‘The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal’ Documentary Set For January Release


A veritable laundry list of musicians, record executives, journalists and more have taken part in the forthcoming two-part ‘Inside Metal‘ documentary DVD, ‘The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal‘. Directed by Bob Nalbandian, the DVD will land on January 19th (pre-order via Amazon) and features narration from Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. As the title suggests, it will focus on the early/mid-80s rise of thrash metal. Among those who were interviewed for the series are:

  • Ann Boleyn (Hellion/New Renaissance Records)
  • Bill Metoyer (Producer)
  • Brian O’Brian (A La Carte)
  • Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
  • Brian Tatler (Diamond Head)
  • Chris Poland (Megadeth/OHM)
  • Craig Locicero (Forbidden)
  • Dave Lombardo (Slayer/Suicidal Tendencies)
  • David Ellefson (Megadeth)
  • Diego Negrete (MX Machine)
  • Eric Peterson (Testament)
  • Ernie C (Body Count)
  • Felice Lococo & Kurt Markham (Overkill LA)
  • Frank Bello (Anthrax)
  • Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel/Testament)
  • Greg Durschlag (The Weasels)
  • Jay Reynolds (Malice)
  • Joey Vera (Armored Saint)
  • John Bush (Armored Saint/Anthrax)
  • John Gallagher (Raven)
  • Juan Garcia (Agent Steel/Abattoir/Body Count)
  • Katon DePena (Hirax)
  • Kevin Estrada (Photographer)
  • Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
  • Lloyd Grant (Defcon)
  • Malcolm Dome (Journalist)
  • Marty Friedman (Hawaii/Cacophony/Megadeth)
  • Mike Inez (Alice In Chains)
  • Monte Pittman (Prong/Madonna)
  • Peter Baltes & Wolf Hoffmann (Accept)
  • Phil Sandoval (Armored Saint)
  • Phyllis Pollack (Journalist)
  • Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies)
  • Scott Peterson (Cryptic Slaughter)
  • Steven Craig (former manager of Slayer & Dark Angel)
  • Stryper (Robert Sweet, Michael Sweet, Oz Fox, Tim Gaines)
  • Tracey “Spacey T” Singleton (Sound Barrier/Gangland)
  • Tracy Barnes (Radio PD)
  • Vincent Price (Steel Prophet/Body Count)
  • William Howell (KNAC Radio Host a.k.a. DJ Will, former A&R Capitol Records and Metal Blade Records)

Loudwire have shared the below clip from the feature in which Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.) can be found discussing his first encounter with Metallica vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield back in 1981.

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