December 19 2010 Macedonian DEATH Tribute Video Available
We want to give publicity to the Macedonian chaps who've made the video
about a DEATH tribute band, titled: "The World Needs A Hero",
in two parts below. Thanks Eric and thanks to all who p(l)ayed tribute
to Chuck. Enjoy!
December 13 2010 DEATH:
'The Sound Of Perseverance' Re-Issue Details; Online Chuck Schuldiner
DEATH's seventh and final album 'The Sound of Perseverance' will see
its official re-issue on February 15th in North America (February 21
internationally) via Relapse Records. The first in a series of official
DEATH re-issues slated for 2011, 'The Sound of Perseverance' has been
remastered and expanded to include a second disc of previously unreleased
demo material. The re-issue will also include enhanced artwork and liner
notes from the original cover artist Travis Smith as well as liner notes
from DEATH guitarist Shannon Hamm and never-before-seen photographs
from 'The Sound of Perseverance' era.
A special deluxe version of the 'The Sound of Perseverance' re-issue
will also be made available exclusively via Relapse Mailorder and digitally
via iTunes. The deluxe version will include a third bonus disc of unreleased
material. Additional re-issue details, including pre-order options,
will be announced shortly.
Exclusive "Uncirculated" Interview With Chuck From
1995 Released Online
Mark Morton at Examiner.com contacted EW today with the following update:
"To try to brighten the somber day that is December 13th, I unearthed
an old interview that I did with Chuck from 1995 while DEATH was on
the Metal To The Masses tour. It originally appeared in the tiny fanzine
Morbid Voice, which suffered from poor circulation (among other things),
so I thought it might be a good time to give the interview new life,
as it were."
Each and every year I try to skip December 13th, but no matter how hard
I try, someone or something smacks me in the face and makes me face
another year without Chuck; plain and simple, it sucks. Kees
and Yvonne have been instrumental in keeping Chuck's memory alive through
their incredible memorial project, Emptywords.org. Aside from this wonderful
project, they have been dear friends of our family, in fact, they are
considered a part of our family and make talking about Chuck a happy
Eric Greif has been a warrior in rounding up Chuck's music scattered
all over the Globe and has fought the good fight in protecting Chuck's
memory and Legacy. He in the past was always like a brother to me and
even though time, distance and circumstances have separated us, he remains
family to us; a brother to me.
The fans? What can I say? Hardcore and Loyal are the first two words
that come to mind. No less is their unwavering compassion towards us,
Chuck's family, over the years. Chuck would be grateful for their compassion
and humbled by their unyielding Loyalty; Chuck was a lucky man indeed.
Next year I am NOT going to try to "skip over" December 13th.
Instead of the huge hole I feel in my heart, I am going to fill it with
all of the very wonderful memories of the times Chuck and I shared;
times we shared with our Dad, Mom and his nephew Christopher.
"Thank you" to all mentioned here seems so small, but thank
you anyway, for all that each and every one of you have done, with all
of my heart and soul.
With Warm Regards,
Message From Eric Greif
"It never ceases to amaze me how dedicated Chuck's fans are, not
to mention the size of DEATH's 'metal crusade'. Those of us who knew
Chuck intimately saw the humble metal dude who was genuinely appreciative
of all his fans. The core group of us working daily on preserving Chuck's
creative legacy are dedicated to widening the net, introducing his music
to a new generation, and to bringing out the most exciting releases
of rarities and reissues, all to Chuck's demanding standards. Thanks
for your continued support & belief...and thanks for sharing with
us your love for Chuck and his words & music."
December 12 2010 9th Anniversary Of Chuck's Passing, Day Of Remembrance Tomorrow
"Legend, myth, genius and “father of the Death Metal”.
These are some of the titles the American musician holds today, nine
years after he passed away from a rare brain tumor. The younger generations
should be asking themselves: Chuck what? Who was he? What did he do
and why is he so special?"
So for tomorrow, December 13th, 2010, the 9th anniversary of Chuck’s
passing, we have an interview with Chuck's
mom, titled: Chuck Schuldiner: the man behind the myth, published in
the Brazilian newspaper O Dia. "Now you'll know what it's like
to be the father of the death metal." Thanks Mara & all at
Distorção & O Dia.
I can remember when I first stumbled upon Death, many years ago when
I was just a kid. I was searching through the empty aisles at my local
store when I saw that piercing eye, I had never heard of Death before.
The artwork immediately had hooked me in as I rushed to the counter
with Symbolic. I remember I spent all my pocket money on it & couldn't
get anything for awhile ha!
As soon as I got home I chucked Symbolic into the cd player & I
listened with my Sister. Little did I know my Sis had bought Symbolic
years before I did but it was alright I loved the artwork. Over the
next year or so my Sis & I bought all of Death's albums as we began
to love Death. (We still do)
Sadly my Mum passed away 1 month before my 12th Birthday after a long
2 year battle with cervical cancer. To help me cope my Grandmother bought
me my first guitar & taught me the basics. Over the years I became
better & more passionate towards the guitar as I had Chuck and my
Mum as inspiration.
So now here I am 16 years old. Still as crazy about Death as I was 7
years ago. Thanks to Chuck I kept persevering with guitar & I am
now in my own band in the early stages of recording our first album.
Whenever I'm having a bad day I love to sit down and listen to Death
as it puts a smile on my face every time. Thank you Chuck for being
my muse & helping me through rough times!
My thoughts are with Chuck's family & friends as I know how it feels
to lose someone you love. Rest In Peace Chuck Schuldiner, you will never
December 10 2010 Mexican Tribute To Chuck Announced
A Mexican tribute to Chuck will take place on December 18th at Cadiz
Park #60 Interlomas Edo. de Mex. in Mexico City. The tribute will include
a performance from CANSERBERIA. Thanks Javier. For more info on several
tributes visit EW's benefit page.
December 4 2010 "When Machine And Man Collide" To Be Completed; Tim
Aymar Speaks Out
"THE TIME HAS COME!!! Our producer, Jim Morris at Morrisound in
Tampa, Florida who have brought to life notable albums by Death, Control
Denied, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, Iced Earth, Seven Mary Three,
Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Demons and Wizards, End-Time
Illusion, and Obituary, just to name a fraction of the killer artists
on their roster, has contacted Eric Greif, informing the members of
Control Denied that he is ready to begin laying out the planning and
scheduling to complete Chuck Schuldiner's legacy "When Machine
And Man Collide"." Read the full story here.
December 1 2010 Balkan Tributes To Chuck Announced
Three more tributes to Chuck will take place in Croatia and Bosnia &
Herzegovina. Three bands, all from Bosnia & Herzegovina, will be
joining forces for 3 shows playing Death songs, covering all Death albums.
Please check out EW's benefit page on
the details. Thanks Adnan.
November 26 2010 Canadian 2007 DEATH Tribute DVD Due In December
The Canadian Death tribute band SYMBOLIC has announced the release date
for their long awaited DVD featuring former Death members such as Shannon
Hamm, Scott Clendenin, Bobby Koelble. This DVD also features Nicholas
Barker (Dimmu Borgir, Cradle of Filth), Antoine Baril (Augury, MAG Project),
Matthew Sweeney (Quo Vadis) Marc-André Gingras (MAG Project,
Quo Vadis), Michael Sweeney (Superior Enlightenment), Jon Lee (The Autumn
Offering), Alexis Robitaille and Daniel Perron.
The two hour concert to honouring Chuck was shot back in Quebec City,
QC, Canada on December 12th, 2007 in front of 700 crazy fans.
The setlist was as follows:
01. Spiritual Healing
02. 1000 Eyes
03. Mentally Blind
04. Scavenger (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 Comprension
14. Within the Mind (feat. Marc-André Gingras & Daniel Perron)
15. Bite the Pain (feat. Shannon Hamm, Jon Lee & Scott Clendenin)
16. A 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 Clendenin,
Jon Lee & Nick Barker)
The official release of the DVD is due December 7th, 2010 via their
MySpace page. Symbolic
will also perform a show for the release of the DVD on the same date
with Kataklysm, Kalter, Talaymus and Eyeless at the Imperial Theater
in Quebec City, QC, Canada.
You can see the official DVD trailer below. Capitale du Metal has uploaded
nine galleries of high-quality pictures taken at the concert. Check
them out here.
Back in 2008, the French-Canadian TV channel Télé-Québec
aired a special report on the show. "Méchant Contraste"
producer Marc Bergeron and his team followed the production process
of the concert. 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.
November 24 2010 Greek Tribute To Chuck Announced
Another December tribute to Chuck will take place at the Eightball Club,
Thessaloniki, Greece. Please check EW's benefit
page. Thanks Nikos.
November 19 2010 Bulgarian Tribute To Chuck Announced
The 2010 edition of the "Tribute To Chuck Schuldiner Festival"
will take place at the RBF Club in Sofia, Bulgaria. Please check out
EW's benefit page for details.
November 18 2010 Whole Fragile Art Of Existence Re-Issue Streaming Online
All 26 tracks included in the recent three-disc deluxe re-issue of CONTROL
DENIED’s ‘The Fragile Art of Existence’ are streaming
online now via ControlDenied.info.
November 5 2010 New Rare Demo From The Fragile Art Of Existence Reissue Streaming
The 1996 demo of 'Expect The Unexpected' (track 7 on the 3rd disc with
Chuck on vocals) is currently streaming online at BraveWords.com - head
to the left-hand-side of the site to launch KnuckleTracks
Online Audio Player.
Richard Christy about The Fragile Art: "If you are a fan
of the great Chuck Schuldiner and the band Death then you should definitely
check it out! I was very happy to write the liner notes for the reissue
and I'm so happy that new fans will be able to hear this amazing album.
I have many great memories of making this album with my friends Chuck,
Shannon, Tim and Steve and I'm so happy that Relapse has put together
a beautifully packaged reissue of this album. You can pick up two different
versions of the CD along with cool new Control Denied shirts here."
October 26 2010 The Fragile Art Of Existence Sees Re-Release; Rare 1999 Demo
CONTROL DENIED's ‘The Fragile Art of Existence’ sees its
official re-issue, including the previously unreleased demo and rehearsal
tracks, today, October 26th in North America. One of those rare demos,
a 1999 cut of the band’s “Breaking The Broken” track
featuring Chuck on vocals can be heard online now via GuitarWorld.com.
This version of “Breaking The Broken” appears on the second
disc of ‘The Fragile Art of Existence’ expanded re-issue.
October 20 2010 1999 Demo Version Of "Consumed" Uploaded
Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive preview track from Control
Denied's upcoming reissues of "The Fragile Art of Existence."
You can stream the full track of the demo version of "Consumed"
- the first track on the second disc - right here,
October 16 2010 More Details Revealed For The Fragile Art Of Existence Deluxe
The complete track listing of songs included in the three-disc set can
be found below and photos of the packaging can be found here.
This special re-issue package is available via Relapse.com
exclusively with pre-orders being accepted now.
CONTROL DENIED ‘The Fragile Art of Existence’ Deluxe 3-Disc
Re-Issue track list:
Disc 1: (classic re-mastered TFAOE album)
2. Breaking The Broken
3. Expect The Unexpected
4. What If...?
5. When The Link Becomes Missing
7. Cut Down
8. The Fragile Art Of Existence
1. Consumed (1999 Demos)
2. When The Link Becomes Missing (1999 Demos)
3. The Fragile Art Of Existence (1999 Demos)
4. Breaking The Broken (1999 Demos)
5. Breaking The Broken (1999 Demos) w/ Chuck on Vocals
6. Believe (1997 Demo)
7. What If…? (1997 Demo)
8. Cut Down (1997 Demo)
9. Tune Of Evil (Comedy Demo)
1. What If...? (1996 Demos)
2. Cut Down (1996 Demos)
3. Expect The Unexpected (1996 Demos)
4. Believe (1996 Demos)
5. The Fragile Art Of Existence (1996 Demos)
6. What If...? (1996 Demos)
7. Expect The Unexpected (1996 Demos) w/ Chuck on Vocals
8. What If...? (1996 Demos) w/ Chuck on Vocals
9. Cut Down (1996 Demos) w/ Chuck on Vocals
As previously reported, many classic album art designs will follow in
the coming months, making some highly sought-after designs available
officially for the first time in years. Stay tuned to EmptyWords.org
and Relapse.com for more information.
September 10 2010 The Fragile Art Of Existence Re-Issue Details
CONTROL DENIED’s legendary first album ‘The Fragile Art
of Existence’ will get the deluxe re-issue treatment through Relapse
Records this fall. ‘The Fragile Art of Existence’, originally
released in 1999 to critical acclaim, has been re-mastered, re-packaged
and features liner notes from Richard Christy, never-before-seen photographs,
as well as over an hour of previously unreleased demo and rehearsal
Two versions of ‘The Fragile Art of Existence’ re-issue
will be available starting October 26th. The worldwide version is a
two-CD set including the original album plus a bonus CD of early demo
material. The second version will be limited to 1,000 copies and is
a three-disc set including an extra bonus disc of demo tracks, many
of which have Chuck on vocals. The three-disc set will be available
at Relapse.com exclusively. Pre-order options and additional release
information can be found here.
A range of officially-licensed CONTROL DENIED, DEATH, and MANTAS merchandise
has also been issued here.
Many classic album art designs will follow in the coming months, making
some highly sought-after designs available officially for the first
time in years. Stay tuned to EmptyWords.org and Relapse.com for more
September 1 2010 New Rare Video Footage Posted Online
A brand new video clip of DEATH’s Chuck Schuldiner during a promotional
trip in Europe in 1991 has been posted online now at this
location. The clip was shot and edited by DEATH manager Eric Greif
who was with Chuck during the trip. The three-minute video shows highlights
from the cross-country trip, culminating with Chuck's interview for
MTV’s ‘Headbanger’s Ball’ at the MTV studios
in London. Thanks Eric!
Friday August 27 2010 Control Denied
The Fragile Art of Existence' 2CD Deluxe Reissue now available for pre-order
Relapse Records website.
August 19 2010 Shirt & Benefit
Now available through Relapse Records: the Chuck Schuldiner Tribute
Shirt. For more info on the shirt please check the Relapse
Records website. In other news: A tribute to death metal focused
on Chuck is anounced in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, with the Death
cover band Suicide Machine. For more info check out EW's Benefit
page. Thanks Alan!
August 17 2010 MTV Interview With Chuck From November 1991 Online
Thanks Mara Vanessa for letting us know.
July 31 2010
Message From Eric Greif
Recently Beth Schuldiner & I started giving official endorsements
to some of the many DEATH tribute bands around the world. A gesture
of goodwill & support, it is a recognition of the continued efforts
of these bands in keeping Chuck's music alive for a new generation,
to which we are grateful. We also have endorsed specific tribute concerts,
some that we've attended ourselves when able.
In March I had the pleasure to attend a DEATH tribute hosted in Calgary,
Alberta, Canada by Don Stenhouse & his band Reverend Kill (www.reverendkill.com)
and I had a blast. Don has done this several times over the years and
I encourage people to check out Reverend Kill and tell them I sent you.
Derek Petrovitch, who won the DEATH touring banner in the Schuldiner's
essay contest last December, attended and had the banner up on the stage,
which made the event even more killer! Beth wrote a thank you note to
Don, who mentioned it to the crowd of fans & various bands who all
came up to play a DEATH song or two.
Anyway, I've been busy editing another 3 minute clip from video footage
Jane Schuldiner discovered of me & Chuck on a promotional trip to
Europe. I'm also stoked about Relapse's upcoming reissue of CONTROL
DENIED's The Fragile Art of Existence, and all the groovy extras! And
don't get me started about the MANTAS release we're putting together...that's
going to be awesome.
OK - keep the metal flowing, ERIC GREIF
June 24 2010 The Road To Death’s Lack Of Comprehension Video
EmptyWords proudly presents this 3 minute clip that Chuck’s
former manager and current legal rep Eric Greif has edited from the
raw footage made in September 1991. Eric: “I hope Jane isn't
unhappy about seeing Chuck say the f-word (twice)... but as we all
know, this WAS Chuck at his most human and normal, and why I love
it. Yes, Chuck was sometimes brutal and intense, but the majority
of the time he was friendly, witty & silly. Enjoy!”
Wednesday June 23 2010 1992 Radio Interview With Chuck Available
The Belgium Kicks Extreme Radio has updated their archives to stream
interview with Chuck, recorded on February 7th, 1992 in St.Lievens/Houtem.
Thanks Bruno & Peggy. Enjoy!
Thursday May 13 2010 Interview With Chuck’s Mom To Celebrate Chuck’s
As you may have noticed in the past days the developments surrounding
Chuck’s legacy follow each other rapidly: the announcement of
new management, a new label, new (authorized) merchandise, a tab book
by Guitar World, Death@Facebook, Death@MySpace, the entire Death catalogue
on iTunes, a new boxset, and last but not least finally getting Chuck’s
final work completed and above all released!
So today, Chuck’s 43rd birthday, let's celebrate this with an
mom recently did with Brazilian freelance journalist Thiago Sarkis.
It was published on several webzines just before the latest news got
out... Thanks to those who always kept believing! Enjoy and stay tuned
to Chuck’s Official Cyber Home, EmptyWords, as always!
Monday May 10 2010 Relapse Records Partners with Perseverance Holdings Ltd. for
Classic DEATH, CONTROL DENIED Reissues and the Final CONTROL DENIED
Relapse Records is honored to announce a partnership with Perseverance
Holdings Ltd. and the Schuldiner family to reissue the legendary catalog
of heavy metal luminary Chuck Schuldiner and his bands DEATH, CONTROL
DENIED, and MANTAS.
Chuck Schuldiner’s DEATH, one of the most important and influential
metal bands of all-time, will see the first official digital releases
of it’s legendary albums ‘Scream Bloody Gore’, ‘Leprosy’,
‘Spiritual Healing’, ‘Human’, ‘Individual
Thought Patterns’, and ‘The Sound Of Perseverance’
tomorrow, May 11th at this
location. These digital releases will come two days before Chuck
Schuldiner would have celebrated his 43rd birthday. Schuldiner passed
away on December 13, 2001 after fighting a long, recurring battle with
Relapse will also reissue an expanded version of the classic debut album,
‘The Fragile Art Of Existence’, from Schuldiner’s
progressive heavy metal band CONTROL DENIED in late 2010 as well as
the first-ever collection by his pre-DEATH project MANTAS. The expanded
version of “The Fragile Art of Existence” will include bonus
tracks, extra band photography, expanded art and packaging and more.
Details on both releases are forthcoming.
Long-range plans include the completion and official release of the
final CONTROL DENIED album ‘When Man and Machine Collide’.
Recorded over 10 years ago at Morrisound Studios with producer Jim Morris,
‘When Man and Machine Collide’ was tracked by Schuldiner
but left incomplete upon Chuck’s passing.
A range of officially-licensed DEATH, CONTROL DENIED, and MANTAS merchandise
has also been issued here.
Many classic album art designs will follow in the coming months, making
some highly sought-after designs available officially for the first
time in years. Stay tuned to EmptyWords.org, the official DEATH / CONTROL
DENIED / Chuck Schuldiner website, and Relapse.com
for more information.
Guitar World Magazine has released a special DEATH guitar transcription
issue, available exclusively at this
location. The book contains eight complete guitar and bass tabs
for the following DEATH songs; “Pull The Plug”, “Zombie
Ritual”, “Together As One”, “Spiritual Healing”,
“Flesh and the Power It Holds”, “Crystal Mountain”,
“The Philosopher”, and “Scavenger of Human Sorrow”.
All songs were transcribed by Guitar World’s ace transcription
team and are note-for-note accurate. The book also features the complete
life and times of Chuck Schuldiner, including interview with those who
knew him best.
Sunday May 9 2010 Death Tablature Collection Available
Guitar World is proud to present its second TAB
book, featuring the music of Death, Chuck Schuldiner’s groundbreaking
Death: The Deluxe Guitar and Bass Tablature Collection is the first
song transcription book based on the Death catalog. Created with the
endorsement of Chuck Schuldiner’s family, it features full transcriptions—including
guitar, bass and lyrics—of eight classic Death songs, such as
“Pull the Plug,” “Zombie Ritual,” “Flesh
and the Power It Holds” and many others!
Plus, Death: The Deluxe Guitar and Bass Tablature Collection includes
a life- and career-spanning biography on Chuck Schuldiner, death metal’s
pioneer and spiritual guide.
“Pull the Plug,” as heard on Leprosy
“The Philosopher,” as heard on Individual Thought Patterns
“Crystal Mountain,” as heard on Symbolic
“Flesh and the Power It Holds,” as heard on The Sound of
“Scavenger of Human Sorrow,” as heard on The Sound of Perseverance
“Zombie Ritual,” as heard on Scream Bloody Gore
“Spiritual Healing,” as heard on Spiritual Healing
“Together as One,” as heard on Human
Saturday May 1 2010 Message From Eric Greif
We receive lots & lots of enquiries as to what is 'official' DEATH
merch. Until the time that Relapse Records will take over all of our
worldwide merch, I think I should give you the links to those companies
that are authorized by the Estate and/or Perseverance Holdings Ltd.
to create & sell DEATH products:
There has been quite a lot of chatter on the net about things happening
in the world of Chuck, DEATH & Control Denied. Normally we would
heed Chuck's advice and stay clear of rumours. However, be assured that
all will be revealed by emptywords.org very soon indeed! It is extremely
exciting, so hold on to your hats - it all begins on Chuck's (43rd)
birthday. In the meantime, keep it groovy & flowing.
Eric Greif, President of Perseverance Holdings Ltd., and on behalf of
Bethann & Jane Schuldiner and Chris Steele