One of progressive death metal’s most hallowed name, Paul Masvidal, has gone through a transfiguration since his Death days and evolved into a new kind of beast with Cynic.
Recently, the musician shared a couple of interesting stories on his Instagram account related to his friendship with Chuck Schuldiner and his tenure with Death. «I saw some photos recently that roused nostalgic thoughts around the years I played with Chuck and his band, Death», says Masvidal. «We met through a mutual friend in the underground tape trading scene in the 80’s and connected around music, guitars, smoking grass and a mutual love of animals.»
One of the coolest stories took place in 1989 while Paul Masvidal was still in high school and Chuck asked him to perform a couple of dates with Death in Mexico City: «I had about a week to learn over a dozen tunes, and off we went», he states. «Although I had already played numerous gigs with my other group Cynic by then, flying to Mexico City and performing for a sea of insanely ravenous fans at a sold-out arena was mind-blowing for a teenager. On that trip, we did a record store signing and performed live on a Mexican TV show. Little did I know then that just a few years later, we’d be making the album ‘Human’ together, along with Sean Reinert and Steve DiGiorgio.»
You can watch some moments from the TV performance mentioned by Masvidal and read the full post below: