Remembering Chuck Schuldiner on the 10th Anniversary of His Death

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Death frontman Chuck Schulinder. Schulinder, who battled with brain cancer, was a pioneer in death metal and continued to work on music with his new band Control Denied right up until his untimely death.

“Music was Chuck’s focus. It was the thing that gave him strength,” Control Denied drummer Richard Christy told Guitar World. “It was inspiring to see somebody going through something so hard and still playing guitar and writing music. Chuck was just so committed. He gave it everything he had.”

Schulinder had first been diagnosed with cancer after a tumor was discovered following initial complaints of neck pain. Despite nearly half the tumor being removed in 2000, his illness returned. However, Schulinder has left a powerful legacy, particularly in the death metal scene.

“With regard to death metal, he contributed a standard of musicianship that people are still aspiring to,” says writer Don Kaye. “He was a pioneer who tried to take the music in an interesting and progressive direction. And in that way, coming along when he did, he crystallized the genre.”

To read the full tribute to Schulinder, head over to our sister mag’s site,, and look for an original article on Death in the January/February issue of Revolver, on stands now.


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  • Katja Rauhe

    Great loss. So sad

  • H. Olivarez

    Saw Death back in SA In the 90’s, Met him  through Rodney D of Devastation, Chuck was the coolest laid back dude you could meet until the band got on stage an they just ripped your head off with the brand of metal that will never be replaced, one of the true death metal bands of all time, R>I>P Chuck ,Miss your creativity , drinking a cold one for u bro {Rockport metaller}

  • Vangorder Jeff

    Chuck was a guitar master.  He progressed in every type of music he experimented with whether it was something he was really interested in or even if was something he thought  would be benificial for him to learn.  His music was great and never grew dull and repetitive.  If he was still with us he would be one of the top ten or the top guitar players in the world today.  The only person who’s skills could be compared to Chucks would ‘ve been Dimebag((R.I.P.)  His death was a great loss for us all, it’s just too bad Vinnie is too much of a douchebag to upen up the lines of communication and talk to Phil.  GOD BLESS PANTERA !