Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore


Albert Mudrian’s renowned underground metal chronicle gets 100 new pages, 50 new interviews, three new chapters and jaw-dropping throwback cover art from none other than Dan Seagrave.

“Albert Mudrian, our disciple of all that is heavy and extreme, definitively documents this period of blissful cacophony for all to behold. Play fast or die!”—Shane Embury, Napalm Death

“The most informed and comprehensive document on death metal…the ultimate overview of heavy metal’s ugliest, most obnoxious, bastard offspring.”—Terrorizer

“Mudrian, editor-in-chief of Decibel magazine, condenses painstaking and lengthy interviews to create this informative history of death metal, covering the genre’s origin in small clubs and basements on two continents.”—Publishers Weekly

Choosing Death is like a time-travel machine, so damn honest and real. It is a rare heartfelt document of a special underground musical movement, a trip back to the formative years of my life. Dive in and enjoy the proper story of this passionate international scene.”—Tomas Lindberg, At the Gates

“This is the Bible right here.”—Scott Hull, Pig Destroyer