AXS TV will be hosting a special “Heavy Metal Halloween” event, including a new documentary focusing on the 1982 “Metal Massacre” compilation, which helped launch the careers of Metallica, RATT, and many more. The documentary film, titled “Metal Massacre: The Story Of The Legendary Album,” will debut on October 28 at 9 p.m. ET. An encore presentation will follow at 11 p.m. ET.
According to a film synopsis: “Packed with all-star interviews, rare photos, the film tells the story of the groundbreaking 1982 Metal Massacre vinyl compilation—a sonic celebration of the burgeoning Los Angeles Metal scene, which helped launch the careers of iconic acts Metallica and Ratt, and ultimately led to the birth of the legendary independent record label Metal Blade Records. The film boasts priceless commentary and anecdotes from Metal Blade founder Brian Slagel and his friend and collaborator John Kornarens, two metalheads with a dream who made Metal Massacre a reality; as well as Metallica members Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield; Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy; and Black N’ Blue singer Jamie St. James, among many others.”
Metal Massacre featured various unsigned metal bands, including the then-unknown Metallica, who contributed the song “Hit the Lights.” Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich are featured in the doc, as are Metal Blade founder Brian Slagel and Stephen Pearcy of Ratt.
AXS TV’s ‘Heavy Metal Halloween’ programming lineup will also include various docs and concert films about artists including Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper and Judas Priest. Take a look at the trailer for Metal Massacre: The Story of the Legendary Album – here.
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