Former OVERKILL Drummer To Guest On KNAC.COM's 'The Vault' Tomorrow

March 8, 2008

Filmmaker/OVERKILL founder Rat Skates will make a special guest appearance on KNAC.COM's "The Vault" this Sunday, March 9 at 11:45 a.m. PST/ 2:45 p.m. EST. Host DJ Will and Skates will engage in an intriguing, old-school discussion about thrash metal's past and present, including two of Skates' acclaimed films, "Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" and "Born in The Basement", that depict the 1980s thrash metal culture.

As previously reported, an edited version of "Born in The Basement", the latest film from Rat Skates, is currently being shown on the music television network Concert.TV until March 31.

Concert.TV is a free-to-view, on-demand television network that programs memorable performances, compelling documentaries and unique originals for subscribers of Comcast, Cox, Insight, Charter and DirecTV, channel 1829. To check for availability of Concert.TV on your local cable service, look in the on-demand listings or visit them online at

Written and narrated by Skates, "Born in the Basement" is an autobiographical journey that begins in 1980, when the East Coast of North America experienced a massive culture clash of punk, disco, stoner music, new wave and heavy metal. Frustrated by this suburban identity crisis and fueled by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, a small group of energetic youths were unknowingly creating the most extreme music ever to assault global eardrums: thrash metal.

Skates was one of the most recognized pioneers of the movement. This is a drive through his tunnel vision to success, and the philosophy that turned his dreams into reality...THE "DIY" MINDSET!

From milk-crate drum risers to toll-booth advertising and brain-washing girlfriends, this movie boldly goes well behind the scenes, deep into the New York/New Jersey cover band circuit and pre-digital tape-trading underground to candidly reveal the hidden hurdles that every young musician must jump in the quest for rock stardom, the passion of their vision, and dedication to their family...

Conquering the skeptics and obliterating the odds, this vivid recollection of creating OVERKILL as part of a groundbreaking culture in un-chartered territory is told in true down-to-earth "old-school" spirit. "Born in the Basement" is an inspirational story of perseverance, where his imagination met a desire that turned into obsession...the true, naked secrets of success are exposed, and the realities that eternally haunt it...

"Born in the Basement" will also be shown at Music Doc Festival (Sweden) and Festival Filmer La Musique (Paris, France),with screenings in March and April, respectively.

The film is available on DVD at and at retailers worldwide through the MVD Entertainment Group.

Watch the "Born in The Basement" trailer below.

(Thanks: NJthrasher)

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