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Monday Metal Madness – The “Second” Big Four

Last week, The Sword took the poll from Mastodon in the modern-retro battle. Congrats to the Austin, Texas-based band that has made quite a name for themselves in metal. This week I am setting up a poll based on many opinions I have read over the last couple years. It is the subject of the second Big Four. We all know the contributions of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax. There is no need to go in-depth on that one. What about other thrash metal bands that formed around the same time? Some of the names I have seen thrown into the mix the most are Testament, Death Angel, Overkill, Flotsam and Jetsam, Exodus, Machine Head, and Pantera. The only thing that separates Machine Head and Pantera  from the rest is that they basically shot to fame in the 90s vs, the 80s.  So, let’s stick to bands that formed around the same time as the original Big Four.

I am choosing Testament and Overkill for this poll. Personally, I think these two bands have contributed greatly to metal and are still at it with little to no breaks in their careers. Gaps happen, but consistency is important to me.  Testament had a break during singer Chuck Billy’s battle with cancer, but other than that have been full force. What say you? Check out these two 80’s era videos before you cast your vote. Ah, the good old days.