Derkéta Replaces Magrudergrind at Choosing Death Fest!

Pittsburgh death/doom legends Derkéta have been officially added to this year’s Choosing Death Fest lineup.

"We’re honored and excited to be a part of this fest, and to check out this Choosing Death book that we keep hearing about!” says vocalists/guitarist Sharon Bascovsky.

Derkéta will replace Magrudergrind, who were forced to cancel their appearance due to circumstances beyond the band’s control.

“Our drummer has a personal matter that came up,” says vocalist Avi Kulawy. “We are extremely bummed to miss out on the fest and appreciate Decibel asking us to play in the first place. We’ll make it up very soon. Be sure to still attend and support the fest!"
 
Choosing Death Fest—featuring Dying Fetus, Nails, Misery Index, Deceased, Noisem, Horrendous, Derkéta and Taphos Nomos—will be held 5:30pm Saturday, April 16 at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA. Advance tickets are only $22 and can be purchased here. 
 
Choosing Death Fest: Grimposium—featuring workshops with J.R. Hayes and Leila Abdul-Rauf, panel discussions and an advance screening of the Chuck Schuldiner documentary DEATH by MetaL—will take place at 12pm Saturday, April 16 at Underground Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Advance tickets are only $5 and can be purchased here. 
 
The revised and expanded edition of Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore—limited to 3,000 hardcover copies—can be purchased EXCLUSIVELY here.

Choosing Death Fest Grimposium Announces Additional Panelists and Workshops!

Choosing Death Fest is proud to announce more panel and workshop additions to our Grimposium event at Underground Arts at 12pm on April 16!

 

Here are the new additions: 

Missi Callazzo - VP at Megaforce Records and Owner, Megaforce Records
Paula Hogan – General Manager of Manic Music & Distribution
Megan Osztrosits – composer, musician, vocalist of Couch Slut
Méi-Ra St. Laurent – musicologist from Université Laval in Québec City
Leila Abdul-Rauf – composer, multi-instrumentalist, guitarist/vocalist of Vastum & Hammers of Misfortune

Workshop
Death metal vocal workshop with Leila-Abdul Rauf

Art of Death Metal
Jaci Raia – Art Director based in New York City

 

And here are the complete panel and workshop line-ups

Politics and Economics of Extreme Metal
Jason Netherton – bass & vocals Misery Index, metal studies scholar
Mark Kloeppel – guitar & vocals Misery Index, metal studies scholar
Paula Hogan – General Manager of Manic Music & Distribution
Megan Osztrosits – composer, musician, vocalist of Couch Slut
Jeffrey Podoshen – consumer culture theorist from Franklin & Marshall College
Méi-Ra St. Laurent – musicologist from Université Laval in Québec City
Leila Abdul-Rauf – composer, multi-instrumentalist, guitarist/vocalist of Vastum & Hammers of Misfortune
Evan Harting – organizer of Maryland/Netherlands/California Deathfest
Neill Jameson – composer, vocalist with Krieg, columnist with Decibel Magazine

Workshops
Death metal vocal workshop with Leila-Abdul Rauf
Creative writing workshop with JR Hayes

Art of Death Metal
Jaci Raia – Art Director from New York City
Dan Seagrave – Visual Artist from Toronto
Albert Mudrian - Editor–in-chief, Decibel; author: Choosing Death
Ian Christe – Bazillion Points
Justin Norton – writer and journalist, Decibel

And, of course an advance screening of the Chuck Schuldiner documentary "DEATH By MetaL." All this for $5tinyurl.com/choosinggrim

Dying Fetus, Nails and more join forces to celebrate renowned death metal book!

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 store.decibelmagazine.com.

Tickets for Choosing Death Fest ($22 advance or $25 day of show) are available now!