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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
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 !!!!!
The write-ups were incredible, I enjoyed reading the stories of Harold O., Brian Lew, Ron Quintana, Alex Skolnick, and Gary Holt. It's actually something worth reading as opposed to just some boring random inserts. There are also some pics of old flyers, postcards and set lists as well. This really is the bible of these bands in their infancy, if you were part of this as an old fan, you will have to own this, you probably already do. If you love these bands now and weren't around then, you must buy this and see how it all started. It really did come out of a love for a new kind of music, this was long before stretch limos, Rolling Stone interviews and music awards; I don't even think the members themselves knew how big it would all eventually be. I think that is part of what makes this book so incredible, the purity of it all. I highly recommend it, tons of glossy photos, a nice sturdy binding, something you'll enjoy.
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 20 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 22 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 on March 2, 2014 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
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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