September 25, 2010
Where is John Hand?
In July of 1986, Chuck and Chris of Death, entered a Florida recording studio to start work on their debut album for the label, but due to various technical problems, the sessions didn't go past the initial basic tracks and the whole project was moved over to Hollywood's Music Grinder Studios. Paired up with producer Randy Burns, DEATH spent only a few days recording the LP before Chuck and Chris returned home, leaving Randy to mix the album. While waiting for the album to be mixed and mastered, Schuldiner and Reifert came in contact with a young Californian guitarist by the name of John Hand, whom they welcomed in the band, even going so far as to have his photo included on the back cover of the upcoming record. It was a decision that would later haunt the group, as Hand would leave the group prior to the recording of their second album and thus never recorded so much as a single note with DEATH. We do not know much about John, but we know he liked denim, killer weed and Kreator!
Mr Hand is a death metal legend and he continues to influence thousands of youngsters who are just getting into DM, just by his rad pic on Scream Bloody Gore!