Stoke-on-Trent thrash metal outfit The Big Four Tribute Band brought the rip-roaring sound of the iconic bands they emulate to Hanley’s Sugarmill.
The four-piece band replicate the sounds of rock supergroups Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax.
Any sceptics of tribute bands would have been silenced as soon as the Big Four Tribute Band broke into Megadeth’s Tornado of Souls at their Sugarmill gig on Friday, March 13.
From the smash-opening, it is clear these musicians are not just another tribute outfit.
Each song is played note-for-note, with the energy and enthusiasm that some would say the real thing seem to have lost over the years.
The less-than-perfect sound at the venue did not dampen the spirits of the scarce crowd, whose singing would have anyone listening outside fooled into thinking it was a sell-out gig.
The audience made the most of the floorspace, spontaneously exploding into mosh-pits and mass headbanging.
Lead guitarist John Caci breezed through the tricky solos and hooks of all four bands with ease, even tackling Megadeth’s notoriously difficult Hangar 18.
Even his brother, bassist and vocalist Carlo Caci laughed about wanting to see him struggle.
Even more impressive is Carlo Caci’s ability to effortlessly slide into each of the wildly different singing vocal styles of the four iconic bands.
But after packing in most of the fans’ favourites, the band sent everyone home happy.
Click on the video below to see The Big Four Tribute in action.