Death To All is a tribute tour to Chuck Schuldiner, frontman for the band Death who passed away in 2001 due to brain cancer. He is the the father of the metal genre we now know as “Death Metal”. He is one of the greatest guitarists of all time as well as one of the biggest icons/names in metal and has influenced many guitarists that came after him. This show helps keep his memory alive. The tour is also a benefit show for Sweet Relief, a charity that provides financial assistance to career musicians faced with illness, disability, or age-related problems.
Death To All was an amazing night. This tour featured the lineup from the Human album. This historic event took place at the world-famous House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California on April 13, 2013. Being Mr. Fancypants with my VIP meet and greet pass I was able to meet the Human lineup of Death. It’s weird how I always imagined them to look…metal yet they looked like normal. I’m like…that’s them? lol. Still, I got my stuff signed. The whole night I could feel the fanbase of Death. The opening bands did a pretty good job, I was actually entertained. A few minutes before Death started, a screen came down and did a montage of old pictures of Chuck, it was almost heartbreaking yet exciting seeing the crowd chant “Chuck! Chuck! Chuck!”. Once Death came on, the whole crowd went berserk as I figured. There were mosh pits and crowd surfers the whole time to the point where there was a cop on the rail. Being that it was the Human lineup, it made sense that they opened with Flattening Of Emotions which is fine by me because that’s one of my favorite Death songs. They continued with hit after hit and they played most of the songs I figured they would play but they didn’t play everything I was hoping for. Cynic’s Max Phelps filled-in in Chuck’s place and he did an awesome job. I got the feeling he was trying to in a way look, act, and sound like Chuck but that’d make sense since he’s taking his spot and has to make it look like Death as much as possible. His vocals were spot on for the most part except for a few parts here and there where he should’ve screamed louder but he sounded kinda low like he didn’t wanna go too high on the notes. A show like this is a great way to keep Death and the spirit of Chuck alive as there will never be another one like him.