Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Aural Amphetamine

Aural Amphetamine: Metallica and the Dawn of Thrash

This low-budget doc, comprised mostly of Metallica stock-footage and talking head interviews with very tangential thrash-metal figures (dudes from Laaz Rockit, Sacrilege, and Elixir!), traces the history of 80’s thrash metal from it’s roots in  NWOBHM to it’s heyday in San Francisco circa 1983. This may seem like an absurdly specific genre and time-frame, but it’s really about Metallica’s early years, so it you’re a fan of Hetfield and company, you’re sure to dig it. There are a few glaring omissions in the story here and there (no Hirax or Exciter?), but it’s mostly thorough, and zips through its story at a fittingly frenetic pace.

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