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Start The Pit, “Murder In The Front Row” Official Trailer Is Here

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Music biopics are things that are riding high at the moment if you can count the success of the recent “Bohemian Rhapsody” film and the unnerving revelations of “Lords Of Chaos” as a part of the puzzle but as far as documentaries about the music that stick with people for long afterward and become constant topics of conversation, the number is limited for sure. The documentary “Murder In The Front Row” takes its name from the part of the song by Bay Area Thrashers Exodus from the song “Bonded By Blood” and will bring the audience back to the days were on any night of the week a live music craving Metalhead would be able to see the likes of Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Possessed and even New York’s Anthrax in small clubs as a new music scene was building. The trailer for the documentary was just recently revealed so let’s watch it right now. I recommend holding back on any circle pit activity and stage diving until you have completed for your own safety and for that of your preferred devices.

About The Film: “Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story”. In the early 1980’s, a small group of dedicated Bay Area headbangers shunned the hard rock of MTV and Hollywood hairspray bands in favor of a more dangerous brand of metal that became known as thrash! From the tape trading network to the clubs to the record stores and fanzines, director Adam Dubin reveals how the scene nurtured the music and the music spawned a movement. “Murder In The Front Row” is told through powerful first person testimony and stunning animation and photography. The film is a social study of a group of young people defying the odds and building something essential for themselves. Featuring interviews with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, Possessed and many more! Narrated by Brian Posehn. (c/o Official YouTube Channel).
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“Happy Halloween” 2018: Rockers Divulge Their Favorite Horror Films

Last year, I had asked what the very favorite Horror films might be among a wide assortment of the musicians that I had met over the last few years while covering shows and special events. The fun disclosures can be reviewed HERE for those who are new to our offerings and might have missed that when it first ran. Yesterday, I decided to do it again with some of the people that I didn’t get around to that last time and while there are only a few, its still fun to find out what spooks some of our talented friends. Let’s get down to business in finding out what some of Hard Rock and Metal’s best and brightest find to be their favorite and scariest films and what makes this be the case. Scroll down…..if…you…dare……Bwahahahaha!!!!

Margarita Monet (Edge Of Paradise): What i love about Horror films is that they are so much fun to watch with with friends, I wouldn’t watch them alone, it’s way more fun to be terrified together. I love the classics like the “A Nightmare On Elm Street”. But for my favorite, I would have to go with “The Ring”, and not just because the movie was so great, it had all the right bone chilling elements, but watching it with my friends in middle school and acting out as the creepy girl coming out of the TV for weeks later, just brings really fun memories about those days, and maybe we’ll give “The Ring 2” a chance.

“Metal Mike” Chlasiak (Halford, Sebastian Bach, Solo): I liked “Hellraiser” because the main character (Pinhead) looked like the evil brother of The Metal God.
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Nuclear Blast – JSR – Stern Pinball Announce SDCC 2018 Exclusives

We’ve been showcasing the exclusives that will be heading towards the fans at the upcoming Comic Con International: San Diego aka SDCC for the last couple of weeks and our past posts can be examined HERE. Now its time to learn what exciting stuff will be available for purchase from Nuclear Blast Records, JSR and Stern Pinball. It’s a lengthy release so sit back and take it all in. Here we go.

We’ve been showcasing the exclusives that will be heading towards the fans at the upcoming Comic Con International: San Diego aka SDCC for the last couple of weeks. Now its time to learn what exciting stuff will be available for purchase from Nuclear Blast Records, JSR and Stern Pinball. It’s a lengthy release so sit back and take it all in. Here we go.

The Press Release:
Nuclear Blast is excited to return to San Diego Comic-Con International for the company’s 15th year, at the Nuclear Blast/Stern Pinball/JSR Merchandising Booth (#501)!

Having partnered with the likes of Kirk Hammett, Transformers, The Walking Dead in previous years, Nuclear Blast continues to push the limit to bring Comic-Con attendees the biggest names in Metal and more! This year bringing exclusives from SLAYER, IRON MAIDEN, TESTAMENT, ARCH ENEMY, EL HIJO DEL SANTO, COURT OF THE DEAD, and more! As well as signings with members of SLAYER, TESTAMENT, and CARNIFEX plus EL HIJO DEL SANTO, the creator of Court Of The Dead, Tom Gilliland and one of the writers of IRON MAIDEN’s Legacy Of The Beast, Llexi Leon.

EXCLUSIVES: Nuclear Blast, JSR, and Stern Pinball bring the heaviest hitting exclusives to San Diego Comic-Con 2018, available at the Nuclear Blast booth #501. The complete list of items follows:

SLAYER Limited Edition Enamel Pin
(Price $20.00; Available at Booth #501 at San Diego Comic-Con)
This super limited edition enamel pin commemorates the successful, repentless long career of California kings of thrash metal, SLAYER! Comes in a custom hand-numbered box. Limited to 100.


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Slayer @ Santander Arena (6/4/2018)

Artist: Slayer
Venue: Santander Arena (Reading, PA)
Opener: Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, Testament
Date: 6/4/2018
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

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As you’re probably fully already aware, the legendary Thrash Metal band Slayer is putting their career to bed and is going out in style with a “Final Tour” that finds the bands Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament coming along for the run. If you’ve somehow missed any of our “Upcoming Tours” notices about their last go-round please click HERE to know the full scoop so we can continue along together with as much of the same information as possible. The tour seemed to be skipping the NYC region entirely and instead would set down at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ but with a my scheduling being locked in with the annual Book Expo and The Book Con along with the Five Points Festival, I had to pass on these shows and instead brave a new adventure by heading to Reading, PA for the show that was taking place at the Santander Arena. It would be my very first time heading to this arena and it was something like 125 miles away from my home base. The advance weather report was bleak, but the day turned out nice for a lengthy drive and with good company and a couple of stops for eats along the way my media companion and I arrived at the arena shortly before the doors had opened. With the show starting early there were scores of fans lined up waiting to get inside. This is always a sight that I like to see when I go to multiple band bills like this one. Testament would be starting off this leg of the tour and they are always a solid experience. Let’s review.

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Testament: I always love a Testament show because they are just one of the tightest Metal bands on the planet today. For the final Slayer run they would be continuing their “Brotherhood Of The Snake” tour but the early start time meant a very abbreviated set list from the Thrashers. The band hit the ground running with their first number and guitarist Skolnick was shredding like a madman while singer Billy screamed and rallied the fans that were already inside the arena. Sadly it wasn’t packed just yet, but it was a weekday, and this was a super early set time which I can appreciate being a difficult thing to be on point for. The set was a strong one and featured some of the bands classic tunes which I still consider favorites. Hopefully Testament will be doing some co-headlining runs in the months post this touring cycle because I’d love to be able to enjoy a longer set from them. Behemoth was up next.

Testament Setlist: Brotherhood of the Snake, Rise Up, Practice What You Preach, The Pale King, Into the Pit, The New Order, Disciples of the Watch
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Slayer @ PNC Bank Arts Center

Slayer brings their “The Final Tour” event to Holmdel, NJ where they will be joined by Testament, Behemoth, Anthrax and Lamb Of God. To say that you don’t want to miss this one would be an understatement. Arrive early and support all the talent if its possible to do so.