'Choosing Death: The History Of Death Metal & Grindcore' Due This Fall

February 4, 2004

Feral House Books will release "Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore", written by longtime extreme metal journalist Albert Mudrian, this autumn.

"Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore", which features an introduction by internationally respected DJ John Peel, conquers the lofty task of telling the two-decade-long history of this underground art form through interviews with some of the most esteemed names in these musical genres, from musicians to producers to label heads.

"Many people don't understand the true origins of this music," said Mudrian. "Moreover, I think the secret histories of the bands involved are just as captivating as the revolutionary music they created."

"This music was another step into outlaw territory beyond any aggressive music heard before," said John Peel. "I think death metal and grindcore was a return to a more extreme punk."

For longtime followers, "Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore" will revisit critical moments in the genres' developments. For newer fans, the book will serve as an invaluable reference piece.

"The enduring impact of death metal can been seen in much of today's heavier music," Mudrian said. "From metallic hardcore to even commercial nu metal, countless bands owe a sizable debt to the work of NAPALM DEATH, MORBID ANGEL, and CARCASS. It's time those groundbreaking influences were properly acknowledged."

Feral House Books has published other definitive extreme music books such as "American Hardcore" and "Lords of Chaos".

For more information, visit www.choosingdeath.com.

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