bloody Gore was released in 1987. Schuldiner briefly had a second guitar player, John Hand, but Hand did not appear on the album (though his photo did). By this time Schuldiner moved back to Florida, leaving Chris Reifert behind. There, Schuldiner teamed up with former bandmate Rick Rozz and two members of Rozz's band Massacre, Terry Butler and Bill Andrews.

In 1988, that lineup recorded Leprosy. After much gigging in support of the album, including a quick and ill-planned tour of Europe, Rick Rozz was fired in 1989. After a tour of Mexico featuring guitarist Paul Masvidal (later to re-emerge in the Death camp), a replacement was found in James Murphy, with whom the third album Spiritual Healing was recorded in Tampa in the summer of 1989. Murphy was sacked relatively quickly. By this time Schuldiner abandoned the "gore" lyrical theme for more social critique as Death's musical style progressed from a more brutal style of death metal to a more complex, technical death metal. Additional melody was added to the band's sound as well as more varied timings and song structures.

In 1990, on the eve of a European tour, Schuldiner decided against traveling, claiming at the last minute that he felt the tour was not adequately organized (and citing the group's previous disorganized European tour in 1988). Andrews and Butler continued with the tour of Europe as 'Death' regardless and recruited roadies Walter Trachsler (guitar) and Louie Carrisalez (vocals) to replace Schuldiner, much to Schuldiner's shock and disgust. Schuldiner took legal action and Butler and Andrews were fired from the band.

Schuldiner abandoned the idea of a band set-up altogether and began working with session musicians only. Schuldiner hired Steve DiGiorgio and recruited Sean Reinert and Paul Masvidal from underground Florida band Cynic. In 1991, Death released Human, which is considered a more technical and progressive album than their previous works. Human was Death's best-selling album yet, receiving many accolades and some MTV play for the group's first video, directed by David Bellino, for the track "Lack of Comprehension". Due to obligations with his primary band Sadus, DiGiorgio was forced to depart after the recording of Human and new bassist Skott Carino did Death's extensive world tour, from October 1991 until March 1992, in addition to appearing in the music video for "Lack of Comprehension".

During this period of 1988-92, Death was managed by Eric Greif, a rocky relationship that culminated in at least two lawsuits between Greif and Schuldiner. However, when interviewed by Thrash 'n Burn, Schuldiner was characteristically mellow about what the writer referred to as his "gruesome collaboration" with Greif: "We just came to the conclusion that it was stupid just fighting all the time, taking each other to court and all that stupid shit." After his final break from Greif, Schuldiner managed himself for the remainder of his career.

In 1993, Reinert and Masvidal left the group to continue with Cynic, Schuldiner being unable to persuade them otherwise. Schuldiner replaced them with Gene Hoglan of the recently dissolved thrash metal band Dark Angel, and worked with guitarist Andy LaRocque from King Diamond for Individual Thought Patterns. LaRocque being obligated to his band, Schuldiner hired a then-unknown Ralph Santolla as touring guitarist. Death was arguably at the peak of their commercial and popular culture success, and the video for the track The Philosopher even made it on to an episode of Beavis & Butt-head in 1994 (Beavis also parodies Schuldiner's vocals in a mock 'drive-thru' order of 'tacos, to go!' in death-metal style). Also in 1994, Death abandoned their eight year relationship with Relativity and signed with Roadrunner Records, their European distributor. For 1995's Symbolic, Santolla and DiGiorgio were exchanged for underground Florida musicians Kelly Conlon and Bobby Koelble. For the Symbolic tour Brian Benson was brought in on bass (Conlon having left the band prior to the tour due to conflicts with Schuldiner).

After Symbolic, Schuldiner dissolved the band and all ties with Roadrunner and began writing songs for Control Denied. It was during this time that Schuldiner briefly worked with Florida studio guitarist James Hogan. Schuldiner was still contractually obligated to record an album under Nuclear Blast with Death, and so he used several songs that were intended to be used for Control Denied, as several song titles on The Sound of Perseverance were originally Control Denied song titles. He re-formed Death with Florida musicians Richard Christy, Shannon Hamm and Scott Clendenin to record 1998's The Sound of Perseverance with his new label Nuclear Blast.

After the album and two supporting tours, Schuldiner dissolved Death to pursue Control Denied with Christy and Hamm. Clendenin was dropped in favor of Steve DiGiorgio, who was once again available, and an underground power metal singer named Tim Aymar. As Schuldiner finished Control Denied's debut album, he was diagnosed with brain cancer, forcing the band to scrap plans for a US and Canadian tour. As he worked on the second release, Schuldiner's condition improved, but the tumor left him in a weakened, vulnerable state. He contracted pneumonia and was placed in the hospital. He was released and returned home where, one hour later, Schuldiner died on December 13, 2001.

The second Control Denied release has yet to be completed and is mired in a variety of odd legal problems involving its label, the musicians (who have publicly stated their desire to complete the album) and Schuldiner's mother. In 2004, Hammerheart Records released a CD made up of old, pre-Scream Bloody Gore demos, along with partial demos of the unfinished album. This was issued under the name Chuck Schuldiner, not Death, but their markedly unfinished state and lack of vocals led few to pay attention, aided by Schuldiner's mother's pleas for fans to stay away from it.

Members of Death have dispersed all throughout the landscape of metal and popular music. Some, like Gene Hoglan from Dark Angel and Andy LaRocque from King Diamond, already had made a name for themselves. Others went on to do so, like Sean Reinert, who formed the legendary Cynic with fellow Death member Paul Masvidal. Ironically, both of these pioneering death metal musicians have ended up in a progressive, ethereal rock band named Ĉon Spoke, laced with delicate guitars and Masvidal's soft croon. Richard Christy went on to gigs with Acheron and Iced Earth before joining The Howard Stern Show. Ralph Santolla has also played with Iced Earth, as well as Sebastian Bach, both of which were also stations for Steve DiGiorgio (he is still playing with Bach). While Santolla is now in Obituary and before this he was in Deicide. DiGiorgio also played for Testament and is still active with his original band Sadus. Bobby Koelble founded the Orlando rock-funk-Latin fusion group JunkieRush in 2000. James Murphy was also in Testament for a while, formed numerous projects such as Disincarnate (as well as stints with death metal bands Obituary and Cancer) and has made a name for himself. Murphy also has been stricken with cancer and, along with Deron Miller of CKY, is organizing a Death tribute album to be released upon completion. Recently, Kam Lee formed the band Denial Fiend with Terry Butler.