Musings on metal and its evolving demography

Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore

This is a repost from my bass blog, Ugly Bass Face. Over there, I deal with beginner bass and music theory topics. Now that I’ve decided to dedicate time to a more sociological & metal blog, some of the posts that were there have relevance here.

December 8, 2011

So, wifey is strongly considering writing a thesis paper on women in death metal. As a fan of death and grindcore for almost 20 years now (and her better half), I might have had something to do with this, over the course of the last 11 years. Anyhow, she’s been grabbing scholarly papers about metal that I didn’t know existed (which I’ve been reading too) and she grabbed a few books from Amazon after I gave her my old copy of Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground a while ago.

Two nights ago, Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal and Grindcore, by Albert Mudrian came in. I actually tore into it before she did. I really enjoyed the book. Years ago, when I read Lords of Chaos, I was really impressed by the writing. The authors, Moynihan and Soderlind, are both journalists and did a great job. Its a very objective and detailed work. It took me a little while to read though, because as much as the subject matter interests me, I’m not the biggest fan of black metal.

Read the rest of the original post here.


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