Posts Tagged ‘The Big Four’

2017-headerAfter an awesome first round, we are looking for your help to keep the momentum going because without you guys, there is no Pedal To The Metal Tournament. You the fans have always decided the outcome of the tournament as you have crowned champion after champion. So, with that being said, we have some awesome matches for you guys to check out and we are keeping them all in the same post for now for the sweet sixteen. We strongly encourage that you vote for every match up in the tournament because this is all about supporting the metal community no matter what sub-genre it is. In the Dio/Lemmy division, Queensryche looks to keep their luck going as they take on the legend from Germany U.D.O. meanwhile Accept is looking to keep the fight alive as they take on former two time champion Judas Priest. The Hanneman divsion has some great match ups like one mega match that pins Big Four members Megadeth against Slayer. The other match is a good one as well and it features one band that brings a strong argument to the table as to why it should be the Big Five and not the Big Four in Exodus as they take on a band that brings a strong argument as to why that Big Four stuff should be expanded to more in Testament. The Schuldiner division features the defending champion Destruction take on Viking Metal Kings Amon Amarth as well as 2015 winner Kreator taking on the mighty Cannibal Corpse. The last division, the metal to the core division, features Lamb Of God taking on All That Remains while Killswitch Engage does battle with Trivium. You all have until the end of Match 21st to vote for who you want to see move on the Elite 8 round. So, vote carefully and wisely, but have a lot of fun and spread the word.

2017 Bracket sweet sixteen

There was a screw up where the Slayer/Megadeth match closed early, so we have another poll for all of you to keep voting for that one. At the end, we’ll combine both scores together. Sorry for the inconvenience

We here at Moshpits and Movies love Thrash Metal and we celebrate it proudly with album reviews from each member of the Big Four and various other artists in the community. Last year, we attended the Megadeth spring tour and one of the bands on the bill was a modern day thrash metal band by the name of Havok from Colorado. There were definitely one of the most impressive bands that day for the fact that they were fierce and ferocious. If you love Old School Thrash Metal, then you need to check these guys out for sure. On March 10, the band gears up to release their fourth studio album in Conformicide which is a play on the words conform and suicide. To gear up for the release of the album, the band has unleashed a music video for the track Intention To Deceive which is all about the media and government forcing you to conform to the BS that they are trying to feed you daily. The video is mostly a performance based video with the band playing in front of TV’s with no picture, but white noise.

Monsters Of Rock BitEarlier in the year, I was blown away by the presentation of The Big Four in 8-Bit Nintendo style music that I posted it in the What If section (you can see that one here). Now I have another amazing video to show all of you for What If… Part 8: Monsters Of Rock in 8-Bit. Loudwire and Filthy Frackers created the last 8-Bit video that we all enjoyed and they teamed up once again to create another awesome 8-Bit video that features the likes of Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Def Leppard, Quiet Riot, and Twisted Sister. The video is so awesome because it blends elements that are so iconic with the song and the band plus with Nintendo/video game characters. You’ll hear the Guns N Roses classic Welcome To The Jungle in 8-bit, Motley Crue’s Girls, Girls, Girls in 8-Bit, Twisted Sisters iconic video and song for We’re Not Gonna Take It in 8-bit, as well as Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard), and Metal Health (Bang Your Head) (Quiet Riot) all in 8-bit. You have to check it out below and let’s hope for more 8-bit awesomeness from Loudwire and Filthy Frackers cause this is the video game that never happened.

drot2-flyer-smIf there was ever an argument as to who deserves to be up there with the original four members of The Big Four of Thrash Metal, there is a band from Berkeley, California called Testament that deserves to be in that conversation for sure. Testament has been cutting their teeth in the business since they first formed as Legion in 1983 and through the point when they became Testament. The band hasn’t stopped as they get ready to celebrate 30 years next year and that is where we are at the Fillmore Silver Springs in Silver Springs, MD where Testament played on their Dark Roots Of Thrash II tour with Exodus and Shattered Sun. The most amazing thing about this band is that they show no signs of slowing down and they are ready to deliver a history lesson to all on what real metal is all about through their deep catalog of amazing music. The show was also broadcasted on Yahoo Live which the band was sure to remind everyone and I have to tell you that this is a great privilege for all to see. How many times can you say that you watched a live show right from your couch on almost every night from all across the country. Chuck Billy along with band mates Alex Skolnick, Eric Peterson, Gene Hoglan, and┬áSteve DiGiorgio were ready to blast the roof off the place as they opened up with the punishing Over The Wall.

1One of the amazing things about the show was that the crowd’s energy was instantly turned up past eleven just like the band as both fed off each others energy all night. One of other the amazing things about this tour that I didn’t realize is that the band played it’s whole entire first album Legacy live in it’s entirety mixing it in with the rest of their setlist. One of the worries the band addressed was the problem in Baltimore as the band expressed their concerns for the crowd and their safety, but they were keeping it old school for the crowd. Right before the performance of the track A Day Of Reckoning (which Billy admitted that it was the first time they were playing it live) he did one of the coolest acts I have ever seen any band do and he invited a fan who was in a wheelchair on stage to rock out with the band during the performance. That was a really cool gesture and it shows that Metal bands care about their fans immensely. The band also dipped heavily into their amazing The New Order record for material and they even played the title track Practice What You Preach before closing the show with Disciples Of The Watch. It was a night of hard charging, in your face, demolishing metal that never led up or quit all night long. Amazing energy from the band and the crowd tonight that you will only get at a metal show and you saw it on Yahooo Live. Now check out some pics from the show as well as the setlist.

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Final Four 2015I want to once again take the time to thank everyone who showed up and voted in the final four round and I also want to take the time to thank all of the bands that shared the article because it benefits you as far as getting votes. We had one match that was kind of an odd pairing and another match that was a perfect storm. You had rock icons AC/DC take on power metal and NWOBHM icons Iron Maiden in one match while two titans of thrash in Slayer (representing The Big Four) took on Kreator (representing The Big Teutonic Four). Iron Maiden blazed through AC/DC earning about 60% of the votes making a no contest. Meanwhile in the other match, things were a little bit more closer than the other match, but Kreator beat Slayer 1849 to 985 in total votes. With all of that being said, the finals are now set and this looks to be a clash like no other as Iron Maiden and Kreator both look to earn their first Pedal To The Metal championship. I will have the next round up very soon so that you can all vote and decide who walks away with the crown this year.

Final Four 2015Alright all you metal fans out there, the final four of the 2015 Pedal To The Metal Tournament is finally here and as usual it’s because of you that they are here. With that being said, I want to thank everyone who has participated and voted in the tournament because this is a tournament for you guys where you decide your favorite 80’s Metal band’s fate. The final four matches are set and they are some good ones. In match AC/DC who had to go through Ratt, Motley Crue, and the Scorpions takes on Iron Maiden who beat Manowar, Dio, and Accept to earn a spot in the finals. In the other match, the original member of The Big Four of Thrash in Slayer takes on one of the original members of The Big Teutonic Four in Kreator. Kreator beat out Carcass, Celtic Frost, and Venom to earn a spot in the finals while Slayer went through Exodus, Megadeth, and Testament to be in the final four. The tournament has been interesting to say the least and you metal fans have let your voices be heard loud and clear. You guys have until Monday the 30TH of March at 11:30 AM ET to decide who moves on to the finals for the Pedal To The Metal Championship.

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pedalIt was the divisional finals and again some drama brewed between the fans, but it was a good kind of drama as everyone showed their support for their favorite bands. We have the results of the Divisional Finals and some may shock you while others really shouldn’t have. In the hard rock/hair metal division, AC/DC had no problem dispatching the Scorpions 111 to 66 to earn their spot in the final four. The Heavy Metal divisional final lived up to the hype as the fans once again showed up in droves and I want to take the time to thank Accept once again for sharing the post on their page. I really appreciate it and it definitely made the contest interesting. Unfortunately, they could beat Iron Maiden in the heavy metal divisional final as Maiden took it 1911 to 1473. In the extreme metal division, Kreator was able to slay the Godfathers of Black Metal Venom 91 to 43 while in the thrash metal division, Slayer proved they were the ultimate thrash metal band beating Testament 93 to 54. The final four is set as AC/DC will take on Iron Maiden while Slayer takes on Kreator. Again, I want to thank everyone that participated in the tournament by voting and commenting on the posts. I hope that I can see all of you once again in the final four and I want to thank all the bands as well for being great sports.