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The Big Four by Rock and Heavy Metal Subgenre

You have likely heard of the the "Big Four" of thrash metal, but can you guess these lesser known "Big Fours" of other rock and metal subgenres?
Bands appear in alphabetical order by category.
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Quiz by NateVoD
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Last updated: August 15, 2023
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First submittedJuly 3, 2023
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The Big Four of Thrash
Among the Living
Anthrax
Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Megadeth
Master of Puppets
Metallica
Reign in Blood
Slayer
The Big Four of Grunge
Rooster
Alice in Chains
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Nirvana
Jeremy
Pearl Jam
Superunknown
Soundgarden
The Big Four of Power Metal
Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Blind Guardian
Through the Fire and Flames
DragonForce
Keeper of the Seven Keys
Helloween
To Hell and Back
Sabaton
The Big Four of Britpop
Charmless Man
Blur
Wonderwall
Oasis
Common People
Pulp
Beautiful Ones
Suede
Song or Album
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The Big Four of Doom Metal
Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Candlemass
Relentless
Pentagram
Born Too Late
Saint Vitus
Psalm 9
Trouble
4 Comments
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Level 58
Jul 26, 2023
Alas, I've had to remove the Big Four of Technical Death Metal and the Big Four of German Thrash due the abysmal number of correct answers. I may add them to a sequel if this one gains traction.
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Level 63
Sep 7, 2023
Where did the "Big Four of Power Metal" come from? because I've definitely heard of the big four of Thrash and of Grunge - those lists exist not just because those four were big, but because they were instrumental in defining their respective genres. I've never heard of a big four of Power Metal, but if I was in charge of making a list for one, I definitely would never include Dragonforce and Sabaton. I love them both, but they came around long after the genre had already been established. I would have put Gamma Ray and Manowar, or maybe Stratovarius.
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Level 27
Dec 17, 2023
big four of power metal should just be Manowar four times.
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Level 58
Sep 7, 2023
Good question. It was mentioned (with references) on all 4 bands Wikipedia pages. I've now checked the references, and they all link to a 2021 article from Loudwire by Jordan Blum, The ‘Big 4′ Bands of 17 Metal Subgenres. It's purely an opinion piece by Loudwire though, and isn't widely accepted at all, so I'll look to change those questions in the future. The article has some really controversial picks and I remember deliberately avoiding it when I wrote the quiz. Thought Wikipedia was a tad more reliable.