Legendary death metal illustrator Dan Seagrave discusses painting the cover of the revised and expanded "Choosing Death"

And Justice for Art, a blog exmaining the stories behind heavy metal covers, spoke to legendary British painter/illustrator/filmmaker Dan Seagrave about the piece he painted for the cover of Choosing Death. The icononic metal artist had the following to say:

"Albert was interested in having artwork by myself that tapped into the essence of the work I had done in the original Death Metal scene. Not to copy anything or flaky reproduce the past, but something that felt like those covers. Albert pretty much left it at that. So really it was about creating a piece that I though would work, and feel like that era. " 
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"I had been somewhat curious about re-visiting the Morbid Angel theme I created for the Altars of Madness record. Somehow I'd thought about a follow up to that; that there was more to it. It seemed therefore like a strange opportunity to in fact do just that."

Read more about the montrous disk artifact and its connection to death metal history here. 

Choosing Death Excerpt Posted on Decibel's Blog

From Decibel: "The revised and expanded (essentially) 10-year anniversary edition of dB editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian's Choosing Death is officially available! One-hundred new pages of content over three new chapters, entailing over 50 new interviews, and brand new Dan Seagrave cover art. To celebrate, here's an excerpt of all new material!"

Check out the excerpt, which features a compelling cast of death metal characters (of Carcass and Pestilence fame), as well as a riot, a police helicopter, 50 beers, live ammunition, and a near vehicular homicide by an escaped convict.  

About.com Speaks to "Choosing Death" Author Albert Mudrian

Chad Bowar, About.com's resident heavy metal expert, "spoke with Mudrian about [Choosing Death], the changes in death metal and grindcore in the decade since the book's original version, changes in the publishing industry, the future of Decibel and other subjects."

The full interview is available here.

Albert Mudrian on stage with Napalm Death

Albert Mudrian on stage with Napalm Death

Steel for Brains Interviews Choosing Death Author Albert Mudrian

Steel for Brains has a lengthy new interview with Albert Mudrian and the revised Choosing DeathDecibel magazine and the extreme metal world at large: 
Vision Conquest: A Conversation with Albert Mudrian

Steel for Brain Logo Albert Mudrian Interview
In the ten years since the book’s first printing, a whole lot has happened in metal, whether you’re discussing the bands, the culture, or our reaction to both as fans, critics, and writers. In the spirit of documenting those dynamic changes, Mudrian is publishing an updated version of Choosing Death this year, complete with a revised look at how the genre has changed both for the better and worse and where we as fans fall in the middle of it.
— Jonathan K Dick (Steel for Brains)


Revised and Expanded Release for Pre-order Now!

Originally released on Feral House in 2004, Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore, is widely recognized as the definitive history of its titular extreme music subgenres. For its (more or less) 10-year anniversary, author Albert Mudrian—editor-in-chief of Decibel Magazine—has chosen life after death in the form of an expanded and revised edition, which flaunts a whopping 100 additional pages of new content.

This fully redesigned hardcover version is the inaugural release of brand-new imprint Decibel Books, and will be limited to 3,000 hand-numbered copies. It boasts three new chapters (with new material interspersed among the original 10 chapters), over 50 new interviews (for a total of 200) and a new cover painting by legendary death metal artist Dan Seagrave, recalling elements of his classic Entombed and Morbid Angel album covers.

Now out of print, the original Choosing Death has been translated into seven different languages around the world. This exciting history, featuring an introduction by famed DJ John Peel, tells the two-decade-long history of grindcore and death metal through the eyes and ringing ears of the artists, producers and label owners who propelled them. Phil Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera) called it “something special. This is a must-read for anyone who wants a comprehensive ‘who-did-what-when’ book. Thumbs up.”

Why revisit the book in 2015? Mudrian explains: “The decade since Choosing Death’s release treated death and grind fans to unlikely reunions, vital comeback records and previously unimaginable commercial breakthroughs. I couldn’t resist the urge to document one of the most exciting periods in the genres’ history, while also revealing more tales of its first 20 years of rule.”

Mudrian has been the editor-in-chief of monthly extreme music magazine Decibel since its inception in 2004. Among the magazine’s myriad accomplishments:

·       The Decibel Hall of Fame series, exhaustively commemorating classic metal albums (partially anthologized via Da Capo in 2009’s Precious Metal: Decibel Presents the Stories Behind 25 Extreme Metal Masterpieces)

·       The Decibel Flexi Series, in which subscribers receive exclusive vinyl from the magazine’s stars (Carcass, Lamb of God, Pallbearer and Electric Wizard are among the over 50 featured artists)

·       The ongoing annual Decibel Tour (headliners include Behemoth, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse and At the Gates)

Cited by mainstream press like the New York Times, Stereogum, Pitchfork and the Village Voice as the world’s premier metal magazine, Decibel (produced independently in Philadelphia, PA) has developed into the authoritative printed word on metal in its decade plus of existence. It will feature the first new excerpt of the revised Choosing Death in its May 2015 issue.

The revised and expanded Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore is available for pre-order exclusively HEREBooks will ship the week of April 12th.