Bands to Make the Big Four of Thrash Metal the Big Fivewolphert
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Honestly, there are only three logical options: Exodus, Testament, and Overkill. The reason I don't include Kreator is that they were more influential to death metal than to thrash. Exodus was one of the creators of thrash, so they deserve a shot. Testament has a huge following now, and is still making great music. Despite not being one of the first, they kept thrash alive through the early 90's. Overkill was, in my opinion, more influential in shaping the East Coast thrash scene more than Anthrax. Their consistency is greater than almost any other band. In addition, they continue to make good albums, such as Ironbound and Electric Age.
I voted for Overkill. I am more of a fan of Overkill than the others. Looking at it objectively, I would vote for Testament, though. What defined the "Big 4" was their popularity, and how they brought the thrash genre to metal fans as a whole. Testament is easily more popular than Exodus and Overkill, and they've popularized it much ...more
Exodus are definitely "Big 5"-worthy, not only because they are older than all the "Big 4" bands (having formed in 1979) and had Kirk Hammett as their guitarist in their early days, but they were the first Bay Area thrash metal band to exist. That predates Metallica, who hadn't even moved to the Bay Area until shortly after they hired Cliff Burton as their bassist. Not to mention, one of Exodus' early demos inspired Slayer to make "Show No Mercy", and they would inspire many bands of their generation such as Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Sepultura, Death Angel, Kreator and many others. Without Exodus, there would be no such thing as thrash metal or the bands of that genre.
Hell, why Big 5? I say; let's make it "The Thrashing Thirty"(or more than that). More Thrash Metal bands, the better.
Exodus and testament obviouslyV 4 Comments
The most successful thrash band outside of the big four. Excellent thrash metal throughout their entire career. The Legacy, The New Order, and Practice What You Preach are all thrash metal albums of perfection.
How about a new Big 4 of Thrash? Instead of most commercially successful bands, just make it the bands who are most consistently true to the genre.
Kreator - surgeonsanic
Great band. If the Big Four had a fifth member, this would be it.
KingsV 3 Comments
The reason Overkill deserves a place in the Big 4 or Big 5 is not because they've existed longer than all the Big 4 bands, but because they're the best thrash metal band ever.
Overkill is a highly underrated band, and my 4th favorite thrash band
MOST UNDERRATED BAND WHERE THRASH IS CONCERNED... IF YOU WANNA COMPARE THRASH MUSIC THEY HAVE COMPOSED BETTER THRASH THAN Metallica AND ANTHRAX AND HOW COME THEY ARE SO LOW HERE.. OVERKILL KICKS ASSES!
ENJOY THRASH MY FELLOW METALHEADS!
Annihilator! Never mind being in the big 5, these guys should already be in the big four!
Okay, Anthrax fills the big 4 mostly because the "Among The Living" masterpiece... so Annihilator with its "Alice in Hell" is almost that good as Anthrax...
They would make it less American... but there music is better than some of the big 4. - Lucretia
Without a doubt, in the Big-5. Awesome band with the best riffs.
Annihilator for the win, the most underrated band on this list. - Metal_Treasure
I think there should be a "big one" which is kreator... Better than Metallica slayer and anthrax
Kreator is the best Thrash metal band of 2000s. just listen to Hordes Of Chaos and Phantom Antichrist.
Big 4 is only in US...Kreator much better than Slayer...
That guy who says Overkill sucks because of their vocals is a dork.
Imagine the irony of someone commenting that Overkill's vocals suck whilst endorsing Sepultura. what?!?
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Most groove really though - LucretiaV 4 Comments
Why don't they get much attention?!
Wrong logo. This is Death Angel not Dark Angel.
This is a really tough one but I'm gonna have to go with sodom, only need to listen to the songs napalm in the morning, marines, agent orange and among the weirdcong to see why - wolphert
It's a mystery to me why Metal Church never gets the recognition they should have gotten long ago. They're way more eligible for the Big 4 or Big 5 rather than Megadeth or Anthrax.
Metal Church is one of the bands that deserves a place in "Big 5" because not only were they good friends with Metallica, but they were around a little earlier (having formed in 1980 and released their self-titled debut album in 1984) and were somewhat of a strong inspiration for the 80's and 90's power metal scene.
Motörhead isn't thrash metal, they're speed metal. - Therevengewedge
They are heavy metal - Lucretia
Venom has never been a thrash metal band even though they influenced all the Big Four bands.V 3 Comments
The fact that this band features Danny Lilker (from S.O.D. and the original bassist for Anthrax) isn't their only claim to fame. Along with bands like D.R.I. and Suicidal Tendencies, Nuclear Assault was part of the emerging crossover thrash scene of the 80's.
Pantera is not thrash metal. Why are they even on this list, and why are they ahead of bands like Nuclear Assault, Dark Angel or Forbidden? I can't understand that. - MetalRiot
Pantera definitely doesn't belong in the Big 4 or Big 5 because they're not thrash metal.
Groove metal is a derivative form of thrash but it's not thrash anymore so I wouldn't consider Pantera here. - Metal_Treasure
Since Groove Metal is a slower kind of Thrash, Pantera's last 5 albums make them worthy to be on this list. I wouldn't vote for them though - NjakDjakV 1 Comment
Close to Metallica because the bassist of Metallica was in them. - Lucretia
Why is Savatage on this list? They're not thrash metal, they're power metal. - MetalRiot
Power metal is not thrash metal, so I wouldn't put Savatage in a so called "Big 5" or "Big 6" or whatever.
Correct me if I am wrong but they are not thrash metal
They need more recognition. Criss Oliva (R.I.P.) is a criminally underrated guitarist.
One of Canada's finest, along with Annihilator, Sacrifice and Razor.
They should be above bands who are not completely thrash metal like Motörhead, Pantera and Venom.
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