1. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax: Catching Up With Thrash Metal's Big Four In 2016

    November 03, 2016 1:03 PM EDT This week’s Billboard cover stars are Metallica , the band behind the best-selling album of the past 25 years and the most successful band to emerge from the so-called Big Four, the dominant thrash metal groups that helped bring that genre into the mainstream. It’s been eight years since…

  2. Slayer Drummer Paul Bostaph on Playing Without Jeff Hanneman and What to Expect From New Album 'Repentless'

    July 02, 2015 5:46 PM EDT Joining Slayer for a second time has been a different kind of reign for drummer Paul Bostaph. When Bostaph first replaced founding drummer Dave Lombardo in 1992, the group had completed its first decade and released its first five albums. "It was very intimidating," Bostaph tells…

  3. Slayer Treads Lightly in Talk of First Album Since Jeff Hanneman's Death

    November 01, 2013 2:00 PM EDT "We've never really had an opportunity to really sit down and discuss what we're feeling and where we are and where we want to go," Tom Araya tells us Tom Araya says he and Kerry King don't plan to make any decisions on a Slayer future without late co-founder Jeff…

  4. Slayer Eyeing New Material as Guitarist Continues Recovery

    July 19, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman is still in recovery mode from the flesh-eating necrotizing fasciitis that's sidelined him since early 2011, but that's not keeping the thrash metal titans from eyeballing a new album -- a follow-up to 2009's "World Painted Blood."…

  5. Slayer's Kerry King Performs with Megadeth

    October 25, 2010 5:05 PM EDT Metal history was made last week (Oct. 21) when Megadeth was joined on stage by Slayer guitarist Kerry King during the last stop of the Jagermeister tour at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Hollywood, Calif. Video: Kerry King Plays "Rattlehead" with Megadeath Megadeth frontman Dave…

  6. Slayer Ready for More Carnage with Megadeth

    August 04, 2010 1:28 PM EDT After storming through Europe on the Big Four tour with fellow thrashers Metallica , Megadeth and Anthrax , the members of Slayer say they're ready to do it again -- though bassist Tom Araya notes that "in some ways it's not really in our control." "I thought it was…

  7. 'Big Four' Metal Fest To Be Beamed To Big Screens

    May 21, 2010 7:59 AM EDT The Big Four tour -- Metallica , Slayer , Megadeth and Anthrax -- is playing just seven dates in Europe and nothing in North America, but headbangers on this side of the pond won't have to miss out. BY Experience will film and beam the package's June 22 stop at the Sonisphere…

  8. Metal Community Pays Tribute To Ronnie James Dio

    May 17, 2010 5:10 PM EDT The hard rock community was in a state of mourning as artists rushed to pay tribute to iconic elder statesman Ronnie James Dio, who died on Sunday at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. Tony Iommi, who worked with Dio in Black Sabbath and its latest incarnation, Heaven and Hell, was among…

  9. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax To Tour Together

    December 15, 2009 11:12 AM EST Heavy metal's Big Four -- Metallica , Slayer , Megadeth and Anthrax -- will ride together in 2010. In Europe, at least. After weeks of rumors, the four bands have announced they'll take part in the traveling Sonisphere festival, starting June 16 at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland…

  10. Slayer Ready For 'World Painted Blood'

    June 29, 2009 9:47 AM EDT Headbanging icons Slayer have slotted a "late summer" release for their ninth album, "World Painted Blood," following the quartet's co-headlining slot on this year's Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. It follows 2006's "Christ Illusion," which itself…

  11. New Metallica Album To Arrive On A Friday

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Like its predecessor "St. Anger," the new Metallica album, "Death Magnetic," will be released worldwide off-cycle on Friday Sept. 12. No reason was given for the switch from a traditional Monday/Tuesd Like its predecessor "St. Anger," the new Metallica album, …

  12. Metallica Confirms New Album Track List

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica has confirmed the track list for its upcoming album, "Death Magnetic," due in September via Warner Bros. Metallica has confirmed the track list for its upcoming album, "Death Magnetic," due in September via Warner Bros. The one title sure to set off discussion…

  13. Slayer Slates New Song For EP

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Slayer will preview its first album in five years with an EP exclusively available at Hot Topic stores. Slayer will preview its first album in five years with an EP exclusively available at Hot Topic stores. The release will include "Cult," the lone new song the band plans to play…

  14. Slayer Regroups With Rubin, Plots Summer Tour

    March 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Slayer has reteamed with longtime collaborator Rick Rubin to executive produce its first new album with its four original members since 1990's "Seasons in the Abyss." Slayer has reteamed with longtime collaborator Rick Rubin to executive produce its first new album with its…

  15. Injury Forces Mustaine To Disband Megadeth

    April 03, 2002 12:00 AM EST A severe injury suffered in January by Megadeth founder/frontman Dave Mustaine has brought about the end of the veteran metal group after 19 years. It is unknown how the vocalist/guitarist sustained s A severe injury suffered in January by Megadeth founder/frontman Dave Mustaine has brought…

  16. Metal Returns: Megadeth, Halford, Slayer

    February 20, 2001 12:00 AM EST The undeniable resurgence of classic heavy metal will continue in 2001 with substantial activity by several veteran heavy metal acts such as Megadeth, ex-Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford's Halford pr The undeniable resurgence of classic heavy metal will continue in 2001 with substantial…