With the rock-crit establishment turning up its collective nose at thrash, the task of documenting the Bay Area’s ’80s metal maelstrom for posterity has been left to fans. Brian Lew and Harald Oimoen – two thrash survivors who snapped countless shots of the unruly, burgeoning scene – are doing just that with their recently released book, “Murder in the Front Row,” a photographic odyssey through the inception of Bay Area thrash.
“The thrash scene, as far as metal goes, is one of the most influential scenes ever,” Lew says. With its insistence on pushing metal to new extremes, thrash prefigured all the genres that would crop up in its wake, including death metal, black metal and any other style that ratchets up the revolting possibilities inherent in heavy metal. “A lot of it started here, and it’s not really known.”
With contemporary music fragmenting into ever more insular subgenres, thrash metal’s legacy seems more salient than ever. – SFGATE
A Conservative MP and music fan was not able to completely fulfil on his pledge to his Hove constituents to wear his Iron Maiden T-shirt in the House of Commons.
Mike Weatherley said he had worn it in Westminster Hall, but added: “It’s not allowed in the Commons, I asked the Speaker if he’d give me permission and he said no.”
He was on the Daily Politics discussing the links between music and politics. – BBC
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Hi Everyone, we’ve got some North American DVD’s and Blu-rays, so if you want one of those (can be signed) for Xmas for anyone, order it soon! DVDs are $28 including shipping to US, Canada or Mexico. Order one by sending that amount via paypal to untilaudrey -at- yahoo.com – include a note if you want it signed. Note* We have to remove the cellophane to sign them.
We’re now down to our last batch of International DVDs, so put in your order double-quick if you want one of those. They’re $35.49 including shipping to Europe (ask about other countries). Order those at: http://www.blackmetalmovie.com/.
We only sell the double disc/blu-ray with the extended special features (4 hours) so yes- that’s what you’d get.
We’ll be conducting our first clearance sale ever, to make room for the exciting new year ahead. Your help would be much welcome – get
together with some friends and combine your requests for additional savings, or spread the word around!
This special offer covers all the items from the list below, as follows:
2 CDs = 20.00EUR
5 CDs = 45.00EUR
10 CDs = 85.00EUR
Prices include worldwide shipping via regular air mail and PayPal fees, if you’re using that payment method.
To place an order, you can email us the list of items that you wish to purchase, together with your name / address and information on the
payment method that you wish to use. We will send your total once we have checked availability on the items. Alternatively, you may also
place your order using the shopping cart system on the site – the discounts will be applied when sending your total.
Please note: the offer is limited to the available stock and to the items listed in this file. When applicable, the order will be dispatched in
multiple parcels and/or without jewelcases for the sale items (if this is a problem for you, please let us know).
JM / EQM
Pantera was part of the downfall of metal.
No offense to those who enjoy the people in the band personally. I’ve met several and they’re good guys.
But turning speed metal into party rock was a fatal move.
It opened the way for the real blight, which is the indie-emo-screamo-weeabo shit we see even in black metal now.
I can’t stand the saccharine, unmasculine, revengeful crap that John Lennon put out. I’m sorry for the loss of George Harrison however.
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