In the mid eighties, roving bands of headbangers like Slayer, Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth ruled the earth, and metal fans rejoiced heartily. Here is the story of that golden age of thrash and its sad decline.
Here in 2011, it feels like the electrical interwebs have been with us forever. But it wasn't always so. Once upon a time, way back in the 1990s, the internet was a strange, disconnected place. Tech-savvy fans passed info around via primitive newsgroups, and even if they used the internet to track down bootlegs of their favorite artists they still traded them as actual CDs through the mail
What magazine would be just crazy enough to fly all the way to Milan, Italy, just to get all of the members of the Big Four together for a once-in-a-lifetime photo shoot and a historic roundtable discussion? If you didn't immediately guess Guitar World, then you just haven't been paying attention.
In a recent interview with The Quietus, Exodus guitarist Gary Holt revealed that one of his main motivations for filling in for injured Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman was being able to reconnect with Metallica lead guitarist and former Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett.
According to Rock News Desk, a group of local business owners in the Bronx, New York are concerned about the possibility of rioting related to the upcoming Big Four show at Yankee Stadium on September 13.
This latest story comes from Revolver's Big Four issue (which you can pick up here), in which Slayer's Kerry King and Tom Araya, Anthrax's Charlie Benante and Metallica's Lars Ulrich remember the Clash of the Titans tour, and discuss what makes the "Big Four" so special. An excerpt follows:
This latest story comes from Revolver's Big Four issue, which you can pick up here, and recalls the early days of Megadeth when the band's lineup -- if for a brief time -- featured another young thrasher by the name of Kerry King.
For the next month leading up to the Big Four show at Yankee Stadium on September 14, Guitar World and Revolver are teaming up to bring you exclusive Big Four content every day for four weeks -- the "Big Four Weeks," if you will. For the first two weeks, Revolver will be rolling out portions of their roundtable discussion with the members of the Big Four every day.
Revolver is presenting a first look at the Big Four trading cards that are including in newsstand editions of the September/October issue, which will be available on newsstands on Tuesday, August 16. The cards were modeled the cards after Topps baseball cards from 1986 — the year three of the bands released their masterpieces.