james murphy with Chuck Schuldiner's Mother Jane, Sister Bethann, and Nephew Christopher
James attended Chuck Schuldiner's funeral held earlier this month. Also in attendance were Chuck Billy and Steve DiGiorgio. Though they were brought together during a time of great sadness, it was good to see his ex-bandmates again. http://www.youtube.com/w/James-Murphy?v=zBZJF-onxHw&search=james%20murphy
MERLIN was formed in 1992 by a unique female vocalist and bassist Mary Abaza and one of the best Russian guitarists Alex Ioffe. After a long search they met Nick Byckoff- the drummer they dreamed of. Their first demo 'Welcome to hell' was played in death- thrash style but three months later they released the second death- grind one. However, their third demo 'Prisoner of death' (1994) appeared the most well known. It was reviewed in several Russian authoritative fan zines and got a positive appreciation. Since their first live in 1992 Merlin have been known as the most aggressive and brutal death metal band in Russia and after their their DEATHKOTEQUE had been released they were called leaders of Russian death metal. A lot of their songs were included in compilations such as 'Thrash your mother', 'Deathtalker', 'Russian metal ballads' etc. Not long ago the album was remastered and it was re-issued by GRIND IT records, Canada in September 2001. In 1998 they got a second guitarist- Arteom (BOLT) Nazarov (ex- Anal Pus). Their last album THEY MUST DIE was released by GWN RECORDS,Canada in CD format and HOBGOBLIN RECORDS, Russia in MC format. On Julay, 13, 2003 MERLIN suffered an irreplaceable deprivation... Their permanent drummer Nick Byckoff died in a car accident...
Matt - guitariste of Convergence From Within - Unrelenting Death Metal Insanity from Alabama, USA - pictured with Moyses of Krisiun from Brazil http://myspace.com/mattcfw www.myspace.com/convergencefromwithin