Anthrax Guitarist Would Add Exodus To Big Four

Scott Ian says there's only one other band who could sign up and make a decent Big Five. Meanwhile, who's his favorite band from the current Big Four lineup?

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To see a Big Four show with its lineup of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, is to witnessing a masterclass in thrash metal.

But what if it were a Big Five? Who would you add to the lineup?

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has an idea. He recently said tat there's only one other band that deserves a place in the elitist thrash school, and that's Exodus.

"The only other band really that it would make sense [to include] as far as American thrash-metal would be Exodus, because they were there right at the beginning as well. Their first album came out right at the same time as the rest of us. So I mean, to me, yes - if you were gonna add a fifth band, certainly I would think Exodus would be able to fill that slot very easily," he told Georgia Straight.

Ian also revealed his personal favorite act from the Big Four:

"If you went into my iTunes and you looked at the play count to see what songs I listen to the most, I would probably bet Slayer gets played more than Metallica or Megadeth."

Their collective live album "The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria" went double-platinum this year - though as Blabbermouth note, it helped that the album came with two discs, which meant they only had to sell 50,000 units to pass the 100,000 threshold to claim the double-platinum certification.

Who would you add to the Big Four lineup if you had a choice? Let us know in the comments.

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    My Last Words
    what about Kreator and Demolition Hammer? maybe for openers.
    100% agree with this comment. If you had to pick 1 of the 3 to make it a big five i would personally have to pick testament though
    That would be the best concert entire day or weekend even of thrash metal \m/ way better than Metallicas Orion festival..that line up was shitty....
    Big 8: Judas Priest!!!
    Judas Priest should definately be in that list
    Judas Priest isnt a thrash band you idiots, and I'm one of the biggest Priest fans out there.
    My Last Words
    Priest is NWOBHM if I'm not mistaken
    Yes you are mistaken....Priest have been around since the early 70's. NWOBHM kicked off 79/early 80's.
    now you are mistaken. NWOBHM "kicked off" before that.
    No i'm not and no it didn't.
    NWOBHM started 79 early 80's and although priest and motorhead pre-dated this they were obviously included to the list of bands that made up NWOBHM. but it was first coined in 79
    I understand that Exodus was more important in shaping the genre, but I definitely think Testament put out better albums back in the day. I'll take The Legacy and The New Order over Bonded By Blood.
    Eclectic Lizard
    They where a bit late in the scene. They are great but the Big Four/Five applies to the bands that started thrash/made it popular. Megadeth formed later than the rest though and Anthrax was more NWOBHM on Fistful but nevertheless
    Scott is right, Exodus were one of the first bands along with Metallica and Slayer to lay the foundation for the whole genre, and definitely deserve more recognition. Also, Tom Hunting is one hell of a drummer.
    Contrary to popular belief, the big four actually applies to the four most commercially successful thrash albums of 1986. Master of Puppets - Metallica Peace Sells - Megadeth Reign In Blood - Slayer Among the living - Anthrax
    wasnt among the living released in 1987?
    Yes it was, but the album was popular before then because the band played some of the songs (Indians) live and fans recorded them playing it was with tape recorders and distributed them throughout 1986. Thrash metal was a scene based on tape-trading, so similar situations happened a lot in the early-mid eighties. Which is pretty ironic, considering how Lars attempted to sue Napster for doing pretty much exactly what he was encouraging his fans to do in the eighties.
    link no1
    To be fair, there is a big difference between going to a gig and making shoddy sounding tape recordings that sound like ass and torrenting entire albums that have cost alot of money to record.
    Absolutely, especially Master Of Puppets being the 1st album that truly brought Thrash Metal into the mainstream culture.
    > 1986 > Among the Living > wut AtL was from 1987 like Xmaniac said...
    Also, f*cking Gary Holt. Exodus, Testament, Overkill, I mean... there's so many bands that it's nearly impossible to pick just a few.
    Fuck yes, Exodus are one of the founding fathers of thrash and never seem to get the recognition it deserves. Respect, Ian, lots of it.
    I would add in Testament and maybe Death Angel as well.
    Death Angel is perhaps one of the most unappreciated metal bands. I never even heard about them until my dad told me about them, and I've still only heard little about them since then. PEOPLE MUST BE TAUGHT ABOUT THE AWESOMENESS THAT IS DEATH ANGEL.
    My Last Words
    3 words: The Ultra Violence Damn, their drummer was like 14 at the time of recording, ****ing mental if you ask me.
    dude my ex girlfriend saw them in the airport and didn't even go say hi to them because she had no idea who they were. EX-girlfriend.
    Yeah, I remember I picked up Act III from a record store one time without knowing anything about the band, turned out to be a bloody amazing album!
    I hadn't heard of them until the late 90's when I found some old cassette mix tape with "Mistress of Pain" on it. Kicked arse.
    Where's the love for overkill? One of the most consistently good thrash bands out there, and plus rat helped start the tape trading movement which is what helped launch bands like Metallica in the first place. Plus Bobby blitz rules