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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Blood, sweat, and horns

8/10
Author: teamgod13 from Canada
8 October 2008

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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Awesome Documentary!

9/10
Author: E. Catalan (ecatalan98@gmail.com) from Mexico
22 February 2009

I waited for GET THRASHED for almost 4 years and it did not disappoint! It's the most comprehensive and complete documentary you'll ever see. It's well structured and conclusive, unlike the mediocre American HARDCORE documentary, where all you see are random interviews. Obviously the main bands here are the so-called "Big Four": METALLICA, SLAYER, ANTHRAX and MEGADETH. Some idiot here said that ANTHRAX did not deserve to be on the "top four", but whether you think they were a joke band or that they sucked, then you must be a retard. They were a balls out thrash band that maybe flirted too much with their light hearted side. Remember that 99% percent of all thrash bands tried to look and sound meaner than everyone else, so seeing a "different" kind of thrash band was a welcomed change. The fact that their creativity waned as they marched into the the 90's is not debatable. During their peak (1987, when "Among The Living" was released), ANTHRAX was awesome. I think the top 4 bands were "TOPs" because of their influence AND record sales. They were among the very first thrash bands hence their influence can be seen and heard in countless of other bands. Who can forget TESTAMENT's "Practice What You Preach" era, when they wanted to be the "next" METALLICA. You had Chuck Billy trying to sing like Hetfield and the band slowed down their thrash. I loved them, but they were obviously very inspired by METALLICA. And SLAYER? All those endless death and black metal bands, where would they be without the mighty SLAYER? Anyway, back to the documentary. You get to see interviews by some of the era's key players like Gary Holt, Sean Killian, Lars Ulrich, Jon Zazula, Scott Ian, Kirk Hammett, Mille Petrozza, Brian Slagel, Tom Angelripper, Frank Bello, etc. It's interesting to see how Lars has come full circle. I remember back in the day, reading interviews with him in magazines and how he vehemently denied the fact that METALLICA was a thrash band. He went out of his way to avoid being "lumped" with "those" other bands. It's ironic that he now embraces the genre whole heartedly. Writer Ian Christie gives some spot on commentaries about thrash bands worldwide in the DVD extras, mentioning other major players like SODOM, DESTRUCTION, KREATOR, ARTILLERY and even obscure bands like MORSURE, WEHRMACHT and Japan's S.O.B.! Although it's impossible to mention every single band from the era, I particularly missed SACRILEGE B.C. from the bay area, HEATHEN, also from the bay area, with their TESTAMENT/METALLICA thrash vibe. Very little is said about one of Germany's most enduring and loved thrash bands, TANKARD. Unlike DESTRUCTION, they have never broken up and still tour regularly. It was also nice to see and hear HIRAX's Katon DePena's commentaries. Bobby Blitz and Rat Skates from OVERKILL also make some significant contributions to GET THRASHED. For guys like me who truly were into this stuff back in the day, GET THRASHED is pure gold, a priceless time capsule that will bring forth good memories of an era that won't ever repeat itself. Hell, even my band's first demo managed to sneak in there! Don't have a clue who got it, but that really made my day, hahaha!!! Buy GET THRASHED or prepare to get thrashed!!!

Fedor8, I'm surprised you know about thrash, having seen you pussy music list from Serbia, it's a wonder you have the time to listen to REAL music, not faggoty crap!

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26 out of 50 people found the following review useful:

Very entertaining.

9/10
Author: fedor8 from Serbia
13 October 2008

A fun, occasionally amusing documentary. However, there are some things that have to be set straight here.

First of all, the predictable old cliché of talking about the "Big Four", which somehow always annoyed me. (What is music? A sport? Are these four in the semifinals of some grand hypothetical thrash-band tournament?) Metallica and Slayer were/are extremely influential, hence their places in the "four" aren't questioned. Megadeth is a great, inventive band, too, but Anthrax was never even close to reaching the quality of the other three. If commercial success is the main basis in deciding who's "up there", then that's rather daft. Ian, one of the best rhythm guitar players, and Benante, a terrific drummer, certainly played a major role in the development of crossover with S.O.D., but Anthrax was rarely much more than a joke thrash band - that later developed into some laughable metal-grunge hybrid thanks to Ian's cash-lust i.e. his persistence in following trends. Their debut album was pitiful, more like a typically dull heavy metal album, and the vastly overrated "Among The Living" has some good riffs but also some rather cheesy pop-like singing as that absolutely awful vomit-inducing chorus in "Indians". They wrote some great songs, most of which are on STD, but none of their albums are classics. I could give a rat's ass about their supposed "pioneering" in creating "rap metal", with those talentless clowns Public Enemy.

Even worse, Overkill feature here far more prominently than they deserve, partly due to the fact that their original drummer had a lot to do with the making of this film. True, they'd been around from very early on. However, Overkill are more heavy metal than thrash, always have been, with those annoying screechy vocals. "In Union We Stand", their quasi-hymn, is so bad it could have easily been written by Manowar. Draw your swords out, kids! One person here even places Overkill in the main five thrash bands. Of course he would, he was wearing their shirt during the interview...

If any 80s thrash band deserves to be mentioned in the same breath with Metallica and Slayer, it's Exodus. There are only 2-3 thrash albums that can compete with "Bonded By Blood" in sheer consistency, sound-quality, song-writing, guitar-playing, drumming, and mood. Unfortunately, when Baloff got the boot, this band took a plunge and never recovered. "Pleasures of the Flesh" was quite good, but the following albums were average. I have to totally disagree with Hirax's singer who said that Exodus found the perfect replacement in Zetro Souza. Personally, I have never met a single thrash fan who doesn't hate his voice. Zetro neither has power nor can he sing: he always sounds as if he's trying to take a dump (and judging by his increasing weight, that's probably happening more often now). Perhaps these abominable vocals from Zetro sunk Exodus.

Unlike Exodus, one other great thrash band gets very little screen time (at least in the main feature), and that's Voivod. These guys were the most inventive of them all - if not exactly always playing thrash - and highly influential, plus they were part of the scene from day one.

For those who followed thrash closely in the 80s/90s, there aren't any major revelations in GT - with the exception of Dave Mustaine's claim to have practically invented thrash all by himself. He didn't say it in so many words, but that was pretty much the jist as he described how he "taught Kerry King and James Hetfield" the basics of rhythm-guitar playing. This typically bold, arrogant claim would sound silly if it weren't supported by Ian and Gary Holt. So could it be that Mustaine is the "Father of Thrash"? Let's not forget Venom in all this: they played the fast thrash riff before any of these guys.

For some reason his Grand Highness the Hetfield did not deem it worth his divine time to appear. It would have been more interesting to hear his take on the whole story than to listen to Ulrich ramble with his new Hollywood teeth shining like walrus tusks. Lars even had the gal to describe the mid-80s as a period in which "there was none of that crap about selling units, it was about the passion". This, coming from Mr.Napster himself, the guy who would sell his mother to get that next multi-platinum album... Then again, Ulrich always was the least likable personality in the thrash scene. His reputation as a dick follows him to all four corners of the world...

Gary Holt, Hoglan, and particularly Sean Killian were more interesting, fun, and to the point. ("I neutered my cat. Now's he's French". Great shirt.) Pantera's Phil was predictably zombified, drugged out of his tiny mind. It was fitting to see Devin Townsend's S.Y.L., because that band was one of extremely few who played brilliant thrash in the mid and late 90s. I can understand why useless new-generation metal bands like Slipknot, Lamb Of God, In Flames, Hatebreed, and Godsmack were invited to give their views, but all they said were things like "wow! Slayer is cool!". Their presence was more useful in an unintended way: they remind us just how low metal has sunk over the years. This decade has seen almost nothing new, just the same old 80s clichés being recycled, all the singers sounding the same, and bands without an iota of song-writing skills (e.g. Slipknot) being hailed as messiahs.

Grunge is being given here as a poor excuse why thrash died off. The the main reason lies in bands losing their edge, turning more commercial.

Make sure you see the bonus documentaries, 90 minutes in all, with brief but very interesting overviews of many other excellent thrash bands.

Ernesto Catalan?... Isn't that Spanish for "I'm a mongoloid metalhead"? Or "I write everything in single paragraphs"?

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interesting but flawed

7/10
Author: vargind from New Zealand
10 March 2013

This was a pretty good documentary. I did however watch it very soon on the back of watching the thrash metal episode of the 'Metal Evolution' series. Comparing the two of them, they both cover similar ground about the beginnings of Metallica and Bay Area thrash, and the rise of the "Big Four".

This documentary differed in that it showed commentary from other lesser-known bands like Overkill and Hirax, that it had some small coverage about the European scene, including interviews with Kreator and Sodom, and that it had some coverage of the "crossover" scene. This and the fact it had some interesting historical footage and photos would be the good points about this documentary.

The problem with this documentary was the preponderance of interviews with people from 90s metal bands like Slipknot, and various journalists and DJs who I would wager were still in kindergarten when thrash was happening. This seemed unnecessary. I did not care for these people's opinions.

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1 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

History of American Trash Metal

7/10
Author: riot-18 from Belgium
14 October 2008

Informative to a certain point, had some fun moments, but indeed not living up to the title. Europe gets very few attention and some American bands get way to much attention. Some trash bands got hyped over the top in their own country, but couldn't live up to the hype. See for instance Overkill in the US and UK bands like Acid Reign... Don't hate me for this, they did some nice things, but overall I'm just telling facts. If you really love the music, it's often hard to stay objective. I think this happened here. So be it. I'm happy I finally saw some new footage from bands like Kreator, Death Angel, etc... Maybe I'm spoiled with documentaries like "Metal: A Headbanger's Journey", or "American Hardcore" (that does live up to the title), but I was a little disappointed...

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