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Trailer: Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story
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Fans of thrash metal all know that the San Francisco Bay Area is the official birthplace of the genre that saw the rise of legends like Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. Now, a new documentary will give everyone a look at those bands and others who played fast and furious in the 1980s.

Watch the trailer here below for Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story, which features over 50 interviews with members of the aforementioned bands, as well as Testament, Death Angel, Exodus (the title of the doc is taken from a line from “Bonded By Blood,” the title track from Exodus’s debut album), and many others.

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Metalhead’s Holiday Gift Guide 2016
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Holiday Metalhead Gift Guide 2016

Well, friends of the metal persuasion, that time of year has rolled around again. The holiday season is upon us, time to show up on doorsteps with your electric twangers and sing songs about roasting nuts, burn down churches, and, most of all, it’s time to avoid all your repulsive metalhead friends that might have the nerve to expect a gift. But for those of you who just don’t seem to have that flare for hiding in your closet for two months straight, here are some wallet-emptying items they’re sure to find amusing.

Here’s the 2016 Metalhead’s Holiday Gift Guide”¦

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Mommy Goes Back To Metal: A Surly Middle-Aged Woman’s Review Of Ozzfest/Knotfest 2016
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Marissa Bergen   |  
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Don’t ask me why I decided to go to Ozzfest/Knotfest this year. Normally an annual rite of passage for my husband and our 13-year-old son, I somehow got it in my head that it would be a fun thing for me and my 9-year-old daughter to tag along this year. Perhaps it is all part of my middle-aged crisis that is also attempting to convince me that I am a somewhat relevant rock n’ roll star who is destined for success in my family band (#thecheesebergens), but anyway”¦

I was approaching the festival in what already looked like miserable conditions as hot winds kicked up dust storms all over the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA. Early thoughts on the parking lot situation: Why do schlubby guys feel like it’s necessary to take off their shirts and stand in the beds of their pickup trucks? And why are there so many more of them taking off their shirts than the ones who actually look good without shirts? But there were plenty of those too”¦shout out to the twin shirtless heavy metal cowboys with man buns (yes, you are reading that correctly!).

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Slayer Announce Name and Release Date For Upcoming Album
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Well, we now know what the long-awaited new Slayer album is called and when it will be released.

The California metal giants will release their eleventh studio album entitled Repentless on September 11, 2015 via their own as yet unnamed imprint through Nuclear Blast Records. It will be the first album since the death of founding guitarist and major songwriting contributor Jeff Hanneman in 2013.

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Listen Now: Slayer “When The Stillness Comes”
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Ides Bergen   |  @   |  
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Thrash titans and merchandise machine Slayer has just released the second track from their upcoming and as yet untitled eleventh record. The track is titled “When the Stillness Comes” and will be made available as a 7″ single for this year’s Record Store Day, taking place on Saturday.

Have a listen to the new track here below.

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