Control Denied

Control Denied was a progressive metal band formed by death metal musician and Death founder Chuck Schuldiner.

Control Denied
Chuck Schuldiner
Chuck Schuldiner
Background information
OriginFlorida, United States
GenresProgressive metal
Years active1996–2001
LabelsRelapse, Nuclear Blast
Associated actsDeath, Charred Walls of the Damned, Iced Earth


The band started in 1996 as Schuldiner wanted to create a more melodic style than was possible with Death. The project was interrupted by Death's release The Sound of Perseverance in 1998, but finally the debut album The Fragile Art of Existence was released in 1999. A second album, tentatively titled When Man and Machine Collide, was partly recorded, but the death of Schuldiner in 2001 put the recordings on hold. Remaining band members had expressed a wish to complete and release the material,[1] though Eric Greif stated that the recordings would not be completed.[2]

However, there existed a longstanding legal dispute over the rights of the material with Karmageddon Media, further postponing the completion and release of the album. Part of these incomplete recordings were released without authorization in the Zero Tolerance two-part bootlegs of Schuldiner's B-sides and unreleased tracks. However, Schuldiner estate lawyer Eric Greif settled all matters with the label by December 2009, allowing for the possibility of completing the album.

On December 4, 2010, vocalist Tim Aymar released a statement saying that plans are being made to record and release the album, stating that Jim Morris of Morrisound Studios (with whom Chuck Schuldiner recorded several albums during his career) had been in contact with Greif to begin planning and booking studio time to record the remaining parts of When Man and Machine Collide.[3] Plans were cut short by a break-in at Morrisound in the spring of 2011 that saw much of their equipment stolen, pushing back the completion of the album.[4] In January 2014, Greif stated that there had been little progress towards the completion of the album other than an exploratory meeting between producer Jim Morris and guitarist Shannon Hamm.[5] By 2016, Greif stated that the album would never be completed.[2]

The Fragile Art of Existence was reissued in October 2010 by Relapse Records in a 2-disc standard format, with one hour of bonus material, and a 3-disc deluxe version, with two hours of bonus material.[6]


  • 1996 demo (1996)
  • 1996 demo (1997)
  • 1999 demo (1999)
  • The Fragile Art of Existence (1999)
  • Unreleased Themes from Control Denied (bootleg) (2004)
  • The Fragile Art of Existence (reissue, two formats) (2010)




  1. ^ Laurent Ramadier (2008). "A Tribute To Chuck Schuldiner". SNAKEPIT MAGAZINE # 10. Retrieved October 12, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Alix Vallecillo (October 10, 2016). "Death's manager Eric Grief (sic) shuts down possibility of releasing new Control Denied album". Metal Insider. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  3. ^ "CONTROL DENIED Frontman Issues Update On Long-Awaited Second Album". December 4, 2010. Archived from the original on December 9, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "Legendary Recording Studio MORRISOUND Burglarized". April 13, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Official Facebook page of Control Denied, (retrieved January 9, 2014)
  6. ^ "CONTROL DENIED: 'The Fragile Art of Existence' Reissue Streaming Online". November 18, 2010. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  7. ^ Jeff Kitts (April 1996). "Fuzz Box". Guitar School. Retrieved May 11, 2020.

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