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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
"Murder In The Front Row"; Bay Area Thrash Metal Photo Book; Video Preview Available
Points Books has
posted a lengthy preview video of the upcoming "Murder In
The Front Row: Shots From The Bay Area Thrash Metal
photo book by Harald Oimoen(D.R.I.) and Brian
Lew (Whiplash fanzine).
The five-minute clip, which reveals raging early shots
of Metallica, Exodus, Megadeth, Slayer, and others,
can be viewed below.
in December, "Murder In The Front Row: Bay Area Bangers And
The Birth Of Thrash Metal" is
described in a press release as an intense look at early hardcore
headbangers features some of the first photos of the "Big Four"
and their extended family of thrash metal bands. With hundreds of
candid, live, and studio shots, Lew and
the unique wild-eyed spirit and atmosphere of the historic S.F. Bay
Area heavy metal scene: pinpointing clubs (The Old Waldorf, The
Stone, Ruthie's Inn, The Omni); hangouts (The Record Vault, the
infamous Metallica Mansion); and beloved local figures like fearless
stage diver Toby Rage, manager Debbie Abono, and the
unrivaled metal ringmaster Paul Baloff of Exodus.
the jaw-dropping moments in heavy metal history on display: Cliff
Burton's first rehearsal with Dave Mustaine-era Metallica;Kerry
King of Slayer performing
with early Megadeth; Metallica and Slayer's first Bay
Area shows; the first meeting of Slayer and
Metallica; original uncropped prints of Possesed's
blood-spattered "Seven Churches" band
photo shoot; some of the earliest photos of Vio-Lence and Death
Angel; Testament (then
called Legacy) dressed in religious stage outfits; the crazed front
row faces from legendary Ruthie's Inn; and Metallica's
triumphant takeover of Day On The Green in
roughly 300 pages, filled with unpublished images and rare flyers,
this incredible visual time capsule stems from a friendship that
started when Brian Lew and Harald
met as camera-wielding teenage metalheads. Both later contributed
to Ron Quintana's infamous Metal
O.: "I am so psyched on getting these photos out there. The
camaraderie and great friendships forged between all the bands and
the fans was so cool-there literally wasn't much distinction.
Everybody was pals with everyone else, and it was a magical time to
be a metalhead living in the Bay Area. People are gonna freak on what
what we're gonna show them. This is a dream come true!"
Lew: "This will not be a history book, but rather a time machine
back to the 'bonded by blood' days of the original Bay Area metal
scene. Before they played the Bay Area, Slayer wore
makeup onstage; after that first Bay Area show they never wore makeup
again. This book will show people why."
In The Front Row: Bay Area Bangers And The Birth Of Thrash
be released in December via Bazillion Points Books, America's
smallest but heaviest book publisher.