Metallica. Megadeth. Slayer. Anthrax. The Thrash Elite; The Big 4.
Over the years, bands such as Exodus, Testament, Overkill, Kreator, Sodom and Destruction may all have pushed for the term to become The Big 5 (or more) but in influence and album sales, The Big 4 were The Big 4 for a reason. These guys were at the forefront of the movement and they recorded the albums that broke new ground and sold a simply staggering 160 million+ albums between them.
Thrash Metal was a breath of very fresh air in the early 1980’s, with the speed and snot-nosed aggression of Punk merging seamlessly with the power chords and ingenious guitar solos orchestrated by New Wave Of British Heavy Metal heroes such as Iron Maiden, Saxon, Diamond Head, Tygers of Pan Tang, Raven, Venom and Angel Witch.
The innovators would become The Big 4: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, fearless figureheads in an ever-growing scene.
History tells us that all 4 bands sold millions of albums and repeatedly toured the globe but which album can truly be considered the greatest of them all?
Let battle commence….