Interview: The Metal Dad Talks Choosing Death, Parenting, and Decibel with Author Albert Mudrian

The Metal Dad calls Choosing Death "a definitive tome highlighting the history of death metal and grindcore," while talking shop -- shop being, aside from the obvious, how the younger generation will perceive extreme music in the future. For the full, thought-provoking discussion, read the interview at The Metal Dad's blog

Decibel Magazine Announces Lineup for Choosing Death Fest

One killer book. One killer show. Eight of the best death metal and grindcore bands on earth. If you love the underground, there’s no alternative: choose Choosing Death Fest.

In celebration of 2015’s revised and expanded edition of Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore (penned by Decibel Magazine editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian), we’ve lured eight of extreme music’s most pugnacious practitioners to Philadelphia, PA’s Union Transfer on Saturday, April 16: Dying Fetus, Nails, Misery Index, Deceased, Noisem, Horrendous, Magrudergrind and Taphos Nomos. (What better way to celebrate the fifth annual Decibel Magazine Tour, which will conclude the day before at the same venue?)

Co-presented by Decibel Magazine and Grimposium (with special thanks to Nuclear Blast, Relapse and All In Merch), Choosing Death Fest offers a who’s-who of both veteran and on-the-verge bands that have appeared in celebrated Decibel staples like our Hall of Fame (Dying Fetus, Deceased), Flexi Series (Nails, Misery Index, Deceased and Noisem, with Horrendous to come in 2016) and the Top 40 Albums of the Year (Horrendous’ Anareta was our #1 album of 2015). As Decibel always keeps a nostalgic eye on the past, most—if not all—of the bands will be performing at least one old-school death metal cover. Not only that, but a variety of special guests and events tied to the fest will be announced in 2016 as well. 

Obviously, the unifying factor of this special event is the Choosing Death book itself. In early 2015, Decibel Books made the renowned underground metal chronicle its inaugural release: the new, hardcover, hand-numbered Choosing Death (limited to 3,000 copies worldwide) features 100 new pages, 50 new interviews, three new chapters and cover art from legendary artist Dan Seagrave. Limited autographed copies are still available at

Tickets for Choosing Death Fest ($22 advance or $25 day of show) go on sale Saturday, December 19 at

Limited Autographed Choosing Death Copies Available for Holidays

The holidays are hellacious, so we're happy to make your job easier by offering an autographed copy of Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore.

The next 80 copies of the renowned underground metal history will be autographed by author Albert Mudrian, Decibel's editor-in-chief. We've sold well over half of this revised and expanded edition's limited edition print run of 3,000 (featuring 100 new pages, 50 new interviews, three new chapters and incredible Dan Seagrave cover art), so act now and get your holiday shopping wrapped up early.

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.