Games Meet Metal: Chuck Schuldiner Sure Did Like Them Hot Shorts

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Chuck Schuldiner Sure Did Like Them Hot Shorts

Like everything else in life, I got into Death way later than every other metal head in existence. Chuck Schuldiner is primarily responsible for bringing a progressive edge to death metal, thus being so far ahead of the curve that most bands are still catching up. After listening to "Symbolic" for the first time many years, I had to have more Death, and to find out more about Chuck himself. That was when I discovered that he had already passed away from brain cancer and terrible pneumonia in late 2001.

Ever since his death, Chuck's estate has been releasing more and more tidbits from back catalogs. Unreleased Death and Control Denied recordings, rough demo's of Chucks first band Mantis, as well as releases of Death's classic albums. Now, a new documentary is being released. Filmed around the making of Death's video for "Lack of Comprehension", the as-yet-untitled doc shows Chuck and the then current members of Death in a very laid back and comfortable state. Just the guys being themselves. A 3-minute clip has been posted above.

Now I say this with all respect: Chuck was an innovator and a legend, but the man needs help with his pants. Those shorts he's wearing while taking the amp out of his trunk are more suited for a bachelorette party. At least he changed into pants for the video shoot. Imagine those things trotted out on Headbanger's Ball back in the day? Yeah, me neither.

1 comment:

  1. I can't disagree about the shorts. Back in the late 80s, I was rather surprised to find LOTS of brutal death metal guys in Florida wearing shorts that we northerners would never be caught dead in. But those were also the times. And this was their climate. Me, I was the dork running around in sweats despite the intense humidity. So Chuck did have the last laugh. ;) ERIC GREIF