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.


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2 Vektor Vektor Vektor is an American progressive thrash metal band from Tempe, Arizona. The band was formed under the name Locrian around June 2003, but changed their name to Vektor in 2004.

Vektor deserves to be on top. They not only can play heavy music, but they could take elements of thrash, prog, and space music and put them together. They're like one of the few original thrash bands in modern days. Havok and a lot of others are cool and can make great music, but Vektor can take thrash to a new level. They should be the pioneers of space thrash. - nickolie

One of the only bands from the modern era to come up with an original sound, and it's good. The other ones are pretty much recycling what has been done before, even if it's good every now and then. Unfortunately, three members have left the band. However, I believe DiSanto (as the mastermind of the band and with the exposure of Vektor lately) will be able to find new members and continue the great work, keep it up!

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

Vektor slays any other modern thrash band. They will literally become a legendary band, we are talking legendary as Death. All their albums are masterpieces.

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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!

My favorite band of all time

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

This was a tough choice between Evile, Skeletonwitch, and Lich King - but Evile has "Enter the Grave" which may be the best thrash album ever - so I gave them the nod. Really love the majority of the bands on this list. My top 3 are definitely Evile, Skeletonwitch, and Lich King but I also really like Havok, Vektor, and Warbringer.

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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.

Best modern thrash band out there maybe even just best thrash band out there after there new album woe to the vanquished came out

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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.

Brutal live

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

Skeletonwitch are awesome! Just listen to "Breathing the Fire" and tell me they don't deserve to be at or near the top of this list!

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

Lich King has consistently improved with each album. Check out "Omniclasm", "Do-Over", and "Born of the Bomb" - their earlier stuff is pretty raw and poorly produced but their more recent albums kick major-ass. To quote the band: Lich King rules! Lich King has become my go-to Thrash band when I'm lifting weights or otherwise want to get pumped up (no pun intended). The most head-bangable music of the 21st century (in my opinion).

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

Combat Mosh says it all people...

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 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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The Contenders

11 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

Funny + heavy = entertain

This band deserves to be in the top 5. Awesome front man, shredding guitars and crushing rhythm with fun lyrics about scifi and horror.

12 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

Gone too soon! If they came out in back in the day, they would have been one of the giants of thrash.

must be 1

13 Violator

This band so new wave of thrash metal, they got it

Simply great Thrash!

Brazillian Thrash Metal! Simple and devastating.

Futurephobia! This is Thrash, bitch!

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14 Exmortus Exmortus Exmortus is an American extreme metal band formed in 2002, whose lyrics mostly deal with battles and war.

They are so good, should be in the list too

These guys play their hearts out. The drums are reminisant of early Brahm Dainer[Mastodon]. Dragonforce style shredding. Two great growly vocalists

15 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.
16 Suicidal Angels

Division of Blood is a Great Album

I saw them live,they are amazing


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

17 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.

18 Hatchet

Needs to be higher up.

Amazing band.

Way too low

Great band!

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19 Vortex

Listen to "thrash metal holocaust" and then tell me if this is not the best thrash song ever!
unfortunately the band split up :(

20 Dust Bolt

The best with lost society *-*

Even better thane evile and havok

Listen to
Toxic attack


Agent thrash

M/ can take wait for July 8, 2016 if your a fan you would understand


21 Ghoul Ghoul Ghoul is a thrash/death metal band from Oakland, California. Though the members' actual identities are meant to be concealed, it is known that some members or past members of Ghoul also play or have played in other bands such as Impaled, Dystopia, Wolves in the Throne Room, Exhumed, Phobia, Asunder more.

The best undergroundish band out right now

22 Tantara

Based On Evil is a brilliant thrash album and is so underrated! - dragon13304

23 Angelus Apatrida

One of the best New Wave Thrash band in my opinion. they make a Thrash influenced by Megadeth, Slayer and Metallica. Their 2 first albums are good Thrash (with groove influences), the third is excellent, and their last is... PERFECT!
Good riffs, awesome vocals, kick ass soli! They are the best New Wave Thrash!

Solid, fun. Great songwriting.

Should be way higher

You are Next

24 Paradox
25 Lazarus A.D.


26 Iron Reagan Iron Reagan Iron Reagan is an American crossover thrash supergroup from Richmond, Virginia, consisting of Municipal Waste vocalist Tony Foresta, Cannabis Corpse and Municipal Waste bassist Phil "LandPhil" Hall, former A.N.S. guitarist Mark Bronzino, former Darkest Hour drummer Ryan Parrish, and Hellbear bassist more.

Great Crossover Thrash and Tony Foresta and Land Phil of Municipal Waste perform in this band, this band kicks major ass!

27 Horor Piknik (Serbia)

Haven't heard? Do not vote for them! Find them on you tube! Hear them! Then decide to vote!

Great band. Listen to "Masovna Sarana" or "Drekavac".

28 Amok
29 Hammercult

So underrated best Death/Thrash band

Best Death Thrash Metal Band

Just Great

Verry good band just check RISE OF THE HAMMER or STEELCRUSHER out

30 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.
31 Black Fast Black Fast
32 Harlott

100% must check out please support this band

Extinction is the album of the year in 2017!

33 Savage Messiah
34 Traitor

Simply great honest Thrash Metal!
No fancy fly-on-a-wall stuff whatsoever nowadays (thrash) metal comes up with.

35 Nervosa

Raw and powerful. Nervosa has the energy and raw edge of classic thrash complete with political-themed vocals. “Kill the Silence” is a perfect example of everything that makes thrash great. Slayer-like riffs and vocals with more of a growl. Sepultra fans will also really dig this band for keeping that brand alive.

36 Vulgar Thrash Assault

New old school puerto rican thrash metal band

37 Nuclear
38 Soldier
39 Stonedz
40 Stonedz
41 The Coupetz
42 Prophecy
43 The Law
44 SSS
45 Lost Society Lost Society Lost Society is a thrash metal band from Finland, formed in 2010. Lost Society released their debut album in 2013 when band members were teens aged 17, 18, 19, and 19.

I have never, ever written a comment for anything on this website, but I felt I had to for this band. They are the best. I listened to their most recent album after seeing them on this list and was blown away. These guys kick more ass than Havok, Warbringer, and Evile combined. More than any other band on this list that I've heard, these guys remind me of the big four. Except they kick more ass than the big four have in the 21st century. Their newest album (Braindead), the only one I've listened to, is apparently a little slower and more deliberate than their other two. And it kicks SERIOUS ASS. Some of the songs remind me of Slayer, some remind me of Death Angel, and some remind me a little of Morbid Angel. And this guy can actually sing! Listen to the first two songs on Braindead. I am the Antidote is a heavier song, where the dude demonstrates he's absolute kickass growl, and his amazing singing voice, both in the same song. The next one, Riot, was my favorite song as soon as I ...more - fishplay

Listen to thrash all over you and terror hungry

My fave song is "Kill (Those who oppose me)" - it's insanely fast, one of the fastest thrash songs, if not the fastest! Very cool video, too.
"Thrash All Over You" is also remarkable. - Metal_Treasure

These gus are great

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46 Blackened

Brazilian underground thrash band. Listen to their first EP, caled "Underground Attack"

47 Crucified Mortals
48 4ARM

Australian thrash masters with the influence of legendary thrash masters like Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer. Not only that, but also have their own unique, modern thrash style as well. Fantastic guitarist, vocalist and drummer especially. Everyone needs some sort of a break but it seems as if their drummer never gets tired from his massive speed and technicality! These guys need more support. They surely deserve it.

49 Possessor
50 Mutiny Within

Check out their debut, plus the iTunes-only follow-up 'Synchronicity' before you remove my post.

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