This is not an obvious influence for heartscore, but if you listen carefully to songs like “What if a much of a which of a wind” and maybe “God lay dead” you will register some details, which point to Death-Metal. And I plan to produce an album, which will uncover more of this influence.
What I love about “Death”:
Chuck Schuldiner, who was the mastermind behind “Death“, defined a whole new genre with his band and its first album. When “Scream bloody gore” was released in 1987 nobody had heard something like this before. Most critics agree, that this album marks the birth of “Death Metal”. Most songs were inspired by Horror-movies from directors like George A. Romero or Lucio Fulci. Of course the lyrics are ridiculous, the songs are quite simple, but the raw youthful power of this debut is still impressive, a blueprint of adolescent cliches and I am sure all parents immediately collapse, if they hear Chuck’s grunts and the stories about rotting zombies and blood and gore out of the children’s room.
There are many bands, which come out with a brillant debut-album and after the debut they struggle to achieve the same enthusiasm and innovation. Chuck Schuldiner entered the scene with a very raw and unpolished vision of his music and during the next years he developed and polished his style and got better and better in all aspects of a musical work. His skills as a composer, writer of lyrics, guitar-player and singer showed a steep and uninterrupted curve upwards until his early death in 2001. With every single album, which followed the debut, Chuck expanded the borders of the genre. The song-structures became longer and more complex. He added elements of Classical music, Jazz and Progressive Rock. The meaning of the lyrics became deep and stepped away from the clichees of the genre. Death not just defined the genre, they were during their career constant innovators and Chuck the head of the whole movement.
The influence of their later albums should also not be under-estimated. Many modern Metal-styles like Djent, Math-Metal and Progressive Metal seem to be anticipated on Death-albums like “The Sound of perseverance” and “Individual thought patterns”.
Other things to like: Mr.Schuldiner is one of the best guitar-players I have ever heard (and he is almost unknown). His style is unique, very much focused on alternate picking and reminds me in the Solos even on Flamenco sometimes. Also his vibrato is very remarkable, wide and almost hysteric. The music is not just brutal and surprises often with slow and even poetic moments. The songs include unpredictable changes in tempo, key and rhythm and seem to color and follow the lyrics. There are also remarkable melodies hidden between the guitar-riffs. I like, that the bass is not just supporting the guitars. The bass plays a prominent and independent role in Chuck’s music. Just listen to “Individual thought patterns” and the beautiful fretless (!) bass. Unlike other singers of this genre Chuck Schuldiner articulates very well and you can follow the lyrics mostly without a booklet. Other grunters just spit out undefined noises. Though Chuck often replaced the musicians of “Death” he always hired amazingly talented people like James Murphy, Paul Masdival, Steve DiGorgio and Richard Christie.
The story of Chuck Schuldiner’s death is also worth to tell in times, when a general health insurance is discussed in USA. When a brain tumour was diagnosed Chuck had no health insurance. His family had to cover 70000 US-dollar for the first treatment. When the cancer came back two years later the financial resources of his family were used up. Meanwhile he had an insurance, but the costs for the new treatment were not covered, because the starting point of the illness was before the start of the contract. Though fans and befriended musicians collected money he died, because he could not afford a solid treatment.
1.”The sound of perseverance”
2.”Individual thought patterns”
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