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11 years ago Chuck Schuldiner lost his battle with cancer, and left the world of death metal with a huge void. Yeah, there are bands that are great that also play death metal, but Chuck was the genre. He lived, breathed, and slept it. Some even refer to him as the Godfather of Death Metal. I can only imagine how Death would be today if Chuck had survived. Constantly progressing from one album to the next, getting more and more technical and experimental, his contribution to metal is  definitely something that cannot be ignored.

So, today, we honor our fallen brother. He may be shredding in heaven, but to many people, through he music, he is still with us. In remembrance  here are my five favorite songs by Death. Love and peace, Chuck. Tell Dime and Jimi I said what’s up.

Meantime, it’s your turn! List your five favorite Death songs in the comments below, and share a concert story if you were lucky enough to have seen him live!

5. Spirit Crusher

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRyl_p1z9Nw]This song is my favorite from The Sound Of Perseverance. From the opening bass line to the super fast middle section, I love every second of it. It’s definitely one of their classics.

4. Trapped In A Corner

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spVZNOd2XSM]Personally, I think that the way Chuck and gene get in the pocket with each other is simply beautiful. Both players are at their best in this song, and Chuck’s songwriting takes a more technical turn.

3. Crystal Mountain

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Symbolic is my favorite Death album, and this song is a wonderful example of how even it its later years, Death can still groove just like it did on 1987’s Scream Bloody Gore.

2. Flattening Of Emotions

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This is a great opening track from the band. It also features 1/2 of Cynic in Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert on guitar and drums, respectively. I love how the opening part of this song has a weird kind of groove going, and Sean’s drums on this add a little jazzy touch right before blazing in the super fast main riff.

1. Sacred Serenity

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Perhaps a lesser-known song, this song’s main riff is my all-time favorite riff from Death. It’s super heavy and catchy as hell. My favorite part of the song is the beautiful solo in the middle over some nice clean guitars. It truly makes for a standout song, and, in my opinion, their best.

-SS

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