Best Thrash Metal Albums


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The Top Ten

Rust in Peace - Megadeth
Amazing riffs, amazing solos, amazing bass playing and Dave is one of the better thrash metal singers.
Hangar 18, Holy Wars, Tornado of Souls, Rust in Peace... Polaris - all great songs. This akbum has some of the best riffs and guitar solos ever written, Marty Friedman and Dave Mustaine really show what they can do in this album!
Simply the best.. Everything is amazing about this album and I don't think anyone can do any better..
[Newest]The best album of the world, all of time

2Master of Puppets - Metallica
Had to go with this one, but it was a HARD choice. Most of the albums here are either from Megadeth, Metallica or Slayer, which are my favorite thrash metal bands. But I have to say Master of Puppets is a masterpeice, from beginning to end.
Metallica for the win! They are the band who basically started trash metal, so how can one of their albums not be the best?! Master of Puppets is The Ultimate Trash metal Masterpiece, no doubt in that. Even on official lists it is number 1. But of course all Megadeath fans will vote so that Metallica is not first...
Can't really choose between Master of Puppets and Rust in Peace. Yet, if you listen Master of Puppets and Rust in Peace with someone who does not like thrash genre at all, will go for Master of Puppets. That's why Master of Puppets is the most special one among the list in my humble opinion.
[Newest]I miss Cliff Burton; after Mustaine separated, Cliff became the heart and soul of Metallica.

3Reign in Blood - Slayer
Hey Guys, are you really voting the most overrated band in history (Metallica) over Slayer?! I've seen more retarded fanboys here than how much Children of Bodom currently has! I was gonna vote for Rust in Piece but I can't help it but put this up at #2. Master of Puppets doesn't even HAVE an awesome guitar solo! END OF RANT
Master of Puppets has multiple guitar solos which are amazing...
I'm a bigger Metallica fan than I am a slayer fan but come on just listen to it, probably the most heavy thrash album its intense and out right scary.
Best album ever, period.
[Newest]Cause SLAYER kicks ass

4Ride The Lightning - Metallica
If Metallica fans weren't split over Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning, Metallica would easily take back #1. Tornado of Souls is the only truly great song on Rust in Peace, but the two Metallica albums I mentioned have many amazing songs.
Tornado of souls is one of many great songs on that album. The guitar work is far superior to any Metallica album.
After years of listening to thrash, I have to say Ride the Lightning is one of the few albums that I can listen to millions of times and never get bored.

Metallica at their best.

5Kill 'Em All - Metallica
This is really the only Metallica album I would classify as thrash. Metallica doesn't generally fit any specific genre. They are so amazing that they honestly have their own genre... Kill Em All is amazing though. Best thrash album ever.
Pure Thrash. By the way- it seems it has become "cool" to hate on Metallica. It's not.
Best thrash album
Best Metallica album
And one of the best albums in general.
[Newest]Best album ever, yet so underrated


6Bonded by Blood - Exodus
I just listened to the whole album for the first time. It changed my views of this list. This album is better than Megadeth by a long shot.
Awesome old school trash metal!
Thrash Metal classic, my personal favorite.
This masterpiece definitely deserves a higher place on this list.


7Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? - Megadeth
This album is very unique in many ways jazz fusion meets Dave's crazy riffs. Amazing solos and tuned 1/4 step down -- crazy stuff and way ahead of it's time.
The most influential thrash album ever made. Mustaine's rhythms r mind blowing and the riffs are face melting!
Thrash metal masterpiece. This album is the gold standard for the genre.

8...And Justice for All - Metallica
I think this album deserves much better place. I feel that everybody has kind of overlooked it because there is no cliff and bass is very quiet and the production is not that good, but I actually like itbecause it makes unic sound to it. If you listen to the actual music it is band's best performance to this day. Best solos from metallica, best singing, hands down best drumming and the riffs are magic. I ask everybody to have it honest listen before judging it. Sorry for my english.
No better thrash album than... reign in blood! Second is RUST IN PEACE! I know Metallica Fans Hate me for this post, I�'m Sorry, just my own opinion. Dave Mustaine is not overrated, he�'s the best. "without him there is no Metallica and there maybe is no thrash metal at all" Scott ian ones said. you can watch it on YouTube. the video is called "What other bands think about dave mustaine? "
This album kills rust in peace. People give Dave Mustaine way to much credit then he deserves for the little baby bit he did for Metallica.


[Newest]This belongs above any Megadeth album in my opinion


9Among the Living - Anthrax
Incredible album. Joey Belladonna is the best thrash metal singer and this album is just amazing!
Sad that Anthrax have always been regarded the 4th of the big 4. The riffs on this album kick ass


10Beneath the Remains - Sepultura
I thought I would see Kreator and Testament albums at top but all Metallica, Metallica, Metallica and Metallica!


The Contenders

11Pleasure To Kill - Kreator
Absolute raw in-your-face brutality. Nothing can beat this thrash beast. It tackles RiB down and owns it.
So you thought Reign In Blood was brutal? Dude, you didn't hear anything. This album delivers more aggresivness than any Slayer's in their entire carrer. It's so insane you will love it. Just listen to it, will completly change your view of thrash metal for good.
Wow, when I clicked on this list I thought I would see this in the top 3, if this album wasnt, Death Metal would'nt exist,how Kreater's Pleasure To Kill is not in top 3?


12The New Order - Testament
Ok. I believe Rust in Peace is by far the greatest metal album ever and deserves its place at number one. However, I voted for The New Order because it is WAY too low on here and should be recognized as an amazing thrash album. Honestly people, those albums in the top ten are great, but this needs to replace and justice for all in terms of thrash. If I could only listen to five albums for the rest of my life, this would be one of them. So I would therefore put it in the top ten.
Seriously, too much Metallica on here and not enough Testament. Somebody fix this before I lose my faith in fellow thrash fans who voted on here.
This album should be a staple in any fan of thrash metal's diet...
[Newest]Is this seriously under anthrax and sepultura?

13Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer
Reign In Blood should be #1, and Seasons #2.
This should be #2.
Reign In Blood should be #1.

14Arise - Sepultura
Really! Please, just listen to songs like Dead Embrionics Cells, Orgasmatron, Arise, Desperate Cry. This is the best album of Sepultura definitely.


15Agent Orange - Sodom
This album is so much better the the first 10 on this list.
It's a classic the lyrics are amazing and every song is good.

16The Years of Decay - Overkill
Most consistent thrash metal band I've heard
This is an amazing thrash metal album

17Alice in Hell - Annihilator
Excellent technical thrash - fast, technical and sophisticated riffs and solos.
By the way, not only Annihilator's album but also the albums by Dark Angel and Coroner are flawless and should be in the top 10.


18Release From Agony - Destruction

19Schizophrenia - Sepultura

20Darkness Descends - Dark Angel
Wow! Why is this all the way down here. The list should go 1. rust in piece 2. reign in blood, and then this for number 3. This has all the fast riffs and great drumming of reign in blood and only falls sort from it by a little bit. Its a disgrace seeing this album all the way down here.
Pure thrash metal, and nothing I've heard recently touches it.
Listen to the burning of Sodom!

21Extreme Aggression - Kreator

22Hell Awaits - Slayer
Could you imagine more underrated album?

23Death Magnetic - Metallica
My favorite underrated album shouldn't be at 26.
This is defonetly my favourite Metallica album and is probably my most favourite album of all time. Every song is amazing and memorable. Should at least be in the top 10
One of the best album in thrash metal history. awesome drumming by lars. Metallica is BEST

24Handle With Care - Nuclear Assault

25The Legacy - Testament
One of the greatest thrash metal albums in history.
Why is this album so low?!?!

26Horrorscope - Overkill

27Show No Mercy - Slayer
This album is absolutely AMAZING!


28Mental Vortex - Coroner

29Never, Neverland - Annihilator
Best album of the best band ever!

30Ultra Violence - Death Angel

31Countdown to Extinction - Megadeth
Symphony Of Destruction, Foreclosure of a dream, Skin o' my teeth and Sweating Bullets are the best
Ashes in your mouth
This isn't a thrash album. It shouldn't be on here.


32Infernal Overkill - Destruction
Aside from the low budget production. This record has a quality different from their other records. The guitars are intricate and incisive, and the whole album has a sinister atmosphere all of its own. Standout tracks are The Ritual and the brilliant Bestial Invasion.

33From This Day Forward - Obliveon
Perhaps the best tech-thrash album ever made. Hail canada!

34Spreading the Disease - Anthrax

35Coma Of Souls - Kreator

36Tortured Existence - Demolition Hammer

37South of Heaven - Slayer
I can't believe this at number 30! This is my third favorite thrash album.

38Persecution Mania - Sodom

39Thrash Zone - D.R.I.

40Enemy of God - Kreator

41Something Wicked This Way Comes - Iced Earth

42To Mega Therion - Celtic Frost
Circle of the tyrants is just a metal classic

43Evil Invaders - Razor
Brilliant album from the Cannucks. Stand out tracks are the title track and cut throat. Stacy Maclaren singing is on form on this album. The only minus is the sound of the snare drum which is a bit flat, but other than that a great record.

44The Blackening - Machine Head

45Feel The Fire - Overkill

46Night of the Stormrider - Iced Earth

47Think This - Toxik

48Possessed by Fire - Exumer

49Killing Technology - Voivod
Definitely the second best Thrash album (after Master of Puppets of course). It combines the rawness of their earlier work with the psychedelia of their future work. Definite classic.

50Spectrum of Death - Morbid Saint

51Killing Is My Business... - Megadeth

52Metal Church - Metal Church
Awesome old school thrash metal!

53Punishment for Decadence - Coroner

54Morbid Tales - Celtic Frost

55Burn - Havok

56By Inheritance - Artillery
Extremely underrated... Classic thrash.

57Worship Music - Anthrax

58Lights... Camera... Revolution! - Suicidal Tendencies
Best crossower album ever

59Seven Churches - Possessed
First deaht metal album. But possessed is thrash band

60Five Serpent's Teeth - Evile

61Burn My Eyes - Machine Head
As Kerry King says, it can be the best album!

62The Art of Partying - Municipal Waste

63Terrible Certainty - Kreator
RAW and brutal - Great Album

64Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold
Okay, this is NOT Thrash Metal /)_- idiots
It's a great album but not really thrash


65Practice What You Preach - Testament
The best Testament album in my opinion


66Phantom Antichrist - Kreator

67Fistful of Metal - Anthrax

68Survive - Nuclear Assault

69Act 3 - Death Angel

70No Sleep 'til Hammersmith - Motorhead

71R.I.P. - Coroner

72No More Color - Coroner

73Leave Scars - Dark Angel

74Storm Alert - Torture

75The Music of Erich Zann - Mekong Delta

76Principle of Doubt - Mekong Delta
Though far different from the previous album, still an under ground gem of avan gardne thrash

77Tempo of the Damned - Exodus

78Endgame - Megadeth
Most underrated megadeth album ever

79Divine Intervention - Slayer

80Undisputed Attitude - Slayer

81God Hates Us All - Slayer

82Christ Illusion - Slayer

83World Painted Blood - Slayer

84Diabolus In Musica - Slayer
All Slayer albums are great!

85Enter the Grave - Evile

86Skull - Evile
Skull is the album of 2013 in my opinion. It blew away the new releases from Death Angel, Havok, Megadeth, and Warbringer. This album had almost no promotion, no music videos, and not even the necessary tour following its release; yet I regard this as perhaps the greatest modern thrash album and is in my top 10 albums of all time. Keep making great music, Evile.
Best metal album of 2013. Not the best thrash album ever, but definitely good enough to be in the top 20.

87Monolith - Sylosis

88Edge of the Earth - Sylosis

89Unto the Locust - Machine Head

90The Call - Angelus Apatrida

91Clockwork - Angelus Apatrida

92Waste 'em All - Municipal Waste

93Hazardous Mutation - Municipal Waste

94Bloodbath - Suicidal Angels
Just give it a listen! Amazing riffs, nice solos, some really interesting intros out there. Briefly, great greek thrash metal album

95In This Life - Mordred

96Shogun - Trivium

97Endless Pain - Kreator

98Reason - Anacrusis
An undiscovered classic this one. More technical than their previous work. It has changes in tempos and moods. Going from tranquil soft melodic vocals and mellow guitar before going full hog into totally frenzied slayeresque thrash. It should have been a bigger seller than it should have been. I compare Ken Nardi's vocal range to Burton C Bells.

99Chemical Exposure - Sadus

100Doomsday for the Deceiver - Flotsam and Jetsam
If you like thrash/ speed metal this a great one

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