|The Big Four: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Released||October 29, 2010|
|Recorded||22 June 2010 at Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria|
|Genre||Heavy metal, thrash metal|
|Label|| Warner Bros. (U.S.)|
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The Big Four: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria is a live video with performances by Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, the "big four" of thrash metal.The concert took place on June 22, 2010 at the Sonisphere Festival at Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria. It was shown at 450 movie theaters in the United States and over 350 movie theaters across Europe, Canada, and Latin America on June 22, 2010.
Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.
Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California. The band was formed in 1981 by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman and vocalist and bassist Tom Araya. Slayer's fast and aggressive musical style made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. Slayer's current lineup comprises King, Araya, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt. Hanneman and drummers Dave Lombardo and Jon Dette are former members of the band.
Megadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson formed the band in 1983 shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. Along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer, Megadeth is one of the "big four" of American thrash metal, responsible for its development and popularization. Their music features complex arrangements and fast rhythm sections, and lyrical themes of death, war, politics, and religion.
Reviews of the DVD were mostly favorable. Websites such as AllMusic and About.com were positive, though Blogcritics gave the DVD a mixed review. The DVD peaked at number one on the United States, United Kingdom, Austrian, and Canadian charts, and also charted on three other charts. It was certified gold in Germany, and provided Slayer with its first platinum certification.
AllMusic is an online music database. It catalogs more than 3 million album entries and 30 million tracks, as well as information on musical artists and bands. It launched in 1991, predating the World Wide Web.
Blogcritics is a blog network and online magazine of news and opinion. The site was founded in 2002 by Eric Olsen and Phillip Winn. Blogcritics features more than 100 original articles every week, and maintains an archive of all its published content.
On June 16, 2010 at the Sonisphere Festival at Bemowo Airport in Warsaw, Poland, the "big four" of American thrash metal—Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax—performed together for the first time. The bandmembers (except for Slayer's Jeff Hanneman) were first photographed together on the previous day.Their live concert, on June 22, was for one night only. Directed by Nick Wickham, the event was filmed and transmitted via satellite to over 450 movie theaters in the United States and over 350 movie theaters across Europe, Canada, and Latin America, including London's famed Leicester Square. Tickets were made available for around $20 at TheBigFourLive.com, which also listed the theaters where the concert was being screened. Delayed screenings took place in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
The Sonisphere Festival is a touring rock music festival which takes place across Europe between June and August. The festival is owned by John Jackson and Kilimanjaro Live. It is jointly promoted by K2 and Kilimanjaro Live. It has hosted heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Slayer, Judas Priest and Megadeth.
Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead guitar work. The lyrical subject matter often deals with criticisms of The Establishment, and at times shares a disdain for Christian dogma resembling that of their black metal counterparts. The language is typically quite direct and denunciatory, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.
Jeffrey John Hanneman was an American musician, best known as a founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer. Hanneman contributed both lyrical and musical material to every Slayer album up until his death in 2013 and wrote the songs "Raining Blood", "War Ensemble," "South of Heaven," "Seasons in the Abyss," and "Angel of Death," all of which have been played at almost every live Slayer performance after their respective compositions. He had his own signature guitar, the ESP Jeff Hanneman Signature model.
The film's contents and artwork were revealed on August 25, 2010.A limited-edition guitar pick was unveiled a day after the artwork was revealed. The European release was initially scheduled for October 11, but Metallica later announced on their official site that the European release would be pushed back to October 15, with an International release on October 18, and a North American release on October 19, 2010. On September 15, it was announced that a "super deluxe" limited edition box set would be released on the same date as the regular edition, and a 36-second video preview of the box set was released on September 17. In mid September, publication was postponed further to a European release on October 29, an International release on November 1, and a North American release on November 2, 2010. Four teaser clips from the video were released on October 12, and nine days later, Metallica's performance of "Sad but True", taken from the film, was released. A three-and-a-half-minute trailer was released on September 21, 2010.
A guitar pick is a plectrum used for guitars. Picks are generally made of one uniform material—such as some kind of plastic, rubber, felt, tortoiseshell, wood, metal, glass, tagua, or stone. They are often shaped in an acute isosceles triangle with the two equal corners rounded and the third corner less rounded. They are used to strum chords or to sound individual notes on a guitar.
"Sad but True" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released in February 1993 as the fifth and final single from their eponymous fifth album, Metallica. The music video from the single was released in October, 1992.
The Slayer title card before the band's performance is the only one of the four bands that did not feature their official logo. In addition, all Slayer members (except drummer Dave Lombardo) did not participate in the "Am I Evil?" performance due to lack of interest.
David Lombardo is a Cuban-American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of American thrash metal band Slayer. Lombardo played drums on nine Slayer albums, including the 1986 album Reign in Blood and the 2006 album Christ Illusion, for which he received critical praise. Lombardo's music career has spanned forty years, during which he has been involved in the production of thirty-five commercial recordings covering a number of genres. He has performed with numerous bands, including Grip Inc., Fantômas, Testament, and Suicidal Tendencies, in addition to Slayer. Lombardo is currently playing drums with Fantômas, Suicidal Tendencies, Dead Cross, and the Misfits.
|June 16, 2010||Warsaw||Poland||Sonisphere Festival - Lotnisko Bemowo|
|June 18, 2010||Jonschwil||Switzerland||Sonisphere Festival - Jonschwil Degenaupark|
|June 19, 2010||Milovice||Czech Republic||Sonisphere Festival - Letiště Milovice|
|June 22, 2010||Sofia||Bulgaria||Sonisphere Festival - Natsionalen stadion Vasil Levski|
|June 24, 2010||Athens||Greece||Sonisphere Festival - Terra Vibe Park|
|June 26, 2010||Bucharest||Romania||Sonisphere Festival - Complexul expozițional Romexpo|
|June 27, 2010||Istanbul||Turkey||Sonisphere Festival - BJK İnönü Stadyumu|
|April 23, 2011||Indio, California||United States||Empire Polo Club||$4,793,768||44,205|
|July 2, 2011||Gelsenkirchen||Germany||Veltins-Arena|
|July 3, 2011||Gothenburg||Sweden||Ullevi||56,000|
|July 6, 2011||Milan||Italy||Fiera Open Air Arena|
|July 8, 2011||Knebworth||United Kingdom||Sonisphere Festival - Knebworth House|
|July 9, 2011||Amnéville||France||Sonisphere Festival - Snowhall Parc|
|September 14, 2011||New York City, New York||United States||Yankee Stadium||$5,371,167||41,762|
The album was received positively by music critics. Thom Jurek gave it four out of five stars in his review for AllMusic, and stated that "each [song] is incredibly energetic, clearly riding the crowd excitement of the event, and the performances are stellar without a lapse." He pointed to Anthrax's "Madhouse" and "Antisocial"; Megadeth's "Head Crusher" and the "Peace Sells/Holy Wars Reprise"; Slayer's "Angel of Death", "Seasons in the Abyss", and "Raining Blood"; and Metallica's "Fade to Black", "Creeping Death", "Master of Puppets", and "For Whom the Bell Tolls" as musical highlights, and described the encore performance of "Am I Evil?", in which members of all four bands perform, as "an historic high point."
"Madhouse" is a song by the American thrash metal band Anthrax. It was released in 1985 on Megaforce/Island Records.
"Antisocial" is a song by the French hard rock band Trust, from their album Répression. The song was written by Bernie Bonvoisin and Norbert Krief.
"Head Crusher" was the first single from American heavy metal band Megadeth's twelfth studio album, titled Endgame, which was released on September 15, 2009. The single was released on July 7, 2009. According to Roadrunner Records official website, a download of "Head Crusher" was available for 24 hours on July 7. The track was previously available for listening by calling Dave Mustaine's number, through the TheLiveLine.com, a service he launched that enables musicians to connect to their audience over the phone. The song was played live for the first time at the "Canadian Carnage Tour" on June 24, 2009. On December 3, 2009, it was announced on the official Megadeth homepage that "Head Crusher" had been nominated for "Best Metal Performance" for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, the band's first nomination in 13 years, since "Trust".
In a mixed review for Blogcritics, Chris Beaumont summed up that "Watching these promo DVDs makes me want the Blu-ray that much more. The performances are great, the sets are great, and it is hard not to get excited about these guys taking the stage together. This is metal."
Chad Bowar, writing for About.com, said that the concert was "one of the defining moments and biggest events in recent metal history" and commented that the bands "can still put on a great show" despite their age. He distinguished the styles of each band, writing: "Anthrax has a more lighthearted, fun approach, while Megadeth is 100 percent business with very little banter and focus on the music. Slayer has a more ominous vibe, although their evil mystique has lessened over the years. Metallica were very inclusive, with James Hetfield acting as everybody's favorite uncle interacting with the crowd and taking time to soak it all in."
|Disc 1 ~ Anthrax|
|1.||"Caught in a Mosh"||Joey Belladonna, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, Dan Spitz||6:04|
|2.||"Got the Time"||Joe Jackson||3:42|
|3.||"Madhouse"||Belladonna, Bello, Benante, Ian, Spitz||4:24|
|4.||"Be All, End All"||Belladonna, Bello, Benante, Ian, Spitz||8:00|
|5.||"Antisocial"||Bernie Bonvoisin, Norbert Krief||6:37|
|6.||"Indians"/"Heaven and Hell (Ronnie James Dio † Tribute )"||Belladonna, Bello, Benante, Ian, Spitz/|
Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, Geezer Butler
|7.||"Medusa"||Belladonna, Bello, Benante, Ian, Spitz, Jon Zazula||5:53|
|8.||"Only"||Bello, Benante, John Bush, Ian||6:46|
|9.||"Metal Thrashing Mad"||Benante, Ian, Dan Lilker, Spitz, Neil Turbin||3:27|
|10.||"I Am the Law"||Belladonna, Bello, Benante, Ian, Lilker, Spitz||8:14|
|Disc 2 ~ Megadeth|
|1.||"Holy Wars... The Punishment Due"||Dave Mustaine||6:33|
|3.||"Wake Up Dead"||Mustaine||3:44|
|4.||"Head Crusher"||Mustaine, Shawn Drover||3:18|
|5.||"In My Darkest Hour"||Mustaine, Dave Ellefson||5:26|
|6.||"Skin o' My Teeth"||Mustaine||3:14|
|7.||"À Tout le Monde"||Mustaine||4:28|
|8.||"Hook in Mouth"||Mustaine, Ellefson||4:39|
|9.||"Trust"||Mustaine, Marty Friedman||5:04|
|11.||"Symphony of Destruction"||Mustaine||4:15|
|12.||"Peace Sells"/"Holy Wars... the Punishment Due" (Reprise)||Mustaine||10:22|
|Disc 3 ~ Slayer|
|1.||"World Painted Blood"||Jeff Hanneman, Tom Araya||6:26|
|3.||"War Ensemble"||Hanneman, Araya||5:09|
|4.||"Hate Worldwide"||Kerry King||3:11|
|5.||"Seasons in the Abyss"||Hanneman, Araya||6:24|
|6.||"Angel of Death"||Hanneman||5:34|
|7.||"Beauty Through Order"||Hanneman, Araya||5:11|
|9.||"Mandatory Suicide"||Hanneman, Araya||4:14|
|10.||"Chemical Warfare"||Hanneman, King||5:50|
|11.||"South of Heaven"||Hanneman, Araya||4:30|
|12.||"Raining Blood"||Hanneman, King||5:30|
|Disc 4 ~ Metallica - Part. 1|
|1.||"Creeping Death"||James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, Kirk Hammett||8:11|
|2.||"For Whom the Bell Tolls"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Burton||4:29|
|3.||"Fuel"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett||4:15|
|4.||"Harvester of Sorrow"||Hetfield, Ulrich||6:18|
|5.||"Fade to Black"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Burton, Hammett||7:31|
|6.||"That Was Just Your Life"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett, Robert Trujillo||6:53|
|7.||"Cyanide"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett, Trujillo||7:16|
|8.||"Sad but True"||Hetfield, Ulrich||6:33|
|9.||"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett||6:14|
|10.||"All Nightmare Long"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett, Trujillo||7:50|
|Disc 5 ~ Metallica - Part. 2|
|2.||"Master of Puppets"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Burton, Hammett||8:06|
|3.||"Blackened"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Jason Newsted||7:58|
|4.||"Nothing Else Matters"||Hetfield, Ulrich||5:56|
|5.||"Enter Sandman"||Hetfield, Ulrich, Hammett||11:08|
|6.||"Am I Evil?" (Feat. members of Megadeth, Anthrax, & Dave Lombardo)||Sean Harris, Brian Tatler||6:05|
|7.||"Hit the Lights"||Hetfield, Ulrich||5:25|
|8.||"Seek & Destroy"||Hetfield, Ulrich||12:40|
A complete list can be found at AllMusic.
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