Best Thrash Metal Albums


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1Rust 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..

I gave this one a number of spins, but I just don't get what all the fuss is about. Yeah, it's good, but 'Peace Sells...', 'So Far...', 'Killing is my Business...' and 'Countdown...' are all superior. And I like Megadeth, and am objective about their releases, but if everyone thinks otherwise then I'm wasting my time. Ninjas, remove this post!

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2Master of Puppets - Metallica

So the mighty 'Master of Puppets' is on its knees, gobbling off Mustaine's patchy 'Rust in Peace', huh? I'd say it's an abomination, but they've both sold-out, so both should be moved down the ladder, no? Oh! Unless this is a biased post? Ah, I see now. History has already spoken about what the greatest thrash album is - 'Master of Puppets' - so at-least bump Megadeth's best album, 'Peace Sells...' to the top. That way, Mustaine fans at-least can put up a fair fight for-and-against the GREATEST thrash album of all time. Hey, you win some and you win some.

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...

I miss Cliff Burton after Mustaine separated, Cliff became the heart and soul of Metallica.

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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

Master of Puppets has multiple guitar solos which are amazing...

Thrash is the epitome of intensity, an NOTHING comes closer to this absolute masterpiece, the best thrash album hands down. Slayer is order through chaos, no-one combined thrash and punk like them. This is not meant to be liked, it just simply is, the band did not give a flying care about what people thought of their music.

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.

This is one of those albums I listen to without filler, unlike Rust In Peace or Master Of Puppets which contains a certain amount of filler. This album is 28 minutes of insane thrash metal blasphemy.

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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.

So 'Trapped Under Ice', 'Fade to Black', 'For Whom the Bell Tolls', 'Fight Fire with Fire'...don't contain as good a riff and lick output as Megadeth? This album is often preferred over 'Master of Puppets' itself! That's how mighty it is.

Metallica at their best.

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. -

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5Bonded 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.

This is the 'Bonded by Blood' remake 'Let There Be Blood' cover, so which version is being judged? Bailoff's, or the latter, with the bonus Kirk Hammet written track? They're both great, just curious.

Awesome old school trash metal!

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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.

It's not underrated! It probably nets them each $1,000,000 a year. It's just that they consistently releases better and better albums. It's the album that started this whole thread.

Best album ever, yet so underrated - gemcloben

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7Among the Living - Anthrax

Incredible album. Joey Belladonna is the best thrash metal singer and this album is just amazing!

They're a speed metal band, but this monster does blur the boundaries a bit with its comedy. Great album, no doubt, so I won't argue over semantics. 9/10

The most underrated band of the "Big 4". This is my favorite thrash album next tied with Reign in Blood

Sad that Anthrax have always been regarded the 4th of the big 4. The riffs on this album kick ass - sextysex

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8Peace 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.

Yep! Megadeth's best, by a big margin too. 'Devils Island', 'Black Friday', 'Wake Up Dead' was Megadeth at its finest. This was before they became a solo project and were a band. 9/10 release.

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.

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9Beneath the Remains - Sepultura

I thought I would see Kreator and Testament albums at top but all Metallica, Metallica, Metallica and Metallica! - GREYBOYY

Yes, Cavalera and co. Have never topped this beast.

10The 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.

Spot 10 on the all-time greats list ain't anything to be ashamed about.

Is this seriously under anthrax and sepultura?

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The Newcomers

?Focus - Cynic
?Mr. Bungle - Mr. Bungle

If this album's not thrash, what is it? I know Zappa did similar stuff, but even that's not like Mr Bungle. They are heavy, funky, deranged, and whatever else, but what on this sick planet is this bloody record? On Disco Volante, Spruance goes Slayer on us at times, so is that thrash? I've just given myself a headache.

No, it's not thrash. But somehow it's here, and deservedly so, because it's a beast that any metal fan should own. Hey, I got lucky...

A deranged metal album that deserves a spot in any metal fans collection. Is it thrash? Over to you...

Love this album but I don't think it thrash.

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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.

Yeah, 'Under the Guillotine' is a beast. One of the most violent albums released in thrash history. How good was the 80's?

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12...And Justice for All - Metallica

Place number 12? Quit the bias. Metallica invented thrash, so every single one of their albums - including the 'Black' album - are, by definition, the greatest thrash albums ever made, no matter which you prefer. Every thrash album from 'Kill 'em All' on must be measured against Metallica's first 5 releases. 'Master of Puppets' is regarded as the greatest thrash album ever made, and has not been rivalled in any way, shape, or form - unless you compare it to their other four earlier releases. I regard 'And Justice For All...' as their most triumphant record. They came out smoking after Burton's death and made the most technical love letter to him by playing out of their skins. It's production is immense, despite the in audible bass, and Hammet, Hetfield and Lars were regarded as the best musicians in metal that year, and the year before, and the year before that...Throw on 'Dyers Eve', 'Eye of the Beholder', 'Harvester of Sorrow', 'One'...and crank it! Yes, they suck, but for over a ...more

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 belongs above any Megadeth album in my opinion - Sabbath

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13Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer

Yep! The last of Slayer's progressive releases. It's a fitting finale to their early days, 'A Decade of Aggression' aside.

Reign In Blood should be #1, and Seasons #2.

This should be #2.
Reign In Blood should be #1.

14The Years of Decay - Overkill

Very underrated band and album. Stop wasting your money on Metallica's crap. Buy real deal

Most consistent thrash metal band I've heard

This is an amazing thrash metal album

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15Extreme Aggression - Kreator

Kreator still smoking it after a plethora of equally brutal releases. Their best albums left Ventor doing what he does best, drumming, and left Petroza doing what he does best, crushing your skull with his riffs and vocals.

16Alice in Hell - Annihilator

Jeff Waters was born with a guitar in his hand, and came out the womb wailing on it. Beast!

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. - Metal_Treasure

Yeah, it's a killer of an album.

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17Release From Agony - Destruction

Perhaps the best thrash album of all time destruction manages to create intricate progressive song structures while still being heavy. - 17MaCarollo

'Sign of Fear' is worth the price of admission alone.

18Handle With Care - Nuclear Assault

Now this is one I must track down. I'm ashamed that I don't own it.

19Schizophrenia - Sepultura

Sepultura reach the pinacle of their musicianship with only their 2nd album. The sound on this album is much darker and heavier than on arise or beneath the remains and the song structures are 10x harder to play. - 17MaCarollo

Underrated Sepultura thrash album. 'Troops of Doom', 'Escape to the Void' etc. All kill it.

20Arise - Sepultura

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

Sepultura's 3rd best, behind 'Beneath the Remains' and 'Chaos AD'. It is great though, no doubt.

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Top Remixes (27)

1. Reign in Blood - Slayer
2. Kill 'Em All - Metallica
3. Rust in Peace - Megadeth
1. Release From Agony - Destruction
2. Schizophrenia - Sepultura
3. Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? - Megadeth
1. Ride The Lightning - Metallica
2. Rust in Peace - Megadeth
3. Master of Puppets - Metallica

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