This Day In Music 13.05.2016
Chuck Schuldiner was the frontman, lead guitarist and principal songwriter for Death. His influence on death metal was substantial, earning him the nickname of “Father of death metal”. After his death Kerrang!
Magazine wrote of this : “Chuck Schuldiner was one of the most significant figures in the history of metal”.
Schuldiner was born on May 13 in 1967, in Long Island, New York. He started play classical guitar at the age of 9, but made the jump to electric guitar less than a year later. Schuldiner's early influences included Iron Maiden and Kiss.
At a later time he began listening bands such as Slayer , Metallica, Celtic Frost and these influence had more of an impact on what would became the Death sound. In 1983 Schuldiner founded Death. In 1987 he released his first album Scream Bloody Gore, a landmark moment in death metal.
Death's breakthrough album Human saw the band evolving to a more technical and progressive style, in which Schuldiner displayed his guitar skills more than ever. He continued in this style (and continued the success of the band) with 1993's Individual Touhght Pattems 1995's Symbolic and finally The Sound Of Perseverance in 1998. Throughout his career, Schuldiner was not afraid to take on controversial lyrical subjects, taking an anti-drug stance on "Living Monstrosity" and writing about abortion in "Altering the Future".
Schuldiner also played guitar in the "supergroup" Voodoocult.
In the early days of Death, Schuldiner used death growls hen performing vocals. As his career progressed, his vocals went up in pitch. By Death's final album The Sound Of Perseverance, he employed high pitched screeching more similar to conventional screaming techniques. Schuldiner received the unfortunate news that he had a brain tumor. Schuldiner continued to work on his music.
Many artists like Kid Rock, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn got together during the summer of 2001 to auction off personal items, with the funds assisting Schuldiner's medical expenses, an effort covered by MTV. Chuck Schuldiner died on December 13, 2001. Schuldiner once described himself as "a lover of life", "friendship", and "animals".["I would like to live forever, if it was possible", he once said in an interview. And when When asked about his opinions regarding an afterlife, Schuldiner responded "I don't know", but elaborated that he believed "this is hell", and that demons are in people, as they "create evil"
He commonly spoke out against artists who were "out of control", garnering negative attention to the death metal scene. Schuldiner openly condemned and disavowed stereotypes of metal musicians as being harmful to animals, people, or being "anti-life”.