The absolute power of metal covers

There were certain common denominator bands we all listened to before any of us ever heard the term "The Big Four."

The Big Four of metal is no more

2011 was quite a year for Metallica and the Big Four of metal, which was obvious considering the big tour every die hard metal fan had been praying for since the dawn of time finally came together.

Unplugging: Everything old is new again

We are happy to report that a number of well-established artists spanning the last several decades are still quite active, working on new albums, headlining events, collaborating and releasing awesome music.

Celebrating the glory days of thrash metal

As a young metalhead, the mid-eighties were a really exciting time for me. Speed/thrash metal was an exciting sound, bringing in the anger and velocity of punk, taking the music into brave new territory.

The importance of thrash metal

2011 has been a huge year of anniversaries in the headbanging metal world, especially thrash metal.

Unplugging: Gigantour rocks again with Megadeth's TH1RT3EN

With Halloween swiftly approaching, this week is all about spooks and scares in the world of music. Let MXDWN guide you through the funhouse.

The Big Four, metal and baseball

As any self-respecting metalhead knows by now, The Big Four of Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax played Yankee Stadium on September 14.

What if Dave Mustaine stayed in Metallica?

Anyone even remotely familiar with Metallica's story knows that Dave Mustaine, founder of Megadeth, was their original lead guitarist.

Back to the metal underground at square one

With the Big Four of metal, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, all finally touring together, it's amazing to see how far things have come since these bands got started three decades ago.

Peace sells, but who's buying?

It's hard to believe that the best albums of the thrash / speed metal genre, Metallica's Master of Puppets, Megadeth's Peace Sells, and Slayer's Reign In Blood, all came out twenty-five years ago. 

The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth

It was the tour many thought wouldn't happen, but it blazed across Europe, and recently had a triumphant show in Indio, CA. 

Unplugging: Lollapalooza’s lively line up and a Buddy Holly tribute

What’s hot in the music world? MXDWN has the Unplugging update all right here.

One Day As A Lion Announce First Live Shows and More [Unplugging]

Away from the computer and the mobile web, there's a whole lot of music going on. It's time for Unplugging with our friends at

The "Big Four" Make Metal History and More [Unplugging]

It’s always nice to see bands put aside their differences and come together for one night of legendary music making. That was the case for the “big four” in thrash metal – Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth – at the Sonisphere Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria.