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I first started working on this series about four years ago. It has been through many revisions, rewrites, and re-visitations since then.

But here’s the thing: metal history doesn’t stop!

So let us consider this coverage of more “recent” events (since 2010 or so) as a bonus.

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Presenting thrash metal to the world like the four horsemen of the apocalypse, the Big Four were among the progenitors of the genre. Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax collected the lion’s share of the album sales, fans, and awards–and still do. Their decades of fine service to the genre have ensured over time that they are considered the definitive thrash metal bands.

But there were plenty of other notable bands who played a part in making thrash metal what it is today. Some fans even purposefully resent Metallica and others for taking attention from other worthy thrash metal groups. Regardless, it just so happens that fanbases evolve over time and it has never been easier to rediscover these other, more neglected thrashers.

This section is about those much-loved, just-as-good, but not as popular thrash metal bands: Beyond the Big Four.

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