Murder in the Front Row is going to be the most important rock documentary of the year, possibly of the last several. While I doubt it can surpass my personal favorite (Decline of the Western Civilization Part 2), I'm more than willing to let it try.

This film features interviews with all the heavy hitters: Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Megadeth, etc., etc., etc. From the site:

WHEN ONLY THE MUSIC MATTERED...

In the early 1980’s, a small group of dedicated Bay Area headbangers shunned the hard rock of MTV and Hollywood hairspray bands in favor of a more dangerous brand of metal that became known as thrash! From the tape trading network to the clubs to the record stores and fanzines, director Adam Dubin reveals how the scene nurtured the music and the music spawned a movement.

MURDER IN THE FRONT ROW is told through powerful first person testimony and stunning animation and photography. The film is a social study of a group of young people defying the odds and building something essential for themselves.

Featuring interviews with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, Possessed and many more! Narrated by Brian Posehn.

Lubbock's Alamo Drafthouse (120 W. Loop 289) will have a special one-time screening of the film on Monday, September 2nd beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available from Alamo's official website.