- Day of Remembrance
We don't want today, December 13th 2003, the 2nd anniversary of Chuck's
day of death, to pass unnoticed. The Italian Metal Hammer has a special
about Chuck this month, including an interview with Jane. They gave
us permission to publish the translated version early on EmptyWords
(thank YOU Fabio and Vincenzo).
- Thursday December
Especially for the Death fans from Lebanon and Greece, check the benefit
- Tuesday December 9
Especially for the Italian Death fans, check the benefit
- Saturday December
Added three oldies from Guitar School. The first one is an interview
with Chuck by Jeff Kitts (thanks Jérôme). The second
one is a Guitar School special called: "Welcome
To Hell", a guide to essential death metal, in which Chuck
appears once more, also by Jeff Kitts, with the contribution of others
(thanks Manuel). In the third and final piece, Chuck is again briefly
interrogated by Jeff Kitts about the death of Death, or maybe not.
Chuck in: Fuzz Box (thanks
We've also added ten more tabs: Denial
of Life from SBG (thanks José Emmanuel), Within
the Mind (the first!) from Spiritual Healing (thanks Jerad), Flattening
of Emotions, Suicide
Machine and Vacant
Planets from Human (thanks again Jerad), Jealousy,
in a Corner and Nothing
is Everything from ITP (thanks Dave), plus Symbolic
Judgement from Symbolic (thanks Danial). Good luck!
And finally: things put in perspective by Chuck (from Rox
Magazine, thanks Joab). In other words: Chuck's death metal amongst
the washer, the dryer, and the lawnmower. All reduced to the essence.
Need we say more?
- Wednesday December
Editorial comment concerning Control Denied:
We can no longer suppress the urge to make a statement of our own.
It's not normally our place or duty to comment on the business matters
surrounding Death/Control Denied, but this situation is emotionally
out of hand.
The controversy surrounding the second Control Denied album seems
to be turning into a vulgar slugfest by and among some of the fans.
Like Jane once said to us: this is not just another Death album,
this is the very last piece of work that will ever be released of
my son. Some of you really have crossed the line and shown no
respect at all.
A musicians mother being available to the fans like Chucks
mom has is a very special thing, and because of her openness, shes
put herself in a very vulnerable position. We know you're dying to
get answers but right now that's not going to happen, for legal reasons
and legal reasons alone.
Her email address is available to all of you to ask any questions
you like or to order t-shirts. So please stop harassing her. It would
be a shame if all this could break apart the Death legion.
The EmptyWords Team
"This is not a test
This is not
a game to be lost or won
Let justice be done"
will be okay in the end
If its not okay
It will not be the end"
November 24 2003
Message from the Schuldiner family in response to Hammerheart Records'
This is Chuck's mom. The latest
threat of Guido (Heynens/Hammerheart Records) is that he will release
a demo of Chuck's music on CD if the Schuldiner family does not do
what he wants. The courts here in the US will decide the rights to
that album and neither GH/HHR nor the Schuldiner family has the right
to release any part of it until it is decided by a judge and jury
here in the US.
He is taking advantage of and damaging Chuck's reputation and memory,
and is hurting this family and the release of Chuck's album enormously
in the process. It is sacrilege. I am asking that none of you buy
this CD and that you respect Chuck's memory by waiting for the full
album. Just as the people who sell shirts and merchandise are making
money off Chuck's memory, if you do not buy it, then it will fail.
If GH/HHR does go against Chuck's attorney's advice and releases that
music, then the album will not be released. What would be the point?
- Saturday November
We've added two pieces from the Greek (yes, the first two from Greece)
Altars of Metal webzine from the Sound of Perseverance era. A major
interview with the
architect of death metal and a TSoP review
which gets at least 11 points out of 10.
- Thursday November
We've added something from the distant past again: three issues of
The Metal Crusade (thanks Jane and Jochen). This brings the total
to six (5 regular and 1 special) of Death's official quartely newsletter.
Speaking of official: the Metal Crusade logo actually originated with
issue #3, but we decided to put the logo on the pages of the first
two issues as well. The posted release dates are the originally scheduled
dates, which doesn't necessarily mean that they appeared at that time.
Now a note about the making of this update. We didn't have all the
original issues complete so we had to use replacement material, such
as the scans Chuck's mom completed and some scans from humandeath.de.
These copies from scans from copies (with varying filesizes, back
and forth over the internet) don't always give the best result with
the pictures. Nevertheless we think that with some artifacts we were
able to create something nice out of it. After all, it's all about
the content anyway, isn't it?
About the content? Really a lot of funny stuff, especially Gene's
contributions. And of course the equipment list, back then added at
the last moment by The Metal Crusade staff, which will give a lot
of fans detailed answers to what appears to still be the mother of
all questions. Last but not least, which maybe superfluous to mention,
but please note that the addresses within are not valid anymore! Enjoy!
#1 Greetings DEATH fans! Welcome to the
most unique underground fan club in the world. You now belong to an
international organization made up of legions of Metalers
Greetings once again! Things have been very exciting for DEATH recently
as they have just ended a very positive tour in the U.S. and Europe
Metalic greetings to all around the world! So, you got a chance to
hear DEATH's new release 'Symbolic'? What did you think? There have
also been some cool interviews with DEATH in magazines like
- Tuesday November 4
We've updated the Early
Tourdates page with some cool flyers, thanks James Murphy. More
- Monday November 3
Especially for the Peruvian Death fans, check the benefit
- Monday October 20
We added an interview with Chuck, done after
his final show in Atlanta, and an interview
with Tim Aymar, discussing Death versus Control Denied, plus a
retrospective on Chuck's career (all three
from Lamentations of the Flame Princess, thanks Jubie).
We also updated the Perennial page with
Q&A's part 7. As always the numbers in red are new. Enjoy!
- Tuesday October 7
We added a Death/Pestilence/Viogression concert
review (from Rock Hard 11-'91), and three album reviews: TFAoE
(from Edge Of Time), Live in L.A.
(from Metal Eagle) and TSoP
(from Metal UK).
Besides we would like you to meet another side of our co-workers.
Matt Medeiros in an interview
with the German Possessed webzine about his band Kalopsia, and Luca
Minieri in an interview
with the American Aversionline webzine about hís band Illogicist.
Next: three articles from the American LotFP (Lamentations of the
Flame Princess) magazine, and we are working on the 7th set of Q&A's
for the Perennial page, stay tuned!
- Wednesday September
We added two Italian Human reviews from Heavy
Metal and Metal Shock (thanks
Matteo and Vincenzo). We also added a concert
review (from Enterzone, summer 1995) and an interview
with Chuck (from Hellfrost, April 1995).
- Sunday September 7
Message from Chuck's mom:
Dear fans and friends,
Since there are too many emails to
answer personally, I am writing a short message to all the friends
and fans of Chuck who have written to me of Guido's comments to
Blabbermouth. Since I was attacked by Guido through his attorneys
to desist from truthful comments I had made, I am surprised he would
make false comments of his own. I refute his statement.
Chuck's sister and I received
such a multitude of telephone calls from Guido concerning Chuck's
last Control Denied album, that, in self defense, we finally stopped
taking them and let our answering machine record those messages.
After saying the same thing over and over again to him, our position
on Chuck's work is firm and he knows what that position is and why.
There is no need for any more contact with Guido, that is why we
each have attorneys.
We wanted as much, probably more, than anyone for Chuck's final
album to be released as soon as possible, but we have our last
promises to Chuck to fulfill. And we will do that to the best of
our ability. Chuck deserves that. I will keep you all posted on
the emptywords site.
Just remember to please do not react in a negative way to these
statements of Guido, and if there are rumors you want to ask me
about, you know where to reach me. I have always been truthful with
you. Also remember, as Chuck always says, Support Music, Not Rumors.
- Monday August 25 2003
Message from Chuck's mom:
I am online again and I want to thank all of you who wrote during
these past couple of months. It was terrific to recieve all that mail.
Many of you told me that you had not written letters in a long time
so I appreciate them all the more.
I do want to alert all of you who have never taken your computer for
repair. Be very careful who you take it to, make sure they are qualified
and reputable technicians. Just because a business sells computers
does not mean they are qualified to work on your computer. When I
took my computer in the only problem was getting online, when I got
it back it was totally blank, no windows, no folders, nothing. They
accepted no responsibility and I had to purchase a new computer.
I would appreciate it so much if all the people who sent articles,
and especially pictures, to please send them to me again. I had not
backed anything up and so all was lost. I really regret that most
of all, so if you have not done that, please do it right away. I sure
will in the future. Take care and I look forward to hearing from you,
I have really missed that.
- Sunday August 3 2003
As promised some time ago, four articles from the now defunct Norwegian
Crystal Mountain website: an interview
with Chuck, and three album reviews (TSoP,
in L.A.), all from Scream Magazine (thanks Jens Remi). Thanks
Mike for your personal story and pictures of the
Metal To The Masses tour.
The 4th of July somebody sent us a list with gigs that we accidentally
deleted. Can you please send it again? Thanks.
Finally, check out the Scottish Kondemned
webzine for their tribute to Chuck.
- Sunday July 27 2003
From the James Murphy official
"Both Paul and Mick from
Slipknot have been confirmed as major contributors to the Death tribute,
and will be performing on many of the tracks... in addition, Terry
Butler (Ex-Death, Six Feet Under) will contribute some bass tracks.
Paul, Mick, and Terry will be joining myself, Deron Miller (CKY),
Dave Culross (Suffocation, Malevolent Creation), Brett Hoffman (Malevolent
Creation), and (Immolation frontman) Ross Dolan, and a few other as
yet unconfirmed guests at SR Studios in Iowa (the studio is still
subject to final confirmation) in mid to late August to begin tracking.
We're not giving up the full
tracklist just yet.... but some highlights are:
Land Of No Return
Lack Of Comprehension
.....and many more."
- Wednesday July 2 2003
My name is Jamey Jasta, I'm the
singer of Hatebreed, the new host of Headbangers Ball and a fan of
Death. I just wanted to let you know that I have convinced the shows
producers to play Death's video for "The Philosopher". The
show will air July 5th on MTV2 at 10 PM East Coast Standard Time.
- Tuesday July 1 2003
Email from Chuck's mom:
"[...] I still have no computer, and do not know when I will
get one, so please tell the fans that for me, will you please? I sure
do miss corresponding with them, and you. It seems as if it has been
such a long, long time since I was online with them and to tell the
truth, it has been a lonely time without that connection. it really
is like having an extended family all over the world. I receive so
much mail, so I know the fans remember and love Chuck still and it
warms my heart [...]".
- Tuesday June 24 2003
We added the sixth set of questions. The numbers in red are new on
the perennial page. Enjoy!
Chuck's mom let us know that although she can't be reached through
email, you can order shirts through snail mail. Send a letter to:
613 E. Citrus Street
FL 32701 / USA
- Monday June 16 2003
Due to computer problems Jane's having, she
can't currently be reached via email. As a result, merchandise is
on hold. We'll let you know as soon as she's back online again.
We published some gathered
reviews from Chuck's performance at Dynamo '98 (one of the first
of Death's new line up), last May 31th, 5 years ago (thanks Robert
and Vincenzo). Also published an article, titled Death-Alive
and Well, by Andreas Bechtel from the Nuclear Blast cataloque
later that year (thanks again Robert).
Next: Q&A part 6.
- Sunday June 8 2003
We added two Italian pieces: an interview
with Chuck from Metal Shock and a Symbolic review
that appeared in Metal Hammer as well as in Grind Zone (thanks Vincenzo).
Upcoming: Death on Dynamo 98 and an article about Chucks
- Tuesday May 13 2003
Today, on Chuck's 36th birthday, we take you back 10 years with two
pieces from Metal Maniacs. An intie with Chuck, titled Revolutionizing
Death, by Alicia Morgan and an ITP
review by Don Kaye (thanks Robert).
- Friday May 9 2003
Added three new tabs, Scavenger
of Human Sorrow, A
Moment of Clarity (thanks Remi) and Spirit
Crusher (thanks Diego). We've also published a Scream
Bloody Gore review from the German Metal Observer.
At the request of many fans who want to know what the Symbolic shirts
look like we added a picture of the long sleeve shirt, check the support
page. Also in response to many questions about merchandise, the Symbolic
shirts Jane offers on the support page are the only official merchandise
available at the moment.
Upcoming: in 4 days we will honor Chuck's birthday with some old material
from Metal Maniacs.
- Sunday May 4 2003
We have taken down all the tabs we published yesterday. The person
who sent us the tabs claimed they were originals, but in fact they
were not. As a result, we recieved several angry emails from the original
authors. If you are going to send us tabs, they must be original.
Tabs published in books or posted on another site represent the work
of others, and we will not host any unoriginal tabs. Thank you.
- Thursday April 10
As promised, we published two interviews that Chuck did for Metal
Maniacs (thanks Robert). One about Deaths reincarnation
and a talk about perseverance
- Saturday April 5 2003
Chucks mom answered the fifth
set of questions. The numbers in red are new on the perennial
- Wednesday March 19
We added the memorial
article from the German Hammer Magazine (thanks Jochen), and an (old
'n short) interview with
Chuck from the Italian Metal Hammer (thanks Vincenzo). Also added
an interview with Gene about
his new love (from Aardschok).
- Sunday March 9 2003
We (re)published the two interviews
that Kerry Vick did with Tim Aymar
and Steve DiGiorgio for redrival.com/controldenied,
as well as an interview with Chuck
from Metal Edge (thanks Kerry). More coming soon! We also made some
changes to the TSOP-USA tour page (thanks
Due to computer problems Jane temporarely cannot be reached through
email. The problems will probably be solved next week, we'll let you
know when she's back online again.
- Saturday March 1 2003
We added Chuck's
comments to the songs on Symbolic from Spark Magazine 07-'95 (thanks
Lukas), and an interview
with Richard from the Turkish Rock Station Magazine 01-'03 (thanks
Deniz). A little more time and we'll be back on schedule again.
Coming soon: Part 3 of the Q&A's. Also some material from Kerry
Vick's old Control Denied site and Jens' Crystal Mountain Death site
(both have been closed down) will be re-published on EmptyWords soon.
- Saturday February
As promised: the two Czech articles
are posted (thanks Lukas). Two interviews with Chuck from Spark Magazine,
one from the March '95 issue
and a chat they did with Chuck in Deep
Look Inside from July '95. We also published the interview
that Jane recently did for Rockaxis, Chile (thanks Fernando and "Cote").
- Wednesday February
We've added two more Metal Crusade issues:
a special edition regarding the (Death
For Life) benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
and B.E.T.A. that took place on December 16, 1994 in Orlando, and
a regular edition (Newsletter #4)
about the Symbolic sessions and more.
Because of the many questions about what, when, how and why, we made
a releases page especially for the mr/mrs
particulars among us. There you'll find a detailled survey of all
Chuck's released material, official and unoffical, with a lot
of info from the tape-trading area and about the various European
re-releases, in addition to the timeline.
Upcoming: we are busy working out two articles from the Czech Spark
Magazine, (yes Matt, they are LONG!) one which is titled: Deep Look
Inside, kind of a chat-box with Chuck. Keep an eye out, and to Lukas:
your patience will be rewarded soon!
- Saturday February
From The Metal Crusade Staff, ALTAMONTE
SPRINGS, SEPT. 1994: Greetings once again... First of all, thanks
for being so patient waiting for issue #3 to come out! So many things
are going on for DEATH that we wanted to make sure you got the full
official details. We've got the most recent info of the band and.....
The first Metal Crusade issue (#3) is on, we hope to gather more in
the near future to complete our collection at EmptyWords. We only
have a few (which will be posted soon) but we are still missing a
lot. So if you are an old Metal Crusade member and you want to make
copies for us, let us know, it would be appreciated very much!
- Monday January 20
Jane answered the second set of questions for
the Perennial page, numbers 13b-18 are
new. Thanks to everyone who has already sent us emails. We have gotten
a lot of questions about how much time it will take before you get
your answer. 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
- Tuesday January 14
to business as usual. We've added five album reviews. From Foundry
Music: TFAOE (thanks Marc),
and from the Italian Metal Hammer: Live
in L.A., TFAOE, ITP,
and Leprosy (thanks Vincenzo).
We also added more tourdates: from the Metal To The Masses Symbolic
Tour (thanks Jens and Alex), and some early tourdates
(thanks Jokum). We are working on this jigsaw-puzzle bit by bit.
Finally, check the TABLATURE
page for thirteen more tabs, with seven from TFAOE (thanks Eric),
and six from several albums (thanks Ryan, Robin, Mike, Emre and Mohammad).
And for those interested in some faces behind EmptyWords: the playlist
page has been re-styled. That's it for now.
- Thursday January 2
Another year for EmptyWords,
the fifth. We made some changes in the navigation menu. The MEMORIAL
pages and the TABLATURE page as well as the new PERENNIAL Questions
page can be found in the main menu now. Send your questions to Q&A@emptywords.org.
Soon you'll find answers to your questions, as given by Chuck's
mom. The first dozen Q&A's are on.
We want EmptyWords to continue to grow with reviews, interviews
and articles, so whenever you have something lying around that would
be interesting for fans to read, you know where to find us. We are
still missing a lot of tour information as well. If you have some
send it to email@example.com.
Thanks in advance for digging it up.
We are working on some new ideas, which were suggested to us by
fans, they still have to be hammered out though. 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.
Finally, we added something else to read: an intie
with Chuck (yes, he IS metal) from Enslain Magazine, and an interview
with Steve DiGiorgio from Renegade2k, thanks Fernando. And remember:
EmptyWords wouldn't be what it is today without your help, so hopefully
we can count on you again this year to keep Chuck's metal spirit