In the early 1980's, a small group of dedicated Bay Area headbangers shunned the hard rock of MTV and Hollywood hairspray bands in favor of a more dangerous brand of metal that became known...
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In the early 1980's, a small group of dedicated Bay Area headbangers shunned the hard rock of MTV and Hollywood hairspray bands in favor of a more dangerous brand of metal that became known as thrash. From the tape trading network to the clubs to the record stores and fanzines, director Adam Dubin reveals how the scene nurtured the music and the music spawned a movement. Murder In The Front Row is told through powerful first person testimony and stunning animation and photography. The film is a social study of a group of young people defying the odds and building something essential for themselves. Featuring interviews with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, Possessed, and many more. Narrated by Brian Posehn.
Having grown up in the bay area in the 80s and graduating from punk to thrash,death and black metal,i have awaited this film since the book was released. It is fun and informative. Doesnt linger too long on any one subject and has segments on people no longer with us who were crucial, such as wes robinson, paul baloff and cliff burton.i imagine real fans will always want more and the scope of a documentary is limited by its own running time.for instance, testament was barely mentioned. Where was sadus? Or death angel. Robb flynn was interviewed , but i dont remember anything about vio-lence. Minor gripes when seeing your adolescent years on screen, i guess. Metal has for a long time lurked in the shadows and avoided being over analyzed, unlike punk. Finally there are a number of really good books, and films (like this one) about our dirty secret. Bang your head against the stage, indeed
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