Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth Members Appear in New Film About San Francisco Thrash

2019-03-29

Metallica – Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Ken Settle

The new documentary “Murder in the Front Row” goes into detail about the legendary San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal scene

The San Francisco Bay Area is known for their thrash metal roots, and a new documentary called “Murder in the Front Row” revolves around that legendary scene.

The upcoming film is set to feature members of several famed thrash metal bands, including Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. It’s directed by Adam Dubin, the man behind Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” video. Dubin’s other credits include co-directing Beastie Boys’ “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)” and “No Sleep ’til Brooklyn” clips.

“It’s not just a film about heavy metal,” Dubin said of the film in a release. “It’s about people. It’s hard music with a warm, fuzzy beating heart.”

In addition to members of Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax, the movie will also feature voices from band members in Slayer, Exodus and Testament. It makes sense that Exodus would be in there, since “Murder in the Front Row” is actually a lyric from the Exodus song “Bonded by Blood.” Actor Brian narrates the film.

Watch the official trailer for “Murder in the Front Row” via YouTube below.

“Murder in the Front Row” will debut April 20 in San Francisco. The film takes its inspiration from photo-journal by the same name, which was also about the San Francisco thrash metal scene.

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