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..
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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.
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.
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...
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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
Best album ever, period.
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.
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4Ride The Lightning - Metallica
Metallica at their best.
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.
This is better than Rust in peace not a metallica fan boy but dis album beats all megadeth albums to be hinest

5Peace 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!
Amazing. By the way Metallica fan boys voting for kill email all Dave wrote lots of those songs.
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6Kill '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.
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7...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.
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.


This album is my favorite Metallica album


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8Bonded by Blood - Exodus
There are some albums like The Black Album and Countdown to Extinction that don't belong to this list...
This album is very amazing especially alison hell because its such hard songwriting skills for the first 2 mins
Thrash Metal classic, my personal favorite.
This masterpiece definitely deserves a higher place on this list.


Awesome old school trash metal!

9Among the Living - Anthrax
Incredible album. Joey Belladonna is the best thrash metal singer and this album is just amazing!

10Beneath the Remains - Sepultura

The Contenders

11Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer

12Pleasure To Kill - Kreator
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.
Absolute raw in-your-face brutality. Nothing can beat this thrash beast. It tackles RiB down and owns it.

13Arise - Sepultura
Really! Please, just listen to songs like Dead Embrionics Cells, Orgasmatron, Arise, Desperate Cry. This is the best album of Sepultura definitely.


14Release From Agony - Destruction

15Schizophrenia - Sepultura

16Agent 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.

17The 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.

18Death Magnetic - Metallica
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
My favorite underrated album shouldn't be at 26.

19The Years of Decay - Overkill

20Handle With Care - Nuclear Assault

21Horrorscope - Overkill

22The Blackening - Machine Head

23Alice in Hell - Annihilator

24The Legacy - Testament

25Extreme Aggression - Kreator

26Unto the Locust - Machine Head

27Infernal 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.

28From This Day Forward - Obliveon
Perhaps the best tech-thrash album ever made. Hail canada!

29Darkness 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.

30Show No Mercy - Slayer
This album is absolutely AMAZING!


31Coma Of Souls - Kreator

32South of Heaven - Slayer

33Never, Neverland - Annihilator
Best album of the best band ever!

34Hell Awaits - Slayer
Could you imagine more underrated album?

35Spreading the Disease - Anthrax

36God Hates Us All - Slayer

37Something Wicked This Way Comes - Iced Earth

38To Mega Therion - Celtic Frost

39Tortured Existence - Demolition Hammer

40Mental Vortex - Coroner

41Ultra Violence - Death Angel

42Feel The Fire - Overkill

43Wrath - Lamb of God

44Night of the Stormrider - Iced Earth

45Think This - Toxik

46Countdown to Extinction - Megadeth
Symphony Of Destruction, Foreclosure of a dream, Skin o' my teeth and Sweating Bullets are the best
Ashes in your mouth

47Act 3 - Death Angel

48Dark Roots of Thrash - Testament

49Killing Is My Business... - Megadeth

50Metal Church - Metal Church

51Punishment for Decadence - Coroner

52Morbid Tales - Celtic Frost

53Burn - Havok

54Worship Music - Anthrax

55Lights... Camera... Revolution! - Suicidal Tendencies
Best crossower album ever

56Seven Churches - Possessed
First deaht metal album. But possessed is thrash band

57Five Serpent's Teeth - Evile

58Burn My Eyes - Machine Head
As Kerry King says, it can be the best album!

59Possessed by Fire - Exumer

60Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold
Okay, this is NOT Thrash Metal /)_- idiots

61Evil 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.

62Practice What You Preach - Testament
The best Testament album in my opinion


63Fistful of Metal - Anthrax

64R.I.P. - Coroner

65No More Color - Coroner

66Leave Scars - Dark Angel

67Storm Alert - Torture Listen to sample

68The Music of Erich Zann - Mekong Delta

69Principle of Doubt - Mekong Delta
Though far different from the previous album, still an under ground gem of avan gardne thrash

70Tempo of the Damned - Exodus

71Endgame - Megadeth

72Divine Intervention - Slayer

73Undisputed Attitude - Slayer

74Christ Illusion - Slayer

75World Painted Blood - Slayer

76Diabolus In Musica - Slayer
All Slayer albums are great!

77Enter the Grave - Evile

78Skull - Evile
Best metal album of 2013. Not the best thrash album ever, but definitely good enough to be in the top 20.

79Monolith - Sylosis

80Edge of the Earth - Sylosis

81The Call - Angelus Apatrida

82Clockwork - Angelus Apatrida

83Persecution Mania - Sodom

84The Art of Partying - Municipal Waste

85Waste 'em All - Municipal Waste

86Hazardous Mutation - Municipal Waste

87Bloodbath - Suicidal Angels

88In This Life - Mordred

89Shogun - Trivium

90Terrible Certainty - Kreator

91Endless Pain - Kreator

92Killing 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.

93Reason - 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.

94Chemical Exposure - Sadus

95Doomsday for the Deceiver - Flotsam and Jetsam
If you like thrash/ speed metal this a great one

96Thrash Zone - D.R.I.

97Crossover - D.R.I.

98Four of a Kind - D.R.I.

99Speak English or Die! - S.O.D.

100Game Over - Nuclear Assault

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