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Some words about this site
end of 1998 we came up with the idea of making a site about Death
and concentrated on what was written about them in Europe. Our
main goal was to use material that wasn't on the internet already
and to put up a lot of articles.
e began digging ourselves through the pile of magazines
we had and tore out every article we could find related to Death.
There were so many good articles that we thought it would be nice
for fans in the rest of the world to read them also. In the meantime
we started to think about the lay out of the site.
hen came the biggest part of work
the translating of Dutch and German articles into English,
realizing that "translating remains mutulating" (M.A.
Schwartz in the foreword of his translation of Homerus' Odyssey).
We called in the help of our American friends, Adam, and later
on Colleen (thanks again guys, this site would not be what it
is today without your help) to correct our English so we would
violate as little as possible.
ermission was asked to the magazines to use their stuff,
we got all the help we wanted from their side. We also wanted
permission from Chuck to go along with it, and the first contacts
were made with Nuclear Blast America (Maria at that time, later
on Paula, and now Liz is a big help). Maria, on behalf of Chuck,
agreed! But asked us not to put on a discussionboard and not to
put on soundfiles. We respected Chuck's wish and got back, really
motivated to collecting, translating, scanning and lay-outing
arch 31, 1999 we had translated enough to put the site
on the internet already
exciting! Control Denied was in the studio recording
and we worked ourselves through another pile of old Rock Hard
and Aardschok magazines with more articles in it to translate.
The first reaction about the site was from Gene Hoglan
! As you might have noticed, he has a special place on
ut of the blue, came the shocking news about Chuck's illness
and all of a sudden everything seemed less important.
On the other hand it inspired and motivated us even more to make
something beautiful out of this for his sake. We decided to put
on a guestbook.
n July 3, came an email from Travis Smith, the coverartist
of Death/Control Denied about the site and offering his help.
We were really honored. A few weeks later, thanks to Travis, we
could put on the artwork of the new Control Denied album.
ctober 18, after almost a year, we finished translating
everything we had from the past. In a week's time, The Fragile
Art Of Existence will hit the shops over here and we are awaiting
the future now and everything that comes along with it to add
to this site.
f course our main concern at the moment is Chuck's well
being. We are keeping our fingers crossed for what the tests will
tell in December and are hoping we can enjoy watching him play
again on the stages of Europe.
sitekeepers, October 1999
Looking back on the past year
ver the past year a lot has happened and we thought it
would be nice to look back on it all. First of all everything
that happened with and around Chuck. Because of this, we got involved
in things we would never have imagined when we started with this
site. Before we knew it we were in over our heads.
he Dutch benefit concert and the benefit account kept
us busy during the first four months of the year. We want to express
the doubts we had about doing all this, knowing how much Chuck
values his privacy we felt like we were crossing his personal
boundaries. Decisions were made weighing the pros and cons while
attempting to respect Chuck's privacy as much as possible.
e've had a lot of guestbook entries, which are really
appreciated. It's heading towards 400 entries at the moment. We're
quite sure Chuck has read them all. We are keeping up statistics
from the guestbook and it's great to see that people are signing
in from all corners of the world.
esides that we got a lot of questions through email which
we tried to answer as best we could. One of the most frequently
asked questions concerning the site, was about the spelling of
"Nietz(s)che". Of course we know that it's "Nietzsche"
and not "Nietzche". We also know that it's not "Frederick"
but "Friedrich". We just wanted to hold true to the
TSOP booklet. But it's always good to see how critical our visitors
are and to know that we are reaching the right group of people
nother frequently asked question is about the state of
our site, whether or not it is the official DEATH website. We
were never asked to be the official site and will never claim
ourselves official unless we are asked to be by the band. So we
look at ourselves as a fan page. Making it as fans, for fans.
hen there's the Death live album, which has been postponed
over and over again. Questions about the VHS that should come
along with it have never been answered to us. Sorry for those
who were at the show at the Whisky. We simply don't have any more
information whatsoever about this subject. We are as impatient
as you all
only time will tell.
ver the past months we have tried to get back to business
as much as possible. Since we have so many drummers visiting this
site we added some articles dealing with drumming issues. We also
have been restyling the layout of all articles and the concert
reviews. Right now we are studying some Flash, but we are still
doubting whether or not to interweave this into the site. It takes
an awful lot of time to load, but we're working on it and will
let you know in time.
his site still wouldn't be what it is today without the
help of our editors! We even got some new hands on deck. Thanks
again guys. Your help is really appreciated!
eanwhile the band is busy with the second Control Denied
album which, according to those who know, should be crushing.
We are awaiting everything that comes along with the new CD and
will try to keep you informed and as up to date as possible. Stay
sitekeepers, November 2000
Just to put things in perspective
year 2001 would begin quietly
While awaiting the new Control
Denied album "When Machine And Man Collide" we started
off by publishing some old material, and Matt invested a lot
of time revising the "Voices From Iran" article.
13, we set up the Death/Control Denied Fans United team at United
Devices so everybody visiting this site could join together
and help find the University of Oxford a medicine against cancer.
The team has 62 members and we have already donated over 5 years
of computer time together! Thanks to those of you who joined,
and for those who haven't, join the team today!
11, the new URL emptywords.org is published. Due to the high
amount of traffic we had to obtain more webspace. Thanks for
visiting our site, we're really honored to have so many visitors!
Our appeal for your help with the new TOURS page got us quite
a few responses, not just for dates but pics and stories as
well. We still need your help to keep this page growing, but
we want to send thanks to those who have contributed already.
24, after a few months of silence the devastating news got out
that Chuck was indeed very ill again and had a major setback.
The support and benefit page got back on top of the site again,
and shortly thereafter the first benefit concerts started being
organized. The response was overwhelming
many, many emails
and guestbook entries from all over the world were directly
addressed towards Chuck, his mom is taking care of those messages
coming to him.
the announcement came for a huge benefit festival in the States,
'Thrash Of The Titans' for Chuck Billy of Testament (who's suffering
from cancer as well). Chuck Billy announced that the proceeds
will be shared with the Schuldiners. This festival turned out
to be a great success.
on July 18 the streetdate for Death's 'Live in L.A.' CD/DVD
was set for September 17. Even before the release date Nuclear
Blast announced another Death live CD/DVD titled 'Live in Eindhoven',
available exclusively through mailorder, with the proceeds going
11, 2001 changed the world forever. The horrible events that
took place in New York City put the world, even the music world,
upsite down. Tours were postponed or cancelled (for those who
were planning to see Richard Christy with Iced Earth/Judas Priest
in the States) and even a benefit concert in New Jersey had
to be postponed. We had just started to design a new look for
EmptyWords and somehow, all of a sudden, it didn't seem to matter
the end of September (like a gift from heaven) Luca Minieri
offered to help with the site lay-out, we exchanged ideas and
created a new design. A week of hard work (mainly from Luca),
and we could publish the new design for the mainpages and some
articles. Bit by bit we are transforming the rest of the site.
Another great member joined the ranks of EmptyWords. We'd like
to say THANKS AGAIN GUYS, you know what you mean to us and how
gratefull and proud we are to have you on the team! We also
got quite a few articles sent to us by Perry Grayson, thanks
again Perry, awesome stuff! Kerry Vick decided to close down
his site (due to lack of time) and become a contributor for
19, the first personal message from Chuck arrived on the site
in which he sends out his thanks for all the support world wide.
After the over 18 months
of "radio-silence" a lot of emotional responses followed.
Due to the fact that Chuck still has a long way to go, the new
Control Denied album has been postponed indefinitely. It is
still far from finished, but well worth the wait
keep hoping for Chuck to recover and bring his music to life
The sitekeepers, November
Why things will never be the same again
the end of each 'site year', we have a tradition of reflecting
back on the past year, including this year. This time, it's completely
different, and we realize more and more that things will never
be the same again.
we write this piece (in the Indian summer of 2002) it's about
9 months after December the 13th, a day which marked an event
which left the metal world in shock. Nine months in which Chuck's
family has received an impressive amount of condolences from all
over the world, and they keep coming. Every day, in the condolence
book as well as in the guestbook, new messages appear. All the
books can be viewed from the memorial page, as well as several
by one beautiful articles that, together with the condolences,
showed how much Chuck was loved by his fans, proved that his music
will live on. In our eyes it is a much-deserved homage to one
of the pivotal figures of metal, who really made the difference.
Memories that leave us with a melancholic feeling.
scanting justice to others, we want to give some special attention
to the mega piece of work of Perry M. Grayson. Months of research
preceded this near-complete history, which we (after a prior short
publication in Metal Maniacs) could publish as a whole on EmptyWords.
Besides Perry found the time to write the liner notes for the
FORGOTTEN PAST page, written specially for EmptyWords! Very, very
dedicated. Perry, we owe you. We also think that the timeline,
with the contribution from Aardschok's Robbie Woning, on the restyled
BANDS page is a great asset. Robbie, thank you very much too.
the hectic pace of the first few months, when the emphasis was
mainly on the memorial articles (thanks Matt for always being
there to edit our English and give your wise advise when asked,
we owe you too much in the meantime), reflection after that, editing
the condolence books (Luca thank you very much for this huge job,
we owe you as well), we are going to focus again on everything
that is still laying around. Every article is archived, so be
patient, if it's not on yet, it will be in future. Also, some
material from the Norwegian Death site, Crystal Mountain, by Jens-Remi
Karlsen (he had to quit) will be added to EmptyWords in due time.
were asked how things would go with the site in the future. We
can be short and clear about that: we never doubted to continue
with EmptyWords. It's an honor for us, to keep promoting Chuck's
musical legacy this way.
time to time forums appear about Death on the internet. When we
started with EmptyWords, Chuck specifically asked us not to put
sound files and not to put a forum on the site. In the beginning
of this year a beautiful forum was made by Zac Schaffer and we
were about to cooperate with him. But some of the EmptyWords team
were not comfortable with the idea of doing something that Chuck
once again discussed this with Jane and this is what she said:
"The answer is very clear. Matt and Kees are correct, the
forum should not be done since Chuck felt that way about them".
Although we do understand so very well that there's a great need
for a Death forum, and we are not doubting their good intentions,
we feel that we have to respect Chuck's and his families wish
regarding this subject. That's why there is not a forum on EmptyWords.
last we want to thank everybody (we may have forgotten some names
and facts) who contributed in one way or another to the site.
And to Chuck: we are almost sure that you're watching over our
shoulders every now and then, and turn a blind eye on some things.
Will we ever hear some 'new' work from you in the near future,
which will enchant us once again? Until then
The sitekeepers, September/October
The way things are (and how to deal with it)
a few months EmptyWords will enter its 6th (yes, sixth!) year.
We often think back to the early days of the site: the first cautious
publications, the news of Chuck's illness shortly thereafter,
the day that made everything change instantly
were yesterday, but they seem so long ago as well. Time flies.
reading the entries in the guestbook and the condolence book (they
just keep coming) it's striking how many people have only heard
of Chuck's death recently, and want to pay their respects and
support to his family and friends. For a moment we considered
merging both books, but eventually we decided to let them exist
side by side for the time being.
when we're working on the site and particularly when summarizing
the past year in a new Backstage piece, we are overwhelmed with
a certain melancholy. Things aren't always that easy to deal with,
but those days are mostly followed by something uplifting, like
the encouraging words and contributions of fans, which make us
realize (inspired by AC/DC's 'Back In Black' playing in the background)
that we're still on the right track and have to keep moving on.
two years after Chuck's death EmptyWords hasn't lost any of its
attraction and although things could've been very different (what
? history would have taken another course
we are still proud of that. Of course the hectic pace is gone
and with time gone by the function of the site changed from a
topical to a memorial site. But this year as well the site has
gone through some changes, the Perennial page (where Chuck's mom
answers questions submitted by fans) being the most important
one. Given the response, this page appears to satisfy an enormous
to circumstances, which we let pass, Jane is only sporadically
tempted to do an interview and has previously said: "[
this in mind, I will not give any more interview to magazines,
but will continue with the Q&A on the EmptyWords site[
We don't want to flood Chuck's mom, so for now we will send her
5 questions at a time, Jane wants to take her time to give the
best possible answers, so it might be a while before you find
some overdue maintainance, most of what was still laying around
for years has gone on the site in the meantime (at least that's
what we think/hope), we are working on some new ideas, which were
suggested to us by fans. They still have to be hammered out. To
get a glance behind the scenes, many are still being inspired
by Chuck, in all sorts of ways. As you can see EmptyWords is still
alive and kicking.
remains an ongoing source of information about everything related
to Chuck and Death/Control Denied. Actually in essence Chuck's
death doesn't change that. The information will be thinned out
in time, but we'd like to maintain what we've built with a lot
of hard work over the past five years. There are still articles
we have to yet to publish, so be prepared, and we love that you
keep sending us material that we still haven't got.
don't forget that Chuck's final album is waiting for its destination.
It would be fantastic to be able to report on that, it would give
EmptyWords a huge boost. On the very day this album finally comes
out, a promise shall be met to a lot of fans, and we know for
sure that their patience shall be rewarded with a masterpiece.
at the same time we have to realize that this will definitely
be the last material that will ever be released by Chuck, and
that EmptyWords will then change into a true retrospective site.
Us, Matt and Luca and all those who contributed to the site throughout
the years will have to get used to that, that's the way things
The sitekeepers, October
Zero Tolerance, Within The Mind & EmptyWords
not quite finished yet, we can already conclude that Death-wise
the past year was focused on two events: Zero Tolerance and
the Within The Mind project. The struggle surrounding the Control
Denied demos (despite everything eventually being released by
Karmageddon in the early spring) probably didn’t escape
anybody’s attention. On the other hand there is the upcoming
Death-tribute album by James Murphy that can count on the full
support of Chuck’s family.
Tolerance. Well… We decided some time ago to not go ahead
with the original plan to put the demos on EW for free download.
We were aware of the fact that discussions would continue, but
we thought (and still think) that none of this was doing any justice
to Chuck’s final music at all. His last masterpiece deserves
more than to be released as unfinished bits of rehearsal room
recordings on CD, or to be grabbed for free on the internet. It
deserves to be finished by the rest of the band and to be released
on a full-length album, titled: “When Machine And Man Collide”.
are of the opinion that we, the EW sitekeepers, got too involved
in all this business. That’s true. However, we were always
approached by those (not the Schuldiner family, they never forced
us into anything) who regarded us as a primary contact point and
mediator; a role into which we were reluctantly thrown. Maybe,
by starting a website, we were very naïve, underestimating
the other side of the coin, but (even when we became official)
we were never in any way responsible for either side reaching
or not reaching the goals they set.
regret that the matter never came to a solution although it seemed
very close… maybe closer than any of us will ever know.
Chuck once wrote and sung: “This is not a test of power,
this is not a game to be lost or won, let justice be done”.
And as M. Muller said in her thesis: “Everything will be
okay in the end, if it’s not okay, it will not be the end”.
Only in retrospective, when “When Machine And Man Collide”
has been finished and released, it will show whether Zero Tolerance
has any additional value at all.
something positive that we already mentioned: the Within The Mind
project. The Death-tribute that saw more and more shape this spring
and summer, will pay its respects soon. James was able to gather
many enthusiastic musicans around him, even from the nu-metal
generation (a move that got a lot of unjust criticism, we think).
We think it’s a great idea to let current musicians participate
on the tribute. This way a whole new generation of fans will get
to know Chuck’s music, and realize that their heroes were
inspired by Death.
some EmptyWords domestic: after many requests, both of Death’s
official videos (for The Philosopher and Lack Of Comprehension)
became available through EW. To accommodate the videos, we created
a new Downloads page. We think that the videos are of quite acceptable
quality combined with a reasonable download speed. We have plans
to expand this page with video-interviews, wallpapers, high-resolution
pictures, etc… So stay tuned, there’s more to come!
questions reach us also regarding Death merchandise. What we have
to offer is on the SUPPORT page and is being handled totally by
Chuck’s mom. Please read the instructions on how to order
attentively. To make things easier we made some deep links on
the NEWS page. For the rest the merchandise recently has been
updated with a limited amount of the grey “Let The Metal
Flow” shirt with the Death logo on the front. Maybe there
will be other (re-)issues in the future!
ending this, some guestbook maintenance (or actually non-maintenance).
The current guestbook (book II) will be ongoing, but unlike with
the first guestbook, the last one will continue with the first
in / first out principle. This goes for the 8th condolence book
as well, whenever entry 2000 is reached again. Put differently:
the final versions of the guestbook as well as the condolence
book will each stay on-line but will not be kept forever. Experience
shows that many visitors renew their entry every now and then
and that the older pages are hardly ever looked at. Add to that
the limited amount of space we have and you’ll understand
why we came to this decision.
finally, speaking of the guestbook: through the guestbook and
through mail we regularly get positive reactions and contributions.
Without naming everybody individually, we know that you all carry
a warm heart for EW. THANK YOU! And speaking about saving and
goals: our goal still is to gather and save Death material on
“[…]a virtual place for old and new Death fans to
congregate[…]”, and to remain Chuck’s “[…]solid
cyber home[…]”, called EmptyWords… “The
music is there forever, and Chuck will influence and inspire always”.
[Eric Greif] Okay, one name though: thanks Eric.
The sitekeepers, October
Music & memories, and family, friends & fans
I come here to sign the book, I feel a deep sadness which is
hard to match. The only thing that puts a smile on my face is
seeing my fellow death brothers and sisters all around the world,
continuing the never ending quest of cherishing the great memory
of Chuck Schuldiner. I will love and cherish the memories you
have left behind for us until my day comes. Every time I pick
up my guitar I play Voice of the Soul in rememberance. Thank
you eternally for all you have done for the metal community
and for the world.” [Yener Ozturk, Istanbul, Oct.’93]
started this year’s editorial comment with a few lines from
a Turkish fan. Not just some lines that have been scarcely saved
from the last page of an ongoing guestbook (the first in first
out principle, remember?), they summerize the feelings of many
fans that keep visiting EmptyWords and often use words of similar
meaning. Characteristic of what Chuck still stirs up among his
fans and which hasn’t lost any of it’s power with
the passing of the years, on the contrary, it only seems to gain
force, given all the new fans that take notice of Chuck’s
masterly music only now.
for the music: James’ Death Tribute Project as well as Chuck’s
final product keeps us (at least for the time being) waiting.
For the first it’s just wait and see, we haven’t had
a real update from James in quite a while, but he undoubtedly
will come up with something beautiful. And for the second, well
the story’s the same. Although the struggle around “When
Man and Machine Collide” unfortunately still hasn’t
ended, after a long period of radio silence, all of a sudden Guido
Heijnens (Hammerheart/Karmageddon) announced in an email to EW
that nails have been hit on the head at long last, and he even
speaks of a rectification through EW, unless a settlement will
be reached. But all this can not be further verified, sofar it
appears to be a one-way message.
answer to his question to bring his message across to the other
party we wrote Guido Heijnens: “Before we run ahead of things
we have a question for you: until anything is official, please
do not approach us anymore and handle things with the Schuldiner
family directly. Whenever things become clear and should, as you
say, lead to a rectification of any sort on EW in the future,
we will give Jane all the space, like we always have. But again:
we won’t intervene in anything, Jane even explicitly asked
us not to. We hope to have answered your question and for your
understanding regarding our situation.” For obvious reasons
we already decided way earlier to not put any messages regarding
this distasteful matter on the NEWS page anymore for the time
these “backstage words” you might have noticed that
this is the first update in ages. Any reason? Not really, except
maybe the fact that we felt the need to take things easy for a
while as said, to keep aloof from things, to spend some more time
with the family & friends, and to work a little on the background.
In example we are busy revising some old articles and reviews
of former Aardschok and WATT author Robert Heeg. The first is
already on. The articles, translated by us and published in the
beginning days of EW, appeared to be having too many mistakes
grammaticaly as well as linguistically to keep them in this form
on EW. Hence we scrutinize them once more as we might do with
some of the other articles in the future as well (thanks Robert).
fans who sent us new material will have to be patient before things
get published/integrated on EW. There’s just so much, and
it only piles up. Ideas, questions, pics, a bit more questions,
tabs, even more questions, ticket stubs, much more questions,
tourdates and… you already guess: tons of questions…
So whenever your email is not being answered instantly we ask
for your understanding, also on behalf of Chuck’s mom. Many
thanks in advance! Again: be patient, sooner or later everything
definititely gets our attention and will your name be immortalized
on EW’s THANKS page.
time ago many of you responded to our request regarding getting
the various Death Tribute Bands (not to be confused with James’
Death Tribute Project) to come forward for a special contact page
on EmptyWords. Thank you. As we stated then, we wanted to get
some numbers to see if there was enough interest to make the page.
At this time it seems there is not. There’s not enough reason
to start such a page now, but that doesn’t mean that it
will never happen, we just need to give it some more time. The
bottom line is that we want it to be more than some glorified
links page. So we decided to give this project the benefit of
the doubt for the time being, and give more bands a chance to
respond, and perhaps come up with some additional ideas to help
keep the metal faith alive. Thanks again!
about tributes: striking is the big amount of Benefits/Tributes
being organized throughout the years in honour of Chuck, and that
in all corners of the world and not just around his dying day.
Also amazing is the continuing response to the site and to Chuck’s
mom which are all signs that the metal faith indeed is kept alive
and that the fans haven’t forgotten Chuck by long and never
will. Without YOU EmptyWords actually wouldn’t have any
right to exist at all.
we come back to Control Denied’s “When Man and Machine
Collide” once more. Some of you are scared that this might
all end in an anticlimax. However we’re still convinced
that Chuck’s last piece of work will be a dignified conclusion
of his impressive body of works, but only then when circumstances
allow it to be. Until that day we will have to deal with the vague
domain of conflicting interests. Instead of speculating endlessly,
we can do nothing but have patience, hoping that some day soon
justice will be done and matters will be solved to everybodies
satisfaction. Until then…
The sitekeepers, September
Still doing what we do best...
are regularly asked about two projects in progress: "When
Machine and Man Collide" and the James Murphy Death Tribute
"Within the Mind." We can answer both these questions
with three simple words…"we don't know." In this
case, it's safe to say no news is good news, and we're waiting
for information as anxiously as any other fan. We're impatient
been some critisiscm about the fact that we haven’t got
any real news anymore. There is this idea that we have inside
information or hold influence over the way things work. Just to
be clear, we do not have, nor do we want this power. Without going
too far into this we just want to say that we know what our part
in the play is. But to be honest: a meaningful update would do
EmptyWords good, that’s for sure.
doesn’t mean that we’re doing nothing. On the contrary,
we know our responsibility. We admit it sometimes takes a while,
but we are doing what we can to keep the fans informed, to update
the site with reviews, interviews and anything else useful that
trickles in. Please note that we mostly save the special things
for both 13th’s (May 13 & Dec 13). As you know we also
promote various benefits and tributes being organized in honor
of Chuck's memory.
of tributes: in contrast to our earlier intentions to give the
Death Tribute Bands contact page another chance, we have decided
rather than make such a page, to move the tribute bands links
to the LINKS page under Related II. All in all we think that this
is the easiest way to support those who are keeping the metal
faith alive. Thanks to those who responded.
are also reevaluating the sitering. With few exceptions many of
the sites do not work or have fallen into disrepair. In short:
it’s quite a mess. That’s reason enough to take another
critical look at the continued existence of this ring. Maybe we’ll
move the remaining websites into EW’s LINKS section. To
a two year hiatus Chuck’s mom decided earlier to resume
answering the Perennial Questions. As said before: we don’t
want to flood Chuck’s mom, so we will send her about 5 questions
at a time. At the same time we actually think that many of the
most common questions have been answered already, so updates will
continue to be sporadic. If you however have an original question
not answered there, please ask, it may be a while before you get
a response though.
for the merchandise: back in November 2005, while we were in Florida,
we suggested to Jane that she re-release some original Death album
shirts. With our urging on behalf of the fans she agreed, choosing
to start with Leprosy. We think she made an excellent choice.
however Jane decided to stop after the Leprosy shirt and we support
her in this decision. Printing, handling, shipping, re-handling,
re-shipping and emailing back and forth is difficult for her,
and she wants to slow down in the future. There are quite a few
shirts left though, so get on it. Sold out = sold out. After that
the new merchandise unfortunately is finished. Shirts can be ordered
directly through her while supplies last.
return to the beginning: know that while we have shifted to more
of a tribute and memorial site, we are dedicated, as always, to
maintaining the official source for information about Death and
Control Denied. We are proud to serve as a digital refuge for
the many Death fans around the globe who continue to “let
the metal flow” in these modern times.
The sitekeepers, December 2006
Hardly a day goes by...
as everyone in the metal world knows, the holidays for all of
us now are forever bittersweet. With rememberences for the loss
of Chuck and Dime, and now with the untimely passing of our new
brother Vitek, the holiday cheer might not seem so, I don't know…
cheery. But, I'm sure a crestfallen feeling would be the last
thing any of these gentlemen would want from us, so with a glass
in one hand and horns raised in the other, we remember our fallen
brothers with a… smile. And maybe a cranking-up of the volume.
A happy holidays to all of ya…” [Gene Hoglan]
we finish the year with December 13th and all that goes with it,
but this time we wanted to end with this year’s closing
editorial comment, starting with Gene’s words. Not looking
back too much, but more a stand still… and looking forward.
What would have been Chuck's 40th year was not a spectacular year
Death and EmptyWords wise, but hardly a day goes by without somebody,
somewhere in the world, expressing their feelings; about the loss
of Chuck, and gratitude for what he left behind, via email or
the guestbook. They are often very personal messages that leave
a deep impression, with us as well as with Chuck's mom…
said: it wasn’t a spectacular year in terms of real news.
For the moment we leave the progression on “When Machine
and Man Collide” and James’ Death Tribute Project
for what it is. It’s useless to speculate about this once
again, so we won’t. We’d better repeat last year’s
words: no news is good news, with the addition: forbearance is
no acquittance… okay? Same goes for the possible continuation
of Death merchandise. Only time will tell…
that mean the EmptyWords will go into calmer waters? It depends
how you look at it. Regularly we announce the several tributes
and there are (mostly silent) updates on the tours pages, with
every now and then an interview. Proudly, we were able to present
the long awaited tribute article about Chuck from Guitar World
this spring. Although we still think that Chuck should have been
on the cover as well, we are very content with this posthumous
honouring. And as a fan said in the guestbook: “Chuck was
a TRUE artist. His spirit is undying. Infinite respect for him
is all we have to offer. Infinite respect from every musician/artist/person
is what he deserves”…
then there’s the long-lasting United Devices project. Thanks
in part to the participation of all the EW members, Grid.org announced
in April that it had completed its mission, with almost 80 years
of our computing time! Is that something or what? Amazing, Al
Gore would be proud (of sharing energy serving the cause). But…
when you thought it was finished: the Death & Control Denied
team has returned on the World Community Grid’s new health
projects. You helped us make a difference with the old team so
we encourage you to help us make a difference with this team as
very special event took place last summer: the reunited Cynic
visited Europe and we think it was great! We were able to see
Paul & Sean at work for the first time at Doornroosje/Nijmegen
in the Netherlands, just around the corner! Although there weren’t
any Death songs being played, a lot of Death fans for sure must
have enjoyed the arts of Paul & Sean! After the show we shook
hands and talked a while with them, and guess what: they knew
about EmptyWords, and were very complimentary about Chuck’s
official cyber home: “Very, very deep”. Their names
will be forever connected to Chuck’s…
very special event recently took place in Canada during a Tribute
To Chuck benefit concert. Next to the many other tributes, that
are always being organized around this time of the year, this
one stood out because of the participation of three ex-Death members:
Scott, Shannon & Bobby (where’s Ralph?) together with
other internationally known and local musicians. That must have
sounded great! We sure wish we could have been there, but it’s
a bit out of our way ;) Too bad that EmptyWords wasn’t posted
earlier about this tribute, maybe we could have made more for
it. Anyway, lets hope some Death members will come to Europe for
something like that someday…
about tributes: the last ones of December are hardly done or the
first announcement of 2008 is already in. Truly amazing! And although
the emphasis still is the good cause, it’s not only collecting
money for Chuck and all kinds of cancer projects anymore. To many
it’s an unconditional, obvious way to pay an ultimate tribute
every once in a while to their hero. It’s just being done,
no matter the size of audience, and that’s not given to
end with repeating some wise words from the guestbook, an excerpt
from what was published before: “Just think about how very
different the whole death metal world would have been without
Chuck. […] Who was not influenced by Death or by bands that
were not in turn inspired by Death? It's crazy when you think
about it. The musical world would definitely not have been the
same if Chuck hadn't lived. Chuck was a real pioneer, and always
with a great attitude towards his work and people around him.
The musical world owes him…” Happy Holidays…
The sitekeepers, December 2007
Contributions to the betterment of mankind
editorial comment for 2008 took some time, but is now done.
Today, March 31, 2009, marks EW’s 10th birthday, but it
seems like it was only yesterday… It’s an anniversary
year to be celebrated but with mixed feelings… after all
1999 was the year that Chuck (on his birthday May 13) heard
about his illness… Well: first we go back to the (Death
wise) most significant moments of 2008 and take an advanced
look at 2009.
of last year’s first events was B.C. Rich launching Chuck’s
Tribute Stealth with accompanying tribute site. With that a
wish of many passionate fans finally came to realization. B.C.
Rich: “The Chuck Schuldiner Tribute Stealth has finally
arrived. With great care we’ve designed a Stealth that
can proudly represent Chuck’s legacy and indelible mark
on the death metal genre. Chuck played several B.C. Rich models
throughout his short but meaningful career, but the most recognized
had to be his black single pickup, neck-through Stealth.”
year also saw the re-issues of Symbolic, The Fragile Art of
Existence and digipaks of Chuck’s first five albums. Outstanding
among the bunch are the demo/bonus tracks with Steve on Symbolic.
Also distinct is the re-issue of TFAOE by the Polish Metal Mind
Productions. Metal Mind: “There are several reasons for
Control Denied to be taken much more seriously than just a side-project
[…]”. Less obvious are the re-issues of Century
Media: old wine in new bottles so to speak, but not less interesting,
we can’t get enough of it… the need stays…
Thanks Ula & Century Media ;)
of course there was the announcement of the new project by Shannon
Hamm, with among others includes old Death band members Scott
Clendenin & Bobby Koelble. Probably inspired by “The
Ultimate Death Tribute” in Canada, December 2007, which
has been extensivly reported, Shannon adds: “This project
is in such an early stage right now that we haven’t even
had a chance to listen to anything that’s been received
yet. We will listen to and/or watch everything we recieve, but
we need to complete at least half of the material before making
a group desision on a vocalist.”
of old Death band members: Erik Meade has finally surfaced!
For years the identity of Erik (not Eric) from the early Death
days, was unknown. Erik himself: “Just in case you’re
interested, I was the bass player for Death during the “Back
from the Dead” era. My name is Erik (with a k) Meade.
My claim can be verified by Eric (with a c) Brecht as me and
him both joined and left Death at the same time, so any tapes
featuring him also include me.” And so the last piece
of the puzzle has been found, thanks Erik.
polls & polls… well, as one is horrifed by them the
other swears by them. However: two polls attracted our attention.
The Brazilian Roadie Crew magazine organized a poll in which
330 guitarists were asked about their favorite guitarist of
all time. Second there was Joel McIver’s twelfth book,
“The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists” (published by
Jawbone Press) in which one of the excerpts discusses Chuck's
guitar genius. Chuck landed respectively on the 35th and the
10th place. And as Chuck’s mom used to say: “He
would be so proud!”. So are we!
being proud: Striking and (because of it being taken for granted)
on the other hand not surprising, were the many tributes, letters
to Chuck’s mom, and the entries in EW’s guestbook.
Take a look at the Benefit page last year for example and you
will see what we mean, incredible! And this goes on year after
year! It just doesn’t stop. And the first tribute for
2009 (April 3rd) is about to be happening. We think that this
is not given to many artists and that all of us, as Chuck’s
fans, should be really proud! This is the way to maintain Chuck’s
Cyber Home and Chuck’s legacy together!
some of you may have noticed, posting in our old guestbook was
disabled. Bravenet now charges for the service and more important:
beside reducing the maximum entries, they cut down on the lay-out
more and more, besides the advertising banners were very prominent,
so we created a new one and we think it lookes fine. We hope
you like it and will keep posting as much as you did in the
previous one. The same goes for the condolence book, so (in
contrast with earlier messages) we at last merged both books.
Hope you understand.
like last year we would like to end with some nice and wise
words from the guestbook, written by Zack Gilman: “What
else is there to say. Chuck was the first, and the best. My
life and the lives of many will be spent trying to compliment
his works of art with our minor contribution to music. His simple
yet beautiful views of life and death were expressed poetically
time and time again. We lose those who matter the most, often
the soonest, only so we can recognize their greatness and contributions
to the betterment of mankind”…
The sitekeepers, March 2009