While we enjoyed Lords Of Chaos that arrived last month and looking forward to see Motley Crüe’s biopic arriving this Friday, it looks we will see more metal films. For those who enjoyed the 1988 classic The Decline of Western Civilization Part II:The Metal Years, you will want to check out the upcoming documentary Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story. The film showcases members of Metallica, Slayer,Exodus, Death Angel, Testament, Machine Head, Megadeth, Anthrax, Possessed, Vio-lence and more reflecting on the San Francisco-area thrash scene from the eighties.
The film was directed by Adam Dubin and it will premiere on April 20th at the AMC Kabuki 8 in San Francisco at 1PM. Following the screening, Metal Allegiance is scheduled to perform at the venue across the street, The Fillmore as Exodus/Slayer’s Gary Holt will appear as a special guest as more guests will be revealed prior to the show.
The documentary is based on the 2012 book Murder in the Front Row by photographers Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew.
Director Dubin commented:
“What I loved about the book is that it wasn’t just about Metallica. It was documenting a vibrant scene, where all the bands were equal and there was real camaraderie. The photos captured the sweat of the clubs, the ringing in your ears and the power of young people. Harald and Brian captured the humanity of it, and they understood that I was somebody who could bring that out in a film.”
“All these bands were mainly from England, and they never really toured the West Coast. So these young people started creating their own music, starting their own fanzines, booking clubs and trading tapes. These were people who were adamant about music and the bands, but also each other.”
Watch the trailer below:
[via Rolling Stone]