AFTER SPENDING the last 13 years
fronting Death, one of the death metal's most revered and respected
outfits, guitarist/singer Chuck Schuldiner has put the band on
temporary hiatus to persue another full-time musical endeavor.
"After all this time, my gut
is telling me to do something fresh and different," says
Schuldiner. "I've actually been talking about this for several
years, ever since Individual Thought Patterns came out
[in 1993]. Since then, I've had this urge to do something with
a more melodic singer, but along the same musical lines as Death."
The new project, called Control
Denied, features B.C. Richards, a young singer formely of Florida's
Wicked Ways. Schuldiner is excited that he will no longer shoulder
the singing and guitar playing duties.
"When I started Death in 1983,
I did not plan to be the singer; it just worked out that way."
he says . "The freedom of being just a guitar player is something
that's been inside of me, dying to get out, for a long time. It
will enable me to be much more expressive as a guitarist."
Schuldiner realizes that hardcore
death metal fans may resist his new direction, but feels the transition
will be smooth.
"The way I write is the way
I write, and in that sense the new project won't be that much
different from Death," he says. "The songwriting wil
lcontinue in the style of Symbolic, the last Death album,
but with a much more melodic and ballsy metal singer. I'm going
to put the same 110% into Control Deneid that I've always put
"At some point I'll get Death
back together and do another record. Hell, I've been playing that
kind of music for a long tim -- it's in my blood."