DEATH's 'The Sound Of Perseverance' Reissue: First-Week Sales Revealed

The reissue of DEATH's seventh and final album, "The Sound Of Perseverance", sold around 1,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 47 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

"The Sound Of Perseverance" was reissued on February 15 in North America (February 21 internationally) via Relapse Records. The first in a series of official DEATH reissues slated for 2011, the LP has been remastered from the original studio tapes and expanded to include previously unreleased demo material. The reissue also includes enhanced artwork and liner notes from the original cover artist Travis Smith as well as liner notes from DEATH guitarist Shannon Hamm and never-before-seen photographs from "The Sound Of Perseverance" era. A special deluxe version of the "The Sound Of Perseverance" reissue includes a third bonus disc of unreleased material and is only available via Relapse mailorder and digitally via iTunes.

"The Sound Of Perseverance" three-disc reissue track listing:

Disc 1

01. Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
02. Bite The Pain
03. Spirit Crusher
04. Story To Tell
05. Flesh And The Power It Holds
06. Voice Of The Soul
07. To Forgive Is To Suffer
08. A Moment Of Clarity
09. Painkiller

Disc 2

01. Spirit Crusher - 1998 Demos (No Bass)
02. Flesh And The Power It Holds - 1998 Demos (No Bass)
03. Voice Of The Soul - 1998 Demos (No Bass)
04. Bite The Pain - 1998 Demos
05. A Moment Of Clarity - 1998 Demos
06. Story To Tell - 1998 Demos
07. Scavenger Of Human Sorrow - 1998 Demos
08. Bite The Pain - 1997 Demos
09. Story To Tell - 1997 Demos
10. A Moment Of Clarity - 1997 Demos

Disc 3

01. Bite The Pain - 1996 Demos
02. Story To Tell - 1996 Demos
03. A Moment Of Clarity - 1996 Demos
04. Bite The Pain w/ Paul Payne On Vocals - 1996 Demos
05. A Moment Of Clarity w/ Paul Payne On Vocals - 1996 Demos
06. A Moment Of Clarity w/ Chuck Schuldiner On Vocals - 1996 Demos
07. Story To Tell w/ Chuck Schuldiner On Vocals - 1996 Demos
08. Bite The Pain w/ Shannon Hamm on Vocals - 1996 Demos
09. A Moment Of Clarity - 1996 Demos (Instrumental)
10. Bite The Pain - 1996 Demos (Instrumental)
11. Story To Tell - 1996 Demos (Instrumental)
12. Voice Of The Soul - 1996 Demos (Instrumental)
13. A Moment Of Clarity - 1996 Demos (Instrumental)

The bulk of DEATH's catalog was made available digitally for the first time. "Scream Bloody Gore", "Leprosy", "Spiritual Healing", "Human", "Individual Thought Patterns" and "The Sound Of Perseverance" can be purchased via iTunes at this location.

Relapse recently released an expanded version of the classic debut album, "The Fragile Art Of Existence", from Schuldiner's progressive heavy metal band CONTROL DENIED. The reissue includes bonus tracks, extra band photography, expanded art and packaging and more.

A Chuck Schuldiner biography by Ian Christe — author of "Sound Of The Beast" and "Everybody Wants Some: The Van Halen Saga", and host on Sirius Satellite Radio's Hard Attack — is also being planned.

Schuldiner passed away on December 13, 2001 at age 34 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor.

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