Death was first formed by Chuck Schuldiner under the name Mantas in 1983 when he joined forces
with two local musicians named Rick Rozz and Kam Lee, both from a band called Massacre.
Chuck then moved from Orlando, Florida to California and left them behind. Their first studio
album was released in 1987 and the band then became the first big death metal band in the
world. Growling vocals had been used by bands like Bathory, Hellhammer and Venom before but
it had never been done like this and in the US before. Death quickly established a name for
themselves and are by now a legendary band for metal fans all over the world. In 1990, nearing
the beginning of a tour together with the German thrash metal band Kreator, Chuck decided
to leave the band. The band went on tour without him bu later on he reformed the band with
a completely new line-up while Butler and Andrews left to reform their old band Massacre. The band was no more when band leader Chuck Schuldiner died of cancer on December 13th, 2001.