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[15 Apr 2007|07:58pm]

I wish I could simply hug Chuck Schuldiner.
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[19 Jun 2006|09:45am]

The cover recorded by me
This is an "Empty Words" song without vocals. Anyboby wants to be a singer? :-)
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[18 Jun 2006|11:08pm]

Hello from Russia to everyone in here.
Death still remains the best band of all times for lots people in Russia.

As to me I first heard "Symbolic" in far 1995 and it really changed my preferables from hard-rock/metal to [techno]death metal. IMHO Symbolic is the best album ever been played by any metal band. It is brilliant and unreachable, despite all Death albums are really great.

That was just to intoduce myself :)
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New Vids Up [14 May 2006|04:34pm]

New videos (interviews and last tour footage) up in commemoration of Chuck's Birthday (May 13th).
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Voodoo Cult [28 Jan 2006|02:56am]
Anyone know anything about Voodoo Cult, the all star band that Chuck supposedly played in?
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[12 Dec 2005|08:22pm]

[ mood | philisophical ]

I think, for the fun of it, when I can get together with some death metallers, I'd like to do a cover of either Evil Dead or Zombie Ritual. And at the very end, make it sound as if the band is being slaughtered painfully by zombies, who then take the instruments and try to figure them out. The result, I think, would sound like someone randomly smashing at drums, poking a guitar, tapping a bass and grunting "Brains..." into the microphone at various volumes, tones and distances from the mic. This would go on for about three minutes.


Or maybe not.

In any case, tomorrow is Chuck's fourth Deathday. I made the mistake of thinking that it was today, and wore a sash on my arm, telling anyone who asked about Chuck. Feel a bit stupid, but now that I'm sure about the date, I'm going to celebrate tomorrow as well. All Death, all day. From Scream Bloody Gore to The Sound Of Perseverance, and maybe a little bit of Control Denied. And Testament, because I discovered them alongside Death.

RIP Evil Chuck.

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[04 Dec 2005|10:45am]

Got Scream Bloody Gore yesterday. I saw it for the first time in stores yesterday (you may remember me commenting on the scarcity of SBG, Leprosy and SH in stores).
I've noticed Denial of Life and Forgotten Past sound have similar structures, at least in the verse, pre-chorus and chorus. Anyone else notice this? Also, the solos in Crystal Mountain and Expect the Unexpected start off the same. But wait there's more! A part of the solos in Bite the Pain and When the Link Becomes Missing sound alike too. Wild huh?
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[24 Oct 2005|08:39pm]

Is it just me, or are the first 3 cds really hard to find in stores? I saw Leprosy and Spiritual Healing once each, and never Scream Bloody Gore. Luckily I picked up Leprosy, but not SP (at the time I wasn't really into Death yet). Anyone else notice this?
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[17 Oct 2005|04:43pm]

[ mood | content ]

Anyone know where I can get any Mantas recordings?

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[09 Oct 2005|11:15am]

[ mood | calm ]

Hey guys I'm new here as you can tell. Since Death is one of my all time fav bands, I had to join. I picked up The Sound of Perserverence on a whim last may, having never heard them before. It quickly became one of my fav cds, in my top 5. Every Death cd I got after that became one of my favs, and Symbolic is my all time favorite cd. I only have one friend who lives near me that likes Death, let alone has heard of them. So I joined to talk to people who love Death as much as I do. Seeya.

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[19 Sep 2005|04:47pm]

If your band was to cover one and only one Death song, what would it be?
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[18 Apr 2005|06:02pm]

I feel incredibly stupid having known this community's founder for quite some time and not having known about this, so I figured I would have to post this to save face. Long story short, Death was noe of a kind...Chuck was one of a kind. The man pretty much founded an entire genre of music, and then, rather than sitting contently playing the same thing over and over, he took it to new heights of technicality and emotion. Had he not been taken by cancer, I can only imagine the brilliance he would have composed by now. RIP Chuck.
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Wacken 2005 [10 Mar 2005|11:10pm]

So who exactly is going to Wacken 2005? If there's a large enough group, perhaps a meet up will be planned.
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Evergrey Community (X-Posted) [06 Mar 2005|02:10pm]

[ mood | good ]

Hey people, I thought I'd let you know that I just opened an Evergrey Fans community Evergrey Fans Community. Feel free to join and post. Also, Vancouver Metal is still open to those close enough by to care.

E-mail me if you'd like to help mod either one and I'll consider you.

~ R a i n e

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"I Don't Mean To Dwell... But I Can't Help Myself..." [13 Dec 2004|01:18pm]
[ mood | so very many emotions ]

May 13, 1967 - December 13, 2001
(A fellow Taurus he was)

Chuck Schuldiner executed flawlessly and had an inarguably accurate stranglehold on why heavy metal is such an important part of the lives of those it touches, and this is my way of saying "thank you" to him for that...

- From allmusic.com

Over the course of more than a decade and seven increasingly accomplished albums, Chuck Schuldiner, the architect behind the ubiquitous Death, became a bona fide heavy metal icon. Now widely recognized as the father of death metal (if a single candidate must be chosen, his resumé is about as good as it gets), Schuldiner's singular drive and ruthless creative vision guaranteed that Death retain a pole position at the forefront of the style's development. Indeed, while the savagely raw aggression contained in Death's first three albums proved crucial to spearheading the first generation of death, and subsequently grindcore bands, the astounding musicianship and increasingly sophisticated songwriting found on their later-day efforts may have influenced even more groups exploring the limits of extreme metal's progressive outposts. By all accounts a force to be reckoned with on-stage, Death also logged more frequent-flier miles than perhaps any other band of their extreme metal ilk, undertaking numerous far-reaching tours despite suffering from continuous and acrimonious turnover within their ranks. Throughout this long journey and drastic evolutionary curve, Chuck Schuldiner was the only constant, the effective mastermind behind Death's continually groundbreaking career, and his near-canonization at the time of his untimely passing only confirmed his unequaled stature at the top of rock's most uncompromising style.

One of the greatest things I've ever seen was a simple little one liner in the signature of someone on the Necrophagist message boards, and it said "IF you don't like Death, you don't like metal." The one thing I have always found in those who appreciate said genre is that they all have an enormous admiration towards and appreciation for the work Death did. It really made me see over time how much an impact Chuck made, and proved yet again that the most powerful music will always be the kind that people pour nothing less than their entire heart, soul, sweat, blood, and tears into.

It's always puzzled me however why we choose the day of the year on which something happened to remember it? I understand that it falls on a set scheduled point in time, based on a system of time broken down into intricate sections and measurements, but none of that matters, because not a day goes by anymore that I don't think of what things may be like with Chuck still around. I didn't know him or his music when he was alive, which tends to anger me, but the music that man created while incorporating so many incredible young talents into the Death legacy is nothing short of poetic brilliance.

The naysayers that helped to inspire him and his works, I thank you. Without those who would try to cripple a force as impenetrable as Death, the music would have sounded quite different, and I couldn't ever dream of such a thing. It also tells quite a lot when you realize how proud of Chuck his mother truly is, when you read what she writes and see the work shes put into the Death site, www.emptywords.org.

What do I hope to acheive with this little tribute, typed up over the course of an hour in my meager neglected online journal? Nothing. It's my peice of mind, it's my way of saying thank you to someone who I never knew in his life, but worship in his passing. So to one of the finest composers in modern metal, one of the most incredible guitarists to ever shred the instrument, the father of death metal, and the man responsible for so many competant metal-virgins being offered a position on the Death roster... Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, a million thank yous for the tears, the smiles, the warm feelings deep within, the countless wonderful experiences I've had while enjoying the art you've provided this world forever. Continue your peaceful slumber -- you are dearly missed, and cannot be forgotten.

From emptywords.org
At last we want to thank everybody who organized something in remembrance of Chuck or paid attention to this good cause to let the metal flow. For those who don't know yet, please check out our Benefit page for some more details on these events. Thanks again!

Message from James Murphy:
As we mourn the recent passing of one musical giant the calendar marks the 3rd anniversary of the tragic parting of another, equal in stature and influence, and as deeply missed. I so very much wanted to complete the Within The Mind tribute album by this day, but the logistics of organizing so many great talents has proven far more daunting than I ever would have imagined. Still, the progress has been good and I feel in my heart that Chuck would be proud of our efforts, and would want a special dedication placed on the album for Dimebag Darrell Abbott. The names, memories, and spirits of Chuck, Darrell, and many other fallen musical heroes will live on with us all and inspire the heroes of the future. This is the true destiny of their legacies and, above all material considerations of fame and wealth, is the best that any musician can ever dream of attaining: a true contribution.

Rest in peace Chuck and Darrell, you will live on through your music forever.

(Darrell Abbott and Philip Anselmo)

August 20, 1966 - December 8, 2004

"Do you remember when
Things seemed so eternal?
Heroes were so real...
Their magic frozen in time
The only way to learn
Is be aware and hold on tight"
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[07 Dec 2004|08:33pm]

For the sake of honesty, I ask all of you to be responsible and link the "Chuck is Love" image to my userinfo. After all, I did make it. Thank you for your cooperation.

On another note, I would like you to join the official Death /Control Denied Fans United Team, sponsored by The United Devices Against Cancer. Please help make a difference by joining, if you haven't already, and stay true.
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Don't Let The Name Fool You. [06 Nov 2004|03:12am]
Introducing the next evolutionary step in unapologetically technical, face-meltingly brutal death metal...

Uniting head-spinning musicianship, incredibly elaborate arrangements and an acute sense of dynamics within composition, NECROPHAGIST have reset the bar for complexity and technique in modern-day death metal. NECROPHAGIST's powerful riffs, mind-blowing sweeps and arpeggios, crisp and crushing percussion and intricately designed songs are at once unequalled and uncompromising. Epitaph is musically infallible, unveiling an invincible technicality so sharp and precise, it threatens to bore a hole directly through the heart of the existing progressive death metal playbook.


So I'm at a record store with some friends one day, and I come across this Recommendation Card thing directing me to the album Epitaph by a band called Necrophagist. On it read something along the lines of "for fans of Dream Theater, Cynic, Suffocation, Decapitated, Cryptopsy..." My friend goes crazy, and tells me his friend played some of it for him and that I should get it, practically begs me. We make our purchases and leave, and throw in Epitaph right away. Not even 30 seconds into the first track, I already have a boner. I was utterly amazed, dazzled, blinded, and floored. I've had this album on constant playback for over a month now, and the bands that little card compared it to are my favorite bands. Trust me, this is something you have to hear to believe.

Let me put it this way: In the liner notes of Epitaph, Muhammed thanks Bach and Beethoven.

The man behind the eating of the dead, Muhammed Suicmez.

Muhammed Suicmez - Vocals & guitars
Christian Münzner - Guitars
Stefan Fimmers - Bass
Hannes Grossman - Drums

Interview with Muhammed Suicmez of NecrophagistCollapse )


Review of Onset Of Putrefaction and Epitaph from digitalmetal.com
- This one is pretty funny, but very accurate.

Review of Epitaph from allmusic.com
- All Music Guide is usually 100% accurate 99% of the time, but I think they passed judgment on this album. A mere 4 stars out of 5 just seems like an insult.
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HAIL METAL! [30 Sep 2004|07:32pm]

[ mood | hyper ]

Well, I would've also accepted METAL IS FOREVER!!, METAL UP YOUR ASS!! or the classic BREAK SHIT! (see Iced Earth - Alive In Athens video).

In any case, tomorrow, October 1st, is my official Metal Day. I may have posted this last year as well, can't remember, but I'm posting again. Exactly three years ago, I listened to my first true metal song. I shall regale you with the story.

I was downloading AMV's (Anime Music Videos) like Linkin Park and Offspring type stuff when I stumbled across this gem. (A link to the download). I listened to Dark Saga and fell in love with it almost immediately. After that, I bought the album and it stayed in my discman for a month, an unbroken personal record so far.

Around that time, I also disovered Demons and Wizards which led me to Blind Guardian. It took a while, but I did get into Iron Maiden as well, and those three are my top three favorite bands of all time.

And thus, I was reborn metal.

Raise your hand if you think I'm a fucking moron.

So yeah, every October 1st, I listen to only Iced Earth and wear Iced Earth stuff. And I will also be hailing people in metal ways at work (heh, hope my boss doesn't care). So celebrate the spirit of your first metal encounter... if you're a loser like me and know exactly what day you fell in love with it.

Anyway, band of the day was Stratovarius. Rock on!

~ R a i n e

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Death albums/gigs. [20 Aug 2004|08:55pm]
hey. Just out of interest, but what would you guys rate as the best Death album? I've been meaning to get one for a long long time now, and I mean to get around to it soon.

Also, anyone ever seen them live? I saw a video of 'Spirit Crusher' Live In Eindhoven and it looked fuckin' awesome.
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DEATH [15 Aug 2004|12:57am]


You see your vision and no one else's
Your every word filled with sarcasm
Crucify people with invisible knowledge
Verbal destruction with each compulsion
We will see where you go
The future for you is nowhere
Every minute a cliche of your kind
Too much to say from a person with no respect
Your accusations you will regret
From the mentally blind come ideas that are poison
Take away the power, a shallow person you will find.

What would you do without your pathetic narrow-minded approach to life,
that reflects your lack of abilities
Your opinions are self-destructive
Despair is your gain, delight is corruption
Destined to fall prey to your stories,
creating problems for your consumption
We will see where you go
The future for you is nowhere
Every minute a cliche of your kind
Too much to say from a person with no respect
Your accusations you will regret
From the mentally blind come ideas that are poison
Take away the power, a shallow person you will find.

-Chuck Schuldiner
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