Thursday, August 4, 2011
Random Rant: The "Big Four"
I don't know where or why the the term originated (Did it happen after the eighties?), but I think it's quite (for lack of a better word) stupid. It feels as if an unknown at an incompetent magazine coined the label and it caught on with both metalheads and the mainstream. If I could, I'd throw it out a proverbial window. When you think about it, all four bands have absolutely had influential music and at least a couple albums that have been incredible, but at some point they fell into a state of stagnancy and decline. If I were to coin the term, I would include consistently quality bands under the label, even thrashers that aren't American.
Don't get me wrong; all four of these bands have a string of albums I really love, but they all have a number of stains in their discography that I just can't ignore. Slayer after 1996's Undisputed Attitude can be put under a car and ran over multiple times. Mustaine has recently redeemed Megadeth with Endgame, so I suppose I can cut the band some slack, but stuff like the oddball Risk and god awful United Abominations (among others) I can't ignore. Metallica, well, I don't like anything after Master of Puppets. Anthrax? A total joke after 1990.
Personal thoughts are welcome and, please, don't be afraid to challenge me. This a completely open can of worms straight from the head of Mr. Cynical a.k.a. The Metal Advisor.