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    Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:59:48

    "Choosing Death" Book Is Back in Print - It's the real Bible of extreme metal

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    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.

    It was already a perfect tome. Now, it's even more perfect-er.

    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.

    So if you hate false metal and really and truly love the death metal and extreme metal genres, you must own a copy of the book.

    There really is nothing else to say other than nab a copy if you are a self-respecting metalhead, okay?

    Essentially, the book 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 genre's history, while also revealing more tales of its first 20 years of rule."

    Visit choosingdeath.com for more info and buy a copy.

    Anyone plan to read the new and improved Choosing Death?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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