Murder in the Front Row Shots from the Bay Area Thrash Metal Epicenter

Author(s): Lew Brian

metal | music photography

In the 1980s, the San Francisco Bay Area was heaven for hardcore headbangers. Beginning as teenagers taking snapshots of visiting heavy metal bands during the 1970s, Brian 'Umlaut' Lew and Harald 'O.' Oimoen documented the birth and growth of the local metal scene. Featuring hundreds of unseen live and candid colour and b/w photographs, MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW captures the wild-eyed zeal and drive that made Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth into legends - with over 100 million record sales between them.

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Top 15 Books of 2011, "Guitar World"
The Most Metal Books of 2011, "Revolver"
Book of the Year, "20 Buck Spin"
"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" Theriault, 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"
"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"
"Serious Pulitzer material."--"Creative Loafing, Atlanta"
"The authentic, heads-down attack of a raft of seminal bands is superbly captured"--PopMattters
"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"
"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"--"Alternative Press"
"Granted, much of what's being shown is beer bottles, sneers and mid

General Fields

  • : 9781935950035
  • : Bazillion Points
  • : Bazillion Points
  • : January 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Lew Brian
  • : Hardback
  • : 1211
  • : 274