Webzine: Martelgang / Netherlands
Article: Chuck Schuldiner special

Written by: Anton de Wit
Published: January 2002


On December 13 2001, Death and Control Denied frontman Charles "Chuck" Schuldiner passed away due to the consequences of cancer. In this Martelgang special you'll find the story of Chuck, exlusive interviews and reviews of all his albums by well known guys from the Metal World.

By Anton de Wit

"A death metal legend in spite of himself," that was Charles Schuldiner, AKA "Evil Chuck", frontman of the illustrious Death and also the brain behind the younger band Control Denied. On December 13 2001 Chuck died due to the consequences of a tumor on his brainstem.

Some fans would rather talk about "Schuldiner Metal" than death metal, because the latter is too restricted to describe the music of Death and Control Denied. In both cases you could consider the recently passed vocalist and guitarist, the genre's namesake. Although the etymology of the term death metal isn't undisputed and isn't pointing unambigiously towards Chuck's musical brainchild. Yet it's almost unthinkable that the term wasn't inpired by the band name Death or their first demo, 'Death By Metal' from 1984. If the prefix 'death' refers to the deathly, morbid sphere of the music, why wasn't the genre called Dead Metal? That would have been a better choice linguistically and more in harmony with the term Heavy Metal.

However, Chuck wasn't very keen -for the same reasons as his fans- on the term death metal. On the other side he presented himself as a key figure of the genre, every now and then. When in the early 90's a dispute arose between Death and Morbid Angel about the position of the headliner on several European festivals, Chuck said to the German magazine Rock Hard: "look it may sound arrogant, but Death was one of the founders of death metal, we already released four albums, Morbid Angel just two. Besides we sell more albums." Meanwhile things have changed, but more about that later.

The foundation of Death took place in 1983, when the 16 year old guitar player formed Mantas with some friends, named after the string picker of Venom. It's no surprise that the music of Chuck and co was strongly inspired by the British noise makers. To honor Death, the band has to be seen in the light of the bands of the early 80's who would drastically change the face of metal, the school of Venom worshippers that, under the name of 'thrash metal', brought about (semi-)legends like Slayer, Metallica, Celtic Frost, Kreator and Sepultura.

Although the last bands nowadays are only a shadow of what they once were, they made metal a lot less brave, the even radicalized it. Only with the raw, atonal aggression of the thrash bands from the early 80's, the association between metal and darkness was complete -an association that was lost completely after the first two albums by ancestor Black Sabbath. The wild thrash metal sound made the split with the rock orientated, commercially viable metal bands like Def Leppard and AC/DC, and created the path for death metal as well as black metal. From that perspective, Death is a forerunner of death metal, and not a death metal band.

Yet Chuck's band never got the success of Metallica, Slayer and Sepultura. This probably has more to do with the regional culture than with the musical qualities. In retrospect the sunny Tampa in Florida is called the cradle of death metal, but in the mid 80's it was an undevelopped area with some obscure thrash bands that tried to make as much occult noise as possible out of their cheap amps in their shabby rehearsal rooms. Those bands were named Death, Morbid Angel and Obituary, their logo's were messy and self designed and their music was unquestionably much more raw as that of their bretheren. The first Death albums were, although fans tend to call them milestones nowadays, completely unpretentious. The lyrics were filled with horror cliches that were in vogue in the underground back then, and also the music couldn't be called progressive.

In the early 90's the thrash bands out of Florida got some more recognition, under the flag of death metal. Tampa even florished as kind of a death metal epicentre, with bands, studios, and producers that set the international standards of the genre. Death metal seemed to be a reaction on the theatrical and pompous presentation that was common until far into the 80's, as well as the thrash metal movement. While Cannibal Corpse entered the stage in their daily outfits and unwashed hair, Death and Morbid Angel went for the suntanned muscles of thrash. Whoever was at a Death show at the end of 1997 must remember the windmachines that made Chuck's long hair wave more proudly. A custom we laugh about when local bands like the Kast (Dutch pop band) use it. But despite their vanity, the bands out of the south east of the United States managed to obtain a firm position in the hearts and record cases of the often less vain fans.

Fame wise (despite the disdainfullness of its frontman in Rock Hard), in the end Death wasn't a match for region mates Morbid Angel. This was probably because Chuck wasn't satified with lyrical and musical cliches. Today Morbid Angel is the undisputed king of the death metal, because their music stays, despite its complexity, catchy for the simple fan and because the lyrics are full of hocus pocus out of the books of H.P. Lovecraft and Aleister Crowley. From the fourth ablum, 'Human' out of 1991, Death presented themselves as essentialy different, the music was more technical without losing aggression, and the lyrics were more intelligent, no more flying limbs or diabolical enteties that usually live in death metal lyrics. Cautiously Chuck struggled in his lyrics with social problems -without trying to be the improve of the world- philosophical contemplations, and even personal emotions.

Another restraining factor were the relations within the band. The most wild rumors got around about the dictatorial regime of Chuck within the Death ranks, his unpredictability and stuborness. The tensions led to line up changes and even mudslinging in the press. The drama reached a high point after the mutiny just following the release of 'Spiritual Healing' in 1990. While Chuck was at home the other band members went on tour with another singer. The founder and band leader didn't give in and finally fired all his musicians.

Chuck won the power struggle, and Death entered a more stable phase of its existence. The musicians would still come and go, but with less fireworks than before. The relationships were clear, Chuck was in charge, and nothing stood in the way of the musical development. This resulted in a series of very strong, progressive albums that would define the face of Death in the 90's -'Individual Thought Patterns', 'Symbolic', and the swansong 'The Sound Of Perseverance'. To secure the musical ingenuity, Chuck surrounded himself with prominent musicians, like drumgod Gene Hoglan, King Diamond solo guitarist Andy LaRocque and Sadus' bass virtuoso Steve DiGiorgio.

Yet, something kept gnawing. Although he had free hand within Death, Chuck wanted more. A ever returning problem was his hate-love affair with the microphone. "I always looked at myself first and foremost as a guitar player", he once said in an interview. "I took over the vocals out of necessity instead of conviction". Also musically he wanted more, but he was aware of the fact that he couldn't realize all of this ideas in Death. The fans wouldn't take it, they wanted the familiar sound with Chuck's sharp death grunts. In interviews in the 90's he hinted at his new project, with a more traditional heavy metal sound, preferably with former Black Sabbath vocalist Ronnie James Dio as singer.

In 1996 the idea took more shape with the foundation of Control Denied, Chuck didn't manage to get Ronnie James Dio nor Nevermore-singer Warrel Dane. Eventually Control Denied was a band with, besides Chuck, some relatively unknown names (in the beginning that is). Demos were recorded that leaked out to the fans, but the necessary support of a label didn't come. Contrary to the expectations of the fans and the band members, since it wasn't Death but Control Denied that was put on hold indefinite. Only after Death released another album, could they work on the debut of Control Denied. Finally in 1999 'The Fragile Art Of Existence' was released, and it mainly met enthusiastic critics and fans.

"The ultimate progression of Death" says the official biography of Control Denied about the first CD. That is how 'The Fragile Art Of Existence' must have felt for Chuck, like the culmination of everthing he ever did with Death up till now. At last he could concentrate on his guitar play. At last he could add some more traditional and modern metal to his musical formula -things he couldn't and didn't want to do with Death. As unpleasant as it may sound to the loyal Death followers, Death became, after 15 years and seven albums, a straitjacket into which the vocalist/guitarist didn't quite fit any longer. At the same time the work of Control Denied is of some comfort, because it didn't appear to be drastically different from Death. The shoe just pinched in just a few places now. Control Denied was one size bigger, not a new model.

At the same time the tide changed. 'The Fragile Art Of Existence' became a loaded title when in 1999 a deadly form of cancer was diagnosed. Through the internet the alarm was given when it appeared that the Schuldiner family lacked of money for proper treatment. The former band members that in the past accused Chuck of unlimited riches, now painfully appeared to be totally wrong.

His illness made a lot happen in the metal world. A real Chuck Schuldiner fund, internet auctions for the benefit of his recovery and finally a series of benefit concerts, also in our country. The broad support of the metal fans was, mildly put, remarkable. Up till now there never was in this genre, so much compasion for the illness of a musician. It would be too simple to seek the answer in the sense of community, the solidarity or the brotherly nature of the scene, because there were also negative reactions, as Steve DiGiorgio stated right after the bad news about Chuck's illness in Aardschok. "People were making statements, like 'Chuck's faking it!' or humiliating remarks like: 'hahaha, how appropriate, somebody writing songs for the band Death, will die himself!' This kind of mail made me far sicker than Chuck's call telling me he had a tumor in his head."

The prestige that Chuck built throughout the years would not go undisputed. Yet he was loved enough to count on a broad support. The last benefit concert was held just a few weeks prior to his death. Strangly enough just in those last weeks of his life, there was a cautious optimism among his fans about Chuck's recovery. At that time he wasn't able to respond to emails anymore, and his mother Jane took care of the contact with the outside world.

With Chuck's passing comes the end of Control Denied as well as Death. Steve DiGiorgio said that Control Denied will at least try to finish the second album that they were working on, to honor Chuck. But after that the curtain will finally fall, because both bands are simply unthinkable without the input of Charles Schuldiner.


Interviews with:
Kees Kluitman EmptyWords
Jaap Wagemaker Nuclear Blast
Guido Heijnen Founder of Hammerheart Records
Stephan Gébédy Thanatos frontman and Aardschok journalist



Kees Kluitman, EmptyWords
"The moral support has been important for Chuck"
By Anton de Wit

EmptyWords started in 1999, with the permission of Chuck and his label, as a Death/Control Denied fansite, concentrating on the European market. Not long after the news of Chuck's illness came out, after which EmptyWords became the international crisis and information center. The last month it obviously has been a madhouse for the Dutch sitekeepers Kees and Yvonne Kluitman. Having just returned from the memorial service in Florida, they took the time to answer some questions through email.

"We returned a few days ago after a stay of a week, and we must say, it has been quite a week. Very, very impressive. You must understand that we can't get into many details. We hope we've been able to be of some comfort to Chuck's family. Many stories were told and a lot of walking down memory lane. A lot of pictures, Chuck's personal things, sitting by the fireplace, the dogs… a week full of melancholy. The memorial service itself was very impressive, with a lot (but not only) attention for Chuck's musical career. Besides his family and friends, there were also a lot of people from the scene and (current and former) band members."

When did you hear the news about Chuck's passing?
"Very soon, in the night from Thursday to Friday, but we were asked to wait a while with bringing out the news of Chuck's passing. In consultation with Chuck's family we decided to make it known on Saturday December 15. That was a very hard moment for us. You know, we weren't totally unprepared because we knew things weren't good with Chuck, but this was so definite, phhh…."

You made a lot of effort to get a broad recognition for Chuck's illness. Haven't you got a feeling now that it's all been for nothing?
"Certainly not! Beside the financial aspect, the moral support as well has been very important for Chuck and his family. Especially the solidarity and the many reactions from all over the world moved them very much. Besides there's still much money needed and we want to thank everybody, also on behalf of the Schuldiner family, that contributed one way or another."

How do the family and friends of Chuck react to the massive response on your site?
'Very emotional. Like we said before, the get a lot of strength from it and in a way it makes Chuck live on."

How will things go with the site from here? I assume that there will not be much news anymore about Control Denied or Death…
"There's no reason for us to stop with the site. On the contrary. We see an important task for us to promote Chuck's musical legacy. We have so much that hasn't been published yet. Besides there will be new people in the future discovering his music and wanting to read the background stories, we're convinced of that. How many sites of passed composers are there?"


Jaap Wagemakers, Nuclear Blast
"He was very intelligent, honest and firm"
by Peter Doorakkers

"It was an honor that I could do the promotion for this legend," says Jaap Wagemaker. The Dutchman is in daily life the promoter for the German label Nuclear Blast for the Benelux. In 1998 Nuclear Blast released the last Death album "The Sound Of Perseverance".

"I was shocked when I heard the news of Chuck's death. Immortal bassist Iscariah told me on December 15. I didn't want to believe it at first, thought it was another rumor. Until I got the confirmation from Nuclear Blast later that evening. I had to go outside to get some fresh air… Also at Nuclear Blast everybody was shocked, we did all we could to send him as much money for treatments as we could, gifts, releasing the live albums… in vain."

What did Death mean to you?
"I knew Chuck personally, because I took care of the promotion of "The Sound Of Perseverance" and the first Control Denied album in the Benelux. I met him for the first time at Dynamo Open Air, and after that at lots of gigs in the Netherlands and Belgium. He was one of the rare people who can express themselves better through their music. He was very intelligent, and always honest and firm. Death's music meant a lot to me. I've been a big fan since the "Scream Bloody Gore" album, and it only grew through time. It was an honor to me to do the promotion for this legend."

What meant Chuck's death for the metal genre?
"Death was a legend. The band will always be a source of inspiration for new generations of metalbands! Chuck was at the birth of the genre and developed it into what it is today. It's a big loss. And not only as a musician, but as a human being as well. Everybody is deeply shocked, look at all the reactions on EmptyWords.org."


Guido Heijnen, Hammerheart Records
"Unfortunately it wasn't a complete surprise"
By Anton de Wit

Control Denied may be seen as one of the biggest fish that the Limburgian Hammerheart caught in their contractual nets the past years. Tragically Chuck will never see this label release his work. Martelgang spoke with Guido Heijnen, manager of Hammerhearts Records.

How was your contact with Chuck?
"The contact I had was good. Certainly in October 2000 when we stayed at our Boston office and we went out for around 5 days. Eating, going to bars etc. Chuck was definitely recovering and could walk again."

Did you expect this to happen?
"To be honest? No, eventually not, although unfortunately it didn't come as a complete surprise."

What meant the music of Death and Control Denied to you personally?
"Definitely Death meant a lot to me. 'Scream Bloody Gore' and 'Leprosy' transformed me into a death metal fan. Those LP's did the big job, and I'm sure that I wasn't the only one."

Hammerheart contracted Control Denied at a time it was already known that Chuck was ill. Has it all been for nothing?
"No, Chuck was rehabilitating back then. Actually he was declared healthy and was no longer treated. In March/April he was struck again by cancer. Control Denied's CD will be released, the band will finish the already 60% ready album."


Stephan Gébédi, Thanatos
"Chuck's death sucks"
By Peter Doorakkers

If anybody can tell about the impact that Chuck Schuldiner had with Death, it is death metal veteran and Aardschok journalist Stephan Gébédi. The influence of Chuck's musical creations on his band Thanatos are not to be underestimated, he tells……

"When we started Thanatos in 1984, the brother of our drummer let us hear the first Death demo. He said: "When you think you're playing fast, listen to this!" That demo sounded like shit, but the music was very heavy. Through tape trading I tried to lay hands on as many demo's, live and rehearsal tapes of Death as possible, because I loved their music.

It isn't to be denied that we were influenced by Death. Especially on our second album 'Realm Of Ecstasy' the influences are clearly to be heard. Listen to 'And Jesus Wept', in retrospect it is quite similar to 'Living Monstrosity' of the "Spiritual Healing" album. That wasn't deliberate stealing, but Death has always been one of the big influences."

How do you look at Death's influence on the genre death metal?
"I don't want to say that Chuck invented death metal, but his influence of course has been huge. He was one of the first to sing with a grunt, and transformed heavy, brute thrash metal into something we started calling death metal. Because of his music a lot of bands started playing death metal. Chuck himself developed his music throughout the years into a kind of melodic-techno-thrash, but it stayed extreme in a certain way. He never betrayed his style. Without Death the nowadays death/thrash scene definitely would have looked different."

Did you know Chuck personally?
"A little bit. During the 'Mutilation'-demo days we wrote some letters to each other. Later I met him twice. In 1989 in Oud Gastel Death would perform together with Thanatos, but it was canceled because Chuck was having trouble with his voice. In the early 90's we visited the Amsterdam red light district with the whole band, and had a few drinks together. Chuck was a very nice guy. He wasn't a party animal, he was quite serious. Somebody who knew what he wanted and let nobody keep him from his mission."

What were your thoughts when you heard he died?
"I though it sucked. When I heard it I was in 013 (a Dutch venue/YK) and already had quite a few beers, but it touched me. All the more because I thought the treatments had been sucessful. I was shocked."


We put the studio albums of Chuck and his bands one more time in line for you, supplied with a postume review. And we didn't do it alone, we asked musicians and colleagues journalists from the metal world for their vision.

Scream Bloody Gore
Spiritual Healing
Individual Thought Patterns
The Sound Of Perseverance
The Fragile Art Of Existence


Death-Scream Bloody Gore (1987)
By Stephan Gébédi, vocalist/guitarist of Thanatos
Although opinions of what was the first death metal album differ, (Possessed's 'Seven Churches' or 'Scream Bloody Gore'), we can easily say that Death with its band name, heavy sound and splatter lyrics with 'Scream Bloody Gore' made the blue print for an entire new sub-genre within metal. The band sounded even more brutal than Slayer and songs like 'Zombie Ritual', 'Evil Dead' and 'Baptised In Blood' even nowadays stand like a house. Death metal as it was meant to be; heavy, dirty, simple and direct. No fuss, no super long solos, just powerful songs with head and tail and lyrics about death, zombies, blood and violence. My personal favorite is next to 'Zombie Ritual', the great title song, but also the fantastic opening riffs of 'Infernal Death' have to be mentioned. When I had to mark the album now, I would wihout hesitation give it a 10, because it just is one of the absolute killers of all time.

Death-Leprosy (1988)
By Grev Drake, guitarist of Goddess of Desire

Second album of Death, and the best (I think). Where the first ended the second took off, but with a much better production (Scott Burns). The line-up is Chuck Schuldiner with (except the vocalist) the old Massacre line-up; Rick Rozz (guitar), Terry Butler (bass) and Bill Andrews (drums). After this CD Rick Rozz was kicked out of the band and James Murphy joined as a second guitarist. The disc has been an example for many beginning death metal bands of how death metal should be sounding. The CD opens with the title track, lovely brutal. On the entire CD a lot of interesting guitar solos are to be heard, also in two voices. That is on later Death CD's clearly to be heard as well, but even better worked out. Highlights are 'Leprosy', 'Born Dead', 'Left To Die', 'Pull The Plug' and 'Open Casket'. 'Open Casket' was also on the death metal collection LP "Death… is just the beginning". The lyrics mainly are about sickness, dying, suffering, the death, cannibals. A less good thing is the sampled snare drum which has a disturing mechanical effect. When you pay attention to the drum sound it seems as if you are listening to the Roland Sound Canvas Power Drums drumset. Also the guitars are sounding quite thin, like there has been cut out a lot of mid, but that's part of death metal. It is a pitty, because it takes away the aggressiveness (burning sound in the guitar) from the music (compare Slayer's 'Reign In Blood', a lot of mid in the guitars).


Death-Spiritual Healing (1990)
By Henri Sattler, vocalist/guitarist of God Dethroned

After getting compelely hooked on Death after the albums 'Scream Bloody Gore' and 'Leprosy' I had to get used to the clean sound of 'Spiritual Healing'. The screaming solos of Rick Rozz were a good contrast to the technical high play of Chuck Schuldiner. On 'Spiritual Healing' James Murphy showed that he could play, but it got kind of decent in a way. Which are about all negative that is to be said about the album. Back then I stole many ideas of Chuck and co. for my own band. While my parents thought I was studying, in reality I was composing guitar riffs like Death, sneaky with the headphones on. Death always was a band that knew to combine brutal riffs, that were very cathy. Something a lot of nowadays bands never manage to do anymore. Further there's not much to be said about an album like 'Spiritual Healing'. Everybody knows it. Everybody (including myself) deep down, wants to play his guitar that well. The first three albums always will be milestones within the death metal genre. Chuck is no longer, but we will always remember him thanks to his brilliant compositions.


Death-Human (1991)
By Peter Doorakkers, Martelgang metal zine

What do you do, when after your last release you lose (again) your entire band? Some people just would give up. Others, like Charles 'Chuck' Schuldiner, just gather a new line-up. And what kind of line-up! Sean Reinert (drums), Paul Masvidal (guitar) and as whipped cream bass beast Steve DiGiorgio. With such a line-up Human just had to be a beautiful synthesis between agression and technique, and it is. I won't go in to the the individual songs (just listen for yourself), but every death metal fan just has this album on the shelf. Not as good as the great 'Symbolic' from 1995, but a hundred thousand times better than all those Swedish and American clones that were around in the scene those days also.


Death-Individual Thought Patterns (1993)
By Anton de Wit, Martelgang metal zine

Somewhere in the corner of my wardrobe, that tatter still has to be, worn to a thread and grey with the cover of Death's fifth album 'Individual Thought Patterns' on it. Once I even used the shirt in the forrest when I had…. Well, I won't go into that. Anyway it was cooked washed, but after that the band pic on the back was so worn that only Chuck was recognizable. A pitty, because with this album the late mr. Schuldiner had formed quite a line-up. Bass virtuoso Steve DiGiorgio, who showed his skill on his four snare instrument with Sadus and Testament as well, drum icon Gene Hoglan, with also Devin Townsend, Old Man's Child and Testament on his CV, and last but not least Andy LaRocque, well known from my personal favorites King Diamond. With such an all star line-up you would expect 'Individual…' to be a total hit, but actually it's not quite. The album isn't bad -on the contrary!- but it's remarkable that most consider either an older, or a newer album as their Death favorite. Amazingly I still see people walking in the same shirt I have -less worn though and without any stains of questionable origin.


Death-Symbolic (1995)
By Dennis Verboven, Aardschok

I still remember it very clearly. In '95 I bought the new Death, and I literally played it red hot, almost until I could bake eggs on it. Yet 'Symbolic' didn't have the impact like the milestones 'Scream Bloody Gore' and 'Leprosy' had, but the perfect balance between melody and aggression, the enormous amount of super riffs and the unbelievable drumwork of Gene Hoglan made this disc truly addictive. Chuck Schuldiner suceeded to lift his band, after the somewhat disappointing 'Individual Thought Patterns', to a higher level. Nowadays the disc is allowed in the player every now and then. I can still roar along every word, the first riff of the title song got something nostalgic and the live-classic 'Crystal Mountain' reminds me of the many times I saw Chuck with Death perform. I become sad as the closing song 'Perennial Quest' fizzles out; the beautiful acoustic ending reminds us once more that the frontman/guitarist died way too soon….


Death-The Sound Of Perseverance (1998)
By Bram de Cooman, Mindview

When someone leaves this sucking earth, it's a human reaction of the heirs to cherish every little and big achievement of the deceased. All metalheads are without any doubt heirs of Chuck Schuldiner and all his records are special milestones in the heavy metal history. The Death testament 'The Sound Of Perseverance' still sounds like a great album after 4 years, like we expected otherwise. I have to admit that it was at least a year ago that I played this killer disk… which actually shouldn't have happened. What a killer CD! The drums! The technique! The sphere!!! Of course you look at every Death album differently at this sad time. Especially the lyrics (the titles alone) get inevitable another, stronger meaning. Titles like 'Bite The Pain', 'To Forgive', and of course the fantastic Priest-cover and album closer 'Painkiller' have an even greater impact. A great artist has gone, it sounds cheesy as hell, but it's the damned truth. Fortunately Chuck got the respect he deserved from the metal world before he died as well, and that makes the sympathy now (and during his illness) all over the world so real. The amazing wave of sympathies that fall to Chuck is so typical for the close metal world. There's a lot to be said about Chuck Schuldiner, and I'm sure it will be (by others) as well… But the most important??? Without extoling … Chuck's spirit is alive!!!



Control Denied-The Fragile Art Of Existence (1999)
Kasper Ramaekers, Metalmania Agency

I have to admit that it's very strange for me to write a review from an album that I can dream in the meantime. For those who don't know Control Denied? Crawl in a deep hole of shame and never come out again. Control Denied is Chuck Schuldiner's only considerable project outside his career with Death. I still can remember very well that I got the album 2 years ago. Like everybody else, the expectations were very high. Chuck Schuldiner on guitar accompanied by Shannon Hamm (Death), Steve DiGiorgio (my favorite metal bass player of all time, Death, Iced Earth,Testament, Sadus), Richard Christy (Death, Iced Earth) and the new for me unknown singer Tim Aymar being responsible for the vocals. Of course Control Denied can be compared to the newer Death in a way, works like 'Symbolic' and 'The Sound Of Perseverance', but with different vocals. No screams like we were used to from Chuck but crystal clear vocals, Tim Aymar sings in tune but sounds very aggressive and angry at times. The album contains 8 varied tracks, all filled with amazing solos, from Shannon as well as Chuck, and of course the very talented and technical parts of Steve DiGiorgio and Richard Christy. Yet Control Denied sounds a lot darker than Death and in a way I had to get used to this album and it took some time to grow, but now I can truly say that this album from Chuck as well can be seen as a classic. After this release Control Denied left Nuclear Blast and signed with our own Dutch label Hammerheart for a second album, and the band started working on their new untitled work. Chuck was recovering and all looked bright, yet just a few months after the start of the recordings fate struck again and Chuck became ill once more, and more serious than before. The recordings were postponed and Chuck concentrated on his recovery. Like we all know now, in vain… Good new however is that Tim Aymar and Steve DiGiorgio confirmed that they want to finish the album no matter what, to honor Chuck. When and how still is unknown but the other band members will do all it takes to get this album done. Personally I want to say that I feel very honored to have been able to work for Chuck in Europe by organizing and controling the European tributes. My experiences are very positive and I'm grateful for all the support and love I got the past months from the press, the venues, Hammerheart, the bands and all others that cooperated unselfish for Chuck's recovery. And let's not forget that Chuck's spirit will never die, thanks Chuck for changing all our lives forever, we will never forget you.


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Translated by YK/MM for EmptyWords-Published on March 25 2002