Ten years ago today, the legendary Death visionary Chuck Schuldiner died after a two-year battle with brain cancer. Members of Cynic, Fear Factory, Revocation, Dreaming Dead, East of the Wall and more pay tribute to the Father of Death Metal at NPR Music.
Watch some unearthed footage of Chuck Schuldiner during the mixing sessions for Death’s Human. Some real death metal nerd shit here, including a phone call from Napalm Death’s Mitch Harris. Also, there’s some potentially illegal pencil popping techniques going on.
Remember when I played Revocation’s cover of Death’s killer “Pull the Plug” on this past week’s podcast? Remember the shitty quality of Decibel’s flexi disc? How it sounded like a needle on paper-thin plastic BECAUSE IT WAS ACTUALLY A NEEDLE ON PAPER-THIN PLASTIC? Yeah, this version’s much better.
* Ulcerate brings next-level death metal like it’s butter on toast. * Decibel’s flexi disc subscription series reminds us that flexi discs will always sound like shit. Always. (Even though Revocation does a fine job covering Death.) * Ilsa releases the first great death/doom album of 2011. D.C. represent. * Oh, I guess there’s a new Krallice track floatin’ around like it’s the boss (it is). * Plus music from Morbid, Mitochondrion and Gorguts. See the full playlist below.
BOTCH “The Wizard,” In These Black Days, Volume 5 split w/ Cave In [Hydrahead] MORBID “Tragic Dream / From the Dark,” Ancient Morbidity [Slayer] GOD OX “Ox Flu Zombie Apocalypse,” Abyssal Gigantism [Auditory Essentials] —- AUGURY “Cosmic Migration,” Concealed [Sonic Unyon] ULCERATE “Dead Oceans,” The Destroyers of All [Willowtip] —- ILSA “Blue Moon Haze,” Tutti Il Colori Del Buio [Contagion Releasing] SORROWS “Despair,” Sorrows [self-released] ZAO “Everything You Love Will Soon Fly Away,” The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here [Ferret] REVOCATION “Pull the Plug (Death cover),” Decibel Flexi Series [Decibel] —- DEATH “Pull the Plug,” Leprosy [Combat] THE BINARY CODE “Encircled,” NYC Sucks, Volume 1 [MetalSucks] MEEK IS MURDER “Sundowners (demo),” NYC Sucks, Volume 1 [MetalSucks] —- KRALLICE “The Clearing,” Diotima [Profound Lore] ELECTRIC WIZARD “Satanic Rites of Drugula,” Witchcult Today [Rise Above] —- GORGUTS “Rottenatomy,” Considered Dead [Roadrunner] MITOCHONDRION “Parasignosis,” Parasignosis [Profound Lore] —- HARVEY MILK “Merlin is Magic,” Harvey Milk [Hydrahead]
(Incidental music) KEVIN DRUMM, Sheer Hellish Miasma [Editions Mego]