- Tuesday December
Contrary to what is to be read elsewhere, the release date of "When
Machine and Man Collide" is not certain yet. They just are
targeting May as the month.
From Century Media Records: the Death live album is scheduled for
June 18th.We try to get an official statement about this as soon
- Sunday December
For everybody who is still wanting to send donations to Chuck, please
check the support page for the Schuldiners bank account. Do not
send any money to Nuclear Blast. As soon as there is a direct PO
box available we will let you know, until then only
the bank account can be used.
The Death live album is not gonna be released by Hammerheart, as
soon as we know what Century Media is gonna do with it we will let
Travis Smith will be doing the artwork for the new Control Denied
album again. The album will be made available on DigiCD, double
vinyl set and picture disc. No release date yet.
- Friday December
Death And Beyond
It is with much pride that Hammerheart Records Worldwide welcomes
its newest recording artist, CONTROL DENIED. The label debut (band's
sophomore release) is now underway in Tampa's Morrisound Studios
with producer Jim Morris at the board. Poignantly titled, When Machine
and Man Collide, the album's subject matter touches upon the darker
and more intrusive nature of today's technology, among other things.
Chuck Schuldiner, the metal mastermind we have all come to consider
one of the godfathers of heavy metal, naturally resides at the helm
of CONTROL DENIED. Contrary to the ever-churning rumor mill, Steve
DiGiorgio (bass) and Richard Christy (drums) are still full-time
members of CONTROL DENIED. Their participation in other projects
has not and will not take away from their involvement in the band.
Smoothing out the returning line-up are Shannon Hamm (guitar) and
Tim Aymar (vocals).
When questioned about the sound and ideology of When Machine and
Man Collide, Chuck had this to say: "This album will NOT contain
any guest rappers, 7-string guitars, baggy pants or any other elements
from so-called "New Metal". CONTROL DENIED is NOT a power
metal band and it is NOT a side project. This album will crush those
misconceptions completely! I believe more than ever that this album
will embrace my musical past while once again taking a step forward
into the future. This is something for all true metal fans"
- Wednesday November
From Nuclear Blast: Effective November 15, the offices of Nuclear
Blast America in both New York City and Philadelphia will close.
- Wednesday November
: Nuclear Blast Closes In North America! "Sad
but true, one of the top Metal labels in the world have made it
official - they are CLOSING their offices both in New York City
and Philadelphia on November 15. The status of the bands and staff
of the label are still up in the air for North America."
As soon as we know more about what this will mean for Death/Control
Denied we'll let you know.
- Sunday November
From Steve DiGiorgio. Rumors about him joining Iced Earth are true.
For his full statement about this check the news section of his
A little quote from it: "This should in no way affect the on
going steps of the recordings with projects I've been involved with
for some time now. The new Control Denied songs are done being written,
and in fact we will be doing the preproduction, and the actual recording
in the next few weeks. Awesome stuff...Chuck is back, back with
a vengeance indeed".
- Wednesday October
Release date of the live album has been postponed to April 24 2001,
still no track list.
- Wednesday October
A little update: Chuck is doing very well. He has moved back to
his house in the country and he and the band are hard at work in
his studio there. He is very excited about his plans for getting
back to his music and the fans. News of those plans will be released
- Monday September
We have a confirmation of the French benefit festival. It's gonna
take place in Lille (near Paris) on November 18 in "Le Splendid".
Check out the benefit page for more info.
- Sunday September
Something to read. Especially for all drummers who are visiting
this site, the promissed article: "Heavy Pounding Drummers".
With Cozy Powell, Ian Paice, Gene Hoglan, Mike
Browning and Rick Colaluca.
Check out the TALKS (Slagwerkkrant 11/12-1991*).
For those who haven't noticed yet, we got all lyrics on as well.
You can find them through the album pages or through the sitemap.
- Saturday September
From Nuclear Blast: the release date of the Death live album will
be February 6, 2001 as of now. There's no track listing yet, we'll
keep you posted.
- Monday July 24 2000
From Nuclear Blast: the release of the live album has been postponed
indefinitely. Possibly late this fall but no real street date yet.
- Sunday June 25 2000
First of all, Chuck is doing very well at the moment!
We've added some oldies again, an album review of Symbolic, and
a gig review. Check out the VIEWS and the GIGS.
Another thing, we want to give the German summer festivals some
attention. A part of the benefits from the festival t-shirt that
will be available at "Wacken Open Air", "Bang Your
Head" and "With Full Force" will be for Chuck. So
if you're gonna attend one of those festivals, buy that shirt!
- Saturday May 27
You may need the ABA code of the Chuck Schuldiner medical account
when you make a payment from outside the USA, check the SUPPORT
- Wednesday May 17
We've added the review of the
Dutch Benefit, check out the GIGS, and especially for the drummers
an article about extreme metal drumming, check out the TALKS.
- Monday May 8 2000
Check out the Spastic Ink
site for the info about the to be released Ink Compatible album
on which Richard and Steve will be playing.
- Sunday April 16
The closing date for the "TogetherAsOne" bank account
in The Netherlands will be May 17, 2000. From this date it will
no longer be possible to use this account, and further contributions
can only be made through the American bank account of the Schuldiner's.
After 4 months, we thought now would be a good time to round things
off. We want to thank everyone that contributed to, or still will
be contributing in the upcoming month to this account, for your
confidence in us.
On June 1, 2000, the "TogetherAsOne" bank account will
be shut down permanently, and the total amount received will be
transferred over to the Schuldiner's. A written and signed certificate
from the Rabobank/Netherlands, will be forwarded to the Schuldiner's,
which will state that every penny received on this account has been
transferred to the Chuck Schuldiner Medical Account in America.
For obvious reasons of privacy, this site will not publish the amount
of money collected on this account. For this, we ask your understanding.
Again, we thank everybody very much for the faith you have shown
in us. It really has been overwhelming, and we could never have
done this alone!!!
- Saturday April 15
The tribute album won't happen for the moment. For details about
this keep an eye on Gregory Godin's site.
- Wednesday April
The release date of "Live at the Whiskey" has been postponed,
right now it is scheduled for an August release, no exact street
date yet. We'll keep you posted.
- Tuesday April 4
Metallian Magazine in France is currently working on a project,
a Tribute Album dedicated to Death, to raise money for the Chuck
Medical Fund. The album will feature previous Death members (like
Gene Hoglan/Chris Reifert/Andy La Rocque/James Murphy and Kelly
Conlon), bands (like Nocturnus and Catastrophic) and some surprises
as well. Jim Morris/Morrisound is gonna mix and master the recordings
and Travis Smith will contribute with his artwork. They asked us
to spread the word and to ask you to sign a petition to get this
record released. You can email Iside Occella from Metallian
Magazine, to tell him if you would be interested in buying such
a CD and the reasons why. For detailed info check out Gregory
- Tuesday March 28
A benefit being staged to raise money to help with Chuck Schuldiner's
medical bills is set to go on Saturday, May 27th in Houston, TX.
The venue is called Mary Jane's and the lineup is as follows: Putrilage,
Lejion, Adumus, Eulogy. Come out and show your support for one of
the most important minds in metal today!
- Sunday March 26
Added an impression of the benefit in The Netherlands, check the
- The day after......
The Dutch benefit. We want to thank Brian (you really made this
happen), Robbie (for introducing us to Brian), Herman (for offering
your place), Edwin (for making everybody happy backstage), the Steelworks
guys (for recording this event), and of course every single guy
and the one girl from the bands: Consolation, Blo.Torch, Dead Head,
God Dethroned, Occult and Altar. And last but not least, everybody
inside who came to support Chuck, an evening that we will never
- Thursday March 23
From NBA..... Richard joining Iced Earth is official.
- Monday March 13
A message from Chuck.....
As usual, the "rumor factory" has been hard at work. The
most radical one had to be that I was dead. It should have not surprised
me, but it somehow kind of did. I hate to disappoint those odd people
with such an "overactive imagination" but I am alive and
letting the metal flow!
I just finished
writing the last song for the new Control Denied album, which is
still untitled. Yes, it will crush, 100% trend free. The responses
to "The Fragile Art of Existence" has been really awesome,
thank you for embracing it!
I also want to thank everyone
around the world for the incredible support you have shown me. I
read the emails and the letters and appreciate your kind words and
honesty. I am sorry for the delay on seeing a new press release,
but I wanted to wait for the right time and circumstances. I'm settling
down here in Florida, feeling good and looking forward to getting
busy again with the new record and tour and to thank all my metal
brothers and sisters in person with some new metal.
I will make sure to keep you informed in the near future through
the Nuclear Blast website and other legitimate avenues of information.
Remember to always "support music, not rumors" and, of
course, Let The Metal Flow!
- Saturday March 11
Added an interview with the one who initially wanted to form a Death
Tribute Band for the Dutch benefit....... check out the TALKS.
- Sunday March 5 2000
A quote from the interview with Jon Schaffer (guitarist Iced Earth)
So how has the search for a drummer for Iced Earth been going?
We got one!!! Just as of Sunday (Feb.27th). I haven't even told
anybody yet, you're the first to know. I didn't even tell my webmaster
yet, I was going to send him an email tonight. His (the new drummer)
name is Richard Christy.
That name sounds familiar....
He plays with Death and Control Denied.
Yeah, that's right!
He's gonna stay in those bands too and we're gonna work with his
schedule. He's gonna be playing drums for Demons & Wizards live
and he'll be doing the next Iced Earth record and our tours as well.
He's got a busy schedule but we're going to try and work it out.
It may come to a point where he has to make a decision some day.
If the band grows and we get to the point where I want to get then
obviously he'd have to make a decision but at this point I think
he can work both bands. So yeah, he's killer. I knew it in five
minutes as soon as he started playing.
The full band jammed with him or just you?
Yeah just me and Matt was here as well. That's the most important
thing, that we lock up, with my picking patterns and stuff. It's
really kind of the trademark of the band but it's also what makes
it tight and I have to be the one to lock with the drummer first.
Since we haven't played together it would of been distracting to
have the fact that me and Jimmy and Larry haven't played together
in the last four or five months that we would of been kinda sloppy
and off from each other and that always takes a few hours of rehearsal
to get back in the groove. I just wanted me and Richard and if we
lock up it's all good. He was amazing. He came in and in just five
minutes I knew it. I had given him some pretty difficult stuff to
Iced Earth stuff?
- Friday March 3 2000
Added more news about the benefit concerts, check out the Benefit
page. Rumors about Richard Christy joining Iced Earth are still
to be confirmed, we will get back to this a.s.a.p.
- Saturday February
Added an interview with Chuck from 1993/Metal Hammer, check out
- Monday February
Put on some playlists and another benefit
- Sunday February
We added info about Altar ~ God Dethroned ~ Blo.Torch ~ Occult,
check the benefit page.
- Saturday February
Updated the benefit page about the tickets....
- Tuesday February
For those from outside The Netherlands, who want to make a payment
on the Dutch account, note that you need the special code RaboNL.2U
- Tuesday February
Benefit concert date has been changed into March 24.
- Sunday February
Added an oldie from Metal Forces UK 1991, an interview with Chuck,
check out TALKS....
- Saturday February
Added a page with interviews from the States, all from the TSOP
period.... check out overseas on TALKS.... From now on you can check
out the updates about the benefit concert in The Netherlands on
the special benefit page.. To be released on July 18 Death-Live
at the Whiskey.....
- Monday January 31
Added an interview with Steve DiGiorgio.... check out the TALKS.
At the benefit there will be playing a Death-Tribute-Band
with a very special guest guitarist....
- Sunday January 30
Fourth band contracted.... God
- Saturday January
As far as things look now, the benefit in The Netherlands will go
on as scheduled on
March 10 in Hardenberg / Het Podium.
The first three names for the benefit festival are : Dust
~ Dead Head ~ Nembrionic
Stay tuned more names will follow as soon as possible...
- Tuesday January
Rumors have reached us today that there will be organized a benefit
concert for Chuck in The Netherlands.
For now mark the date March 10 and the place Hardenberg/Podium......
Stay tuned for more info.
- Friday January 21
From MTV news...
Death Metal Pioneer Undergoes Successful Surgery, Still
Faces Mounting Medical Bills
After facing grim prospects late last week, the story of death metal
pioneer Chuck Schuldiner has taken a decidedly more positive turn
this week.On Wednesday, the 32-year-old Schuldiner (who is credited
with helping to forge death metal and grindcore with his band Death)
underwent successful surgery on the brain tumor he was diagnosed
with last year. Sources close to the family report that Schuldiner
pulled through what was scheduled to be an eight-hour surgery in
a mere four hours, and that the musician was already speaking shortly
after the operation (specifically requesting that a copy of Iron
Maiden's biography be brought to his hospital room).
Schuldiner got even better news when doctors discovered that the
type of tumor they removed from the singer was not as rare as originally
believed. The day after the operation, he was said to be "lucid
and cognizant" and is expected to begin rehabilitation as early
as Friday. The singer now faces weeks of physical therapy and chemotherapy,
as well as the daunting notion of mounting medical bills. As we
reported last week, Schuldiner faces the familiar plight of uninsured
musicians everywhere, and with the cost of his surgery hovering
between $70,000 and $100,000, his family initially feared that he
might not be able to afford the lifesaving operation (see "Death
Metal Godfather Struggles To Fund Lifesaving Surgery").
Though the diagnosis was disproved during Wednesday's surgery, the
Death frontman was originally diagnosed with pontine giloma (a rare
type of brain tumor usually found only in children) last year and
was told that the experimental procedure needed to save his life
could only be performed in New York. Schuldiner and his family found
a team of five specialists willing to waive their fees for the procedure,
but New York University Medical Center's Tisch Hospital (which hosted
the operation) is still running a tab that will likely fall between
$70,000 and $100,000. The hospital has been talking to Schuldiner's
family in an effort to work out a payment plan, and after the singer's
story surfaced last week at MTV.com, his family was flooded with
thousands of e-mails from fans and friends all over the world offering
Robert Mancini, with additional reporting by Kurt Loder
- Thursday January
Note for the US fans:
Today Liz gave us the correct number in the states of Chuck's medical
account...... the previous one we got was not correct....
- Wednesday January
For Immediate Release January 19, 2000 CONTROL DENIED FRONTMAN OUTPOWERS
CANCER FAN SUPPORT CONTINUES TO MOUNT New York, New York: Control
Denied guitarist Chuck Schuldiner has successfully undergone life-saving
surgery performed today at NYU Medical Center. The experimental
procedure, requiring five specialists, began at 7:30am and ended
shortly before 4:30pm. The procedure to remove the Schuldiner's
cancerous brain-stem tumor was nearly halted by the medical facilities
administrative board as costs for the uninsured musician are expected
to be near $100,000. A late hour agreement, however, was reached
and the operation was allowed to proceed. The Schuldiner family
has been overwhelmed with fan and media support since news of the
musicians need for the surgery broke on January 14 in a report carried
by MTV. Phone calls and email have been received from around the
world; letters offering verbal and financial support. Trust funds
have been set up in several countries to assistance the family's
expenses. Schuldiner, regarded as the forefather of death metal,
is reported to be in good health. As of press time, he is awake
and fully alert. A statement from Schuldiner is expected in the
- Wednesday January
2300 Central European Time (5PM EST)
I wanted to tell you right away that I just received word that Chuck
is out of surgery and awake and has responded verbally to his doctors.
The surgery was a success with most of the tumor removed and the
prognosis is great!! Thank you and all of his fans/friends for all
your wonderful support, and Chuck will be in touch as soon as he
is able, after a period of recovery. Take care. Sincerely, Jane
- Saturday January
From MTV news........
Death Metal Godfather Struggles To Fund Lifesaving Surgery
Chuck Schuldiner, the man many credit with founding death metal
and grindcore as the vocalist and guitarist for Death, faces an
uncertain future as his family fears that the lifesaving medical
procedure he so desperately needs will be hung up in financial wrangling.
Schuldiner was diagnosed with pontine giloma, a rare type of brain
tumor, last year, and he now stands roughly $70,000 short of affording
the experimental surgery that could save his life. A spokesperson
at the New York University Medical Center's Tisch Hospital told
MTV News that the singer is scheduled to undergo the operation on
Wednesday, and that the surgery will go on whether a payment plan
has been hammered out or not. However, the Schuldiner family remains
on edge as they try to find a way to cover the uninsured musician's
mounting medical bills.
The singer's sister, Beth Schuldiner, told MTV News that Chuck was
first diagnosed with the condition (most often seen in children
and rarely in adults) on his birthday last May, and that at the
time, the family was told that the tumor was inoperable. Ms. Schuldiner
estimates that the family spent some $90,000 on other treatments
(including radiation therapy and alternative medicine) over the
last year to little avail. However, Schuldiner and his family found
their spirits lifted last week when they first learned of an experimental
surgery that could treat his rare condition, and the family managed
to assemble a medical team of five specialists in just one week.
The procedure is a costly one, but the doctors involved have agreed
to waive their fee for the operation. "Dr. Weiner [head of
Schuldiner's team of surgeons] himself said, 'Don't worry about
me, worry about the hospital," Ms. Schuldiner related.
The doctor's words proved prophetic when the hospital that would
host the procedure, the NYU Medical Center, told Schuldiner's family
that the operation will still cost between $70,000 and $100,000.
Dr. Weiner has told the family that Chuck's life is "in imminent
danger," making Wednesday's surgery date of vital importance.
However, Schuldiner and his family have yet to hammer out a financial
deal with the NYU Medical Center, leaving Ms. Schuldiner worried
that there actually won't be an operation.
While Death has released seven albums since its formation in 1983,
Schuldiner (like most musicians) was not granted medical insurance
by any of the three record labels that the band recorded for. Ms.
Schuldiner has put her real estate deals on the back burner in an
effort help her brother, meeting with doctors and scraping money
together for his treatment. "I told Chuck as a joke, 'You are
a full time job,'" Ms. Schuldiner recalled. "Every single
dime has been for him, but Chuck would do it for me 1,000 times
over." Ms. Schuldiner claims that hospital initially insisted
that it would not accept an initial payment less than $20,000 and
was now willing to accept a $5,000 down payment. Schuldiner also
claims that the hospital also asked her to sign away her brother's
future royalties to help pay the balance. A hospital spokesperson
confirmed that the medical center now required a $5,000 initial
payment and said they were unaware of any mention of a deal involving
As the drama unfolded, Schuldiner left New York on Friday to spend
the weekend with his mother in Florida, and his sister remained
concerned that the hospital would refuse to allow the operation
to take place. However, the medical center told MTV News that the
surgery will go on as scheduled regardless of the financial issues
involved. "We're a hospital. That's what we're here to do,
help people who need it," a spokesperson said.
Those who want to contact the family in an effort to help should
send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
, and those who wish to send money, cards, or other items can write
to Schuldiner's mother, Jane Schuldiner, at
613 E Citrus
Street, Altamonte Springs, Florida, 32701.
Schuldiner formed Death in his native Florida in 1983 and released
the band's first album, "Scream Bloody Gore," on Combat
Records in 1987. The group released a total of five albums on that
label between '87 and '93 before jumping to Roadrunner Records for
1995's "Symbolic." The band's most recent effort, "Sound
of Perseverance," was released on Nuclear Blast Records in
-- Robert Mancini
- Saturday January
From NBA : ...next week Chuck will undergo surgery....... Doctors
feel they now can safely remove the remains of what is left from