Best New Wave Thrash Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Havok Havok Havok is an American thrash metal band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2004, their members currently consist of David Sanchez, Nick Schendzielos, Pete Webber, and Reece Scruggs.

Albums like Ride the Lightning, Rust in Peace, and The New Order blew my mind and got me into music. Then I spent the 2000s saying that there would never again be a life changing album or even a metal classic for that matter to come out. I just stuck with the thrash classics of the 80's. Then one day, I came across Time is Up by Havok and got the same feeling I had when listening to Megadeth or Metallica for the first time. This band completely restored my faith in good music and good thrash metal to reemerge. And sure enough, this decade is bringing us great albums from all thrash bands old and new. I may have never known that if it weren't for Havok. Since I heard Time is Up, havok became my favorite new wave band of all time.

The best! A friend of mine is lead guitar for Havok and they rule! Seen them live a bunch of times and you're really missing out of you sleep on this rec.

There was a time when I thought that only old thrash bands, like Kreator or Testament, could do good thrash nowadays, I've never been so wrong.

Havok is one of my favorite bands m/

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2 Vektor Vektor

Havok and Evile are great don't get me wrong, but the skill on instruments, songwriting, lyrics and structure and live performances for Vektor blow them out of the water

Musical talents like no other, out of the ordinary, "space thrash" I guess you could call it. Vektor is one of a kind and deserves the love.

The best of this list, in my opinion. Originality, musical talent and overall very solid albums. Their first 2 are my favorites.

Vektor has something unique and original that I really respect and appreciate. They have evolved their sound, that's great. - NienNunb

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3 Evile Evile Evile are an English thrash metal band from Huddersfield, formed in 2004. The band's debut album, Enter the Grave, was produced by Flemming Rasmussen at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark and was released worldwide in 2007 by Earache Records to critical acclaim by fans and critics alike.

EXACTLY! Evile absolutely deserves to be up at the top of this list. They don't have a lot of albums but the stuff they already have are comparable to the Big Four's material. EVILE RULES!

ONE OF THE BEST BANDS EVER! My favourite modern thrash band, their work is incredibly fantastic, enter the grave was probably the best album of the 2000s

Thrasher it's a classic already. - renanborges

4 Warbringer Warbringer Warbringer is an American thrash metal band formed in 2004. Century Media Records signed Warbringer after seeing them at a local show in LA.

Listen to Living In A Whirlwind.

Warbringer should be in different genre with the rift & the lyric they should be call pioneer of "Dark Thrash"

War Without End as a whole just makes for a great listen. Even their instrumentals from other album are just very well made. Highly suggest giving them a listen. One of my favourites is definitely "Combat Shock" from War Without End.

Worlds torn Asunder is a work of art in its own way.

5 Municipal Waste Municipal Waste Municipal Waste is a crossover thrash band from Richmond, Virginia. They performed at the UK's Download Festival on June 15, 2008. They also joined At the Gates on their "Suicidal Final Tour" along with Darkest Hour, Toxic Holocaust and Repulsion.

The best of new thrash bands great live band

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6 Toxic Holocaust Toxic Holocaust Toxic Holocaust is an American black/thrash metal band from Portland, Oregon, formed in 1999. The band has gained notoriety among the thrash metal community, and is arguably one of the most popular modern thrash metal bands. Toxic Holocaust also gained attention when their song "Bitch" was featured more.

Amazing. Joel really did well with this band. Great live too I saw them with Napalm Death and Agnostic Front and they sounded the best in my opinion.

7 Skeletonwitch Skeletonwitch Skeletonwitch is an American blackened thrash metal band from Athens, Ohio, formed in 2003. The band currently consists of drummer Dustin Boltjes, bassist Evan Linger, and guitarists Nate Garnette and Scott Hedrick and vocalist Adam Clemans.

Deserves to be in the top 3. Serpents Unleashed is all I have to say. The first track to the last track is non stop, in your face, and doesn't let up. Beats Evile in my opinion. Skeletonwitch will burn a hole in your head

8 Lich King

Just listen to Toxic Zombie Onslaught or Predator from the album Do-Over. Those songs give you the same feeling as listening Holy Wars... I love anything from Born of the Bomb and Do-Over. Also the cover of Hot for Teacher is amazing

Think Nuclear Assault combined with Exodus, but better. Agnosticism is easily better than even the classic Fade to Black

9 Bonded By Blood Bonded By Blood Bonded by Blood is an American thrash metal band, named after Exodus' debut album Bonded by Blood. Like its labelmates Evile, Gama Bomb, and Municipal Waste, Bonded by Blood is part of the thrash metal revival movement.

They sound a bit like Exodus(with Duxes), which is pretty obvious as we get from their name, with a little insparation of Old school thrash

10 Gama Bomb Gama Bomb Gama Bomb is a thrash metal band based in Northern Ireland. Their 2009 album Tales from the Grave in Space was one of the first albums ever released as a completely free download while signed to a record label.

Gama Bomb Should be on top of the list good rift & better solo

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The Newcomers

? Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash 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.
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The Contenders

11 Mantic Ritual Mantic Ritual Mantic Ritual was a thrash metal band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band released their debut album through Nuclear Blast Records.

The vocals for mantic ritual are some f my favourite vocals out of any thrash band they are so good. - dragon13304

12 Suicidal Angels

Greatest greek band ever. Listen to apokathilosis, begger of scorn, bleeding holocaust, dead again.

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14 Hexen Hexen

Not my favorite, but way too low on here. Both of their albums are excellent and Carlos Cruz of Warbringer was able to effectively showcase his melodic side. It's a shame that the band split up. - surgeonsanic

Best New Thrash Band ever. I love State of Insurgency

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15 Exmortus Exmortus V 1 Comment
16 Fueled By Fire Fueled By Fire

Fueled By Fire are one of my favorite Thrash bands... period. They sort of have a Death Angel sound, but pushed to the extreme.

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18 Revocation Revocation Revocation is an American technical death metal band from Boston, Massachusetts founded by guitarist and vocalist David Davidson, bassist and vocalist Anthony Buda and drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne in 2000. Originally known as Cryptic Warning, the band changed its name to Revocation in 2006. Revocation more.
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20 Dust Bolt

Even better thane evile and havok

Listen to
Toxic attack


Agent thrash

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