Best Bands In the Big Four of Thrash

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The Top Ten

1 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums, and their biggest hits are Symphony of Destruction, Holy ...read more.

the Dave's power as the frontman makes the band my favorite thrash band of all times
I started listening to them, with songs like "Symphony of Destruction", "Hangar 18" and "Peace Sells" - rock2metal

Megadeth has remained consistent
Megadeth has always made complex music and riffs
Master of puppets (one of my personal favorites) is a phenomenal song but its just power chords but holy wars is much more than that its music speaks for itself thrash metal is not just heading to power chords its much more than that!

Albums like Rust in piece, Countdown to extinction and Peace sells are great. For me it is the number 1.

The fact that this is ranked above Metallica and way less popular says everything you need to know.

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2 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

one of my favorite metal bands, sometimes I think I like them as same as Megadeth (or even more)... both are my favorite thrash bands, and it's so great they've played together; even though they have had some feuds
I started hearing them with a Motorhead's cover, "Overkill"... the song was so great, so I started to hearing them; also they were the first metal band I heard - rock2metal

Musically better songs that take me away to another place, but Megadeth were better at playing and as a "thrash" band. I usually don't even think of Metallica as thrash because their music was so far ahead of other bands at the time. - 1029384756

My favourite band ever! I have all albums and E.P's. I have also got unreaaleased songs, demo's from 1982, NO LIFE TIL LEATHER! Metallica will always be my favourite band and nothing can change that!

Metallica is the best! No one compares to them!
1. METALLICA
2. Anthrax
3. Megadeth
4. Slayer

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3 Slayer Slayer ...read more.

Here's list of the best album since 2006 ago
1. The best album of 2009 = 3rd. Endgame - Megadeth, 4th. World Painted Blood - Slayer,
2. The best album of 2007 = 7th. United Abomination - Megadeth
2. The best album of 2008 = Death Magnetic wasn't in the Thrash rule more
3. The best album of 2006 = 1st. Christ Illusion - Slayer

Metallica has sold out since The Black Album, even their Death Magnetic coudn't be in the Thrash Metal way more, caused those songs many HardRock style like in Reload and Load era.

Megadeth just has a great amazing guitar solo, but Dave sound is weak almost like childish,

Slayer is the most consistent with Thrash Metal way since their first album, Araya has loud scream also most aggressive style among Mustaine and Hetfield way, Dave Lombardo get back in Christ Illusion-World Painted Blood with awesome double-kick-pedal, King and Hanneman play faster on the amazing solo. SLayer wins... Slayer's Thrash Metal Rules

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Slayer are thrash until the die and easily the most aggressive and manic. Kerry King may need to shut up, but man is the music worth his bull.

Would just like to say that Slayer is easily THE metal band. You don't become the most influential band for no reason.

Metallica would be better if they didn't sell out with the Black Album.

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4 Anthrax Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

Although they are usually considered the worst in the big four they are by far my favourite just simply because they have so much awesome songs like Medusa, Caught in a mosh, Be all end all, Indians, madhouse and metal thrashing mad plus many more. m/ - wolphert

Even though I love Anthrax, I think these guys being included in the Big Four instead of bands like Overkill or Exodus is wrong.

Overall, Anthrax is great. I am tempted to say Slayer, but I think I'll go with Anthrax.

Amazing live, pure thrash sound

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5 Testament Testament Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, the band consists of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Gene Hoglan.

They should be Anthrax's replacement.

Definitely belongs in the Big 5.

Big Four or not, Testament is better than Metallica.

Same as Exodus not in the big 4 - christangrant

6 Exodus Exodus Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 37 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members.

Um they aren't in the Big 4 - christangrant

Baloff and Zouza Exodus laid the groundwork for thrash, and Duke perfected it. What's not to love about this band.

7 Overkill Overkill Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D.

It's either this band, Testament or Exodus that should be included in the Big 5 of thrash metal.

8 Sodom Sodom Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member.
9 Kreator Kreator Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen. Their style of music is similar to that of their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard; along with those three bands, Kreator has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Teutonic thrash metal, and they are often credited with helping pioneer ...read more.
10 Tankard Tankard Tankard is a thrash metal band from Frankfurt am Main, Germany, founded in 1982. Along with the bands Kreator, Destruction and Sodom, Tankard is often considered one of the "The Big Teutonic Four" of Teutonic thrash metal.

The Contenders

11 Destruction Destruction Destruction is a German thrash metal band. They are considered one of the "The Big Four" of the German thrash metal scene, the others being Kreator, Sodom and Tankard.
12 Metal Church Metal Church Metal Church is an American heavy metal band. They originally formed in San Francisco, California in 1980 before relocating to Aberdeen, Washington the following year and briefly using the name Shrapnel.
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