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Sodom, Kreator, Destruction and Tankard: The rise of Germany's own Big Four

As thrash metal blew up in the US, another influential scene was emerging 5,000 miles away from its epicentre. Over three decades later, we revisit the rise of Germany’s own Big Four

Everybody knows about thrash metal’s Big Four. But are you aware of the other Big Four? A vicious and exuberantly youthful response to the faster, heavier and nastier strain of metal that was being propagated by Metallica and Slayer thousands of miles away in the US, the German thrash scene had its own quartet of game-changing bands that set Europe alight in the mid-80s.

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