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SF WEEKLY: "New Book MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW Tells the Story of Bay Area Thrash Metal in Pictures"

10-14-2011 08:36 AM CET | Arts & Culture

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SF WEEKLY: "New Book MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW
Tells the Story of Bay Area Thrash Metal in Pictures"

The SF Weekly weighs in today with further details on our upcoming Murder in the Front Row: Shots From the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter photo book:

"Everyone knows Metallica. But not everyone knows that Metallica was the product of a full-blown '80s thrash metal scene in the Bay Area-a scene that fostered other notable local bands like Testament, Death Angel, and Exodus. These weren't the makeup-wearing pretty boys strutting around MTV playing diluted hard rock. They were misfits trying to push their music to the fastest, loudest, most chaotic edge they could find in sweaty S.F. and East Bay clubs. And a few of the bands, along with their L.A. peers like Slayer, eventually even found some mainstream notoriety, helping to establish this thrash-derived sound as the quintessential American heavy metal. Just look at the success of the Big Four tour."

"A new book aims to capture the early days of this scene. In more than 400 photographs from Brian Lew and Harald Oimoen, Murder in the Front Row tells the story of Bay Area thrash in the '80s through pictures of such notable events as Clif Burton's first rehearsal and gig with Metallica, Dave Mustaine's tenure in an early edition of the band, Slayer's Kerry King performing onstage with Megadeth, and more. In addition to the live shots, there are also many pictures showing the raucous post-show parties-the kinds of places where Metallica began to earn its old nickname, Alcoholica."

View the full article at this location.

Coming December 2011, Murder in the Front Row: Shots From the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter, by Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew is a spectacular large-format 272-page view inside "the metal scene that banged those heads that did not bang." The book includes over 400 of some of the earliest color and black-and-white photos of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Exodus, Possessed, Death Angel, Legacy/Testament, Vio-lence, and many others. Murder in the Front Row is available for preorder now with a limited two-sided exclusive poster-size dustjacket at this location:

http://www.murderinthefrontrow.com

Thank you!

Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew are available for interviews.

Bazillion Points is "America's smallest but heaviest book publisher," home to hallmarks of heavy heritage including the much-anticpated DIRTY DEEDS: My Life Inside/Outside AC/DC, by the band's classic bass player Mark Evans. Past works include: METALION: The Slayer Mag Diaries, HELLBENT FOR COOKING: The Heavy Metal Cookbook, SHERIFF McCOY: Outlaw Legend of Hanoi Rocks, MELLODRAMA: The Mellotron Movie, SWEDISH DEATH METAL, and many more.

For more information and artwork, contact: Bazillion Points, bazillion@bazillionpoints.com
+1 (718) 383-7122
61 Greenpoint Ave. #504
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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