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Murder in the Front Row: Shots from the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter Hardcover – January 24, 2012
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Awesome” Robb Flynn, Machine Head
Awesome” Brian Slagel, Metal Blade Records
"Awesome"Phil Demmel, Machine Head
F------ awesome” Kerry King, Slayer
Great” Lars Ulrich, Metallica
"Great book!"Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault, Voivod
AMAZING” Alex Skolnick, Testament
Thank you for writing this book! It’s the definitive story of the scene and what we managed to make of it here in the Bay Area.” Kirk Hammett, Metallica
Murder in the Front Row captures the true essence of thrash metal in its embryonic stage. These photographs take me on a tour down memory lane, bringing back many laughs and prompting comments like: I don’t remember that!’” Dave Lombardo, Slayer
"I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in the early days of California thrash metal. It's great looking at pictures of myself with that poodle perm I had in 1982!"Ron McGovney, Metallica
"Serious Pulitzer material."Creative Loafing
"By far, the greatest photo book on any music scene I've ever seen. The bands themselves couldn't have put out a more exhaustive and detailed account of the period."The Huffington Post [CA]
A photographic odyssey through the inception of Bay Area thrash” San Francisco Chronicle
Gorgeous” SF Weekly
A collection of stunning, intimate photographs from the infancy of thrash metal.” SF Bay Guardian
Vivid images of thrash bands onstage, backstage, at drinking binges and essentially everywhere else” Metro Silicon Valley
The authentic, heads-down attack of a raft of seminal bands is superbly captured”PopMattters
"This is a gift from the metal gods themselves... you need this book in your life right now."Terrorizer [5/5 review]
"Gaze ye into Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew's tome of the Bay Area's thrash breeding grounds and you might never wake up. It's mostly early Slayer and Metallica gunning, but it still feels like a window onto Asgard."Metal Hammer
"Probably the best photographs of thrash metal's mythic birthing that have ever existed. You should do yourself a favor and pick up Murder In the Front Row immediately."Noisey
"Perhaps the final word on thrash metal’s humble beginnings... a true joy"The Montreal Mirror
"Pure gold for metal fans" Decibel Magazine
"A thick, beautiful book that captures a special moment in time"A.P.
"KILLER photos [a] must read book."AOL Noisecreep
"Granted, much of what’s being shown is beer bottles, sneers and middle fingers, but it sure does tell a story."The Maine Edge
Enormous historic intensity on every page every image in Murder in the Front Row hits you like brass knuckles.” Sweden Rock [10/10 review]
"Awesome... I give this book my highest rating."MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL
Harald O., the craziest photographer of all” BAM
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Top Customer Reviews
The quality is incredible, the book itself is a work of art and the photos are mostly all high res from a time where that term did not exist.
If you want to see Metallica, Exodus, Slayer, Possessed, Megadeth and more as they were in the early days where they grew their roots and established themselves, buy this book.
You will keep it out and show it to all your friends.
Metal up your ass !!!!!
Also a lot of fun to see so many candid pictures of people like James Hetfield, Gary Holt, Tom Araya, Cliff Burton, etc. etc. etc. (MANY etceteras - LOTS of people in this book from Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Exodus, Death Angel, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies, and more!) in their younger years.. the early thrash pioneers are all documented here in terrific photo quality. You get venue photos, photos from backyard parties, crowd shots, everything to transport you back in time.
Along with that, you get some great and sometimes funny words from both authors (Brian Lew and Harald Oimoen), plus Ron Quintana, Gary Holt, Alex Skolnick, and Robb Flynn. Not too many words though - extensive biographies of many of the top thrash bands are already out there - this is different, and a treasure for anyone who enjoys music history - especially the REAL history of thrash metal from the people who were there as it was born.
I came into this scene about Half way through its peak cuz of my age and it brought back a lot of memories as well as some thing I didnt know about.
All the books from Bazillion points are so well crafted, huge heavy books well worth 5 times what you pay for on Amazon!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I rilly RILLY like this book !! I like to look at the pictures because I LIKE HEAVY METAL !! DO YOU ?????Published 13 months ago by Billy Banger
WOW!! The shots in this book are incredible!! Harald showed me some of these shots way back and it was good to see them again finally published. If you grew up around this area, . Read morePublished 15 months ago by T. L. Brewster
I am roughly the same age as the writers/photographers. I grew up on the east coast and it took time for these bands to become know where I was. Read morePublished 23 months ago by snaggleteeth
Nothing more can be said other than I wish I was around for those times! Brings you back to the days of "innocence" when all you wanted to do was tear it up, blast metal and go... Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Ryan Gregory
Very fast delivery.
I loved the book! It brought back so many memories. I was literally there, I even got bass lessons from Cliff for about a year and have a bunch of... Read more
The book it's self is great! All the five star ratings speak for themselves. However, beware of ordering this book through Amazon. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Michael Murphy