Choosing Death

FLASH SALE: Get 20% Off ALL Decibel Book Titles!

October 13, 2017 Albert Mudrian

Choosing Death, Black Metal, The Decibel Hall of Fame Anthology Vol. II and Metal Gods: A Tribute to Judas Priest are 20% off through Sunday!

Only Print is Real: How We Entered the Golden Age of Extreme Metal Books

September 13, 2017 Kevin Stewart-Panko

Tom Gabriel Fischer, Ian Christe, Dayal Patterson and a host of authors and publisher discuss the rise of authoritative books in extreme metal.

Decibel Editor-in-Chief Albert Mudrian Interviewed On Fathoming Heavy Podcast

May 4, 2017 Vince Bellino

Decibel Editor-in-Chief Albert Mudrian appeared on Fathoming Heavy podcast to talk about The Decibel Tour, Choosing Death and more. 

Limited Autographed Copies of CHOOSING DEATH & HALL OF FAME Book Available!

January 17, 2017 Albert Mudrian

The next 20 copies sold of Choosing Death (hardcover and paper) and the Decibel Hall of Fame Anthology Vol. II will be signed by Decibel editor in chief Albert Mudrian. 

5 Great Decibel Posts from 2016

December 30, 2016 J. Andrew Zalucky

One writer picks five favorite Decibel web articles of 2016.

Read Bloody More: Decibel Hall of Fame Anthology, Black Metal and Choosing Death

December 6, 2016 Albert Mudrian

Decibel Books limited edition hardcover pressings are selling fast. If you want Choosing Death, Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies or The Decibel Hall of Fame Anthology: Volume II, bust a move.

Cyber Monday Deal: Save Up to $25 in the Decibel Store!

November 28, 2016 Albert Mudrian

Save on EVERYTHING (subscriptions, shirts, books, back issues, posters, hoodies) in the Decibel store, today only!

Bazillion Points Revives ‘Choosing Death’ This November; Death Metal & Grindcore History Exhumed in Revised & Expanded Death-luxe Edition

October 17, 2016 Jesse Chase

Choosing Death revised and expanded “death-luxe” softcover edition to be released through Bazillion Points worldwide in November! Pre-order now! 

Dan Seagrave’s “Migrators” Soar from Distant Worlds on Mangled Wings

September 14, 2016 Sean Frasier

Cambridge, MA tattoo shop/art gallery Eridanos hosts Dan Seagrave’s mind-bending swarm of winged creations.

$5 Shirts & $3 Back Issues: Decibel’s Back To School Sale Is On!

August 22, 2016 Albert Mudrian

Skip the school book store and hit the Decibel webstore for special back to school deals on shirts, hoodies, dvd and back issues! 

Death Metal vs Black Metal: Book Authors Face Off

August 11, 2016 Albert Mudrian

Two nerds enter. Two nerds leave. Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore author Albert Mudrian and Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies Vol 1. author Dayal Patterson talk creative process, Lords of Chaos, Swedish Death Metal and more. 

Decibel Invades Maryland Deathfest

May 25, 2016 Sean Frasier

Heads up, Charm City: Decibel will infiltrate Maryland Deathfest like a leprous plague from May 26th to May 29th. Come visit Decibel’s booth Friday through Sunday, within screaming distance of the Edison Lot.

Scream Bloody Gore: The Choosing Death Interview Outtakes

May 24, 2016 Albert Mudrian

Celebrate Death‘s Scream Bloody Gore reissue with these never-before-seen interview cuts about the LP from limited edition Choosing Death book.

Choose Death with Discounted Choosing Death Merch Bundles!

May 6, 2016 Albert Mudrian

Own death metal history at a discount price for a limited time! 

Horrendous’ Top 5 Other-Worldly Death Metal Albums of All Time

April 14, 2016 James Lewis

In anticipation of Choosing Death Fest, get your weird on with Horrendous.

GIVEAWAY: Win Two Tickets to Choosing Death Fest!

April 6, 2016 James Lewis

What’s better than seeing Dying Fetus, Nails, Misery Index, Deceased, Noisem, Horrendous, Derkéta and Taphos Nomos in a single event? 

Seeing them for free in a single event, of course.

Choosing Death Fest Preview

April 4, 2016 Sean Frasier

Originally printed in our April 2016 issue, get acquainted with death ahead of the big event (Choosing Death Fest, that is). 

Taphos Nomos’ Top 5 Eco-Conscious Metal Songs

March 31, 2016 James Lewis

Mountain of Doom provides “verba/vox/chants” for Choosing Death Fest “Prehadean Sublithic Death/Doom” squad Taphos Nomos. With such nomenclature, how could we not ask them for something earthy?

Top 5 Dan Seagrave Covers of 1991

March 23, 2016 Sean Frasier

Decibel’s all about honoring 1991’s 25th anniversary – just check issue #137’s Metal Maniacs design homage and the “Top 30 Albums of 1991” feature. So when it comes to celebrating our favorite album covers from that landmark year, there’s no better place to start than with Dan Seagrave.

Derkéta’s Top 5 Doomy Death Metal Songs of All Time

March 21, 2016 Albert Mudrian

Frontwoman Sharon Bascovsky dooms you to death in honor of Choosing Death Fest. 

Misery Index’s Top 5 Genre-Bending Extreme Metal Songs

March 16, 2016 Albert Mudrian

Guitarist/vocalist Mark Kloeppel goes “off the charts” with this list in honor of Choosing Death Fest.

Nails’ Top 5 Pissed Off Death Metal Songs of All Time

March 14, 2016 Albert Mudrian

Guitarists/vocalist Todd Jones is amped. Always. 

Pre-Order the Official Choosing Death Fest Shirt by Dan Seagrave!

March 4, 2016 Albert Mudrian

Entombed, Morbid Angel, Suffocation artist Dan Seagrave’s Choosing Death cover art gets the cotton treatment. 

Choosing Death Excerpt Featuring Early Dutch Death Metal Scene!

March 4, 2016 Albert Mudrian

How did legendary death metal vocalist Martin van Drunen join Pestilence in the ’80s? Read this Choosing Death excerpt detailing the early days of the Dutch scene and find out! 

Choosing Death Fest Grimposium Announces Additional Panelists and Workshops!

February 24, 2016 Jesse Chase

Choosing Death Fest is proud to announce more panel and workshop additions to our Grimposium event at Underground Arts at 12pm on April 16!

Limited Autographed Choosing Death Copies Available for Holidays

November 20, 2015 Andrew Bonazelli

The holidays are hellacious, so we’re happy to make your job easier with a special Decibel offer: an autographed copy of Choosing Death!

Is Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis the Father of Grindcore?

July 10, 2015 Albert Mudrian

The Dinosaur Jr shredder and Witch founder was part of seminal proto-grind band Deep Wound, and in that a critical historical figure in Choosing Death.

Choosing Death Is Out Today! Enjoy This Exclusive Excerpt!

April 13, 2015 Albert Mudrian

The revised and expanded (essentially) 10-year anniversary edition of dB editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian’s Choosing Death is officially available today! One-hundred new pages of content over three new chapters, entailing over 50 new interviews, and brand new Dan Seagrave cover art. To celebrate, here’s an excerpt of all new material! In the fall of 1990, Carcass and Death embarked on a…

Pre-Order the Revised and Expanded CHOOSING DEATH!

March 2, 2015 Andrew Bonazelli

Originally released 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. Eleven years later, author Albert Mudrian, editor-in-chief of Decibel Magazine, has chosen life after death in the form of a revised and expanded Choosing Death, which boasts a…

Napalm Death flexi spotlight + Shane Embury interviewed

March 22, 2011 Chris Dick

It’s no secret Decibel and Napalm Death aren’t just Facebook friends but bestest pals. We’re the beat to their blast, so to speak. Decibel editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian’s favorite band is, well, Napalm Death. The Brummies (that’d be folk from Birmingham, England) were well chronicled in Mudrian’s Choosing Death book, were cover stars for dB #53,…