ROOTS Salutes Death by Metal—the Chuck Schuldiner Documentary—on SiriusXM
w/special guest Felipe Belalcazar
week of July 7, 2018

Sat 7/7, 6PM ET
Sun 7/8, 1PM ET
Mon 7/9, 9AM ET
Tues 7/10, 4PM ET
Thurs 7/12, 9PM ET

This week, host Ian Christe welcomes Felipe Belalcazar, director of the new documentary DEATH BY METAL, a loving look at the life and times of death metal icon Chuck Schuldiner and his bands Mantas, Death, and Control Denied. Belalcazar discusses the years he spent producing the film, working with family members and former bandmates such as Richard Christy and Gene Hoglan. A full array of death metal classics also feature, including tracks by Death, Mantas, Massacre, Autopsy, Gruesome, and Control Denied. Know your Roots!

Let the metal history flow with a lesson in the roots of Chuck Schuldiner and Mantas and Death by reading CHOOSING DEATH: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore, by Albert Mudrian.


DEATH – “Born Dead” from LEPROSY
MANTAS – “Death by Metal” from DEMO 1984
DEATH – “Living Monstrosity” from SPIRITUAL HEALING
MASSACRE – “Cryptic Realms” from FROM BEYOND
AUTOPSY – “Severed Survival” from SEVERED SURVIVAL
DEATH – “Flattening of Emotions” from HUMAN
DEATH – “Crystal Mountain” from SYMBOLIC

Roots is Sound of the Beast author and Bazillion Points publisher Ian Christe’s heavy metal history show on Sirius XM Liquid Metal channel 40. Launched in June 2004, each weekly show has examined another subgenre, band, movement, country, or theme in metal, punk, and heavy rock. Past episodes are available on-demand online from


  1. I have very mixed feelings on this movie. I’ve studied the history of Chuck Schuldiner very thoroughly since I was a teenager, taken in all the many accounts and contradictions… there is a few aspects in the story told on this dvd that reeks of revisionism. And I also felt, even though we all know he was hard to work with, Chuck was not exactly treated all that fairly. I also felt it was extremely short, the Schuldiner family did not get all that much dialogue inserted, the credits to the person talking was annoying unsynced and the overall quality of the flick fell short. Someone really dropped the ball here. This is the first documentary of the godfather of death metal, and I was underwhelmed by the end of it. Theres cool stuff in there, dont get me wrong. But to me it doesnt deserve more that a C grade.


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