The GET THRASHED journey begins in the early 80s, where Metallica and several other bands laid the groundwork for what would become a lasting impression on the face of heavy metal music. These bands helped ignite local scenes in Los Angeles, the Bay area of Northern California and New York City, which helped fuel a worldwide thrash metal movement. By the dawn of the 1990’s, thrash bands had gone from playing backyard barbeque parties to headlining arenas and Metallica were on their way to becoming one of the biggest metal acts of all time. But as legions of headbanging, stage diving and moshing metalheads were flocking to see their favorite bands, the tides had begun to change. In the early 1990’s, an evolving musical landscape sent thrash spiraling back into the underground. Some bands broke up, some artists returned to their day jobs and some passed away. While the music lived on, the scene was forever changed.
Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal is the award winning documentary film which traces the rise, fall and impact of thrash metal; from its early years, through its influence on grunge, nu metal and today’s heavy metal scene. It is the story of the heaviest, hardest music of the 80s and early 90s as told by the bands that lived it, the fans and bands that grew up on it and by the artists that carry the “thrash metal” flag today. Get Thrashed throws new light on an overlooked, yet incredible music scene and how it went from a simple rumbling in the underground to a loud, obnoxious roar in the (almost) mainstream.
The film features the music of and interviews with members of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Slipknot, Pantera, Exodus, Anthrax, Lamb of God, Testament, Overkill, Godsmack, Municipal Waste, Kreator, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage, Sepultura, Shadows Fall, Nuclear Assault, Death Angel, Vio-lence, Destruction, Sodom, DRI, In Flames, Chimaira, Biohazard, Hirax, Meshuggah, The Haunted, Kittie, Heathen, Ulysses Siren, Warning SF, Soilwork, Dark Angel, Strapping Young Lad, Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Rcords), Jon & Marsha Zazula (ex-Megaforce Records), DJ Will (KNAC), Eddie Trunk (VH1 Classic), Ian Christe (author - Sound of The Best), Steven Blush (author - American Hardcore), Ron Quintana (Rampage Radio) and introducing the music of The Fall, Steve Cone, Concrete Coffin, Osmium, Kaos, Viscid, Kron, Exit to Eternity, Urto, Response Negative and Nocturnal Fear.
Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal is an independent film executive produced by Saigon1515 Productions, LLC.
Production on the DIY documentary began in late 2002 with Rick Ernst serving as director / producer /editor / cameraman. The first interviews were conducted in New York in early 2003.
In late 2003, web designer and Production Assistant Doug Sexton began contributing to the project.
In 2004, Rat Skates, founding drummer of thrash pioneers Overkill, jumped on board as Associate Producer.
In 2006-2007, Get Thrashed hit the film festival circuit. The film played to packed houses around the world, picking up awards & critical acclaim along the way.
On September 16, 2008, Get Thrashed is released on DVD.
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