Best Thrash Metal Bands


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Metallica are only only famous for their first 4 albums, how can they be the best Thrash band if they can't even keep true to their own genre? Megadeth's Mustaine has some extremely creative stuff and is a beast on the guitar. James, Dave, Lars, and Cliff. If this line up had existed, It would be out of the question.
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Just listen trust or peace sells so your hooked!
Fastest and heaviest thrash metal band on earth!
Good to see the best thrash metal band at its place. Slayer should get second place, though. Dave is a genius and stayed true to his music.


[Newest]Megadeth always wins in thrash metal genre. Listen to their songs and you will know why.

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Their first four albums are amazing. They weren't as awesome after that, but those first four are enough for me to say Metallica is my favorite metal band.
Wow, Metallica are only famous for their first four albums? What about The Black Album, which has sold as many copies as every Megadeth album combined? And Dave stayed true to his music? You're joking, right? What about Youthanasia, Cryptic Writings, and Risk, huh? Metallica are sellouts, and Megadeth aren't? That's weird, because Dave Mustaine himself has stated that Risk was supposed to be Megadeth's breakthrough in the commercial rock scene, and that it was intended to be a #1 album. And in any case, Megadeth aren't even truly thrash metal, they are closer to speed metal because they aren't very heavy. And whoever says Metallica isn't heavy, listen to the opening riff of Fight Fire with Fire then try and tell me they aren't.
At least Megadeth had a better and more metal comeback with the 'system has failed' in 2004! Metallica is still sleeping
Metallica's last album was death magnetic. Megadeth's last album was super collider. They both sold out but Metallica did it better and James Hetfield is vocally superior to Dave Mustaine. Lars Ulrich is actually a good drummer as you can hear on their first four albums and he knows when to use the double kick and when not to unlike on many megadeth records where it loses it's impact. Kirk's solos are very good although maybe not quite as shreddy and fast as mustaine's they fit better and sound like he is actually playing to the song rather than just fitting as many notes as posible into a short space. The band members in Metallica have been more constant than megadeth and when there has been a change in the lineup it has been because of death (Cliff) or violence (Mustaine) or very strong drug addictions (Also Mustaine). What song do you like more? Mechanix or The Four Horsemen? Metallica are just better/have more class/are cooler than Megadeth. I still like Megadeth a lot.
What has Metallica done in the last 20 years? Oh yeah…sued Napster. Great work guys.
[Newest]Why does everyone talk like megadeth is the best ever? I mean who defined thrash metal in 1986? That is right Metallica with Master of puppets so everyone who thinks Metallica sucks after their first 4 albums you secretly listen to one direction and Justin Bieber!
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Metallica please stay out of this for once and fans actually vote for music that's actually GOOD not just cause its Metallica. First 4 albums were spectacular now there total garbage. Slayer never disappoints their music is amazing Start to Finish there the best there will ever be
Yeah, well Slayer plays the same song over and over for the most part.
I think Slayer is the best thrash metal band because they uphold the best qualities of the genre-lightning speed, raging aggression, full on rebellion and lyrical themes involving apocalypse, religion and war!
Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer together all changed the world, lead the revolution and spawned some of the most explosive and electrifying music ever but Slayer takes the crown because not only did thrash provide much needed adrenaline and power into music but Slayer injected a lethal dose of wickedness and intensity into the genre
Whoever said Megadeth is the heaviest and fastest Thrash Metal band is WRONG! Slayer is the heaviest and fastest Thrash Metal band. Ever heard Chemical Warfare, Flesh Storm, Dittohead, Hallowed Point, Born Of Fire, Consfearacy, Hate Worldwide, Payback, Necrophobic, Jesus Saves, Killing Fields, Snuff?
[Newest]The Ultimate Thrash Metal Band!

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Testament is one if the greatest thrash metal bands ever. Disputably the best vocalist, Chuck Billy, and best lead guitarist, Alex Skolnick, in thrash. Kick ass from The Legacy to Dark Roots of Earth and forever. Chuck Billy beat heart cancer and still maintains a great voice. Plus the only selling out they've done was experimenting with death metal.
From begining to present day their dedication and relentless drive to keep creating even when through all the changes in the past, to battle through all that crap, get back together and not miss a beat is amazing! In fact they just keep getting better! Rise up!
Testament, metal gods that have put out solid albums year after year rock on! hell look at m name... skolnick is their guitarist


[Newest]Best thrash metal band ever!

Nowadays, Kreator is in my opinion the leader of the thrash metal. Their music is brutal and fast, yet it also comprises a lot of melodic stuff.
Kreator always stay true to their roots. And are still making great albums today. The big 4 have always lived off their former glories. Kreator deserve to be top of the tree. Phantom Antichrist is a masterpiece.
Great songwriting... From endless pain to Phantom Antichrist. For me the best!
[Newest]Enemy of God is the best thrash song I've ever heard.

Anthrax is one of the big four of Thrash


Metallic and Megadeth might be better but not by a lot. Anthrax's songs are full of kickass riffs and solos, the drumming in every song is superb and the singing... It's amazing. Such an underrated band. One of the best metal bands of all time for sure.
Anthrax should be number 4 they are a really good band they just had a lot of tough breaks so many memorable songs listen to medusa, madhouse, I'm the man, caught in the mosh, Indians, nfl, among the living, got the time, and then the john bush era was great too more a groove meta style best songs with bush was only, born again idiot, inside out, crush there's a reason there in the big four and not testament but don't get me wrong testament was great too I just think anthrax were a lot better
[Newest]I don't understand how they are 6th. They are apart of the big 4 of thrash. Without spreading the disease or among the living thrash metal is nowhere near what it has grown to be.

There are no bad Overkill albums, You can listen to their discography for years without getting bored!
I grew up being a huge Megadeth fan, and still is. But when I first heard Overkill, not too long ago by the way, I was blown away. All their albums are rooted in thrash but very different from each other. In my opinion, they have only gotten better over the years. There last 2 albums are some of my favorite thrash metal I have heard in a long time. Megadeth did some good stuff in the early 2000's and Anthrax's newest album was quite good, but everything Overkill does is great..
Overkill is the most authentic thrash metal band ever and feel the fire and the years of decay their best albums
[Newest]Most consistently thrash and Bobby's vocals have yet to show signs of wear. It's unbelievable.

Most Brutal Concerts. Just listen to Bonded by Blood. Every song on there is great. Love all the other bands in the top ten too, but for me Exodus defines Thrash.
I didn't like their old stuff, and I couldn't believe after listening their newer works that I missed this amazing band. The re-released bonded by blood named "Let there be blood" was one of the most amazing albums I've ever heard. Their new songs kick-ass, insane riffs, amazing solos. Away megadeth - exodus!
Alongside Anthrax, and to an extent Metallica, Exodus is one of the most influential heavy metal bands out there. They, along with Metallica, are the earlier documented band of the thrash metal movement, being formed in 1980. Not only did they help get the thrash movement out of the Bay Area, but some of Exodus's members would go on to do bands such as Possesed, which is the first death metal band, meaning that Exodus started thrash, death, and to an extent, black metal.
[Newest]Exodus are the real thrash metal!

They did something nobody except metallica could do... Get a number 1 cd. And they even did something that nobody at all could do, stop grunge dead in it's tracks. Walk is one of the greatest songs of all time, if not the best. I would even dare to say that they eclipsed every other thrash band in history. Including the one's who influenced them. R.I.P. dimebag
Phil Anselmo is a better singer than James Hetfield
Dimebag is a better guitar player than Hetfield and Kirk Hammett combined.
Vinnie Paul is a better drummer than Lars Ulrich.
Pantera are better than Metallica in every aspect.
These guys, especially Dimebag with his soloing, made thrash popular throughout the 90s. They should be a lot higher, in the top 4 most definitely.


[Newest]They are groove, not thrash. However they definitely have thrash elements in some of their songs.

I love how the "big 4" are in the top four. But Sepultura deserves AT LEAST to be in the top ten


Many think that the band died when Max left, but the band has good songs of this era like Convicted in Life


Are you remember on Schizophrenia, Beneath the remains or Arise? One of the best thrash metal riffs in all time.But the "new Sepultura" is also good.RESPECT!
[Newest]This should be in top 3

The Contenders

One of the greatest thrash bands of all time. Listen to agent orange, tapping the vein, nuclear winter and m-16 and tell me they aren't up there with the rest of them
Sodom is so much more powerful than any other Thrash Band. Thrash is about aggression, and Sodom is the most aggressive band there is. I'm a little angry they are this low.
The ultimate German war machine. Sodom is perhaps the best thrash band to headbang to.
Tom is just BADASS.
M-16 is my favorite thrash album to date.
Loved Code Red and In War and Pieces too.
[Newest]Heavier, faster, better vocals, just overall a better band than any of the above, out of 14 albums there's only 2 and maybe 3 I don't like

This Band is just so awesome
I've never seen a Band that Plays their Songs so toght live
Sure it isn't that cool that ist only Jeffs band but he's just pro
Listen to Alison Hell, King Of The Kill, The Fun Palace, Set The World On Fire and The Trend.
If you're Areal Thrasher you will have to like one of These tracks
Personally my favorite thrash band, although I see a lot of bands on this list that aren't thrash, so I guess voting for what fits the list doesn't matter
Just Listen To Fun Palace! This Is One Of The Best Thrash Metal Bands Ever!

If you take the best songs from each one of the other bands in this list and the from that compilation you take only the best songs, you'd would only get fillers compared to what Coroner has to offer.
Amazing how their aggressive impetious music is so sophisticated at the same time. Despite the fact that their career was just about 7 years long, they evolved from being just thrash metal band to very high level of musicality. Just check their albums Mental Vortex and Grin, compare them to Metallica 90's sloppy stuff, and you'll make sure who's the boss here!
Grab all greatest hits of any band here and they would still be weak compared to Mental Vortex or No More Color

Best Thrash band ever undoubtedly, shame on musical world
[Newest]Very under rated and under exposed band

14Death Angel
Absolutely great thrash band the ultra violence is one of the only proper all the way through thrash albums! And is way better than anything metalica a have put out as a whole piece. Plus there are too many bands on the wrong list and too many missing. Log, machine head, voivod etc where's dark angel!
Death Angel is awesome!
They're unique and very jazzy!
It's like a jazz band playing on distorted amps.
Really happy that they got back together and eagerly awaiting their next album!
Slayer should be number 1 and Death Angel should be much higher in this list
[Newest]Not only were they amazing back when the classic albums came out, but the dream calls for blood is a masterpiece

15Unleashing Vengeance

Destruction is the perfect band of Thrash. Metallica can't be compared with Destruction. Destruction is the best of Thrash.
Wow, Slipknot and LOG is just above this, sad to see the direction our youth are going. Anyway, they're not thrash!
True Thrash Metal, should be in the top 10.
[Newest]Deserves a top 10 spot.



Love the guitar in this band

Great band, great albums, feel bit sorry for them, deserved better recognition.
They are very underrated


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