- Sunday December 13 2009
8th Anniversary Of Chuck's Passing, Day Of Remembrance And Contest
Eight years… Thanks for all the wonderful words in our guestbook!
Message From Chuck's Sister Regarding The Contest
This day, as all of you know, is the day we lost Chuck, eight years
ago. Well, this is indeed one of the hardest decisions I have made in
my lifetime. The incredible tributes to my brother, Chuck, were overwhelming.
Many, many brought laughter & tears and were read over & over
again. Chuck was a profoundly lucky man to have all of you. I wish I
had hundreds of Chuck's things to give each & every friend/fan who
entered their essay; such is not the case. You are all unbelievable
people! Extraordinary really.
All of the essays will be printed in a book "SYMBOLIC "What
Chuck's Music Means to Me" - The Journeys of Chuck Schuldiner's/Death
Fans". I thank all of you for your support in this project. I also
send heartfelt thanks for the many personal words sent to me and my
family. Today is and always be a day that still hits me in the pit of
my stomach and will always be a painful reminder of just how very much
our family lost in the son, brother, uncle; Chuck Schuldiner. I think
of you every day. You were my best friend and always will be. We miss
you Chuck, more than words could ever express.
My best and be well my new friends………
1st Place - Chuck's BC Rich Mockingbird: Vincent Vinas-New York/USA
2nd Place - DEATH backdrop: Derek Petrovich/Canada
3rd Place - Stealth BC Rich: Martin Diamond/UK
4th Place - Dimarzio pick-ups and guitar straps: Jon Rohn/Country Unknown
AND: our mom Jane Schuldiner, just added one of Chuck's personal T-shirts
from his collection and OVER-WORN by Chuck (Scream Bloody Gore) to the
4th place prize winner!!!
FIFTH PLACE - We have added a fifth place Winner: Alberto Colmenares/Country
Unknown. Prize -1st Control Denied CD "When Man & Machine Collide"
hot off the press and the 1st "When Man & Machine Collide"
T-shirt and a Memorial Essay Book of "SYMBOLIC "What Chuck's
Music Means to Me" - The Journeys of Chuck Schuldiner's/Death Fans".
Winners, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org,
along with a photo of yourself.
- Sunday December 6 2009
December Tributes To Chuck Announced
There are four tributes to Chuck announced, one in Chile, one in Bulgaria,
and two in Russia. Please check out the Benefit
page on the details. Thank you!
- Sunday August 23 2009
Message From Chuck's Mom Regarding The Fan Contest
I need to remind you of the rules, you are to send your essays and payment
to the address on the
EmptyWords site. I am not involved in that part at all, though I do
answer anyone who writes for information. When you send it to me, it
is just delayed because I have to then pass it to Beth (Chuck's sister),
who is in charge. Take care and good luck to those of you who do enter.
And Regarding The Regular
There are no more tour shirts, but as I promised some of you, below
is the list of shirts I do have left. After those are sold, we will
see about the future. Any suggestions are welcomed. These shirts will
be sent to the first people I get an order from with payment at my address
below, preferably by US money order or Western Union. I'm sorry, I can't
save them for anyone anymore, it just didn't work out doing it that
All shirts are 15$ plus postage, 5$ for postage and packaging per shirt
in the US, more if overseas. I have a few books left also. The book
is free with postage paid by you. The hooded shirts are 35$ plus postage.
Also remember, if you don't send your order within a week, then I will
have to then go to the first one who does. I had to disappoint someone
this morning, and I really feel bad about that.
Also, I have some Metal Crusade newsletters from 1995 and a few other
things of that nature that I have been enclosing with shirt orders.
They are free, of course. If you don't want those included, just write
no on the front of the envelope when you order, if you do, write yes.
For those of you who told me they did not want the ones I did send,
PO Box 540742
12 large gray let The Metal Flow shirts and 1 black one, large
11 large Leprosy shirts
6 Sound of Perserverance shirts, 2x large, 2 large, one medium, 1 small
4 black shirts, with logo only, 1 XL, 1 medium, 1 small and 1 large
1 medium Symbolic, 1 Spiritual Healing, and 1 medium & 1 small Human
1 xlarge Scream Bloody Gore
1 xlarge Individual Thought P, 2 large and 1 medium
1 large Philosopher shirt, and one medium
and somehow there is one large purple Philosopher shirt that was included
in the order.
1 black large shirt with white logo on front
also, one xl hooded sweat shirt, pullover with logo on the front and
one large and one medium
- Friday August 7 2009
Chuck's Family Officially Opens Fan Contest
Well, the day is FINALLY here and the giveaway and member site is officially
open and online at chuck-schuldiner.org.
This project was originally intended to be a contest, however, trying
to comply with all of the different laws of so many different countries,
regarding contests, was virtually impossible or we would have had to
exclude certain countries. Rather, we made the site a membership site,
the same cost as the original contest entry, $25 US dollars.
With this membership, members (fans and friends) will receive a commemorative
t-shirt especially designed for members only and the project this site
supports: getting the last work out of Chuck/Control Denied, Richard
Christy - drums, Steve DiGorgio - bass, Shannon Hamm - guitar and Tim
Aymar - vocals. After a member joins, they will automatically be directed
to the official essay page, where they can write and submit their essay
with the theme of 'What Chuck's Music Meant To Me.' The winners of the
giveaway prizes will be announced on December 13, 2009. (items on web
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the friends and fans
for their constant commitment and dedication to Chuck's/Death's/Control
Denied's music. I especially want to personally thank all of you, who
throughout the years, have lent words of kindness, compassion and many
stories to our mother, Jane. You have no idea how very much each and
every one of you have meant to her over the years; you made a real difference.
Well, lets get this thing going, kick butt and 'Keep the Metal Flowing.'
Great luck to all of you!
PS from EW: to vote for the additional tracks on Chuck's last work,
please click here.
- Wednesday July 1 2009
Tribute Film To Chuck Announced
"My name is Dimitar Lazarevski and I graduated from the Film Academy
in Macedonia, Europe. My graduation work was a short documentary about
a Chuck tribute band from Macedonia. This film is titled "The World
Needs a Hero" and Chuck is their hero. I'll have a small premiere
in NYC on July 8, and will be glad if you can come. This film is made
for the people that knew Chuck and loved his work, for the people who
saw Chuck as their hero." Please check EW's Benefit
page on the details.
- Friday May 29 2009
Message From Chuck's Sister Regarding The Fan Contest
To all of the fans,
We are trying to launch the contest & have been delayed because
we are trying to get the most secure program to put on the payment part
of the web site. We are working closely with the bank officials to ensure
that any/all information that the fans input into the contest web site
is secure and protected. We should have this addition to the contest
web site by next week even though we were hoping for this week.
Thank you for your patience and support,
- Friday May 15 2009
Chuck's Family Announces Fan Contest
Let me introduce myself, I am Beth Schuldiner, sister to Chuck Schuldiner.
In keeping with Chuck’s planned promotion for his latest album
at the time, Father of Rock Corporation will be announcing the fan contest
that Chuck had been putting together prior to his illness and tragic
death, via international press releases, beginning May 25, 2009.
The top, 1st Place Prize will be Chuck Schuldiner’s personal guitar,
a BC Rich custom handmade Mockingbird. The 2nd Place Prize will be the
Death stage backdrop used by Chuck/Death while touring internationally,
including concerts in the great country of Mexico. The 3rd Place Prize
will be a replica of his Stealth guitar, made by BC Rich/Hanser music
group, an exact replica of the same guitar Chuck played on stage. The
4th Place Prize, but certainly not least, will be a set of guitar pick-ups
by Dimarzio Pick-Ups/USA, the pick-ups exclusively used by Chuck while
both touring and in the recording studio.
From May 25th on contestants will be able to enter on-line at the website
web design by Fernando Medina of Gudtalajra, Mexico. The entry fee is
$25.00 USD. The contestants must also submit an essay entitled “What
Chuck’s Music Meant to Me” along with the fee, at the time
of entry. The contestant will beissued a number. The winning numbers
will be drawn and the winning contestants will be announced on August
20, 2009 on EmptyWords.org, the only official Chuck Schuldiner/Death
website, created and operated by Kees & Yvonne, both of whom are
considered to be members of the Schuldiner family.
The family requests that winners submit photos of themselves with their
respective prizes for posting on EmptyWords.org. All prizes will be
sent to the winners within 14 days of the drawing via insured and registered
FedEx. All winners will be issued a certificate of authenticity by the
estate of Charles (“Chuck”) M. Schuldiner and a photo of
Chuck with the winning guitars along with a photo of Chuck in front
of the winning stage back drop.
Essay entries will be published in a book dedicated to all the fans
who meant so much to Chuck, soon to be available on the internet, which
will also contain a selection of the letters of support and inspiration
which fans sent to Chuck during his illness. Chuck was always about
the fans and had no stomach for the commercialization of his music,
instead always keeping true to his vision. He was known for battling
record labels and the like throughout his entire career. One of his
favorite sayings, ‘Support music, not rumors’, comes to
The proceeds, in part, will be used to finally produce the never before
released last music Chuck was able to record in the studio. This is
an important project not only to the fans who have been waiting years,
for all of the “red tape” to disintegrate, but for Chuck’s
long time close friend & drummer, Richard Christy and other band
members, Chuck’s family and the entire international metal music
Thank you for your support of this important announcement,
- Wednesday May 13 2009
Small Chat With Paul Masvidal To Celebrate Chuck's Birthday
When we met Paul at Amsterdam’s Paradiso at the end of November
last year, he agreed to do an interview
for EmptyWords. So for today, on Chuck's 42th birthday, we present Paul
with a few statements and allow him to respond. Enjoy!
Message From Chuck's Mom
Another anniversary. I know I will be fortunate enough to have many
emails from all those who remember Chuck on this day, and as always,
it helps tremendously to have you to not only remember, but to write
and share that with me. After all this time someone said. It doesn't
seem like all that time to me, just a blip.
I know there are plans in progress right now that I know many of you
will appreciate, as the Stealth guitars have been. All this is quite
an honor for Chuck's memory, and quite an honor to his family. Many
of you have been corresponding with me since 1998, and have become friends,
and always will be very dear to me.
Remember, if any of you have a special thing you would like for me to
offer, just write to me your suggestions. Many things are already out
there, so when I think of something I might like to do, I look on the
internet to see who is doing what.
I am on a visit to Virginia and North Carolina and won't have ready
access to a computer, but I will be returning on the 18th of May and
will be sure to be in touch then. Until then, take care.
- Wednesday April 22 2009
Message From Chuck's Mom
This message is about the shirts that have been ordered. When I agreed
to hold shirts for you I meant a week or, at the most, 2 weeks. I am
sorry to do it, but it has been well over a month for some of you and
I am going to have to release these shirts to others who want them.
As for inquiries about the books, I have just a few left.
I want to be free to consider other options in the near future, and
I need to sell these shirts first. I also have some of the gray shirts
and leprosy shirts left. If any of you have any ideas for future merchandise,
I would love suggestions.
I want to continue being in touch with Chuck's fans, it is a continuing
pleasure to be able to correspond with you and I would really miss that.
It has been a lot of years for some, they're like old friends. And there
are many new fans, I receive mail from young adults starting from the
age of eleven years old. Chuck would be so pleased with that news. Another
Take care, and I hope to hear from you soon.
- Sunday April 5 2009
Message From World Community Grid
EmptyWords - You Can Help End Childhood Cancer
Alert to all members of World Community Grid - your donated computer
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While scientists have uncovered the three proteins that enable this
cancer to grow, they now need to search the three million drug candidates
for a treatment. And your computer can help us complete this search
in the next year.
The cause of neuroblastoma is unknown, but most physicians believe that
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disease relapse with survival rates of less than 40 percent.
The rapid advancement of genetic research at Chiba Cancer Center Research
Institute holds great promise for treating neuroblastoma. The new Help
Fight Childhood Cancer project will use the idle computational power
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drug candidates can inhibit growth of three particular proteins believed
to prevent successful treatment via conventional approaches, such as
"Our promising research will be further advanced by the free computing
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"It would take us about 100 years using our own computing resources
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Dr. Nakagawara recently earned the Princess Takamatsu Cancer Research
Fund Prize 2008 for his neuroblastoma research. In his work, he discovered
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and enhances the tumor cell's growth. World Community Grid will conduct
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to TrkB, as well as the proteins ALK and SCxx, so that those can be
tested further in the laboratory. All results will be made available
to the general scientific community to advance the field of cancer biology
and drug discovery.
For more information about the Help Fight Childhood Cancer Project and
other projects running on World Community Grid, please click
here. "If you want to join the Death & Control Denied Fans
United team on World Community Grid's health research projects, please
here or check out EW's United Devices
page first. Thank you." [EW]
We sincerely appreciate your wonderful support!
- Tuesday March 31 2009
Contributions To The Betterment Of Mankind
The 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. [more]
- Saturday February 7
Canadian Tribute To Chuck Announced
The first tribute for 2009 is announced! A Canadian tribute gig to Chuck
will take place in Vancouver at The Cobalt on April 3th. The Irish band
Chosen (supported by the Canadian Mecha Messiah) will be covering the
entire Symbolic album. Please check out the Benefit
page for more details. Thanks David, Paul & Brian, enjoy and good
luck on the tribute! And thanks Julio for your Brazilian tribute on
The 100 Greatest Metal Gitarists (Of All Time)
Two excerpts from Joel McIver's twelfth book, "The 100 Greatest
Metal Guitarists" (published by Jawbone Press), have been placed
online at the U.K.-based author's website. Chosen at random from the
100 entries, one of the excerpts discuss the guitar genius of Chuck.
The book takes the reader in reverse order from No. 100 to No. 1, the
greatest metal guitarist of all time. McIver — a regular contributor
to the U.K.'s Total Guitar magazine, the biggest guitar mag in Europe
— based his selection on the technical ability, pioneering ideas
and historical significance of each player.
And guess what: Chuck ended up in 10th place! And as Chuck’s mom
used to say: “He would be so proud!” So we titled the piece
“Chuck on 10” and
put it on EmptyWords. The book "The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists"
can be ordered via Amazon. Thanks Matt, our faithful watchdog ;) [Source:
Blabbermouth + JoelMcIver.com]
- Thursday January 22
Much More Album Reviews Added On EW
A belated welcome to the new year! EmptyWords’ 11th! Next March
31th EW exists for 10 years, and it’s like it was yesterday…
Anyway: with the exception of Live in Eindhoven we have ten (!) more
reviews of nine of Chuck's albums: SBG,
Live in L.A., all from Archaic
(former Dutch based Vampire (hence the Vampire logo)) Magazine. Enjoy!