Archives For thrash

“It may be freezing out there, but the metal’s still HOT, MOTHERFUCKERS!!!” – Bobby Blitz’s greeting

It was one of those tours where both bands are of roughly equal stature and you aren’t sure who should be opening first.

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2016 was not off to a good start for us headbangers with Lemmy Kilmister’s passing, but I am happy and proud to say that this latest Megadeth statement helped jerk me out of my mourning phase.
More than thirty years into their career, Megadeth has managed to craft one their stronger all-time records. As the excellent cyborg-apocalypse album art shows, the band has its finger on the fear and anger over the state of our world in 2016, with strong, tight, relevant music to match.

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As I drove through the parking lot of Nassau Coliseum, the bass riff of “Dawn Patrol” thundering at top volume, I kept thinking about what a great deal my ticket for this show was: $40 for three of the most legendary and successful metal bands of all time (Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax, and if Metallica been added to the bill, that price would have easily climbed to $150).

It was the 20th anniversary of the 1990 thrash masterworks “Rust In Peace” and “Seasons In The Abyss,” so both records would be performed straight through. I’ve always enjoyed that, as it’s like a giant listening party for the benefit of the especially eager fans. When you’ve taken the time to love every song on the record, it’s rewarding for you and the band, since you both get to hear and perform songs you usually don’t get to hear live.

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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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