This footage was uploaded a little bit ago but it flew under my radar until former Death/current Cynic drummer Sean Reinert posted it to his Facebook page a few days past. It’s footage of Death way back in 1991, rehearsing for tour with their Human lineup. Well, not exactly the musicians who played on that album, since bassist Steve DiGiorgio’s commitments to Sadus prevented him from performing at Death’s shows at the time, so that’s Skott Carino holding down the low end.
But otherwise the album lineup is intact: the dreamy matchup of Chuck Schuldiner with the Cynic power duo of guitarist Paul Masvidal and the aforementioned Reinert. Everyone has their favorite Death era, and while I have to admit to being more partial to the music on the band’s final two albums, Human was recorded by my favorite collection of musicians to be assembled under the Death moniker. I have no doubt that this particular group of artists, had they stayed together and aged like a stew in a crock pot, would have created even more jaw-dropping tunes. More importantly, this was the first truly classic lineup of the band. You may disagree, but that’s what the comments section is for.
My other two absolute favorite things in this video: Chuck’s short shorts, and Paul’s chill as fuck leaning-against-the-wall vibe. A whole set’s worth of footage is below.