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NPR AND THEIR FAMOUS FRIENDS REMEMBER DEATH’S CHUCK SCHULDINER

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Chuck Schuldiner

Ten years ago today Death mastermind Chuck Schuldiner died of a brain tumor. It’d be hard to argue that Schuldiner didn’t have a massive influence upon all the metal that followed after Death; while Death may not have ever achieved close to the mainstream metal notoriety that Metallica and Pantera did, I can’t think of any single other band that had such a huge impact upon everything that followed.

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of Schuldiner’s passing, NPR metal king Lars Gotrich collected eleven metal musicians and asked them to write about their favorite Death song and what it means to them. Among the musicians that penned brief pieces for NPR are three former members of Death (Paul Masvidal, Gene Hoglan and Richard Christy) along with members of Baroness, East of the Wall, Revocation and more. They’ve included streaming audio of their song picks, too; Death is definitely going to be soundtrack this afternoon.

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-VN

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