Throughout history, the San Francisco Bay Area has long been named as the epicenter for “Thrash Metal;” whereas Los Angeles is invariably considered the “Hair-Metal” capitol. True, San Francisco has birthed many exceptional thrash bands since the early ‘80s, but the fact is LA is the birthplace of three out of the “Big 4” thrash bands as well as the breeding grounds for many of the more unconventional speed/thrash/punk-metal bands. Whether it’d be the legendary icons METALLICA, SLAYER, and MEGADETH, or punk/metal renegades SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, or underground thrash legends DARK ANGEL and HIRAX, like it or not, they all originated from this pretentious, megalopolis, hellhole we call Los Angeles!
So why is it that L.A. thrash metal has taken a backseat to NorCal Bay Area bands? This is one of many topics that are revealed in Part Two of this compelling 2-Volume documentary presented by MetalRock Films. This third installment of the groundbreaking INSIDE METAL series takes the viewer on a journey into the evolution of Thrash Metal…or “speed metal” as it was originally labeled. Appropriately titled The Rise of LA Thrash Metal, this film explores the ‘80s metal counterculture with first-hand insight from the bands and artists that ruled the L.A. Metal underground as well as journalists, scenesters, and insiders from a time in history when metal music was becoming increasingly more creative, experiential, uncompromising and extreme. Despite the lack of media attention and being deemed irrelevant by the mainstream press, there’s no denying that by the mid-80s Thrash Metal music was thriving in Los Angeles!
Featuring exclusive, never-before seen interviews with Lars Ulrich (Metallica), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies), Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies), Eric Peterson (Testament), Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Testament, Dethklok), Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records), John Bush (Armored Saint, Anthrax), Joey Vera (Armored Saint), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth), Juan Garcia (Agent Steel, Abattoir, Body Count), Katon De Pena (Hirax), Greg Durschlag (The Weasels), Malcolm Dome (UK Journalist), Bill Metoyer (Producer), Scott Peterson (Cryptic Slaughter), Mike Inez (Alice In Chains), Wolf Hoffmann & Peter Baltes (Accept), John Gallagher (Raven), Brian Tatler (Diamond Head), Marty Friedman and others. Previous INSIDE METAL titles Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock & Metal and L.A. Metal Scene Explodes (both 2-volume documentaries) are also available on MetalRock Films.
Running Time: 90 min