The metal fiends at independent film production company FreqsTV were cool enough to ask the author, Albert Mudrian, to participate in a pretty damn wide-reaching documentary short (for just a seven-minute run-time)! Shot during the final day of the 2015 Decibel Tour at NYC's Webster Hall and Saint Vitus (site of Vallenfyre's free afterparty), the documentary tells you everything you ever wanted to know about not only the revised and expanded Choosing Death, but what it takes to curate the Decibel Tour and create Decibel magazine every month!
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. "
"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.
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.
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."