Review: The Fragile Art Of Existence
Magazine: Archaic / UK
Written by: Ron Salden / Ricardo Mouwen
Published: January 2000 / January 2008

Chuck's side-project finally releases it's debut album and it's one of those albums which are impossible to express in words! Of course it resembles Death's last output but the (mostly) clean vocals give it another face. Because of these vocals (Tim Aymar) this album has the possibility to get more appreciation by metal fans. One can't make any musical comparisons with other bands because Chuck has developed his own unique style in songwriting and guitar work. You could make a comparison with Nevermore since they also have their own (technical) style.

It's hard to name favorite songs as the whole album is a musical voyage which colorful aspects are only to be fully grasped after numerous listening sessions. Let's hope that this won't be Chuck's swan song because it would be a tremendous loss. If you're into any kind of metal just get this album and "let the metal flow"! [RS]


There are several reasons for Control Denied to be taken much more seriously than just a side-project. One of them is certainly the name of the group's founder - Chuck Schuldiner to this day remains an icon of death metal music, leaving behind a true legacy of amazing albums and memorable songs.

Control Denied was his final and most personal creation – a natural continuation of the ideas gathered in Death's three last albums ‘Individual Thought Patterns’, ‘Symbolic’ and ‘The Sound of Perseverance’. Although musically the group ventured away from death metal into a bit lighter style, the progressive edge remained untouched – the band's debut (and, as it was soon to be revealed, only) album, ‘The Fragile Art Of Existence’ is still one of Schuldiner's most fruitful efforts, showcasing mature, structured musicianship and amazing songwriting skills. And today Metal Mind Productions present re-release of this unique album by Control Denied. New digipak edition, limited to numerated 2000 copies, digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on golden disc. [RM]


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