Yet this barbaric amalgam of hardcore punk and heavy metal would define the musical threshold of extremity for years to come.
Initially circulated through an underground tape-trading network by scraggly, angry young boys, death metal and grindcore spread faster than a plague of undead zombies as bands rose from every corner of the globe. By 1992, the genre's first legitimate label, Earache Records, had sold well over a million death metal and grindcore albums in the United States alone.
Choosing Death: The Improbable History Of Death Metal & Grindcore examines the rise, fall and resurrection of death metal and grindcore through the eyes and ringing ears of the artists, producers, and label owners who propelled the movements.
'I thought of death metal and grindcore as a return to more extreme punk, says John Peel. 'This music was another step into outlaw territory beyond any aggressive music heard before.'