- Thursday December 18
Mexican Tribute To Chuck Announced
A Mexican tribute to Chuck will take place on December 20. Please check
out the Benefit page once again. Thanks
- Saturday December 13
7th Anniversary Of Chuck’s Passing, Day Of Remembrance
EmptyWords wouldn’t be EmptyWords if we didn’t pay homage
on this special day. So, on December 13th, 2008, the 7th anniversary
of Chuck’s passing, we posted reviews of all seven Death studio
albums: SBG, Lep,
& TSOP. All
the reviews are from Amazon.com, except Symbolic, which is from Suite
104. It underscores once again how important Chuck was, and is, to the
Speaking of paying homage: this week we learned of the passing of music
journalist Adrian Bromley. Here on EW are several pieces of his work,
including a TFAO review
(for Chronicles of Chaos) and an interview
with Chuck about Control Denied's debut (for Unrestrained), both written
Let’s end with some words from the guestbook: “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”…
And: “Empty words, a step in time, the thoughts of his soul were
put on paper, in sound, for us to share… This was not the end,
he lives on… thru so many of us. He will always be here”…
Thank you Zack & Mandolinn, and to all for the beautiful words left
behind in EW’s guestbook
and the ongoing book
of condolences, they are being read… and not just by us. Defenitely!
Thanks again and enjoy!
- Sunday December 7 2008
Tributes To Chuck Updated
In case you didn't notice: the amount of five tributes, announced earlier
on Dec. 1, became eight in the meantime! So there are three more (South-American)
tributes to Chuck! Please check out the Benefit
page on Chile (12-12), Venezuela (12-13) & Colombia (12-28).
And thanks Anýl for your 12-17-2006 tribute! And as a fan said:
"This is good that there are more and more of these tribute shows!
More people need to know about Chuck (R.I.P.)" And another fan:
"Good to see the support in memory of Chuck (R.I.P.) He was one
of the greatest musicians ever"…
- Monday December 1 2008
New Tributes To Chuck Announced
There are eight (!) more tributes to Chuck announced, please check the
Benefit page, thanks Andrei, Cristian,
Davide, Fabio, Leonardo, Nikos & Pepe.
- Sunday November 23 2008
Costa Rican Tribute To Chuck Announced
A Costa Rican tribute to Chuck will take place in San José on
December 6th with the headlining tribute project called Leprosy formed
by a few members of the local metal scene. Please check out the Benefit
page for more details. Thanks Gabriël.
In old benefit news: a Croation tribute to Chuck was held on October
21st in Zagreb, thanks Josip.
- Sunday November 2 2008
Blistering.com Interview With Paul On EW
"The soft-spoken and cerebral Masvidal phoned Blistering to discuss
the reformation and a variety of topics, including his tenure in the
Florida death metal scene, his short-lived stint in Death with childhood
friend Chuck Schuldiner, and plans for the future, which at this juncture,
seem to be a reality." An interview
- Thursday October 23
French TSOP Tour Pics Added
We added two fan TSOP tour pics
from October 23th, 1998 in France, today exactly 10 years ago…
Ten years! Thanks Jerome.
- Sunday September 21
Brazilian Tribute To Chuck Announced
A Brazilian tribute to Chuck will take place in Rio on September 27th.
Please check out the Benefit page for
details. Thanks Alan.
PS: Don't miss Cynic live! Cynic will be direct support slot on the
Opeth European trek in November/December. The band has also been announced
as the headliner for this year's ProgPower Europe festival, and will
be playing a special extended set at the show. A U.S. tour will follow
in early 2009. You can view the upcoming European tourdates here.
Paul: "PP will be our first show of performing the entire new record."
This 35 minute, new 8 song baby is entitled "Traced in Air"
and will be released on next October 27th.
- Monday May 26 2008
Top Heavy Metal Musicians Select Favorite Guitarists Of All
The Brazilian Roadie Crew magazine organized a poll in which 330 guitarists
were asked about their favorite guitarists of all time. Among the participants
in the poll were current and former members of such bands as GUNS N'
ROSES, KISS, MACHINE HEAD, NIGHTWISH, MEGADETH, SCORPIONS, TESTAMENT,
ARCH ENEMY, KING DIAMOND, SEPULTURA, DIO, TWISTED SISTER, KAMELOT and
And guess what: Chuck ended up in 35th place, and as Jane used to say:
"he would've been so proud!" The full results of the poll
— published in the new issue of Roadie Crew (#112) — can
be viewed here.
To walk-through the following images: [ 1
] press P for previous or N for next images.
Chuck was picked one of the favorites by such musicians as Sam Totman
(DragonForce), Marc Rizzo (Soulfly), Metal Mike Chlasciak (Sebastian
Bach - Halford - PainmuseuM), Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhytmia), Steeve Hurdle
(Negativa - ex-Gorguts) Martin Henriksson (Dark Tranquillity), Fredrik
Folkare (Unleashed), Christian Andreu (Gojira), among many others.
Roadie Crew's contributor Maicon Leite wrote a short-piece [pic]
on Chuck telling about his story from the Mantas' day to becoming a
precursor of the extreme metal scene with "Scream Bloody Gore"
in 1987 up to his last days and his death, which left thousands of orphans
and sorrowful fans around the world. Thanks Thiago.
- Saturday May 24 2008
First Symbolic Reissue Album Review On EW
"For many reasons, it's hard to talk objectively about the work
of Chuck Schuldiner and DEATH. For one, the man was taken from us far
too early, leaving many musical pathways still untraveled. There's also
the fact that his legacy, the arc of his creativity from "Scream
Bloody Gore" to "The Sound of Perseverance" and into
the CONTROL DENIED era, is an essential part of the evolution of heavy
metal, impossible to remove fully and examine out of context. Each of
DEATH's seven studio albums can be seen as both a fully-realized milestone
in metal history, and a transition point leading into a future few could
envision at the time." […] [more]
- Wednesday May 21 2008
To All Death & Control Denied Fans United Team Members Regarding
From World Community Grid: Dear EmptyWords,
We want to ensure that you continue to contribute to the research projects
that you have currently selected, and also have an opportunity to participate
in all of World Community Grid's latest projects, such as finding a
cure for Cancer and Dengue Fever and building climate models that will
improve the quality of life in Africa. To continue to participate in
World Community Grid, you need to take some steps to upgrade the World
Community Grid software on your PC or laptop. [WCG screensaver promo
As we announced in August of last year, World Community Grid is migrating
from the United Devices (UD) software platform to the Berkeley Open
Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC) software platform. The
decision was made to provide a better volunteer experience for all World
Community Grid members. You can read about the features and advantages
of the BOINC software in a technical
tip from the March
2007 newsletter and in a post about the transition in the Member
As detailed in the technical tip and forum post, after May 31, 2008,
World Community Grid will no longer be using the UD software and members
who have not switched to the BOINC software will not be contributing
to any of the research projects running on World Community Grid.
This is a reminder that you need to install the BOINC software before
May 31, 2008 in order to continue to donate your unused computer cycles
to help humanity. The process of migrating to BOINC is very easy and
takes less than 5 minutes.
To start the migration, visit the World
Community Grid website where you can download and install the BOINC
software. The BOINC installer will detect if your computer is running
the UD software and will help you uninstall it.
If you have any questions, we encourage you to post them in the BOINC
Agent Support forum.
Thank you in advance for switching to BOINC and continuing to be an
integral part of the success of World Community Grid.
- Tuesday May 13 2008
Articles & Stories Down Memory Lane To Celebrate Chuck’s
Today, on Chuck’s 41th birthday, we have a detailed and passionate
biography from Voices Of The
Darkside where the band Death and it's predecessor Mantas become chronologically
defined in relation to their time/genre/touring mates. Now we really
know it all, we guess… (thanks Frank).
BTW: Speaking of biographies, touring and all there is to know we can
reveal this: did you know that Chuck actually had a little fear of flying?
Isn’t that funny? A (death) metal musician going on a plane with
shaky knees to enjoy his fans, if that’s not devotion… so
now you know.
Linking to the aforementioned biography we also have a The Fragile Art
Of Existence review
from the Transcending The Mundane Magazine, right after the release
of the album, almost 9 (nine!) years ago… and only now on EmptyWords…
Anyway, enjoy the updates!
In other “news”: We’ve closed the sitering some time
ago. As announced before, we re-evaluated the sitering. With only one
(!) exception the sites did not work or had fallen into disrepair. We’ve
moved the only remaining website, HumanDeath.de (we think it’s
a great fansite!), into EW’s LINKS/RELATED II section. Thanks
to those who participated.
And finally: The only band member whose (last) name was unknown…
until now is: Erik Meade. With this new information, the 7th paragraph
from Voices Of The Darkside's biography, as well as pieces of other
articles, about the lost bassist are outdated… Thanks Erik! This
is what he said to EmptyWords:
“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. A little background on how we joined:
In 1985 me and Eric were trying to put a band together when Eric got
a call from Chuck saying he was moving to San Francisco and needed a
band. He knew about Eric as Eric had been the original drummer for D.R.I.
Eric asked if I wanted to play bass for Death and even though I’m
actually a guitar player I said yes as we both knew about Death thru
the underground tape trading scene.
Chuck flew out and we started rehearsing at a rehearsal space run by
a local punk band called M.D.C. We played a couple of gigs at a place
called Ruthies Inn in Berkley and a show in San Francisco at a place
called The Farm on a bill with Mordred. At the time we were working
on some songs that later came out on Scream Bloody Gore. I remember
that the last song we worked on was Evil Dead…
Oh by the way, on a technical note, the guitar Chuck was playing at
that time was home made by some guy in Florida and although it looked
really cool from a distance it looked really shoddy up close. The contours
hadn't been sanded very well and it was simply painted black with a
can of black spraypaint. It also played pretty badly and the few times
I played it I was amazed that Chuck liked it so much.
Later when he got his custom BC Rich guitars made he had them designed
to look like it so most people think he had the same guitar all the
time. Well like I said my name is Erik Meade, not Eric (unknown)”
Meanwhile the timeline has been adjusted.
Okay, one more album
review though: Live in L.A. from Voices Of The Darkside. Enjoy again!
- Thursday April 3 2008
Canadian "Ultimate" CHUCK SCHULDINER Tribute TV Report
From Antoine Baril: "I just wanted to let you know that
the special TV report on the Ultimate Death Tribute Show is now available
online. You can watch it on our myspace www.myspace.com/symbolictribute
or directly on youtube with this URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b9-QC1GnUQ.
I just thought that it would be great to share that with the Death community
through the EmptyWords website. Thanks a lot!"
From the media: "On Monday, March 3rd the French-Canadian
TV channel Télé-Québec aired a special report on
the benefit concert to honor late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED mastermind Chuck
Schuldiner, which took place on December 12th, 2007 at the Theatre Imperial
in Quebec City, QC, Canada.
'Méchant Contraste' producer Marc Bergeron and his team followed
the production process of the concert, which featured the local Death
cover band SYMBOLIC alongside guest musicians Bobby Koelble (guitarist
on Death's Symbolic album), Shannon Hamm (guitarist on Death's The Sound
of Perseverance album), Scott Clendenin (bass on Death's The Sound of
Perseverance album), Daniel Mongrain (MARTYR), Marc-André Gingras
(QUO VADIS), Jonathan Lee (THE AUTUMN OFFERING, ex-ACHERON, ex-DEATH
drum roadie for Richard Christy on The Sound of Perseverance tour),
and Nick Barker (ex-DIMMU BORGIR/CRADLE OF FILTH drummer).
The report focuses on the different steps that were taken by the event's
organizers while putting the show together, the building of the stage
and behind-the-scenes footage. As well, there are interviews with Antoine
Baril, Shannon Hamm, Scott Clendenin, Bobby Koelble and Alexis Robitaille."
- Wednesday March 26 2008
B.C. Rich Launches Promotional Chuck Schuldiner Site
From B.C. Rich: "We have some very exciting B.C. Rich news
to share. In support of our launch of the new B.C. Rich Chuck Schuldiner
Tribute Stealth guitars we have launched a promotional/educational website
After a lot of hard work we believe that we have created a dynamic and
interesting site that Chuck would be proud of. We're very excited about
paying (or better: playing) this tribute to Chuck.
"A long haired, energetic heavy metal axeman and gravel-throated
vocalist, soft-spoken and to the point, wielding a jet black B.C. Rich
Stealth." [Perry Grayson - Metal Maniacs]
"As a guitarist, he's the best in his field, and one who refuses
to be trapped by his genre's limitations and stereotypes."
[Jeff Kitts - Guitar School Magazine]
Chuck Schuldiner (1967-2001) was a musical innovator. Chuck is best
known for being the founder, singer, guitar player and main songwriter
of Death, which he founded in 1983 and developed into one of the first
death metal bands. Many music biographers have referred to Chuck as
the "Father of Death Metal". 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."
- Monday February 25 2008
New Classic Symbolic Review On EW
We added a brand new Symbolic review
from Deadtide.com (thanks Jason). As previously reported, Roadrunner
Records will reissue DEATH's 1995 album Symbolic next March. The remastered
edition of Symbolic will feature all tracks from the original release,
plus the band's cover of KISS' 'God Of Thunder', as well as unreleased
instrumental demos recorded in '94 with Chuck, Gene & Steve. This
reissue will also feature brand new liner notes from longtime metal
journalist Don Kaye.
- Monday January 21 2008
EW Updated With Biographies, Reviews, And More...
EmptyWords reports: "We forgot to mention that we recently
added three more biographies of Chuck,
Death, and Control Denied (as part of the TALKS
page, we just can’t get enough ;)), all from AMG (All Music Guide),
the online vademecum "to help consumers and industry professionals
navigate the increasingly complex world of recorded music and discover
the very best recordings." (Justin, thanks for reminding us! ;))
Last week we also added two Death album reviews from two different progzines:
“Human” from Proggnosis,
from Prog Archives. ProgArchives.com: “This album is quite
extreme for many viewers of this site, but if you can stand brutal vocals
you will be regarded with a great progressive album. In my opinion this
is an essential for anyone who likes prog metal. It has some of the
greatest riffs you will ever hear.” Enjoy!"
In other news: From Blabbermouth: "Guitarist Shannon Hamm
(DEATH, CONTROL DENIED) has teamed up with "Jonathan Lee (THE AUTUMN
OFFERING, ex-ACHERON; ex-DEATH drum roadie for Richard Christy on DEATH's
"The Sound of Perseverance" tour), Scott Clendenin (bass on
DEATH's "The Sound of Perseverance" album), and Bobby Koelble
(guitarist on DEATH's "Symbolic" album) in a brand new project
"which is sure to be revolutionary," according to Hamm. The
band is currently seeking a versatile singer who can handle all styles:
"powerful, melodic, clean, nasty, aggressive — all in one,"
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 receive,
but we need to complete at least half of the material before making
a group decision on a vocalist. We need to have all mp3's, You Tube
links, Myspace links, etc. sent to email@example.com
if at all possible so that we can access everything from one location.
I also want to let everyone know that I'm trying to respond to all of
the emails as I get the time. Thanks!"
Bobby, Shannon, Scott and Jonathan took part in last month's benefit
concert to honor Chuck, which took place on December 12, 2007 at the
Theatre Imperial in Quebec City, QC, Canada. The concert — which
featured the local DEATH cover band SYMBOLIC alongside a number of guest
musicians — was filmed for future DVD release. Check out the photos
The setlist was as follows:
01. Spiritual Healing
02. 1,000 Eyes
03. Mentally Blind
04. Scavenger of Human Sorrow (feat. Shannon Hamm & Scott Clendenin)
05. Spirit Crusher (feat. Shannon Hamm & Scott Clendenin)
06. Zombie Ritual (feat. Jonathan Lee & Scott Clendenin)
07. Perennial Quest (feat. Bobby Koelble)
08. Zero Tolerance (feat. Bobby Koelble & Nick Barker)
09. The Philosopher (feat. Bobby Koelble & Nick Barker)
10. Without Judgement
11. Open Casket
12. Secret Face
13. Lack of Comprehension
14. Within the Mind (feat. Marc-André Gingras & Daniel Perron)
15. Bite the Pain (feat. Shannon Hamm, Jon Lee & Scott Clendenin)
16. Moment of Clarity (feat. Shannon Hamm, Jon Lee & Scott Clendenin)
17. Trapped in a Corner (feat. Nick Barker)
18. Overactive Imagination (feat. Nick Barker & Daniel Perron)
19. Misanthrope (feat. Nick Barker)
20. Symbolic (feat. Bobby Koelble)
21. Cosmic Sea (feat. Bobby Koelble)
22. Pull the Plug (feat. Shannon Hamm, Bobby Koelble, Scott Clandenin,
Jon Lee & Nick Barker)
Guestbook message from Chuck's sister: "I want to thank
everyone for your thoughts, even what seems like so many years later.
We, his family, miss him more than I could ever express. My heart hurts
always. I had dinner with Richard Christy in New York last month. We,
as always, spoke of all the good times and funny things when Chuck was
here. We hope we are nearing an end to the legal mess and will be able
to finally put out Control Denied's last work. All of you have been
more than patient. Again, thanks to all of you for remembering. Sincerely,
- Sunday January 20 2008
News About Control Denied, Death, Cynic And... Pestilence!
CONTROL DENIED Debut To Be Reissued In February [cover]
Metal Mind Productions reports: "There
are several reasons for CONTROL DENIED to be taken much more seriously
than just a side-project. One of them is certainly the name of the group’s
founder - Chuck Schuldiner to this day remains an icon of death metal
music, leaving behind a true legacy of amazing albums and memorable
songs. Control Denied was his final and most personal creation –
a natural continuation of the ideas gathered in DEATH’s three
last albums – Individual Thought Patterns, Symbolic and The Sound
Although musically the group ventured away from death metal into a bit
lighter style, the progressive edge remained untouched – the band’s
debut (and, as it was soon to be revealed, only) album, The Fragile
Art Of Existence is still one of Schuldiner’s most fruitful efforts,
showcasing mature, structured musicianship and amazing songwriting skills.
And today Metal Mind Productions present re-release of this unique album
by Control Denied. New digipak edition, limited to numerated 2,000 copies,
digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc. This classic
material from Nuclear Blast archives will be available on February 11th,
2008 in Europe and April 15th, 2008 in the US (via MVD)."
Tracklisting: 'Consumed', 'Breaking The Broken', 'Expect The Unexpected',
'What If…?', 'When The Link Becomes Missing', 'Believe', 'Cut
Down', 'The Fragile Art Of Existence'.
Symbolic Reissue Track Listing Revealed
From Blabbermouth: "BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal
the track listing for the upcoming reissue of DEATH's classic 1995 album
"Symbolic", due on April 1 via Roadrunner Records. The remastered
LP will include the original album tracks plus several previously unreleased,
ultra-rare, mostly instrumental demo recordings that were completed
in early 1994 with the lineup of Chuck Schuldiner (guitar), Gene Hoglan
(drums) and Steve DiGiorgio (bass). The package will also come with
brand new liner notes written by longtime metal journalist Don Kaye."
"Symbolic" reissue track
02. Zero Tolerance
03. Empty Words
04. Sacred Serenity
05. 1,000 Eyes
06. Without Judgement
07. Crystal Mountain
09. Perennial Quest
10. Symbolic Acts (original "Symbolic"
11. Zero Tolerance (instrumental)
12. Crystal Mountain (instrumental)
13. Misanthrope (instrumental)
14. Symbolic Acts (original "Symbolic" title) (with vocals)
* Tracks 10-13 recorded March 1994:
Chuck Schuldiner - Guitar
Gene Hoglan - Drum Programming
Steve DiGiorgio - Bass
* Track 14 recorded January 1994:
Chuck Schuldiner - Vocals, Guitar,
Bass, Drum Programming
"Symbolic" has sold just
under 50,000 copies in the United States in the 12 years since its release,
according to Nielsen SoundScan.
CYNIC To Record New Album
American iconic death metal band CYNIC's MySpace has been updated
with the following press release: "Quality
technical metal connoisseurs and open-minded music-lovers in general
will be delighted to hear that Florida's legendary Cynic have returned
to creative power after a successful European reunion tour in the summer
of 2007 and will soon be recording a new album, their second after 1993's
genre-shattering Focus debut.
Cynic founding members Paul Masvidal (Guitars / Vocals) and Sean Reinert
(Drums), who both gained reputation and praise while performing alongside
Chuck Schuldiner and DEATH in the recording and touring line-up for
the milestone album Human, are currently in Sanford, Florida, working
on the mix for three new demo tracks together with producer Jason Suecof
at his own Audiohammer Studios. The three new tracks are entitled 'Integral
Birth', 'Evolutionary Sleeper' and 'Adam's Murmur' but Masvidal and
Reinert have already written a full album's worth of new material and
the band will use the demo to begin talks with record companies about
a 2008 release.
Masvidal comments, "I'm amazed that we're here again, and that
is a testament to the unpredictable beauty of the creative process.
We received so much inspiration during last summer's reunion tour that
a flood of new material has since poured out of us. There must be a
default metal root in us from childhood that insists on being watered
and loved, so we're just trying to keep up with ourselves—the
Cynic sirens are screaming inside and won't let up! Our policy has always
been about surrendering to what feels most organic and staying in the
flow. To put it mildly, this last year has been a creatively abundant
and productive period. We're intoxicated about now and the future."
More news on Cynic's recording and touring plans will soon be announced,
and a new website will soon be launched at www.cyniconline.com.
The long-standing website covering all Cynic-related projects can be
found at www.cynicalsphere.com."
PESTILENCE Reunion Announced
And last but not least: From Land of Tears: "PESTILENCE
IS BACK!!! There is a new line up: founder Patrick Mameli (vocals, guitar),
the well known Tony Choy (bass) and drummer Peter Wildoer (Darkane,
Non-Human Level and others). Patrick is working on new great songs which
style he describes as a modern fusion of "Testimony..." and
"Spheres", but even more technical and more brutal. A new
album will be recorded at Jacob Hansen's Studios and produced by Patrick
himself." More soon!
- Monday January 14 2008
B.C. Rich Guitars Launches Chuck's Tribute Stealth
From 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
In purposeful style, Chuck laid down many creative and ferocious riffs
on his B.C. Riches that launched him into metal icon status. Now it’s
your turn to play tribute to a legend. A portion of proceeds goes directly
to the family of Chuck Schuldiner."
To help pay tribute to Chuck Schuldiner, B.C. Rich asked Stephen Jensen
of Crystal Lake, Illinois' F3 Studios to create a tribute crest design
to promote the tribute guitar. Stephen is honored to have been asked
to create this logo design and help salute another great guitar hero
who left his mark on music history.
For more details on the specifications, please visit bcrich.com,
- Saturday January 5 2008
Beauty, Brains, And Brutality: The 'Girls of Metal' Release
From Blabbermouth: [As previously reported on EmptyWords, EW],
"Chicago-based Girls of Metal are proud to announce the 2008 release
of their annual Girls of Metal calendar. The calendar features female
heavy metal musicians and supporters and calendar sales benefit the
American Brain Tumor Association.
The Girls of Metal is an alliance of females in heavy metal with the
purpose of bringing recognition and respect to women in the genre. Combining
looks, talent, and a passionate love for heavy music, The Girls of Metal
work hard to convey their message of gender equality within a male dominated
scene. Jon Wiederhorn of Revolver magazine exclaimed "Move over,
Suicide Girls!" in an April 2007 interview.
In a recent interview, Girls of Metal member DanYell said the following
about the formation of the organization: "The Girls Of Metal were
formed a couple of years before the 2007 calendar was unleashed. Our
founder is Melissa Zappa, and she, along with the help of some of the
other GOM spent the early years planning and shaping our mission and
goals. Once we had a firm idea of what we wanted to do as far as raising
money for the charity, and how to put out a calendar we began work on
the 2007 edition which was the first calendar."
All proceeds from Girls of Metal calendar sales will be donated to The
American Brain Tumor Association in memory of late DEATH frontman Chuck
Schuldiner who died from a brain tumor in 2001. "While none of
us personally knew Chuck, we all were/are certainly touched by his music
and contribution to the foundation of death metal as we know it. It's
rare to have such raw talent in this world, and Chuck certainly possessed
such. He absolutely helped to shape the sound of the underground metal
world, and his influence is still very prevalent today," says GOM
In response to the reaction from the metal community, Girls of Metal
member DanYell says: "We have received an extremely positive response
to the calendar! Since the release of the 2007 edition we have had some
great press on the Girls of Metal via Revolver magazine, The Onion,
and other online mags. We have also had a lot of girls that identify
with our mission, and want to join the Girls of Metal. It's fantastic
that what we are doing is bringing more women in the metal scene together
and showing people that we are definitely a force to be reckoned with!""
For additional information about the Girls of Metal or to order a 2008
calendar, please check out EW's Benefit
page. Thank you! Also please check out the Benefit
page on the upcoming Seattle tribute, Jan. 20th. Thanks again!
- Tuesday, New Year's
Roadrunner Records To Reissue DEATH's Symbolic Album
Welcome to the new year! EmptyWords' 10th! In news: as previously reported
on BraveWords, Roadrunner Records will reissue DEATH's 1995 album Symbolic
next March. The remastered edition of Symbolic will feature all tracks
from the original release, plus the band's cover of KISS' 'God Of Thunder',
as well as unreleased instrumental demos recorded in '94 with Chuck,
Gene & Steve. This reissue will also feature brand new liner notes
from famous metal journalist Don Kaye. Further details as they surface.