Kreator frontman Mille Petrozza took somewhat of a jab at the Big Four idea, giving the involved bands only kudos, but frowning upon any commercial and marketing aspects.
"To me, the Big Four is a label to justify a tour," Petrozza told Loud Mag. "Yes, I enjoyed them and I couldn't get to their recent tour but I think that it is a good thing.
"To me it is about the music, not about the Big Four or a marketing strategy for the next hype," the frontman continued. "I respect those American bands and what they did. If it wasn't for them Kreator would not exist. I keep that in mind but we all go our own way and follow our own path but they have been a huge influence and I will always be thankful for that. We're Kreator, that's it, we're not a part of the Big Four or the big hype or whatever, you know."
Apart from discussing the band's latest studio effort "Phantom Antichrist" and last year's "Dying Alive" live release, Mille focused on today's metal scene, stressing the need for something to constantly happen as crucial.
"Metal has changed, there are new bands but the classic bands are still there," he said. "The new bands coming up means new genres have been popping up over the last few years. I think it is one the healthiest type of music in the world in that there is always something happening. Some things are good, some a little funny or not so good but there is always movement so that the music is always developing."