Ex-MEGADETH Bassist DAVID ELLEFSON Says EXODUS Would Have To Be Included In Expanded ‘Big Four’

Ex-MEGADETH Bassist DAVID ELLEFSON Says EXODUS Would Have To Be Included In Expanded ‘Big Four’

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In a model new interview with Sure! You CAN Play Guitar!, former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson was requested if the so-called “Big Four” of Eighties thrash steel — METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX — have been ever expanded to a “Big 5,” who would get the additional slot. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “Effectively, I believe in case you opened that gate in any respect, it’d should be ‘Big Six’, since you’d let in EXODUS and you then’d most likely let in OVERKILL. ‘Trigger you’d should get a West Coast [band] and an East Coast [act], ‘trigger I believe it begins to go like that.

“If there was a ‘Big 5’, it could be EXODUS, for certain, as a result of, look, from them got here [METALLICA guitarist] Kirk Hammett. They have been staples of the scene up there. I bear in mind [SLAYER guitarist] Kerry King telling me, ‘[EXODUS drummer] Tom Looking‘s the shit, man. Tom Looking‘s the man.’

“It is my opinion that after Kerry performed with [MEGADETH in 1984], he met the EXODUS guys, he noticed EXODUS play, he realized how Tom Looking performed, he went dwelling and made [SLAYER drummer] Dave Lombardo play like Tom Looking. [Laughs] That is why SLAYER obtained so quick. These 5 exhibits Kerry did with us that introduced us to the Bay Space opened his eyes to, like, ‘Wow. That is the way it’s performed.’ After which he went again to L.A. and he carried on away from MEGADETH and he carried on with SLAYER. However he whipped SLAYER into form, ‘trigger he had seen… ‘Thine eyes had seen the glory’ of what thrash steel actually was from the Bay Space, and that helped SLAYER turn out to be SLAYER.”

Though EXODUS not often will get talked about alongside the so-called “Big Four” of Eighties thrash steel, the band’s traditional 1985 debut, “Bonded By Blood”, impressed the likes of TESTAMENT, DEATH ANGEL, VIO-LENCE and plenty of others to launch their careers and is taken into account probably the most influential thrash steel albums of all time.

EXODUS vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza mentioned his band’s exclusion from the “Big Four” throughout a 2014 interview with the Argentinian radio station Rock & Pop 95.9 FM. On the time, he stated: “Personally, I do not take note of that essentially. I used to be within the Bay Space to start with, earlier than I used to be even a member of EXODUS, so I bear in mind who was the forefathers of thrash. I imply, Tom invented that drum beat. That [guitar] selecting fashion was from Gary [Holt, EXODUS guitarist] — that is the place the genesis of that got here from.

“I believe what [the media] did [when they came up with the ‘Big Four’] was they took the 4 bands who have been most likely essentially the most profitable within the preliminary interval of thrash steel — from, say, ’85 or ’84 to ’90,” he continued. “When you have been to go off recognition, in case you have been gonna go off file gross sales, you would need to say ANTHRAX, MEGADETH, METALLICA and SLAYER.

“Now, while you ask me that query, that is what I say: it is ‘The Big One And The Different Three.’ Sorry. Neither a type of bands — and I like each single one among them… However METALLICA sits on their very own. So, to say the ‘Big Four’? I do not know in case you can say that. It’s important to say ‘The Big One And The Different Three.'”

“And once more, I used to be the singer for LEGACY, which become TESTAMENT, so I employed all people in that band — even Chuck Billy. So my affect, as a author and musician beginning a band, was tapered after EXODUS and METALLICA. I did not even know, actually, that SLAYER or MEGADETH or OVERKILL or ANTHRAX existed. I lived within the Bay Space, so then that band which you all identified now as TESTAMENT, the genesis of that band was due to EXODUS, so…”

In 2013, MEGADETH‘s Dave Mustaine spoke to Radio.com about which band ought to have been included if the “Big Four” have been expanded and regarded the “Big 5”. He stated: “You realize, individuals will say there’s a complete one other era, just like the ‘Medium Four’ [laughs], and I believe there’s quite a lot of nice bands that match that invoice, too. However I believe most likely EXODUS, as a result of there was no one else on the time that had that sort of pull or that sort of significance within the steel group. Granted, it was with [late EXODUS singer Paul] Baloff, and Baloff had a voice that you just needed to have an acquired style for, however you recognize, I favored him.”

In a 2010 interview with Metallic Asylum, Holt was requested if he feels the “Big Four” ought to have been expanded and regarded the “Big Seven”, together with EXODUS, TESTAMENT and OVERKILL. “Effectively, I believe it needs to be the ‘Big 5’ with EXODUS, as a result of we have been there in the beginning of thrash steel with METALLICA in the true early ’80s,” he stated. “Similar factor with MEGADETH as a result of Mustaine was part of METALLICA‘s beginning and he additionally created MEGADETH. And SLAYER are SLAYER. ANTHRAX are additionally nice and previous pals, however in case you hearken to these first few information, they’ve positively modified. TESTAMENT has each proper to be a part of the thrash steel legends, nevertheless it simply got here all the way down to timing as a result of they got here later. And OVERKILL have been their for the reason that starting additionally. However I do not get hung up on that shit, as a result of I understand how it began and I do know the place I used to be when the shit obtained created. We [EXODUS] definitely should be a part of the founding fathers, however you recognize who typically will get excluded are the Germans — KREATOR, DESTRUCTION and SODOM. Everyone appears to America and forgets these guys. KREATOR, DESTRUCTION and SODOM all launched information within the early ’80s.”

He continued: “Actually, the “Big Four” is solely based mostly on gross sales and those who bought essentially the most. However in case you evaluate information, I’ll put EXODUS‘ previous couple of albums up towards anyone’s shit. SLAYER is at all times superior; the final TESTAMENT album [at the time of the interview], ‘The Formation of Damnation’, was nice; the brand new MEGADETH [2009’s ‘Endgame’] is one among their finest; METALLICA are nonetheless discovering their toes once more, and their final album, ‘Demise Magnetic’, was a step in the proper route. The brand new OVERKILL, ‘Ironbound’, is one among their finest information ever; it is so good. And KREATOR, DESTRUCTION, and SODOM nonetheless make nice new music. What I believe it boils all the way down to is the bands who’ve been doing this the longest nonetheless can do it the very best. METALLICA are nonetheless a mighty pressure dwell, however they misplaced their approach for fairly some time. However then once more I’ve by no means needed to take care of the horrible downside of getting hundreds of thousands of {dollars}. [Laughs] Possibly if I had that sort of cash, it could distract my starvation for doing this sort of shit, too. However, sadly for me, I’ve to maintain kickin’ individuals within the tooth, I haven’t got the funds to go art-shopping. My model of wonderful artwork is a brand new version of Hustler journal. [Laughs]”

Additionally in 2014, Hammett was requested by U.Okay.’s Metallic Hammer journal if it is unusual to him how a lot METALLICA has eclipsed the opposite “Big Four” bands by way of industrial recognition. “I strive to not spend an excessive amount of time serious about stuff like that as a result of no matter I consider remains to be not going to be a satisfying sufficient rationalization,” he replied. “It is simply the best way issues are and the way the chips fell.

EXODUS within the ’80s had some bona fide issues, however I believe their first album [‘Bonded By Blood’] is simply nearly as good as [METALLICA‘s debut] ‘Kill ‘Em All’. We have been simply enjoying the music we needed to listen to as a result of nobody else was enjoying it and it wasn’t being performed on the radio. It was solely a small group of people that knew about it and it was nearly elitist in that ‘No posers allowed!’ factor.”

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