The upcoming documentary Murder in the Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story featuring members of Metallica, Exodus, Testament, Slayer, and other San Francisco area thrash-metal bands will premier in San Francisco at the AMC Kabuki 8 at 1 p.m.on April 20th. After the screening, the supergroup Metal Allegiance, featuring members of Megadeth and Testament, will perform across the street at the Fillmore with special guest Gary Holt, of Exodus and Slayer fame, and more yet-unannounced guests.
The documentary is based on photographers Brian Lew and Harald Oimoen’s book, Murder in the Front Row, which came out in 2012. “What I loved about the book is that it wasn’t just about Metallica,” Dubin said in a statement. “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 and Brian captured the humanity of it, and they understood that I was somebody who could bring that out in a film.”
“It was scary, and it was dark,” Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick says. “It was this outlet for angst.”
“Poseurs must die!” Kirk Hammett says.
The film was directed by Adam Dubin (Beastie Boys’ “Fight for Your Right to Party” video).