False idols mislead; real leaders are good idols.
I think we crusade here against Death because they were a dumbing down of death metal that got way too much press, and is a backward way to understand the genre.
We also aren't fond of Cannibal Corpse, Meshuggah, Cradle of Filth, Pink Frothy AIDS and other bands that whore themselves. That's just how it is.
In addition, the circumstances surrounding Chuck's death are very nonstandard. It's clear more was going on than the "brain cancer" diagnosis, which was never publically medically confirmed. (Normally, articles cite a hospital or death certificate.) At the same time, we know from inside sources that: (a) Chuck engaged in risky behavior (b) he had some form of immunodeficiency problem long before the "cancer" and (c) his death certificate read PNEUMONIA without a contributing cause. Connect the goddamn dots.
The Van Drunen interview says it best:
To promote "Consuming Impulse", you also toured through America together with DEATH and CARCASS, an extremely strong and interesting bill to my opinion. What are your memories on this tour?
"It made a big impression, definitely. We didn't make a penny, we hardly had anything to eat, but we just kept going anyway. It may sound bigheaded but I already made this statement in other interviews as well: DEATH as well as CARCASS didn't have any chance when we played, we just blew them away, every night! In the end, CARCASS and us switched places and CARCASS opened from that point on. Then Chuck started to boycott us, in the end it got even to a point that the roadies of DEATH slept in our bus because they couln't stand his company. I had a terific time despite the hard times we had to go through as a band on that tour."
Did the death of Chuck Schuldiner make a big impression on you?
"I never got along with Chuck. His death also didn't impress me a bit. It may sound very hard but that is how I am. If people respect me and they die, they also get my respect which isn't the case here. That's how I am. It sounds hard but that's how I see it. I never liked him while he was alive and I also won't start to like him just because he passed away."
We are not anti-Chuck, but we think he should be put in his place as a second-tier metal band, not the "inventor of death metal," as his family originally claimed. I think Americans are desperate for someone on their shores recording death metal before 1985, but of course, America has SLAYER and POSSESSED so shouldn't worry.
Death metal was invented in 1980 by Motorhead; in 1982 by Discharge and Slayer; in 1983 by Sodom, Hellhammer, and Master; in 1984 by Sepultura; in 1985 by Possessed; in 1986 by Morbid Angel and Necrovore; in 1987 by Massacra, and the rest is easy to piece together.
We're also not fond of Venom here for their overhype despite contributing little musically (Motorhead + hardcore) and a whole lot of stupid. We don't dislike them personally, in fact the opposite, but we think their contributions need to be put into context.
That is how it is when you try to write accurate histories and not hype stories to make teenagers buy products they don't need instead of focusing on reality and making their lives better.