Testament guitarist Eric Peterson recently discussed the Big 4 of thrash metal, jokingly sharing an idea about the formation of a new titan team, the one featuring his band, Exodus, Kreator and Overkill.
During a Rock Hard Magazine chat, Eric was prompted to share his thoughts on the matter after an interviewer noted that there should be a Big 6 rather that a Big 4, adding Testament and Exodus as the new bands.
"We can keep adding numbers to it - the Big 10, the Big 5, the Big 4, whatever. It was the Big 5 for the last four years to everybody, that kinda makes sense, 'cause it's a pentagram."
Considering whether Testament or Exodus should make the mentioned Big 5, Peterson said, "Depends on which era. Exodus was better than everybody at one point and we were a new band ... it depends on what stage you're talking about."
Saying that the current Big 4 lineup "makes sense" since Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax were the first thrash bands to reach international success, the guitarist added, "Testament was definitely there, but we were still back a little bit, we were kinda rising anew."
Getting back to the Exodus comparison, Eric stated, "Have we done better than Exodus at some point? Yeah, sure. But if there's a Big 6, that would be it.
"We'll make the new Big 4. It would be Testament, Exodus, Kreator, Overkill. There you go, new kids on the block," Peterson concluded.
It might have been somewhat of a joking statement, but would you check out the New Big 4 live if it happened to become a reality? Let us know below.