When you think of the words “thrash metal,” The Big 4 is what comes to mind first. You know, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, or is it the San Francisco Bay Area because of the steady stream of bands that it churned out and achieved international fame since the 80s. But any true thrash/punk fan would know that its birth originated a hop, skip and a jump away in Los Angeles. Yeah, the glam and hair metal scene also laid claim to L.A. as it’s home, but it was thrash metal that took the underground music scene from parent’s garages to packed venues to sharing the stage with their rivals and scene-mates.
Metal Rock Films has created a two-part Inside Metal documentary DVD series titled The Rise of L.A. Thrash Metal. Directed by Bob Nalbandian, and narrated by Megadeths David Ellefson, part one takes you back in time to Los Angeles around the early/mid 80s revolution of thrash metal, and acts as a follow-up to the first two Inside Metal titles, The Pioneers of LA Hard Rock & Metal and LA Metal Scene Explodes. Fans of the Inside Metal series know and can expect never seen before footage, exclusive interviews, comprehensive content revealing the good, the bad and the badass of thrash metal. Told by those who have helped create scene, reveled in the scene and bled to keep the scene alive.
Taking you back in time when the metal raged and guitars blazed. When jean jackets with band patches were the outfit of choice accessorized with spiked bracelets, studded belts and massive manes of hair. Check out this 1 1/2 hour DVD featuring many thrash metal icons such as Eric Peterson (Testament), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Lloyd Grant (Defcon), Malcolm Dome (Journalist), Dave Lombardo (Slayer/Suicidal Tendencies) and many, many more as they share their personal memories and feelings about what the scene was really like from an artist or professional point of view.
Director Bob Nalbandian says, “The Rise of L.A. Thrash Metal is the third installment in the Inside Metal series and perhaps the most compelling, as this title delves deep into the dark history of thrash metal with the birth of Metallica and Slayer and ensuing Los Angeles thrash bands Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies, and Dark Angel, as well as many others that are documented in this two-part film. We at MetalRock Films felt it was important to uncover this rich history of underground thrash metal told from the eyes of some of the biggest metal artists today!”
Stay tuned for part two of The Rise of LA Thrash Metal, which will be released later this year, until then keep those horns held high and the volume even higher.