I realise that I’m a tad behind the times with this review, but
better late than never, and I just received the platter in the mail,
the sad passing of super-talent Chuck Schuldiner, a number of fairly
dodgy releases saw the light of day and this is probably one of them.
I have no idea whether Chuck’s mom will receive any of the proceeds
from it, but I can just
hope that it is the case and get on with assessing the sounds on
makes this CD most interesting is the inclusion of four tracks that
would in some form have turned into songs on the Control Denied album
that never emerged. The four tracks were recorded during rehearsals by
Chuck and drummer Richard Christy, vocals not yet included. These raw
recordings make it even more evident how brilliant a guitarist and
song writer the world lost when Chuck fell victim to the cancer ghost.
Not surprisingly, the tracks ooze of Death; technical, tight, advanced
but not to the point of boredom. These four tracks of rehearsal
recordings are worth more than a hundred albums by many other artists
out there, frankly.
remaining six tracks on the CD are taken from the two Death demo’s
“Infernal Death” (1985) and “Mutilation” (1986). This is
naturally not cream of the crop production/mixing, and the band
definitely wasn’t the tightest act around in 1985 or 1986, but it
gives you an idea what this very, very young Chuck Schuldiner would
soon become, namely one of the most influential guitarists throughout
in peace, Chuck, and someone let us finally hear the songs that were
actually recorded for the Control Denied album!