Best Thrash Metal Bands of the 1980s


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1MetallicaMetallica is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981. The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist) Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar) Lars Ulrich (Drums) Ron McGovney (Bassist) The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

What's up with this site? What is wrong with all you Metallica haters. Listen to me now people have been complaining to them ever since they released the official video of one (which kicked as). Metallica had the balls to do whatever they felt like and still be number 1 with the great death magnetic so stop hating

James sings like he is going to soil himself and Lars can't drum. The lyrics are stupid. The only thing they ever had was Cliff.

Metallica was the best thrash band of the 80's Megadeth was weak compared to Metallica in the 80's. Stop voting for cheesy Megadeth. Dave mustaine even knows Metallica beat then in the 80's

Megadeth's albums in this time were not so great. But Metallica's first 4 were amazing. Kept thrash metal alive.

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2MegadethMegadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica.

Metallica was at its best in the 80s so they deserve to be #1. But Megadeth is the best Thrash Metal band of all time. - velitelcabal

Ok, most people would have Metallica but please remember this is down to personal preferance - pennylagwaberurier

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3SlayerSlayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King.

Great live band. No one at the time (mid to late 80s) were better. Period.

4AnthraxAnthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

Ha these guys know how to have fun

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5ExodusExodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 37 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members.
6OverkillOverkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D.V1 Comment
7Metal ChurchMetal Church is an American heavy metal band. They originally formed in San Francisco, California in 1980 before relocating to Aberdeen, Washington the following year and briefly using the name Shrapnel.

Their sound was way ahead of what anyone else was doing in 1985. David Wayne was my favorite vocalist of the Genre during that era.

Metal Church kicks ass. Every album and every song is at least good and most are excellent. No B side crap.

8OnslaughtOnslaught are an English thrash metal band from Bristol, England. Initially active from 1983 to 1991, they reformed in 2004. The band initially drew influence from second wave hardcore punk bands such as Discharge and The Exploited, and then adopted a straight forward thrash metal sound.
9Nuclear AssaultNuclear Assault is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed after bassist Dan Lilker left Anthrax in 1984. After releasing five full-length albums and touring relentlessly throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Nuclear Assault split up in 1995. They briefly reunited in 1997 and again more.

Just fkn great band tell me someone can drumming better than glen and they have subjects real subjects you can feel them listen to their albums like handle with care and game over specially fight to be free and from the 80 s ranking nuclear assault should be in the top 3

10TestamentTestament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, the band consists of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Gene Hoglan.

The Contenders

11Dark Angel
12CoronerCoroner is a Swiss thrash metal band from Zürich. They garnered relatively little attention outside of Europe.

A very underrated technical thrash band that put out some killer stuff. R.I.P. and Punishment for Decadence ruled but they finally peaked on the incredible No More Color. Mental Vortex was a bit of a step back in that the songs were a bit more straight forward and then Grin should be retitled Frown.

13Death AngelDeath Angel is an American thrash metal band from Daly City, California, initially active from 1982 to 1991 and again since 2001. Death Angel has released seven studio albums, two demo tapes, one box set and two live albums.
14Dead Horse
15SodomSodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member.

Great and that put out a thrash/punk/Motorhead-like EP and then peaked with Expurse of Sodomy, Persecution Mania and Agent Orange.

16KreatorKreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen. Their style of music is similar to that of their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard; along with those three bands, Kreator has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Teutonic thrash metal, and they are often credited with helping pioneer more.V1 Comment
17VenomVenom are an English heavy metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.
19Sacred Reich
20AnnihilatorAnnihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates.
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