This is something you rarely see; in fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen one like it, a documentary about a real DIY touring band. The taxpayers have a decent following but they’re still a pretty small band, this isn’t a NOFX DVD, it’s the Taxpayers and that just makes everything better. It follows the band on their tour with The Wild (another really good band) the two aren’t together for the entire thing but a good chunk of it. You get to find out in part what it’s like to be a DIY touring band. There’s a little bit about how The Taxpayers was started and how they book and get around on tour. You get to see some of the people they meet along the way and find out about when they were living in a storage container for a bit. The DVD has some really great live footage which may be my favorite parts because The Taxpayers are one of the most fun bands I’ve ever seen live. The footage on here still doesn’t do them justice but its pretty rad all the same. The DVD runs about an hour long, there’s also a trailer on here and a couple deleted scenes. My only real complaints is I wish there’d have been more of this, it seems like it just scratches the surface and it seems to just abruptly end. But besides that it’s a fun watch. Anybody that’s into punk bands will probably enjoy this; it’s pretty cool to see how a real punk band hits the road for a change. You can scoop it up from Asian Man records.
Get Thrashed, or Get Thrashed: The Story of Thrash Metal is a documentary about thrash metal. It runs about two hours (with another hour or extras) and goes down thrash metal from the start until today. It’s got a good mix of just an overview so it doesn’t end up being fifteen hours, and goes in-depth to some bands. It doesn’t just pick like the big four to go into, it digs into a lot of bands you may not have heard of. This is a great documentary for big metal heads that like hearing about the things that they love and it’s also an awesome introduction to thrash if you’re new to it. It touches on a lot of great bands and calls out some top rate albums that’ll get you well on your way to becoming a full time metal head. It looks like the director Rick Ernst has only made this, but I hope he kicks out some more documentaries because this one was done pretty well. I watch a lot of documentaries and like a lot of metal, and I very much enjoyed this one, it’s in the higher level of metal documentaries that I’ve seen. My only problem with this documentary is some of the interviews. They’re talking about all these great bands, with interviews from band members, but then they also interview some more current bands, just about all of which fucking suck. I understand that these are some of the bands that early thrash bands influenced but I don’t give a flying fuck about with the guy from slipknot, or Killswitch Engage has to say about Kreator. This is a must watch for any thrash fan, and my highest recommendation if you’re just getting into thrash. Get Thrashed is a fucking great documentary that goes up there with the likes of the best of them, like ‘Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey’.
First time director, Sacha Gervasi takes on a look at the 80′s metal band, Anvil. This documentary totally grabbed my interest in Anvil once again, if there’s any band still keeping it real it’s Anvil. They had their peak in the 80′s but they’re still going today. Playing small clubs instead of big time stages and having to run down club owners for not paying them are some of the frustrations the band has to endure now a days but that doesn’t deter them from the metal dream. Able to write and record a new album while trying to live the non rock star life can be a pain in the ass but Anvil does it, labels give them the cold shoulder with the new material so they say fuck it, and just put out the album themselves, because that’s how dedicated these men are to what their doing. With their drive and perseverance you’d think they were men twenty or thirty years younger. This may be one of the best music documentaries made; anyone who’s a fan of music and especially of metal music should not miss out on seeing Anvil! The Story of Anvil.
1986 Jeff Krulik and John Heyn brought us a video documentary about heavy metal fans, in a parking lot. Running at only fifteen minutes and filmed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland on May 31 before a Judas Priest concert with Dokken opening. Bootlegged for years we finally have a DVD release here, a short running time it will supply you with hours of entertainment with great friends like Zebraman. Metal heads of the 80′s were a great group of people, slightly redneck, white trash, drunk or drugged up and always rocking the fashion of 1986 this has a large cult following for a reason. Can’t bring yourself to drop the money for a fifteen minute DVD? That’s ok; it’s got features that will make it worth your while. We’ve got outtakes, Commentary, Interviews, they go and seek out some of the metal fans that were in the original documentary and we’ve also got ‘sequels’ including, but limited to, Neil Diamond parking lot and monster truck parking lot. This also has a really cool feature, I guess it could be considered an interview, where they seek out one metal head and he just takes us to his basement and shows off his mega sweet metal collection. I highly recommend picking this up, you won’t regret it.
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