Megadeth bassist David Ellefson spoke in an interview with Eddie Trunk on SiriusXM, and talked about how thrash metal was destroy by grunge music in early 90’s.

Here’s the statement:

“It’s great to be in big bands — it’s awesome what we do — but there’s this part of you that you realize that it could end at anytime, and things can change anytime. I mean, in the early ’90s, we were making as good of records as we could possibly make and suddenly [the] Seattle [grunge scene] shows up.

Who knew that some external source like that would change the course of our history? And probably for the ‘Big Four’ [of 1980s thrash metal] — all of us — it was a very trying time.

Testament, Overkill — a lot of the bands that are part of our genre — they struggled for a lot of years. It all went back underground. The big mainstream appeal was gone. And it took really until the mid-2000s with bands like Lamb of God, who started naming us as their influence that really brought it all back around. By the time 2010 came around, we locked arms and we did the ‘Big Four’ and sort of sailed it back up to the top again.”

I grew up on a farm. And it’s feast or famine. When you’ve got a bumper crop, you’d better save some for a rainy day. And it’s just like that in the music business, man. It’s the same deal.”

Click here to source of the statement. (Alternative Nation)