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Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore

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This exciting history, featuring an introduction by famed DJ John Peel, 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.

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Overview

This exciting history, featuring an introduction by famed DJ John Peel, 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.

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Mainstream rock fans may not be familiar with Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death or Carcass, but over the past 20 years these groups' blend of punk and heavy metal-their grisly lyrics, mile-a-minute rhythms and macabre album art-have found an enthusiastic, loyal fan base of mostly young, almost exclusively male listeners. 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; its spike in popularity and major-label interest circa 1992 ("Godflesh could be the next Nine Inch Nails"); the relative obscurity that followed; and the music's rebirth in recent years. What's astonishing is how normal so many of the featured players seem: behind the facade of Satan-worshipping, gore-flinging aggression, they're mostly a bunch of hardworking dudes who love the music and the outlet it provides for pent-up anger and energy. Mudrian aims largely at fans, and his exhaustive research may tire readers who bring nothing but curiosity to the book. New death metal fans, conversely, will read with an eye to expanding their collections, while older listeners will undoubtedly enjoy the memories and the gossip, along with the fanzine-quality band photos that complement text throughout. John Peel, one of Great Britain's most respected and influential DJs, offers an entertaining introduction. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932595048
  • Publisher: Feral House
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 303,047
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Finally a book about death metal

    Answers almost all the questions I've had about the genre since buying the first a Obituary album in '89

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Interesting and informarive

    From the same publishers that brought us the history of black metal lords of chaos conmes choosing death which is pretty much in the same vein as the former book. Thru intervoews with some of the biggest names in death metal we learn the history of the scene as well as the bands involved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2005

    Know the music you love

    I absolutely loved this book. Iloved reading about bands I like and discovering other bands. One complaint though: it focuses too much on Napalm Death. I know they are the fathers of Grindcore, but covrage of other bands like Cannibal Corpse, A.C. (can't put real name), and Deicide was really short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2005

    weres macabre

    the book is pretty good, but they missed an important band,, macabre, they were formed somewhere in 83 and played gig from 85 and released demo in 86. aniway they are like the first band that started with the real gory lyrics.. you should chek em out... and wtf was lsipknot doing there

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