Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore

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Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore
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AuthorAlbert Mudrian
Cover artistDan Seagrave
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish, Italian (2009[1]), German, French, Finnish, Spanish
SubjectDeath metal and grindcore
PublisherBazillion Points
Published in English
Media typePrint
Preceded byOriginal version (published in 2004 by Feral House; now out of print) 

Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore is a book by Albert Mudrian, the founding editor-in-chief of Decibel, a monthly magazine devoted to heavy metal music.[2] The book was first published in 2004 by Feral House[3] and details the evolution of the death metal and grindcore musical genres, from its beginnings as a small subculture exchanging compact cassettes to a genre where some artists reach million-dollar sales.[4] A limited updated and expanded edition was published in hardcover in 2015 by Decibel Books. A further expanded and revised "death-luxe" edition was published in 2016 by Bazillion Points.[5]

The 2016 edition includes forewords by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel and Repulsion founder Scott Carlson. A reviewer for Terrorizer praised Choosing Death as "the most informed and comprehensive document on death metal and grind that you will ever see".[6]

The first Choosing Death Fest was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 16, 2016.[7] The first part of the two-part festival was the Choosing Death Fest Grimposium,[8] which included panel discussions with a variety of death metal experts and enthusiasts, and featured an advance screening of the 2016 documentary Death by Metal. The second part, a concert at Union Transfer,[9] was headlined by Nails, and featured Misery Index, Deceased, Noisem, Horrendous, Derketa, and Taphos Nomos.


  1. ^ "Due nuovi libri della Tsunami edizioni". Radio Lombardia (in Italian). 16 July 2009. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  2. ^ Caramanica, Jon (18 September 2005). "Music: Heavy Metal Gets an M.F.A." The New York Times. p. 2. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  3. ^ Konow, David (17 August 2010). "Thrash Producers: The Sound And The Fury". Guitar World. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  4. ^ Greiner-Adam, Marie-Therese (23 December 2012). "Buchtipp: Choosing Death" (in German). Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  5. ^ Titus, Christa. "'Choosing Death' Author on Death Metal's History and Misperceptions: It's Not 'Satan-Worshipping, Homicidal Maniacs'". Billboard. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  6. ^ Butman, Jeremy (20 February 2009). "Philly's Heavy Metal Professor". Philadelphia Weekly. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Nails - Tickets - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA - April 16th, 2016". Union Transfer. Archived from the original on 2017-10-04. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  8. ^ "Fear, Emptiness, Decibel: Choosing Death Fest "Grimposium" to Feature Members of Misery Index, Pig Destroyer, Kreig, and More". MetalSucks. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  9. ^ "Nails - Tickets - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA - April 16th, 2016". R5 Productions. Retrieved 2016-04-20.

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