The Metal Crusade

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WELCOME to The Metal Crusade!  But first a little background...

Relapse Records was honored to announce in the Winter of 2009-10 a historic partnership with Perseverance Holdings Ltd. and the Schuldiner family to reissue the legendary catalog of heavy metal luminary Chuck Schuldiner and his bands DEATH, CONTROL DENIED, and MANTAS.

Chuck Schuldiner's DEATH, one of the most important and influential metal bands of all-time, are seeing the first official digital releases of it's legendary albums Scream Bloody Gore, Leprosy, Spiritual Healing, Human, Individual Thought Patterns and The Sound Of Perseverance (Symbolic remains with Roadrunner/Warner and was reissued in 2008). These digital releases started two days before Chuck Schuldiner would have celebrated his 43rd birthday in May 2010. Schuldiner passed away on December 13, 2001 after fighting a long, recurring battle with brain cancer.

Relapse also reissued an expanded version of the classic debut album, The Fragile Art Of Existence, from Schuldiner's progressive heavy metal band CONTROL DENIED in late 2010 as well as the first-ever collection by his pre-DEATH project MANTAS. The expanded version of The Fragile Art of Existence includes bonus tracks, extra band photography, expanded art and packaging and more. MANTAS collection has brilliant photos from the time and liner notes by none other than Rick 'Rozz' DeLillo and metal writer/publisher/broadcaster Ian Christe. More details on both releases are available at www.relapse.com. Long-range plans from the start  included the completion and official release of the final CONTROL DENIED album When Man and Machine Collide. With preliminary recordings around the Millenium, at Morrisound Studios with producer Jim Morris, When Man and Machine Collide was tracked by a rapidly ailing Schuldiner and drummer Richard Christy, but left incomplete upon Chuck's passing.

Along with all of this renewed activity, Eric Greif, former Manager of DEATH and President of Perseverance Holdings Ltd., had the dream of resurrecting The Death Fan Club, named after its original newsletter, The Metal Crusade, which he had started in the earlier years of DEATH with Schuldiner himself. Securing the domain name metalcrusade.org, together with Relapse Records' press boss Bob Lugowe, they recruited webmaster Sean Jenkins (singer from the Canadian band Divinity) to put it all together. Although the original fan club had a membership fee and used a photocopier, paper, envelopes, membership cards and lots of stamps, the new 'club' will be entirely web-based...and free

Honorable mention also has to be paid to DEATH's official archival site, Empty Words. Started in the 1990s by Yvonne and Kees Kluitman, the site remains the ultimate DEATH historical mecca, a virtual treasure chest full of interviews, photos, links, articles, and even lists and details of DEATH tours from 1987-98.  In addition, as we're now in the age of instant news and social media, lots of current DEATH activity takes place at facebook's Death (Official), Chuck Schuldiner (Official), and DeathDTAtours. Over at Twitter it is DeathOfficial, and at Instagram it is deathofficial.  These are maintained by Eric Greif, his business partner Christopher Steele (Chuck's nephew), and the folks at Relapse. 

All of this - The Metal Crusade included - is intended to enhace the DEATH experience, bringing hundred of thousands of fans closer to the legacy of Chuck Schuldiner. Whether it is a glimpse at a new video, chatting with other diehards in the FORUM, asking us a question, or getting the latest news from our camp, The Metal Crusade will be our virtual HQ.

Now, go on and keep that metal flowing...