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Rare Photos From The Early Days Of Metallica

"MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW:" is a new coffee table book with over 400 photos from the early '80s East Bay thrash metal scene that Metallica came from. So much good hair.

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Slayer mobbing Tom Araya, who is dressed like a follower of Suicidal Tendencies in flannel shirt and headband, Aquatic Park, August 19, 1984. Suicidal played almost completely in the dark that day, with security guards shining flashlights on the bass and guitar.


Legacy backstage at Ruthie’s Inn, shortly before the band became Testament. With its colorful graffiti, this tiny room made an ideal setting for many thrasher group shots.


Harald Oimeon: "This series of shots with members of Slayer, Exodus, Possessed, and Suicidal Tendencies happened naturally, with a few people getting together for a photo and calling over to their pals. Before I knew it a mob had congregated, and I just started snapping away frantically."

All photos courtesy of Bazillion Points Books.

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