When it comes to Heavy Metal, there are so many subdivisions and styles. These styles and subdivisions are constantly changing and adapting to changes in society and mingling between the lines of Mainstream and Underground. As a teenager, I grew up in the eighties during the initial rise of Heavy Metal Music to the forefront. During my early dabbles in the Metal Music community, I became enamored with the Thrash wave which was the beginnings of “THE BIG FIVE.” Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, and Testament quickly became my favorite bands. I could not get enough of this music and of course, like a drug I became addicted. Don’t get me wrong, the depths of my Metal likes goes far beyond The Big Five. Pantera came to the forefront much later but they quickly became one of my favorites.
I was always a Glam Metal fan as well. I also have become a fan of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, DIO, and Faith No More. My Metal Catalog grows larger everyday. In the days of new technology and the ability to listen to all of your favorite bands on outlets such as Pandora, Amazon, ITUNES, Satellite Radio and such, we as a society have been spoiled. I am probably one of the rare fans that still enjoys buying the CD and reading the lyrics and admiring all of the cool artwork i the albums jacket. There is no secret who the “Big Five” in Metal is. This leads me to my next question…what bands would make the next Big Five??
Well, as much as I am a fan of the original Big Five, my Metal List would not be complete without the mention of OVERKILL!!
Overkill has been one of my Favorites since Day One. Overkill is cut from the same mold as The Big Five. I also cannot deny the local connection as OVERKILL hails from the “Ironbound”, Newark New Jersey. Overkill has a ton of material, and unlike the other previous big five, they never went mainstream. Overkill can Thrash with the best of em. They are extremely good live and they are also very talented. Overkill would definitely make my next Big Five.
The Metal Community would never be the same if it were not for Pantera. Pantera was the one band that came during the rise of Alternative Metal and the fall of Thrash Metal. Pantera is just one of those bands that you could never stop listening too. With the screeching vocals of Phil Anselmo, the dominant double bass drums of Vinnie Paul, the power bass chords of Rex Brown, and the dynamic guitar artwork of Dimebag Darrell. Pantera was one of the best bands ever during their heyday and they definitely make the next list. Who knows how far Pantera would have went in popularity and notoriety had Dimebag not been murdered.
Lamb of God is like Pantera on steroids. Many people do not think that Lamb of God could possibly belong on a list like this but I will fight anyone on that assumption. Lamb of God has some of the most talented musicians today. Lamb of God has taken Thrash Metal at its core and really branched out to make an amped up version. They are always one of the largest draws today for a live show. Lamb of God has some of the sickest Pits known to man. Ashes of the Wake put them on the map and Wrath solidified their place on this list.
Tool makes this list. Tool is really not a Thrash Band but they combined the Thrash style with the Progressive Style. Anyone that has never heard the band Tool, I highly suggest a hardcore listening session. Tool is just one of those bands that has non-stop action and keeps the crowd on the seat of its pants. Maynard, the vocalist, is one of the greatest Power Metal Vocalists of today. Tool is definitely in my next Big Five.
Killswitch Engage and Sevendust round out my next Big Five! Both of these bands infuse the old Thrash Metal sound with the new age hooks and progressive styles of todays music. I am sure I forgot a few bands and maybe left some out. I will give an honorable mention to Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold. I highly suggest Metal Church also. The new Metal Church album “Generation Next” is phenomenal and may be one of the greatest albums of 2013. Stay tuned for more Metal News and talk. Don’t forget to check out the new season of That Metal Show. There are so many awesome stories going on in the Metal World. I also highly suggest the new Metallica Movie…Through the Never.