Which of the big 4 is your favorite?
Metallica
42.4% (131)
42.4% (131)
Megadeth
17.2% (53)
17.2% (53)
Slayer
9.1% (28)
9.1% (28)
Anthrax
4.2% (13)
4.2% (13)
I like them all equally.
2.9% (9)
2.9% (9)
I can't decide.
3.6% (11)
3.6% (11)
None of those bands are good.
20.7% (64)
20.7% (64)
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Metallica are overall my favourite of those bands . I always seem to listen to them go back to them every few days no matter what.

Slayer are good if I'm in the mood for something really heavy. Oddly, I don't even like Reign in Blood that much, the songs are too short. I think that their best albums are Seasons in the Abyss, South of Heaven, God Hates us All, Christ Illusion and World Painted Blood.

I just recently got into Megadeth. They have some great riffs (Hangar 18, Countdown to Extinction) and by far the best lyrics of the 4. However, I don't like Dave's whiny voice, not to mention the fact that he's a massive cunt.

Anthrax have some good songs and I like Joey Belladonna's screams.

BreakfastMan:
The big 4, for those who do not know, refers to 4 thrash metal bands:

Metallica:


Megadeth:

Slayer:

and Anthrax:

These 4 metal bands are basically the biggest names in thrash. No other bands really come close; hence the title "The Big 4". I have always wondered which one the Escapist community prefers.

So, I pose the question to y'all: which of the big 4 is your favorite, and why?

I don't like the old metal stuff,pretty much none of it. But then, I listen to mostly In Flames, Dark Tranquillity to Suicide Silence.

Anthrax gets my vote. They in my oppinion have had more consistently good albums with only 2-3 being weak, also their last album Worship Music was excellent.

Metallica: Only like their first three albums, parts of ...And Justice For All as well as Garage Inc, the rest ranges from mediocre to terrible.

Megadeth: Not a big fan of anything after countdown to extinction.

Slayer: Great stuff in the 80's but anything after Seasons in the Abyss have sucked, saying that though, Disciple off of God Hates Us All is one of the best Slayer tracks.

To me, it's Megadeth and Slayer. Then Anthrax, then Metallica.
The big four are together because they together formed what we call thrash metal today.
So to me, they are incredibly important.

DarkishFriend:
Megadeth, oh God, Megadeth. Amazing guitar skills, the song writing is good and I think Dave is much more versatile for creating riffs than anyone else from the big 4.

He's a good guitarist but his voice is horrible in my opinion.
I pick none of the above since Pantera isn't on the poll.

Sexy Devil:
Metal heads are too busy killing everything to think about such things.

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Excellent, I was just playing Jak 3 xD

OT: Metallica all the way, one of my absolute favourite bands. Though I do like a big of Megadeth I prefer the deeper tones of Metallica and I find their music a lot more consistent in terms of quality. Anthrax have a few good songs, but I just abide Slayer; they seem to be all show to me and I can't take them seriously.

(That said Manowar I like and god knows I can't take them that seriously, hail from Britain btw)

IrateDonnie:

DarkishFriend:
Megadeth, oh God, Megadeth. Amazing guitar skills, the song writing is good and I think Dave is much more versatile for creating riffs than anyone else from the big 4.

He's a good guitarist but his voice is horrible in my opinion.
I pick none of the above since Pantera isn't on the poll.

Gotta say I agree on the voice part, Dave Mustaine doesn't have a good voice compared to Hetfield, in my opinion.

Pantera are pretty great too. (:

It used to be Metallica but the combination of Lulu (Along with all the dick moves they've been pulling lately) and Anthrax's amazing Worship Music has meant that Anthrax have jumped from 4th place to 1st. It now stands:
1. Anthrax
2. Megadeth
3. Metallica
4. Slayer

Metallica if you ignore everything after And Justice for All. Megadeath otherwise.

Neither of them have anything on black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Dio and so on however.

Don't particularly love any of them, but Metallica is probably my favourite.

I don't even listen to that much metal these days, lol. If I do listen to something heavy it's usually hardcore of some sort, or metalcore.

Bah.....None of them really in there current Incarnation. Way better Thrash Metal bands out there that came out around the same era, but aren't that big... Celtic Frost, HellHammer, Venom Bathory

Anthrax. Old Anthrax. I tried listening to their newest album with Belladonna back, but modern production and filters just don't work with thrash metal... it sounds like crap. Give me "I Am the Law" any day.

More currently, my favorite thrash bands overall have been Death Angel and Exodus for a loooong time.

I'm not a huge lover of the Big Four as a whole, although I do like Metallica and Megadeth a fair bit, so I suppose it is a draw between the two. I've never really listened to much Anthrax, and I find myself physically incapable of enjoying Slayer, for some reason.

Megadeth are decent. Thrash ain't really my scene though.

Sepultura (specifically up to and including Arise I mean).

I know that's not an option, but really I think they did more to earn a place among the big 4 than Anthrax and had a much bigger impact on the development of the Death and Black Metal (even in spite of Morbid Visions being rather patchy and incompetent, but hey, not everything has to be great to leave an impact) genres and I think Schizophrenia, Beneath the Remains and Arise really tend to get overlooked when it comes to great Thrash albums. Anyway, out of the big four I'm not particularly fussed about Anthrax or Slayer and I haven't really listened to enough of Megadeth (yeah, I know, that's kinda shameful >.>) to make much of a judgement so I'll go with Metallica, who for as much shit as they get have still made 6 good albums out of 9 in my mind, though I suppose nothing they've made post Master of Puppets has really come close to emulating it. =/

Needs more Sabbath, Godfathers of Metal > "Big Four".

Honestly, all four of them are pretty boring. I acknowledge that they've had a huge influence during their time, but this day and age there's far superior bands releasing albums. :P

Revocation, for example.

Megadeth by a large margin for me. I love Slayer and early Metallica as well but Megadeth is close to the top of my favorite metal bands of all time. Dave is an excellent musician mixing influences and styles brilliantly.

Anthrax has always been "meh" to me though and I enjoy a number of other thrash acts more than them e.g Testament, Dark Angel, Exodus and of course the amazing Pantera. Scott Ian is a pretty cool guy though I guess.

Testament would be my second favorite Thrash band if anyone cares, always wish they would get more credit outside of the underground metal community like Megadeth/Metallica/Slayer did. Such an awesome band.

I'm leaning more towards Metallica, seeing as they were kinda my first thrash band. Tbh thrash isn't even my favorite genre. Although one of my favorite bands is Gojira, so I neglect all oher answers and chose them! They do have thrash elements in their music.

Now if anyone needs me I'm gonna be chilling out to Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky ;)

I'm honestly not that much of a fan of thrash, I prefer either Melodic death metal (The Black Dahlia Murder) or Metalcore (Caliban), but I prefer Metallica to the ones listed, with Slayer in second place.

MiracleOfSound:

(Plus Slayer live is a hell of an experience)

Oh, I see what you did there...

Megadeth wins handily.

Of course none of the can carry Overkill's jockstrap.

I'm more into bands like WeltenBrand from Liechtenstein.

Without Undermining and Pedant-icing Anyone's musical Taste
I always though Thrash Metal was inelegant brutish and unsophisticated
Though MetallicA kinda prove me wrong by being full of Variety and Subtlety

I do Love Rammstein and early Black Sabbath though as far as Metal Goes

Sexy Devil:
Metal heads are too busy killing everything to think about such things.

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I love you for that.

On topic, I have to say Metallica. In fact, I don't even like any of the other Big 3 that much. One of the best things about Metallica is that they tried something new (even if some of it was crap, I'm looking at St. Anger).

Definitely Metallica. They have been my favorite band since 1983-84... cant remember the exact date, but it was right after Master of Puppets came out. Rest in Peace, Cliff Burton. Also, they need to get Jason Newsted back!!!

Blargh McBlargh:
Honestly, all four of them are pretty boring. I acknowledge that they've had a huge influence during their time, but this day and age there's far superior bands releasing albums. :P

Revocation, for example.

No offense, but to be honest I cannot stand what is defined as "metal" today. It irritates me to no end to hear them constantly scream into the mike and call it singing. I will take my old school metal any day over that stuff. Again, thats just a personal choice, I'm not trying to bash on what you like.

Metallica all the way. Apart from Load, Reload and St Anger though.
Can't get into Anthrax (apart from their more commercial album with Safe Home on, fans don't crucify me), and Slayer are a bit one dimensional. I do like their Reign in Blood and South of Heaven records though.

Whoops, forgot Megadeth. Haven't much of their stuff, but I don't like Mustaine's voice much.

The main reason they're called the big four to my knowledge is because Sonisphere festival marketed them as such last year.

Going to say Megadeth because I like a few of their songs (although their live gigs consist of walking on stage, playing a few songs and walking off in search of the cheque.)

I'd like to add that 'tallica bore me something rotten, it's pretty grim when a band has to announce for live shows "It's the good album! Honest!".

Anthrax is my favorite of the four by a long shot.

I quite like Megadeth, haven't listened much to Slayer and just don't like Metallica.

Sepultura. /thread

Ok ok, I'm only slightly serious.

I have mixed feelings about all of "the big four", to be honest.
Megadeth I haven't listened a whole lot to, and what I have listened from them I didn't particularly like.
Anthrax have some fun songs, although I'd much rather listen to S.O.D. instead.
Slayer have made a couple of really great records in the mid and late 80's, but since then, they haven't released anything that I consider to be noteworthy.
Metallica is a tough one. They've made one of my favorite metal albums of all time (Ride The Lightning), along with several really strong releases in the 80's. And then the 90's happened. The 00's haven't been much better for them either, although I suppose Death Magnetic was alright.

MiracleOfSound:
Megadeth was always my favourite of the 4.

They had more musical variety and inventiveness I felt than the other 3, as well as having a good mix between the heaviness and technical stuff.

However - nothing beats a bit of Reign In Blood by Slayer when you need some speed-rage! (Plus Slayer live is a hell of an experience)

You've pretty much hit my same reasons for liking Megadeth. Also, unlike Metallica, Megadeth have not taken 15+ years to get back to doing what made them so awesome. Sure, Dave wavered a little into a more hard rock direction, but he's always been more technically interesting than Kirk and James.

Also, I like some Anthrax tunes, but they've never really clicked for me. Slayer, who I've heard a fair bit of, is just too....samey from album to album for my taste. I get it, Kerry, you like to make squealy whammy bar solos.

None of the above. I think we can all agree that big boy I'm about to link clearly surpasses all the "Big" 4.

Sexy Devil:
Metal heads are too busy killing everything to think about such things.

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Lol cookie for you

Slayer has to be my favorite because it is the hardest of the big 4 in the list and to me that's what metal is all about

If I was nostalgic, it would be Cliff Burton. Metallica started on their epic decline after his death.Second place would be Megadeth (especially the Marty Friedman years).

but the I couldn't bear to put select anything but "I like none of these".
Metallica haven't made anything worthwhile since their "Astronomy" (Blue Oyster cult) cover, the last Megadeth albums aren't even worth mentioning, and the I haven't cared enough (or been given a reason to care) about Anthrax or Slayer the last 15 years so why even mention them.

If you want good metal, look up Pagan's Mind!

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