Former DEATH guitarist Paul Masvida joined DEATH TO ALL (DTA) on stage last night (Saturday, March 11) at Brick By Brick in San Diego, California to perform the DEATH classic “Flattening Of Emotions”.

The guitarist, who toured and recorded with DEATH between 1989 and 1992, also joined the band during their encore to play the song “Pull The Plug“. You can check out fan-filmed video footage below.

The band DEATH TO ALL, which celebrates the life and music of DEATH‘s late frontman Chuck Schuldiner, features former DEATH members Gene Hoglan (TESTAMENT, DARK ANGEL, DETHKLOK, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) on drums and Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, CONTROL DENIED, SADUS) on bass along with guitarist Bobby Koelble. Max Phelps from EXIST is also in the group taking on vocals and second-guitar.

Yesterday (Sunday, March 12), Paul posted a few photos from the recent gig, including the caption: “I had a blast hangin and jammin’ with the DTA homies and fam last night @brickbybricksd in San Diego. It’s been over a decade since I last played ‘Flattening of Emotions‘ and ‘Pull the Plug‘ with these guys. DEATH‘s songs hold up well! Special thanks to Bobby for the mid-song cable swap”.

Masvidal said in a 2006 interview with Chaos-Forum about the late Chuck Schuldiner: “He was passionate about music and his work. He was a very sensitive person and life was very intense for him. Chuck’s songs were very much a reflection of his personality. He really found a voice and style that was truly original. I remember him as an original thinker and interested in the beauty of music. We had a good connection as guitarists.”

Touching on how Schuldiner’s death affected him, Paul said: “I knew about his illness from the beginning and had a sense that it was going to be terminal. When I received the call that he died, I prayed that he was at peace and was able to surrender. I accepted Chuck’s passing as his fortune. He exited the body at a young age, but left an indelible impression with his work as an artist. The way of his death was part of his life path, and we all will have our story too.”

Schuldiner died on December 13, 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor.

The band DEATH are widely considered to be the pioneers of the genre that is death metal, and they are rightly credited with helping to develop the genre’s heavy and brutal sound.

The band was formed in Tampa, Florida in 1983, and they have released a total of 7 albums since their formation. DEATH’s music is characterized by its fast tempos and heavy riffs, and their lyrics often deal with death, violence, addiction, and insanity. The 1987 album “Scream Bloody Gore” is credited by many to be the first death metal record along with “Seven Churches”, the debut album from fellow extreme metal band POSSESSED.

DEATH frontman Chuck Schuldiner helped to create and develop the death metal genre as a whole. Working alongside an almost revolving door of bandmates, Schuldiner remained the one constant member of the band DEATH until his untimely passing from a brain tumor in 2001 at the age of 34.

Chuck’s legacy lives on however, and he is considered to be one of the most important death metal frontmen and musicians of all time.

DEATH is the reason death metal exists today. Seriously though. Listen to “Scream Bloody Gore”. An absolutely awesome debut album for not just a band but a whole genre. Just pure, old-school death metal at it’s finest.


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