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Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal (2006)

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Not Rated | | Documentary, History, Music | 11 March 2007 (USA)
The GET THRASHED journey begins in the early 80s, where Metallica and several other bands laid the groundwork for what would become a lasting impression on the face of heavy metal music. ... See full summary »

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The GET THRASHED journey begins in the early 80s, where Metallica and several other bands laid the groundwork for what would become a lasting impression on the face of heavy metal music. These bands helped ignite local scenes in Los Angeles, the Bay area of California and New York City, which helped fuel a worldwide thrash metal movement. By the dawn of the 1990's, thrash bands had gone from playing backyard barbeque parties to headlining arenas and Metallica were on their way to becoming one of the biggest metal acts of all time. But as legions of headbanging, stage diving and moshing metalheads were flocking to see their favorite bands, the tides had begun to change. In the early 1990's, a changing musical landscape sent thrash spiraling back into the underground. Some of the musicians passed away, some returned to their day jobs and some bands broke up. While the music lived on, the scene was forever changed. Get Thrashed traces the rise, fall and impact of thrash metal; from its ... Written by unknown

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Blood, sweat, and horns
8 October 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Get Thrashed basically serves as a guide to thrash metal. It's a true 'who's who' film that explains in great detail the up and comings of many thrash bands that still exist today. From start to finish it's a fun ride packed with interviews from artists (including Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine, Corey Taylor, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Testament, Kreator), DJs, fans, and more.

It begins with a long look at the explosion of thrash metal from L.A. and San Francisco, and gradually progresses to other North American scenes including New York and New Jersey. We hear about the madness of early Exodus shows, the technicality of Megadeth, the blast-beats of Anthrax, and of course the early days of Metallica. We also get a glimpse at the lifestyle of the thrash movement. Everything from touring, playing shows, the fans, and even death is covered here. We learn that thrash metal truly was raw, gritty, and true to its fans.

If you have any interest at all in metal, I would really consider picking this up. It's a detailed guide into a movement which influenced almost all metal bands that exist today. The film is a non-stop riff-shredding feast of music and early footage of kick-ass bands.


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