Choosing Death on Sirius/XM's Liquid Metal!

Albert Mudrian hosts a special show appropriately titled "Choosing Death" and spins an hour of death metal and grindcore classics and recent favorites on Sirius/XM's Liquid Metal (channel 40) Thanksgiving weekend.


Friday Nov 27 @ Noon EST
Friday Nov 27@ 5pm EST
Saturday Nov 28 @ 8pm EST
Sunday Nov 29 @ 3pm EST
Tuesday Dec 1 @ 7pm EST

The Most Metal Xmas Present You Can Give

Looking to deck the halls with death metal and grindcore this holiday season?  If so you need to pick up a copy of the fully redesigned version of Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore.  Written by Decibel Magazine Editor in chief Albert Mudrian, the book is available for purchase HERE.
Originally released on Feral House in 2004, Choosing Death 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 is 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.  Well over half of the 3000 copies printed have already been sold, so don't miss your chance to grab one of the remaining copies before it's too late.
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."
"Choosing Death is one of the first - and most insightful - documentations about the underground music scene. I still go back to this book to indulge in the stories, the anecdotes and the overall history of a scene that was, and still is a big part of my life. I'm glad that another revised edition sees the light of day, and look forward to more hours to spend with this gem," says At The Gates frontman Tomas Lindberg.

Is Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis the Father of Grindcore?

J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. and Choosing Death

[Post originally featured on and written by Andrew Bonazelli]

No. He most certainly is not. But the Dinosaur Jr shredder (and Witch founder, to bring things into the familiar realm of stoner doom), was part of seminal proto-grind band Deep Wound, and in that a critical historical figure in Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore. In this exclusive excerpt, Mascis discusses the formation of Deep Wound, a short-lived outfit that spearheaded a Boston hardcore and punk scene that spawned Siege, SS Decontrol and Negative FX, by far the fastest bands of the era.


A two-hour drive west of Boston, the picturesque college town [of Amherst] was also home to a young local named Joseph Mascis. In 1982, the 15-year-old Mascis—simply known as J to friends—wasn’t much different from the town’s other few proud punk rockers, often spending his free time roaming the racks of local record store Main Street Records in Northhampton.
“I met this kid in that store that looked kinda like Dee Dee Ramone,” Mascis recalls. “I talked to him a little bit and he seemed to be into some of the same hardcore stuff as me. The next week I saw a flyer up in the record store and I figured it had to be that kid because I didn’t know anybody else that was into stuff like Discharge and Minor Threat.”
That kid was Scott Helland, who, along with his friend Lou Barlow, sought a drummer to play “super fast beats”—as their flyer bluntly stated—for their fledgling hardcore band. The group was practicing for several months before the painfully shy Mascis answered the advertisement. After joining, Mascis insisted the group draft his friend Charlie Nakajima to sing. Days later, Mascis christened the group Deep Wound, and within a few short months, the band began playing sporadic gigs with local hardcore punk groups such as Helland’s other outfit, the Outpatients.
“We just wanted to play as fast as possible and, I think, sometimes it was to the detriment of our songs,” says Mascis. “All we were concerned with, really, was playing faster and faster.”
By the time Siege were making their own way in early 1984, however, their kindred spirits in Deep Wound were simply going away.
“The hardcore scene was kinda dead to us,” says Mascis. “I was more into the Birthday Party and the noisier types of bands after that. Scott, the bass player was really busy with his other band, the Outpatients, too. So, basically he went in the Outpatients full-time and the rest of us formed Dinosaur, but we were called Mogo then and we still had the same singer from Deep Wound, Charlie; but then, after one gig, we decided that Charlie was a no-go, and then we officially started Dinosaur [which later became Dinosaur Jr]. We had a totally different concept. We went for being a kinda really loud country band or something. Because hardcore had just died out for us.”
Before Deep Wound officially disbanded, however, the group managed to record a self-titled 7-inch EP and a few tracks for the Bands That Could Be God compilation with local producer Lou Giordano at Boston’s Radio Beat Studios. Giordano recorded Boston’s top punk and hardcore acts, such as SS Decontrol, Negative FX, the FU’s, Jerry’s Kids and Proletariat, in the tiny reconstructed AM radio station in the heart of Kenmore Square.

Dead Rhetoric Review: "Choosing Death is of course, recommended."

....the facelift the book received, coupled with new pieces on the retro death metal resurgence, the reunions of At the Gates and the aforementioned Carcass, as well as spotlights on several of the scene’s new bands, makes the rare re-release of a book of this nature such a winner.
— David E. Gehlke, editor of Dead Rhetoric

Recommended by 8 out of 10 mortilinguists. Read the review here.