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Slayer Slaughters Sacramento One Last Time

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Control Denied –  The Fragile Art Of Existence First Ever Official Vinyl Release Announced

CONTROL DENIED, the progressive heavy metal brainchild of legendary DEATH mastermind Chuck Schuldiner, released its first and only album The Fragile Art of Existence in 1999 to massive critical acclaim. Now available for the first time ever as an official vinyl release, The Fragile Art of Existence has been fully remastered with additional bonus tracks and demos plus deluxe repackaging. The vinyl will see it’s official release on June 1st via Relapse Records.

Available as a gatefold 2xLP, double picture disc and deluxe 3xLP boxset featuring over an hour of rare material (extra tracks and early demos previously only available on the Relapse deluxe 3xCD reissue), this is the definitive edition of this timeless classic.

Watch the official vinyl promo video featuring “Expect The Unexpected” below.

DEATH Stream Deluxe Reissue of ‘Scream Bloody Gore’ in Full

As the final chapter in Relapse’s comprehensive DEATH reissue series, the band’s legendary 1987 debut Scream Bloody Gore is receiving the deluxe reissue treatment on a wide variety of formats including 2CD, Limited Edition 3CD, LP, Deluxe 2xLP Boxset, and cassette this coming May 20. Like the preceding DEATH reissues, the new version of Scream Bloody Gore has been meticulously remastered from the original tapes by Alan Douches (Death, Mastodon, Nile) and includes a plethora of bonus content, including previously unreleased recordings and rehearsal demos, super-expanded packaging, and brand-new extensive liner notes from former DEATH drummer / Autopsy founder Chris Reifert, Sepultura’s Max Cavalera, and original Scream Bloody Gore producer Randy Burns.

Physical pre-orders are available now via Relapse.com at this location. Digital pre-orders can be found via DEATH‘s Bandcamp page here.

Along with the deluxe reissue of Scream Bloody Gore, Relapse has also announced the very first official DEATH bobblehead, a stunning recreation of Ed Repka’s iconicScream Bloody Gore album art! Made exclusively for Relapse Records by AGGRONAUTIX, a company creating limited-edition metal, punk, and cult figures, these collectible, high-quality resin figurines stand 7″ tall, are hand numbered 1 to 1,000, and come packaged in a custom windowed box. Visit here for photos and more details.

Info/Bio:
Over the course of more than a decade and seven increasingly accomplished albums, Chuck Schuldiner, the architect behind the ubiquitous DEATH, became a bona fide heavy metal icon. Now widely recognized as the father of death metal (if a single candidate must be chosen, his résumé is about as good as it gets), Schuldiner’s singular drive and ruthless creative vision guaranteed that DEATH would ever represent the cutting edge of the style’s development. Indeed, while the savagely raw aggression contained in DEATH‘s first three albums proved crucial to spearheading the first generation of death metal bands, the astounding musicianship and increasingly sophisticated songwriting found on their later-day efforts surely influenced even more groups to explore the limits of extreme metal’s most progressive outposts. By all accounts a force to be reckoned with on-stage, DEATH also logged more frequent flier miles than perhaps any other band of their ilk, undertaking numerous far-reaching tours despite suffering from continuous and often acrimonious musician turnover within their ranks. Throughout this long journey and drastic evolutionary curve, Schuldiner was to be the only constant, the effective mastermind behind DEATH‘s continually groundbreaking career, and, as proven by his near-canonization at the time of his untimely passing, arguably unequalled in stature within one of rock’s most uncompromising style.

Scream Bloody Gore Tracklisting (Deluxe Edition):

Disc 1 (Original Album, Remastered)

1. Infernal Death
2. Zombie Ritual
3. Denial Of Life
4. Sacrificial
5. Mutilation
6. Regurgitated Guts
7. Baptized In Blood
8. Torn To Pieces
9. Evil Dead
10. Scream Bloody Gore
11. Beyond The Unholy Grave
12. Land Of No Return

Disc 2

13. Torn To Pieces (Original Florida Session)
14. Legion Of Doom (Original Florida Session)
15. Scream Bloody Gore (Original Florida Session)
16. Sacrificial (Original Florida Session)
17. Mutilation (Original Florida Session)
18. Land of No Return (Original Florida Session)
19. Baptized In Blood (Original Florida Session)
20. Regurgitated Guts (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
21. Sacrificial (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
22. Sacrificial – Take 2 (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
23. Torn To Pieces (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
24. Do You Love Me? V1 (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
25. Infernal Death (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
26. Zombie Ritual (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
27. Beyond The Unholy Grave (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
28. Do You Love Me? V2 (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)
29. Denial Of Life (Rehearsals 08-20-1986)

Disc 3

30. (Part Of) Scream Bloody Gore (Rehearsals 5/28/86)
31. Legion Of Doom (Rehearsals 5/28/86)
32. Beyond The Unholy Grave (Rehearsals 5/28/86)
33. Scream Bloody Gore (Rehearsals 5/28/86)
34. Torn To Pieces (Rehearsals 5/28/86)
35. Mutilation (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
36. Torn To Pieces (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
37. Zombie Ritual (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
38. Land Of No Return (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
39. (Part of) Evil Dead (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
40. Baptized In Blood (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
41. Infernal Death (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
42. Denial of Life (Rehearsals 5/26/86)
43. Death Metal (Rehearsals 5/26/86)

New Autopsy Video Interview @ California Death Fest In Oakland, California

Todd Owens talks Death, Desecration, Abcess, Violation Wound influences, gear and more vocalist Chris Reifert of Autopsy @ Oakland Metro Operahouse

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Todd Owens talks Death, Desecration, Abcess, Violation Wound influences, gear and more vocalist with Chris Reifert of Autopsy @ Oakland Metro Operahouse @ California Death Fest

Autopsy was formed in August 1987 by Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler, shortly after Reifert’s departure from Death. The band recorded a demo that year, Demo ’87, beforeDanny Coralles joined in 1988 immediately prior to the recording of their second demo, Critical Madness, and along with Reifert and Cutler, would be a constant in the band’s lineup. The band signed to Peaceville Records and released their debut album, Severed Survival in 1989. These early recordings featured a straightforward thrash-influenced death metal style in a similar vein to Scream Bloody Gore era Death (Reifert was Death’s drummer on that album), but the band adopted a slower, doom metal influenced sound for their next release, the 1990 Retribution for the Dead EP. The next full-length, Mental Funeral, continued in this style and has since been cited by many other death metal musicians (particularly in the Swedish scene) as particularly influential. Having completed a successful European tour soon after Mental Funeral, the band reentered the studio to record the Fiend for Blood EP, which was followed by their third full-length, Acts of the Unspeakable, which featured shorter songs and a more grindcore influenced sound. A difficult US tour in 1993 led to the decision to disband Autopsy after the recording of a final album. Shitfun, released in early 1995, was heavily influenced byhardcore punk and would prepare fans for Abscess, previously a side project of Danny Coralles and Chris Reifert which would become their main band after Autopsy’s demise.