DEATH – I’d have to say, without any hesitation, that Death – Live In L.A. (Death & Raw) is a scorcher of a live Death Metal album. If one wants to know where it all began with the Death Metal genre… one needs to get their ears glazed over with the power and force of Death’s original brand of Metal. A gigantic band in the history of Metal music is Death, with the late Chuck Schuldiner bringing to the forefront a Metal sound of extreme muscularity, embodied with his vocals, guitar and song writing. An unreal and unparalleled legacy of music… Death Metal Music, has Chuck Schuldiner left for us Metal fans to enjoy for generations to come.

Live In L.A. is rich with the heavy sound of Death, a top quality recording. This is not just some live album slapped and pieced together here… listening to Live In L.A. actually takes me there in my mind, to that actual Death concert back in 1998. I wish I really was at this concert, unfortunately I never did see Death live. The reality is in the listening to this excellent album of live Death songs, I can only marvel at how Chuck Schuldiner can pull me into the music he and Death are playing. This Live In L.A. album needs to be brought up for it’s credibility as a live album and for it’s powerful listen into Old School Death Metal.

When the topic of “most important” Metal bands comes my way, I most certainly consider Death to be in the equation. To incorporate lyrical themes of gore as well as social reality, in the way Chuck Schuldiner had accomplished, was only magnified to a profound level, by the extremely heavy sound of Death’s music. Chuck Schuldiner and Death figured most prominently in the formation of the Death Metal genre, still, putting genres aside, the legacy of Chuck Schuldiner and Death have also figured equally prominent in the history of Metal Music too… in my Metal opinion.

If I can recruit just a few readers to check out this live Death album, then I have done my Metal deed for the day. The heavy grooves are there, just waiting to be savored and heard on Live In L.A. (Death & Raw). Veteran Death fans know. New fans and younger generations should at least know, that Chuck Schuldiner and his band Death defined a genre. You won’t read that in any mainstream Pop Rock magazine.

* Live In L.A. was recorded on December 5, 1998, in of course, L.A., at Whiskey A Go-Go. This was one of 24 tour dates on The Sound Of Perseverance 1998 America Tour.

* Death – Live In L.A. (Death & Raw) was released on October 16, 2001 on Nuclear Blast Records.

* For those new to this legendary band known as DEATH, Chuck Schuldiner passed away on December 13, 2001, at age 34.

DEATH as they appeared on Live In L.A. (Death & Raw):

Chuck Schuldiner – vocals & guitar

Richard Christy – drums

Scott Clendenin – bass

Shannon Hamm – guitar

Track Listing For DEATH- LIVE IN L.A. (Death & Raw):

Intro / The Philosopher

Spirit Crusher

Trapped In A Corner

Scavenger Of Human Sorrow

Crystal Mountain

Flesh And The Power It Holds

Zero Tolerance

Zombie Ritual

Suicide Machine

Together As One

Empty Words


Pull The Plug

Rest In Peace, Chuck Schuldiner, your music lives on.



  1. elabryth Says:

    Enough can not be said about the late, great Chuck Schuldiner. I am a great fan of the band from “Spirtual Healing” on. Of course, I really love his other project “Control Denied”. I have seen this DVD and it views like a really polished, well crafted, bootleg. It is always a joy to watch or listen to anytime I pop it in. Great Write-up. \m/

    • metalodyssey Says:


      I have read, that a “final release” from Control Denied should be releasing sometime in May of 2010. The album title is: “When Man And Machine Collide”. Yet, the “sources” I really want to read this from I haven’t.

      How true is this? I really do not know. I am going to continue researching for “factual” information on this though… if you read or hear of something about it, please drop a Metal line!

      Stone \m/

  2. good one….

    now your digging up some of the metal “roots” Stone!

    Chuck was a cool guy. I remember getting their early demos and I cherish our written correspondence.

    I wish I had a penny for every DEATH copycat out there worldwide!

    I have some Leprosy promo posters if anyone wants one.

    Demolish Fanzine

    • metalodyssey Says:

      Thanks Kinger! That’s real cool of you.

      You bet your bottom Metal dollar the early demos and written correspondence you have from Chuck Schuldiner is something to cherish… unreal.

      Hey… I wish I had a “whole quarter” for every copycat DEATH band out there worldwide!! Chalk it up to the Metal fact of just how INFLUENTIAL this band called DEATH was… and still is.


  3. Death Rocks. Period.

  4. I live in Tampa, Fl and I had the privilage of meeting Chuck alot of times, and he was very different, in person then his music would led you to believe he would be. Very quiet soft spoken guy, we weren’t friends but he would be at Ritz (one of many local venues that hosted almost nightly death metal shows) or catch him shopping at Ace’s Record, very nice guy and sadly missed.

    I donot own the CD or DVD but enjoyed reading the review and I am glad i got to witness Death live many times

    • metalodyssey Says:

      Consider yourself fortunate that you actually had Chuck Schuldiner as an acquaintance. I never did get to see Death live at all… seeing them many times like yourself is something else! Just a great & legendary band was Death and musician in Chuck, that should always be remembered.

      Thanks for the comment and personal insight –


  5. Great write up. You know, I have this dvd, but I don’t think I own the cd, I will have to check this out. They were my fav Death Metal band, imo they invented the genre.

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