Schuldiner’s Tale

Remember back in the ’90s, when Chuck Schuldiner was still alive? That was awesome. Human was the breakthrough album by Schuldiner’s band, Death, one of the most important metal bands of the late ’80s and ’90s (others being bands from other extreme metal movements, like At the Gates or Emperor). All extreme metal is some amalgamation of their influences, or genres at the very least.Though I had Human downloaded illegally onto my computer via Napster, I didn’t know much about Death or like them enough yet to contribute to Chuck’s cancer fund-raisers. I don’t feel great about that. But to be fair, I was a young teenager, and most young teenagers are poor and know so much about nothing at all.

And despite being so well-known in metal today, Death didn’t even sell enough albums or make enough money throughout its existence to pay for Chuck’s cancer treatments, so as far as I’m concerned you didn’t support it enough no matter who you are. Chuck wasn’t a party-animal, he didn’t blow his money on drugs or live like a scumbag. And yet most of the artistic credence of death metal came from him. A national treasure and he got second-rate health care.

Anyway, before Chuck died he was working on the project Control Denied, with a bunch of other awesome musicians. It was like, yet-even-next-level prog-death-metal, but with awesome clean singing, of which is the cat’s meow. This puts to shame basically all other metal out there — even wigger-slam and deathcore (believe it or not!). I hear a lot of this in the new metal supergroup, Charred Walls of the Damned (which is also quite solid stuff and features the same drummer, Richard Christy).

Supposedly their second release is coming out in 2011, like 8 or 9 years later. Dunno how much of Chuck’s actual playing is on it, but I’m pretty excited! It’s too bad, his best stuff was probably yet to come.


~ by chaosrexmachinae on February 3, 2011.

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