In the year that Metallica are announced as headlining the iconic Glastonbury Festival, in addition to Sonisphere (the 40th anniversary of gigs at Knebworth) Universal Music is celebrating 30 years of Thrash music by re-issuing seminal albums from the founding fathers of this sub-genre for the ThrashBack campaign.
The ThrashBack campaign will kick off with the inaugural "Wear Your Thrash T-Shirt To Work Day" on the Friday 6th June 2014. Sign up to www.Thrash-Back.com, then the best Thrash t-shirt pose uploaded using #ThrashTshirtDay on 6th June, will win a Jackson T-1000 soloist 1H guitar, 2 x Sonisphere Festival VIP weekend tickets and a meet and greet with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian.
Thrash music has generated album sales of over 200,000,000 copies and has been responsible for one of the world's biggest bands in Metallica. Eighties rock music was dominated by Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax - the so called "Big Four" - and these bands helped shape the world of heavy music and to this day still have a substantial influence in modern Metal music.
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Faster than lightning and louder than war, thrash was the mutant lovechild of Metal's fist-in-the-air bravado and punk rock fury, and for a generation of 80s dropouts it was the ear-splitting antidote to the high-gloss sheen of pop, cold war hysteria, and the decade of greed. The ThrashBack campaign is a twenty one-gun salute to a sound and a scene that, thirty years later, is still as heavy as it gets.
Scott Ian - Anthrax
Developed in the early eighties in the U.S, Thrash Metal represents the evolution of the so-called "New Wave Of British Heavy Metal". The bands borrowed the core elements of British Heavy Metal and added aggressive sounds, low-register guitar riffs and fast-tempo melodies. The genre quickly spread worldwide, with European bands such as Celtic Frost and Kreator becoming essential to the scene. Thrash continues to be a strong force in contemporary rock music with a host of new acts emerging all the time.
Jackson T-1000 Soloist 1H guitar
The Thrashback campaign will feature a wide range of classic albums from key bands including some special edition coloured Anthrax vinyls!
Also, with a huge amount of seminal albums being sold at mid-price:
Metallica - Kill 'em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, ... And Justice For All and Metallica
Slayer - Show No Mercy, Hell Awaits, Reign In Blood and South Of Heaven
Anthrax - Fistful Of Metal, Spreading The Disease, Among The Living, State Of Euphoria and Persistence Of Time
Megadeth - Killing Is My Business ... And Business Is Good!, Peace Sells ... But Who's Buying?, So Far, So Good ... So What!, Rust In Peace and Countdown To Extinction
Other releases from key artists of the genre including: Exodus, Warbringer, Sacred Reich, Possessed, Heathen, Onslaught, Forbidden, Death Angel, Nuclear Assault, Manowar, Diamond Head, Danzig, Venom, Black Sabbath and many more
Official Website: http://www.thrash-back.com
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