Remembering Death Metal Pioneer CHUCK SCHULDINER

To honor Chuck Schuldiner‘s (DEATH, CONTROL DENIED) legacy as a death metal pioneer, an inimitable vocalist and one of the best guitarists to thoughtfully shred the six-string on the 10th anniversary of his death, Lars Gotrich of NPR‘s “All Songs Considered” blog asked eleven metal musicians to pick their favorite DEATH song, and write what it and Schuldiner has meant to them. For Paul Masvidal (CYNIC), Gene Hoglan (FEAR FACTORY) and Richard Christy (CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED) — all former members of DEATH (and there have been a lot) — it’s telling that all three chose songs from 1991’s watershed album, “Human”. In the modern metal scene, younger musicians like Arthur von Nagel (CORMORANT), Elizabeth Schall (DREAMING DEAD) and John Dyer Baizley (BARONESS) all grew up with the legend of DEATHand have taken its heavy lessons to heart.

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The latest reissue from DEATH‘s legendary catalog, 1993’s “Individual Thought Patterns”, was made available on October 25 in North America; October 28 in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany; and October 31 in the rest of Europe via Relapse Records. The effort was remixed by Alan Douches and has been re-packaged to include a second and third bonus disc worth of previously unreleased demos and a full live set recorded in Germany during a 1993 European tour. Also included on the third bonus disc exclusive to this reissue are rare riff tracks from the Chuck Schuldiner archives.

“Individual Thought Patterns” follows the recent reissues of “The Sound Of Perseverance” and “Human”. Like those reissues, “Individual Thought Patterns” is available as a deluxe three-disc set, a two-disc standard set, and deluxe digital.

Chuck died on December 13, 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor.

Chuck Schuldiner memorial video made by his mother (and which was shown at his funeral):