Metallica, Slayer, Vio-lence Reminisce on San Francisco’s Eighties Metal Scene

Members of Metallica, Exodus, Testament and other San Francisco–area thrash-metal groups reflect on how wild the scene was when it exploded in the early Eighties in the trailer for the upcoming documentary Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story.

“It was scary, and it was dark,” Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick says. “It was this outlet for angst.”

“Poseurs must die!” Kirk Hammett exclaims with his hands in the air.

The film, which was directed by Adam Dubin (Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right to Party” video, A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica), will premiere in San Francisco at the AMC Kabuki 8 at 1 p.m.on April 20th. After the screening, the supergroup Metal Allegiance, featuring members of Megadeth and Testament, will perform across the street at the Fillmore with special guest Gary Holt, of Exodus and Slayer fame, and more yet-unannounced guests.

The film also features interviews with members of Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth, Possessed, Death Angel and Vio-lence, among others, and its soundtrack features music by most of those groups. Comedian Brian Posehn serves as the film’s narrator.

The documentary is based on photographers Brian Lew and Harald Oimoen’s book about the scene, Murder in the Front Row, which came out in 2012. “What I loved about the book is that it wasn’t just about Metallica,” Dubin said in a statement. “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.” Via Rolling Stone

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