Megadeth, Slayer Guitarists Discuss Favorite Big 4 Tunes

In anticipation of the first-ever U.S. Big Four concert, Revolver magazine sat down with the bands to discuss the Big Four and what this concert means to them.

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In anticipation of the first-ever U.S. Big Four concert later this month in California, Revolver magazine sat down with the bands to discuss the Big Four and what this concert means to them. Among the topics of discussion were some of the band members' favorite songs by other Big Four bands.

When asked what was his favorite Slayer song, Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine replied: "I just started recently getting into Slayer's music because I was pretty much at odds with those guys for so long. Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to hang out over the years, much to my loss. I'd have to say probably my favorite Slayer song is the one that they close with, 'Angel Of Death' [off 1986's 'Reign In Blood']. Yeah, I love the killer double-kick part at the end of that one."

Slayer's Kerry King was then asked what his favorite Metallica song is, replying:

"Without a doubt, my favorite Metallica song would be 'Damage, Inc.' [off 1986's 'Master Of Puppets']. It just sounds like something I would've wrote. [Laughs] I remember when that came out and thinking to myself, Man, I wish I would've wrote that riff."

"I love that song. Also, 'Battery'. I love anything that's just brutal like that. I love it when James [Hetfield] just comes out and belts out his lyrics, James-style. There's nothing better. It's awesome."

Slayer and Megadeth will be sharing the stage with Metallica and Anthrax as part of the first-ever Big Four concert in the United States on April 23rd in Indio, California at the Empire Polo Club, the site of the Coachella music festival the weekend prior. Tickets are still available.

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    RiffYourFaceOff wrote: Always nice to hear these guys talk about each other in a positive manner.
    amen to this bro
    DaveTheRiffah
    MetalIsForever! wrote: Did nobody think to ask about Anthrax?
    i think the bigger question is...does anyone think about Anthrax?...and the answer to that question is...No..noone thinks about Anthrax.
    FrauVfromPoB
    DaveTheRiffah wrote: MetalIsForever! wrote: Did nobody think to ask about Anthrax? i think the bigger question is...does anyone think about Anthrax?...and the answer to that question is...No..noone thinks about Anthrax.
    I prefer Anthrax to all of the Big 4, except maybe Slayer. I applaud them for their genre-defining, cultural border-crossing experimentation, and because they weren't as serious in a scene that valued ultra-serious sooper-metuhlz I'm-so-thrash-ness.
    rattleurhead
    zmander313 : okay gents, i may get some flame for this, but of the big four I'm really only familiar with Metallica, and Slayer. I have never been a HUGE Metal fan, but I want to try something new. Attention Megadeth and Exodus (im already into Pantera and dont care about Anthrax) fans, please recommend your favorite album by the aforementioned bands : )
    For Megadeth, any of their first 4 albums, but United Abominations and Endgame are also killer. I'm a Megadeth fanboy though, so I like all Megadeth albums (except risk) For Exodus, I havn't listened to much of their early stuff but Exhibit A and Exhibit B are pretty good
    slobberface
    zmander313 wrote: okay gents, i may get some flame for this, but of the big four I'm really only familiar with Metallica, and Slayer. I have never been a HUGE Metal fan, but I want to try something new. Attention Megadeth and Exodus (im already into Pantera and dont care about Anthrax) fans, please recommend your favorite album by the aforementioned bands : )
    Megadeth: Can't go wrong with anything up until about Countdown to Extinction...Exodus: The first 4 records IMO are golden...Can't go wrong
    Galvatron
    zmander313 wrote: okay gents, i may get some flame for this, but of the big four I'm really only familiar with Metallica, and Slayer. I have never been a HUGE Metal fan, but I want to try something new. Attention Megadeth and Exodus (im already into Pantera and dont care about Anthrax) fans, please recommend your favorite album by the aforementioned bands : )
    For Megadeth albums,you cant go wrong with the first 4. Rust in Peace being the peak of awesome. The thing is you have to get the originals,Dave has remastered them all and the remasterings suck massive balls.
    zmander313
    okay gents, i may get some flame for this, but of the big four I'm really only familiar with Metallica, and Slayer. I have never been a HUGE Metal fan, but I want to try something new. Attention Megadeth and Exodus (im already into Pantera and dont care about Anthrax) fans, please recommend your favorite album by the aforementioned bands : )
    thegrip
    of course Anthrax belongs in the big 4, every group needs that one person everyone else picks on, in the big 4, that is Anthrax
    krvolok
    courageous93 wrote: Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth. The Big Four. x.x Pantera should be up there, in my opinion. If not them, Testament or Machine Head.
    How can Pantera be there when they are or were not a thrash band?
    BryceIbanez17
    Too much anthrax trash talk here. Anthrax is badass! with joey obviously. they definitely belong in the big four. testament too but then they would have to make it the big 5. all the four bands deserve to be there.
    MightyAri
    Big 4 are all has beens,why do they get so much coverage on this site?Lame
    Raven_Flight
    Yeah the big four... People argue over what bands deserve to be part of it but nobody asks who the hell decided they should be just "4"
    Galvatron
    The 4th band should be Pantera ,but since that can't happen the next option should have been the original Sepultura line-up.
    Vicryl 2.0
    Anthrax is a great band and so is Testament. but lets face it, the term "The Big 4" was a product of commerce. and Anthrax has sold more than Testament at that time.
    courageous93
    Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth. The Big Four. x.x Pantera should be up there, in my opinion. If not them, Testament or Machine Head.
    TrabenBassist22
    ryandevison wrote: MXFNCK wrote: DaveTheRiffah wrote: MetalIsForever! wrote: Did nobody think to ask about Anthrax? i think the bigger question is...does anyone think about Anthrax?...and the answer to that question is...No..noone thinks about Anthrax. +1, them being part of 'the big 4' is a big joke to me. Bay area bands like Exodus and Testament were (and still are) soooo much better Anthrax wasnt even susposed to be on the big 4. It was susposed to be The now Defunct Band Heaven And Hell, but then dio's cancer worsened so the cancled their performance (a Week before His death)
    Where did you hear that? It's the Big Four of Thrash, Heaven and Hell was not a thrash band. Anyway glad to see these guys are actually getting along, hopefully they'll dd more US shows.
    AkFlare
    I agree, More bands deserve Anthrax's place but they contributed a decent enough share of hits
    SanJose
    Of course Anthrax is supposed to be a part of the big 4. The big 4 is the 4 bands that made thrash metal "popular" (easily said) in the 80's. The big 4 isn't (arguably of course) the best thrash bands from the 80's.
    Breyd
    Testament is waaay better than Anthrax and at least equally good as the other 3.But i maybe a little biased,as they are my second favorite band at the moment.
    ryandevison
    MXFNCK wrote: DaveTheRiffah wrote: MetalIsForever! wrote: Did nobody think to ask about Anthrax? i think the bigger question is...does anyone think about Anthrax?...and the answer to that question is...No..noone thinks about Anthrax. +1, them being part of 'the big 4' is a big joke to me. Bay area bands like Exodus and Testament were (and still are) soooo much better
    Anthrax wasnt even susposed to be on the big 4. It was susposed to be The now Defunct Band Heaven And Hell, but then dio's cancer worsened so the cancled their performance (a Week before His death)
    MXFNCK
    DaveTheRiffah wrote: MetalIsForever! wrote: Did nobody think to ask about Anthrax? i think the bigger question is...does anyone think about Anthrax?...and the answer to that question is...No..noone thinks about Anthrax.
    +1, them being part of 'the big 4' is a big joke to me. Bay area bands like Exodus and Testament were (and still are) soooo much better
    XiuKaZ
    Anthrax should have taken the place of Metallica or at least Slayer, but they had very bad luck, their tour's in the 80's always had been canceled, maybe if it weren't for the bad shit that happened to the band, everyone would be appreciating them more that now. Sorry for any mistakes i don't speak english.