I know this might seem unlikely, considering one of the band’s most critical members is no longer living, but it is happening.
Work has begin on the long-awaited second Control Denied album — 12 years after the release of the band’s debut.
Guitarist Shannon Hamm and producer Jim Morris of Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida, have been reviewing material recorded by the band before the death of Control Denied frontman Chuck Schuldiner.
If you don’t know who Chuck is, shoot yourself. Preferably in the face.
Schuldiner started work on the CD, tentatively titled When Machine And Man Collide, but never managed to finish the effort before his death.
The remaining members of the group — bassist Steve DiGiorgio, vocalist Tim Aymar, Hamm, and drummer Richard Christy — subsequently announced their desire to complete the album and release it in Chuck’s memory.
Legal wranging has long delayed the project.
“[Chuck’s] 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,” says Chuck’s mother, Jane Schuldiner. “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.”
The Fragile Art of Existence, Control Denied’s debut, was reissued by Relapse Records in October of 2010.