Former DEATH/TESTAMENT/OBITUARY guitarist James Murphy has provided BLABBERMOUTH.NET with the following exclusive update on his current activities:"The DEATH tribute project I am working on organizing and will soon begin recording is officially titled: 'Within The Mind - An Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner'. I will begin pre-production rehearsals with primary drummer Dave Culross [MALEVOLENT CREATION, ex-SUFFOCATION] some time in the next couple weeks but will spend time fleshing out the final tracklist and deciding who will do what with Deron Miller [CKY] for a few days immediately prior to the rehearsals.
"So far there are quite a few confirmed guests. Those include: me, Deron Miller, Dave Culross, Mikael Thomson [SLIPKNOT], Paul Gray [SLIPKNOT], Brett Hoffmann [ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION], Ross Dolan [IMMOLATION], Mike Chlasciak [PAINMUSEUM, ex-HALFORD], and Terry Butler [SIX FEET UNDER, ex-DEATH, MASSACRE].
"There are also quite a few others who want to participate, if their touring and/or recording schedules allow. Those include: Peter Tägtgren [HYPOCRISY, PAIN], Chuck Billy [TESTAMENT], Eric Peterson [TESTAMENT, DRAGONLORD], Luc Lemay [GORGUTS], Andy LaRocque [KING DIAMOND], Richard Christy [ICED EARTH, ex-DEATH, CONTROL DENIED], Ryan and Chad of MUDVAYNE, Patrick Mameli [ex-PESTILENCE], Jean-Francois Degenais [KATAKLYSM], and a number of others, so expect the confirmed roster to grow.
"The track selection will span DEATH's career from 'Scream Bloody Gore' to 'Symbolic', the thought being that the 'Sound of Perseverance' songs are too recent to consider for a tribute CD.
"The label that is backing the project is Holland's Mascot Records. A number of studios are being considered for the basic tracks but no final decision has been made at this point. The majority of the overdubs from all the guests will be recorded by myself at various studios and remote locations via a powerful mobile recording system. I will carry this system around with me to a few different locations in both the U.S. and Europe, in order to most cost effectively gather the performances of all the contributors. The album will then be mixed, by myself and, if everything works to plan, at least one other 'name' producer of note.
"This project was conceived by Deron Miller as a means to help me raise money for my medical bills and has the blessing of the Schuldiner family.
"If all goes well, I intend to get started with pre-production and final writing sessions for the second DISINCARNATE CD, which is still untitled at this point, as soon as the 'Within The Mind' project wraps."