No extreme metal artist has come close to touching DEATH in scope, influence, or simply quality. The group of Floridian metal musicians led by Chuck Schuldiner started small, but would eventually develop a legendary sound: one that not only set the standard for the musical and conceptual approaches that would later define nearly all of extreme metal, but which also followed a clear narrative path in its development from raw and primal to complex and cerebral. But with age and growth come inevitable decay and hardship, and for DEATH that hardship came too soon – in 2001, just three years after the release of The Sound Of Perseverance, Schuldiner lost a two-year-long battle with brain cancer.

Since Schuldiner’s passing, the remaining and past members of DEATH (along with the rest of the metal community) united around DEATH‘s inimitable legacy, doing whatever they can to keep Chuck’s memory alive. Relapse Records partnered with longtime’s DEATH manager Eric Grief and the Schuldiner family in 2010 for a reissue series so as to share Chuck’s music with that many more listeners, while former members of DEATH established the Death To All benefit tours in 2012 as a way to carry on DEATH‘s legacy on the live circuit. Though Evil Chuck may be gone, it’s safe to say that there is still life after DEATH.

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