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"Serious Pulitzer material"—<em>Creative Loafing</em>
"Awesome"—Robb Flynn, Machine Head
"Awesome"—Brian Slagel, Metal Blade Records
"Fucking awesome"—Kerry King, Slayer
"Great"—Lars Ulrich, Metallica
"AMAZING"—Alex Skolnick, Testament
"Thank you for writing this book! It's the definitive story of the scene and what we managed to make of it here in the Bay Area."—Kirk Hammett, Metallica
"<em>Murder in the Front Row</em> captures the true essence of thrash metal in its embryonic stage. These photographs take me on a tour down memory lane, bringing back many laughs and prompting comments like: 'I don't remember that!'"—Dave Lombardo, Slayer
"I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in the early days of California thrash metal. It's great looking at pictures of myself with that poodle perm I had in 1982!"—Ron McGovney, Metallica
"A thick, beautiful book that captures a special moment in time"—<em>A.P.</em>
"By far, the greatest photo book on any music scene I've ever seen. The bands themselves couldn't have put out a more exhaustive and detailed account of the period."—<em>The Huffington Post</em> [CA]
"A photographic odyssey through the inception of Bay Area thrash"—<em>San Francisco Chronicle</em>
Brian Lew contributed to Ron Quintana's legendary Metal Mania fanzine, and published Whiplash fanzine. He currently runs the popular Ümlaut Archives blog and lives in San Francisco. Since the late 1990s, Harald O. has played bass in the influential punk/metal band D. R. I. He has taken hundreds of photos of bands, including Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, and Megadeth. He lives in Oakland, CA.