• Sunday 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!

  • Monday December 13 2010
    DEATH: 'The Sound Of Perseverance' Re-Issue Details; Online Chuck Schuldiner Tribute

    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.

    Today, December 13th, marks the ninth anniversary since DEATH founder / mastermind Chuck Schuldiner passed away due to complications from brain cancer. In tribute to his life and legacy, the Schuldiner family, Perseverance Holdings, Inc., and Relapse Records are asking friends, family, and fans to submit their favorite DEATH / Chuck Schuldiner stories, drawings, videos, photos, cover songs, etc. to the official DEATH and Chuck Schuldiner MySpace (www.myspace.com/deathofficial) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/chuckschuldinerofficial, www.facebook.com/deathofficial & www.facebook.com/controldeniedofficial) pages. DEATH and CONTROL DENIED prizes will be awarded monthly to those that submit. Complete tribute details can be found via this event page.

    Relapse Records

    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."

    Read the interview here. Thanks Mark.

    Message From Chuck's Sister

    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 subject.

    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,
    Beth Schuldiner

    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."
  • Sunday 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.

    And we posted three new 'Fragile Art' reviews from Deadtide, BraveWords & Metal Review + some words from the guestbook below by Daniel. Enjoy!

    Wow the 9th anniversary, time flies...

    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 be forgotten.



    Happy Holidays
  • Friday 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.
  • Saturday 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.
  • Wednesday 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.
  • Friday 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.

    You can see the report at this location. Thanks Antoine.

  • Wednesday 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.
  • Friday 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.
  • Thursday 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.
  • Friday November 5 2010
    New Rare Demo From The Fragile Art Of Existence Reissue Streaming At BraveWords

    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."
  • Tuesday October 26 2010
    The Fragile Art Of Existence Sees Re-Release; Rare 1999 Demo Posted

    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.
  • Wednesday 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, thanks Doug.
  • Saturday October 16 2010
    More Details Revealed For The Fragile Art Of Existence Deluxe 3-Disc Reissue

    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)
    1. Consumed
    2. Breaking The Broken
    3. Expect The Unexpected
    4. What If...?
    5. When The Link Becomes Missing
    6. Believe
    7. Cut Down
    8. The Fragile Art Of Existence

    Disc 2:
    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)

    Disc 3:
    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.
  • Friday 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 tracks.

    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 information.
  • Wednesday 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 check the Relapse Records website.
  • Thursday 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!
  • Tuesday August 17 2010
    MTV Interview With Chuck From November 1991 Online

    Thanks Mara Vanessa for letting us know.

  • Saturday 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
  • Thursday 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 an audio 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 43rd Birthday

    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 interview Chuck’s 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 Recording

    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 brain cancer.

    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.

    Betsey Cichoracki
    Relapse Records Media Relations
    1.610.734.1000 x106
  • 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 band.

    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.
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    Transcriptions include:

    “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 Perseverance
    “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:

    JSR Direct
    Plastic Head
    Razamataz Accessories & clothing

    In addition, The Metal Crusade is the DEATH fan club, offering some merch.
  • Sunday April 11 2010
    Message From Eric Greif

    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

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