George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher says Death’s Chuck Schuldiner inspired him to become a death metal vocalist

Author Samuel Järvinen - 26.1.2022

In a recent interview with Revolver, death metal veteran Cannibal Corpse lead singer George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher reveals that he was once inspired to become a death metal vocalist by Death‘s Chuck Schuldiner.

Here’s what Fisher had to say in the interview:

“I saw Death play in Baltimore, Maryland, where I’m from, in 1987 or ’88. It might have even been a little bit later, but I’m not sure. I know that ‘Leprosy’ had not come out yet. We had ‘Scream Bloody Gore’. And ‘Scream Bloody Gore’ was great, but I did not really understand the power of Chuck Schuldiner’s voice until that show. And there was, like, 25 people there; there was barely anyone there. And they were supposed to play with this band called Dead Brain Cells— D.B.C. from Canada — and D.B.C. couldn’t play, so Death, I think, had a longer set. And I was literally standing right in front of Chuck Schuldiner; he was right there in front of me singing and playing. And when they played ‘Infernal Death’, ‘Die! Die!’, when he did the high [note], that changed my whole world; that changed my world like Black Sabbath did”, Fisher says and continues:

“I said to myself, ‘I wanna sing like that. That’s what I wanna do.’ And I was listening to all these bands. I was probably singing stuff in my room, trying to be Jeff Becerra [Possessed] and Tom Araya [Slayer]. When I saw Chuck Schuldiner, and then, all of a sudden, all these other waves of death metal bands started coming along, I knew that I wasn’t ever gonna be singing or singing, like, thrash; I was gonna be singing growling and death metal.”

Chaoszine’s interview with Fisher is available here.