During the early 1980s,San Francisco’s small community of dedicated headbangers scorned image and instead risked life and limb in search of the ultimate in musical thrills.
Locals  and Los Angeles transplants reigned in small clubs like the Old Waldorf, The Stone, and the infamous Ruthie’s Inn.
Thrash metal upstarts  and  found a second home in the Bay Area, while a homegrown breed of tempo-crazed teenagers like Legacy, Possessed, Death Angel, Heathen, and Vio-lence brought Bay Area thrash metal to critical mass.
Photographers Harald Oimoen and Brian Lew's  friends in Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth became legends.
In conjunction with the book and the upcoming documentary film we are proud to be involved with supplying the merch!


“Awesome”—Brian Slagel, (Metal Blade Records)
“Fucking awesome”—Kerry King, (Slayer)
“Great”—Lars Ulrich, (Metallica)
“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)
Kerry King Slayer James Hetfield Metallica Lars Ulrich Metallica Gary Holt Exodus/Slayer Dave lombardo Slayer Chuck Billy Scott Ian Anthrax David Ellefson Brian Slagel Metal Blade Records Mark Osegueda  Tom Hunting Exodis Ray Burton Cliff Burton Dad
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Murder In The Front Row