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The Big 4... of British Heavy Metal

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Posted by Silent Jay, 20.04.2011 - 15:23
I was wondering, there's the Big 4 of U.S. Thrash Metal, so what would be the U.K. equivalent?

My first thought is Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motörhead and Saxon. But some of these emerged much earlier than others and the Thrash Big 4, so what other bands emerged a bit later (80's as opposed to 70's) that could be considered part of the Big 4 of British Heavy Metal?

Maybe we can make a definitive MetalStorm decision?

*Sorry if something like this has been posted before, it probably has, but I tried the search function and couldn't find anything.
06.07.2017 - 00:11
Old Nick
Written by VIG on 24.06.2017 at 16:46

Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motörhead

Totally agree. And I also think it's a pretty obvious list, since no other band can break into these four as far as popularity and/or quality is concerned.
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07.07.2017 - 09:45
Heavy Heathen
Written by Bad English on 05.07.2017 at 20:03

Written by Heavy Heathen on 05.07.2017 at 09:41

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.07.2017 at 15:55

Written by tea[m]ster on 03.07.2017 at 15:53

What about Saxon or Tygers of Pan Tang?

Saxon, yes. Tygers Of Pan Tang no, they released way too many crappy albums... remember The Cage?

I'm not familiar with Saxon, but I know that they're probably one of the more influential bands from Britain alongside Iron Maiden. I have another band in mind, but I am forgetting the name of it...

you like maiden and bands in your fav list, not knowing Saxon is like blasphemy, in some way. I know another one who never have heard Saxon and its horrible actually.
Read my article about Saxon

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26.07.2017 - 04:09
The British equivalent of American Big 4 of Thrash would be:

26.07.2017 - 04:21
Britain never had four thrash bands to equal the Big 4, but the US never had four weeks like this:

4-13 Judas Priest - British Steel UK 4
4-13 Saxon - Wheels of Steel UK 5
4-20 Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden UK 4
4-27 Black Sabbath - Heaven & Hell UK 9
5-04 Motorhead - The Golden Years: Live EP UK 8