The makers of "Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" have announced three June screenings of the documentary — Saturday, June 2 at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival, Sunday, June 3 at the Hoboken International Film Festival and Friday, June 22 at the Staten Island Film Festival.
"The Los Angeles screening was a total blast, complete with artists from the film in the house and a loud, extremely energetic crowd singing along, seemingly determined to bring down the house," said director Rick Ernst. "The screenings in every city have been unbelievable — from bands performing live, fans screaming along to the soundtrack or special guests showing up — they have been amazing and I can't wait for more fans to 'Get Thrashed' from coast to coast in June."
"Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" is the story of bands like METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and how they, and others, pioneered a new form of heavy metal in the early 1980s. This new music was called "thrash metal" and many of the bands went from playing friends' parties and small clubs to touring the world and headlining arenas. Along the way, there were drugs, drinking, fights, deaths, mosh pits, leather jackets, long hair and most of all — groundbreaking new music. Eventually, the scene fell apart, but the seeds these bands planted gave rise to the new breed of extreme heavy metal we see and hear today.
"'Get Thrashed' made me feel like I was looking into a scrapbook of my musical life," said ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello. "The film gets it right and makes you feel the vibe and pulse of this music that we all know and love."
The Seattle, WA screening of "Get Thrashed" will be on Saturday, June 2 at 2 PM at the Seattle Art Museum (1300 First Ave, Seattle, Washington 98101). Tickets are $8.00 and are available through trueindependent.org. The Hoboken, NJ screening will be on Sunday, June 3 at 6 PM at Stevens Institute of Technology - Burchard Auditorium (River St between 5th and 6th Sts, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030). Tickets are $9.00 and are available through www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com. The Staten Island, NY screening will be on Friday, June 22 at 9 PM at The College of Staten Island - Recital Hall (2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, New York 10314). Tickets are $6.00 and are available through www.sifilmfestival.org.
"Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" recently took home awards for "Best Documentary" and "Best Soundtrack" at the Backseat Film Festival in Philadelphia.
A new trailer for "Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" has been posted online at this location (Windows Media).
"Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal" had its world premiere at the 2006 Raindance Film Festival in London. The documentary screened on October 3 at the CineWorld, Trocadero Centre, Piccadilly, London. Director Rick Ernst, a longtime freelance producer for MTV, was on hand at the event.
"Get Thrashed" includes interviews with the following musicians/music industry personnel:
LAMB OF GOD
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD
Phil Anselmo (PANTERA)
Chris Jericho (FOZZY)
Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
Jon & Marsha Zazula (Megaforce Records)
Ian Christe ("Sound of the Beast")
Steven Blush ("American Hardcore")
Eddie Trunk (VH1 Classic)
Ron Quintana (Rampage Radio)
The film also features the music of METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER, EXODUS, ANTHRAX, KREATOR, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, PANTERA, ULYSSES SIREN, WARNING SF, OSMIUM, CONCRETE COFFIN, THE LAW, STEVE CONE, VISCID, NOCTURNAL FEAR, EXIT TO ETERNITY, KAOS, RESPONSE NEGATIVE, URTO and KRONIN.