Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy has issued the following update regarding his upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner", tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records:
"This past Saturday, February 28th, the first recording session for the 'Within The Mind' project was completed at ARS studios in Orlando, FL. We recorded the drum tracks for 4 middle-era DEATH tracks with former DEATH, CONTROL DENIED, and current ICED EARTH drummer Richard Christy. The session went extremely well and we are all very happy with the results. This session has set a very high standard for the rest of the project and I won't rest until the rest of the project sessions meet or exceed the bar set this past Saturday by Richard and the killer staff at ARS.
"I also want to announce the launch of the official site for the 'Within The Mind' project: www.deathtribute.com. Here you will soon be able to find contributing artist profiles, starting with Richard Christy, as well as news, and short QuickTime video clips and still photos from the project's recording sessions. At the moment there is only a banner up on the site and the first new content will start to go up with the next couple days.
"More great news: the members of the Roadrunner Records band CHIMAIRA have contacted me to express their love of Chuck's music and to ask to be a part of the project, so I am happy to announce their addition to the line-up. In keeping with the format of the rest of the tribute they will not be performing as band unto themselves. Vocalist Mark Hunter will contribute vocals to a track or tracks performed by other contributors while the rest of the band, which now includes recently recruited SOILWORK drummer Richard Evansand, will perform a track on which the vocals will be handled by another guest. To quote Mark, 'I wouldn't be a vocalist right now if it weren't for Chuck's music.' "
As previously reported, the project, which was conceived by CKY guitarist/vocalist Deron Miller as a means to help Murphy raise money for his medical bills (Murphy is currently receiving treatment for a massive brain tumor with which he was diagnosed in August 2001), is expected to feature a number of special guest appearances, including those by Miller, Murphy, Christy, Matt Thompson (KING DIAMOND), Matt DiFabio (PISSING RAZORS, SINGLE BULLET THEORY), Dave Culross (MALEVOLENT CREATION, SUFFOCATION), Luc Lemay (GORGUTS), Patrick Mameli (ex-PESTILENCE), Jean-Francois Dagenais (KATAKLYSM), 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). Other musicians that are interested in participating (if their touring and/or recording schedules allow) include Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN), Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT), Eric Peterson (TESTAMENT, DRAGONLORD), Andy LaRocque (KING DIAMOND), and Ryan and Chad of MUDVAYNE.