Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story

Watch Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Etc. Members Recall Their Early Days In Trailer For New Bay Area Thrash Metal Documentary ‘Murder In The Front Row’


A trailer has been released for the upcoming Bay Area thrash metal documentary, ‘Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story ‘. Directed by Adam Dubin, the film will receive its premiere at the AMC Kabuki 8 in San Francisco, CA on April 20th. Metal Allegiance will also be playing a special set at the Fillmore in the same city that night to celebrate the film’s premiere with Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer) among the initial special guests to be revealed.

This documentary expands upon the 2012 book ‘Murder in the Front Row: Shots from the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter‘ and explores the proverbial genesis and rise of the Bay Area thrash scene of the early 80s which went on to produce the likes of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Exodus, Testament, Possessed, Death Angel and many more. Musicians from those groups and many more have been interviewed for the film with comedian Brian Posehn having narrated the feature. Both the book and film took their name from the Exodus classic “Bonded By Blood“.

Dubin said in a statement:

“What I loved about the book is that it wasn’t just about Metallica. 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 [Oimoen] and Brian [Lew] captured the humanity of it, and they understood that I was somebody who could bring that out in a film.”