JANE SCHULDINER: CHUCK's Last Masterpiece Deserves To Be Heard

Jane Schuldiner, mother of late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED frontman Chuck Schuldiner, has abandoned her previously announced plan to make available for free download the unfinished recordings originally slated to appear on the sophomore CONTROL DENIED album.

As previously reported, Chuck, who passed away in December 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, a rare type of brain tumor, began work on the album (tentatively titled "When Machine and Man Collide") in 2001 but never managed to complete the effort before his health quickly deteriorated in the months leading up to his tragic death. The remaining members of the group — bassist Steve DiGiorgio, vocalist Tim Aymar, guitarist Shannon Hamm, and drummer Richard Christy — subsequently announced their desire to complete the CD and release it in Chuck's memory, but legal hassles between Schuldiner's family and Hammerheart Records (to whom Chuck was signed at the time of his death) put the entire project on hold (Karmageddon Media — formerly Hammerheart Records — have since issued the incomplete recordings under the title "Zero Tolerance").

Says Jane: "After giving it another serious thought, we decided to not go ahead with the original plan as was announced on March 3. We are aware of the fact that discussions will continue, but none of this is doing any justice to Chuck's final music at all. His last masterpiece deserves more than to be released as unfinished bits of rehearsal room recordings on CD, or to be grabbed for free on the Internet. It deserves to be finished by the rest of the band and to be released on a full-length album, titled: 'When Machine And Man Collide'. We hope you will all understand our decision."

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