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 HERE. Books will ship the week of April 12th.