Best Thrash Metal Albumstruemetal
The Top Ten
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!
Amazing riffs, amazing solos, amazing bass playing and Dave is one of the better thrash metal singers.
Is there really any competition? This is the finest thrash metal album ever and will probably ever be topped. It is light years better than Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning, or even Peace Sells. By the way, Reign in Blood shouldn't be in the top ten, or even top 15. Seasons in the abyss is way better. And come on, Master of Puppets isn't even really straight up thrash. It's mostly diluted with ballads, slow parts, repetitive riffs, and it's mostly heavy metal. Do you see Countdown to Extinction up here? No, because it's not really straight up thrash. But all the Metallica Fan-girls came to vote for it. Apply the same standards to Metallica that you do for Megadeth. If you're a Metallica fan, vote for Ride the Lightning. You know that album is way more thrash than Mop, and, if we're honest, better.
Just amazing album. No filler all killer!V 76 Comments
Best thrash metal album ever! Every single song on here is amazing. Even the more underrated ones like disposable heroes or leper messiah are still great! That just goes to show you how great this album actually is. Brutal guitar riffs, fast and exhilarating solos, and awesome vocals! Ride the lightning comes real close to Master, but I just feel that master of puppets was the pinnacle of what metallica could do! If you've never listened to this album, do so now!
Can't really choose between Master of Puppets and Rust in Peace. Yet, if you listen Master of Puppets and Rust in Peace with someone who does not like thrash genre at all, will go for Master of Puppets. That's why Master of Puppets is the most special one among the list in my humble opinion.
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.
Now I love both RIP and MOP but there's not a bad song on MOP but there’s not a bad song on RIP either but both Metallica and megadeth are goodV 40 Comments
Hey there, fanboy Roy. You have heard 'Call of Cthulhu', 'Orion', and 'To Live Is To Die' right? What about 'For Whom The Bell Tolls'? 'Escape'? Sure, most of Metallica's songs have structure, but nearly every song on the planet does, so what's your criticism with that? The problem with Megadeth - as unique a talent as Mustaine is - is that their songs lack structure. The best Megadeth songs have structure, like Devil's Island, Symphony of Destruction, Foreclosure of a Dream, Hook in Mouth etc. And you imply that Metallica being more popular is somehow a bad thing. Not everything popular is great, admittedly, but the reason Metallica is so popular is because they were incredibly great during their first decade, and their lyrics and song structures are mind-blowing. That's why they're regarded as superior to Megadeth. You know it's sad but true.
What makes you think Metallica fans are divided and haven't already created the greatest thrash albums of all time? This poll? I like this poll, but all the major publications on the planet aren't divided over what the greatest metal album of all time is - 'Master of Puppets'. It's a fact.
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.
The only album up to.par with rust in peace. Master of Puppets is only good with three great tracks, the others are meh.V 11 Comments
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.
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...
Reign In Blood has influenced no-one, just like Megadeth and Metallica's best, because they can't be replicated. It's chemistry, biology, the zeitgeist of the times that made the greatest of the great great. You can't rewind time. You can only bicker over what great band is greater than another, but considering I'm a fan of all of them it's a moot argument.
Whenever I'm pissed off this album makes me feel betterV 41 Comments
Ok, I'll go with the Dukes-led 'Let a There Be Blood' remake on this one. This album is an immense remake - and not the cash-in many think - because this classic deserved a remake. From the classic opener 'Bonded by Blood', 'A Lesson In Violence', 'Piranha', 'No Love', 'Deliver Us To Evil',.'Strike of the Beast' plus the real bait being the previously unreleased track with Hammet 'Hells Breath.', this is exactly how to honour an already timeless classic. This version is the one to own because very few thrash bands can claim to be playing this sort of thrash today, bar Testament. 9/10.
If Exodus had fate go their way, we'd be talking about them, not Metallica. They had the great Kirk Hammet, were already creating a stir in 1979, but record deal issues and Hetfield and Ulrich poaching Hammet sealed their fate. There is a Big 5, don't worry about that.
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 album reminded me why I like metalV 10 Comments
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.
Hands down, Megadeth at their best. The production values are timeless, and there are songs on here that Mustaine won't play because of theur subject matter. But that can't stop the fans blasting them till the day they day. I believe this one is in the top ten metal albums of all time in Rolling a Stone, and deservedly so.
Better than rust in peace - wizardlarryV 15 Comments
I think Metallica get what they deserve. I'm their biggest fan, but I refuse to listen to anything after the Black Album. I think it's fair to criticise them for their output since 91-or so.
Listen to The Outlaw Torn and Fixxxer, that might change your mind for Load/Reload. - awesomedp900
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.
It's a good album, but honestly, does it deserve to be above Justice, Among the Living, and Pleasure to Kill?
The best of the bestV 16 Comments
Let's be articulate about why each album deserves its spot. Among the Living is a thrash album delivered by a speed metal band. But, due to its brutal riffs, Benante's syncopated double-kicks, Ian and Spitz's frenetic riffing, and Bello's groovy bass-lines it's a hard album to pigeon hole. Spreading the Disease was definitely a speed metal album, but this must go down as one of the most brutal speed metal albums of all time that it's basically a thrash album. I have a headache.
I think it's sad that everyone got sold the idea that there ever has been a Big 4 full-stop. It's gimmickry, that's all. Mustaine was there at the start, as was most of Exodus, as was Metallica and Slayer. The day that thrash becomes a Big 4 circle jerk (like that crap dvd release - Hanneman's appearance aside) is the day I'll go do donething else with my time. Sure, some filled arenas whilst others didn't, but early Death Angel were as good as Anthrax, as was Testament, Forbidden, Overkill etc. Quality thrash is quality thrash. Sheesh! I like all the great exponents of it, rich or poor.
Incredible album. Joey Belladonna is the best thrash metal singer and this album is just amazing!
GET THIS ABOVE KILL 'EM ALL!V 6 Comments
I thought I would see Kreator and Testament albums at top but all Metallica, Metallica, Metallica and Metallica! - GREYBOYY
Beneath the Remains is actually not that raw. It's a quantum leap from Schizophrenia and is one of the most fantastic riff-fests around. It is so damn creative it's not funny, and Andreas's solos were gold. The production needs a remaster is all. 10/10.
Chaos AD is inside the top ten Thrash albums in history.
One of the best metal albums ever! Brazil!V 5 Comments
Absolute raw in-your-face brutality. Nothing can beat this thrash beast. It tackles RiB down and owns it.
It stands in line with Slayer's RiB and Dark Angel's Darkness Descends. A true timeless master piece of brutal thrash metal at it's best and an influence for all kind of extreme metal like death and black metal.
Yeah, 'Under the Guillotine' is a beast. One of the most violent albums released in thrash history. How good was the 80's?
This album is kind of sloppy. Their later albums are better - SabbathV 8 Comments
'Blood Red', 'Spirit in Black', 'Dead Skin Mask', 'Seasons in the Abyss' are some of the best tracks Slayer ever made. Most mentioned were sinister, foreboding, atmospheric, and technical. Yes, 'Reign in Blood' is thrash personified, but do you know how many fans dug Slayer's more restrained and thoughtful songs? Plenty! I think they're too one-dimensional now and they should go back and reference their other 4 earlier albums for future releases.
Reign in blood riffs were repetitive but still good but I prefer this much more listen to war ensemble and the title track. Its like south of heaven and reign in blood combined.
Their second best album ever, in fact they haven't really made a good album since!
This is indeed thrash metal, very good songsV 5 Comments
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.
The New Order is now inside the top ten Thrash albums in history. It feels like we're approaching the end days or a new world order.
Very underrated.. should be in the top 10V 7 Comments
Actually the superior album Metallica wrote. This album embodies everything that Metallica used to be. Blackened was the perfect opening to an album full of thrash metal extraordinaire. The first riff is still mindblowing after all these years. The title song...And Justice For All is the most valuable indictment of the Western monetary democracy. Eye of the Beholder is a perfect example of how a song can be both thrashy and slow at the same time. Grooving and pounding away this song paved the way for many groove metal bands to come. The fourth song on this album doesn't require any appraise. One can be seen as the ultimate metal anthem ever and the epitomy of everything that made Metallica great. The Shortest Straw is an amazing song and made even better by Hetfield's outstanding vocal performance. The story about Cliff Burton's death is interlaced through this song and makes it a very genuine and emotional song. Harvester of Sorrow is simply outstanding. The song has an extremely ...more
Now Master of Puppets was the most progressive thrash album of all time, but although I don't believe Justice is the superior album, I do listen to it more because of its progressive production and material. Like Ride, there's a fair bit of material they won't play live (probably because they're too old to pull it off), but Shortest Straw, To Live Is To Die, Dyers Eve, Eye of the Beholder are some of the greatest progressive thrash tracks ever made. They felt they lost their way with this album, but I couldn't disagree more...
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
Better than master of puppets, my favourite Metallica albumV 14 Comments
No-one buys any Metallica releases after the 'Black Album' anyway, unless they're young or stupid or both. And I regard Metallica as the greatest band of all time, but once they sold-out I took it hard, but now have a good variety of quality Overkill releases - though I was a fan anyway.
Yes. Overkill are very consistent, well-respected, and have not compromised their values in any way, unlike others.
Very underrated band and album. Stop wasting your money on Metallica's crap. Buy real deal
Just kidding. I own everything Metallica released.V 6 Comments
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
Jeff Waters was born with a guitar in his hand, and came out the womb wailing on it. Beast!
I think this should be in the top ten with instead of Master of Puppets, which is a pretty good album, but it's not pure thrash by any stretch of the imagination, and there is some obvious filler material. Not so on this thrashterpiece.
I only like King of the kill album, alison hell is best songV 4 Comments
I think Terrible Certainty is better, in addition to Coma of Souls and Pleasure to Kill. Great album, no doubt, but it never clicked with me. I know it has a bit of a "cult following", you could say.
Kreator is still in their prime - Sabbath
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.V 3 Comments
Now this is one I must track down. I'm ashamed that I don't own it.
Probably their most thrash album. Less punk influence.V 1 Comment
Yes, this album was Destruction's attempt to dethrone Master of Puppets. The production is similar, it's extremely technical, and although I think it falls short of Master of Puppets, these incredible musicians had the balls to try. One of the best.
Perhaps the best thrash album of all time destruction manages to create intricate progressive song structures while still being heavy. - 17MaCarollo
When I first listened to this, I had only heard 1 Destruction song. This album totally blew me away.
'Sign of Fear' is worth the price of admission alone.V 1 Comment
Underrated Sepultura thrash album. 'Troops of Doom', 'Escape to the Void' etc. All kill it.
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. - 17MaCarolloV 1 Comment
Really! Please, just listen to songs like Dead Embrionics Cells, Orgasmatron, Arise, Desperate Cry. This is the best album of Sepultura definitely. - JrG
I love it, but the production is flat. Still a gold album.
Definitely not Thrash but Death, still an amazing album
Indeed masterpieceV 1 Comment
Very excellent, but overshadowed by Years of Decay.
Getting rid of Gustafson and replacing him with two new guitarists could have spelt disaster, but it didn't - just.
Many regard this as their best, and it's easy to see why. From the album opener 'Coma' to the closer 'Solitude', it is as solid as a rock, and it's all killer material. Highlights for me are 'New Machine', 'Horrorscope' and 'thanks For Nothing'. It's all good, though.
The true nature of Petrozza and Ventor exposed in one of the best records, no one can deny the aggressiveness mix down with the high levels of technical level developed in so few songs. A most be in any gadget of all thrashers...
Bitter album and pearl, loved album
Wow! Why is this all the way down here. The list should go 1. rust in piece 2. reign in blood, and then this for number 3. This has all the fast riffs and great drumming of reign in blood and only falls sort from it by a little bit. Its a disgrace seeing this album all the way down here.
The embodiment of thrash metal. Fast, aggressive, and absolutely unrelenting. The most perfect vocal performance in thrash metal, some of the most intense drumming, and seriously chaotic guitar playing.
Proud owner of this beast on vinyl, and I don't know why they got rid of the vocalist on this one, because he was insane. The lyrics were damn good too. Dark Angel could have been anything...
Have you ever heard such OP drums in a mix before. And that is Hoglan when he was young. Listen to how he plays now. He's as good as Lombardo himself.V 4 Comments
Fantastic album. My first Coroner album. I've been hooked since.
Sodom in a purple-patch of their career. They improved immensely, musically speaking, with their brand of thrash. That said, 'Sepulchral Voice' is still a classic.
This album is so much better the the first 10 on this list.
It's a classic the lyrics are amazing and every song is good.
Definitely one of the best on this list. I don't know why it is so behind.
Classic thrash masterpiece along with persecution maniaV 1 Comment
What a debut! 'Mistress of Pain', 'The Ultraviolence', you name it. Classic!
Wasn't the drummer 16 on this one? Weren't they all under 18? If I'm correct, this album is stark bonkers. I was learning 'Stairway to Heaven' on my crappy SG copy and these guys come up with this? Talk about eating some humble pie.
The atmosphere on Slayer's first 5 albums was remarkable. I can play any of their first 5 to a Slayer fan who only owns 'God Hates Us All' and they sit there, dumbfounded, by what Slayer could do. I ignore anything after 'Seasons in the Abyss', because I already own and have heard Slayer at their very best.
This album is absolutely AMAZING! - victor.paul.1420
For me this is the best thrash metal album.. Slayer is not like other thrash metal bands, they are mysterious, their lyrics has hidden messages, the artwork of their album covers are amazing! Their lyrics is agressive.. some people can't understand the meaning.. Not every Slayer song is nazi or satanic.. Their general idea is self-destruction and misanthropy..
Yes, I love this album. As a debut, it surpasses 'Kill 'em All' - especially with tracks like 'Crionics', 'Black Magic' etc. They're not the one-dimensional band many think they are.
Why in the name of the gods this jewel of thrash is here? there is no more brutal and original record in the 80's than this
Yes, it is underrated, but that's because it's Slayer's least commercial album. This album is the closest you'll come to burning in hell. The bass is too high in the mix, the production is murky, but it all exudes evil at its finest. 'Kill Again? ' 'Hardening of the Arteries? ' Nasty stuff!
First, it's by far their heaviest album. Second, the track list is incredible. Third, it makes Reign In Blood sound tame. It is one of the bleakest, brutal albums I have ever heard.
The intro... in the early 80's there anything more diabolical than this!
Necrophiliac it's the base for Reign in blood, South of heaven even Seasons in the abyss and finish with Hardening the arteries, name another record so brutal in the history...
Should be in the top 3 in my opinion.
Burnt Offerings, Raging Waters, Over the Wall, First Strike is Deadly, The Haunting, and Alone in the Dark. This album is a thrash metal MASTERPIECE!
I think this is so low because Testament fans see The New Order at #10 and just vote for it to try to get it up higher. They're both great.
One of the greatest thrash metal albums in history.
Every single one of these songs are amazing, definitely deserves top 5. - JordanFireStarV 7 Comments
Circle of the tyrants is just a metal classic
H.R Giger artwork alone is worth paying for. 'Dethroned Emperor'.
Perhaps the best tech-thrash album ever made. Hail Canada!
Funny how all the Slayer fans go stark bonkers over how thrash must be intense, aggressive, and an all-out assault on the senses after 'Reign in Blood' launched, but they're pretty hush hush over this magnificent, progressive, and technical masterpiece. This album IS a thrash album, Slayer fans, and it IS their best album by far. It demands your ear, and rewards you for it.
I can't believe this at number 30! This is my third favorite thrash album.
This is my favourite Slayer album. People forget how progressive their first 5 albums are. But tracks like the title track, 'Silent Scream', 'Mandatory Suicide' etc. Show how technical these guys could be.
Easily the BEST Slayer album, and one of the most unique, sophisticated & expansive Thrash albums of all time!V 2 Comments
I listened to this. I was very underwhelmed.
I didn't forget it. Anthrax's finest, no doubt. Along with Flotsam and Jetsam's 'No Place for Disgrace', this is as good as speed metal gets.
Wow can't believe people didn't think of this one.
Great album. Overshadowed by AtL for sure.V 1 Comment
Good choice, from the vault. It has a real hardcore/metal crossover feel, a ton of political swipes, and some explosive solos. It doesn't have the firepower to compete with the best of the best, but it's good, as was 'The American Way'.
Now inside the top ten Thrash albums in history.
If you haven't checked out their most recent 3 albums, you may just change your mind on that one...
Best album of the best band ever!
Sabbath! Grow up. Megadeth and Metallica and Exodus invented thrash, so stop being so Paranoid, and stop behaving like Children From The Grave, because you are Snowblind, after smoking too much Sweet Leaf to know what thrash METAL is and what isn't.
This album should be far higher in the list, though I don't really care about popularity contests. This was Mustaine at his most intelligent, coherent, and apart from Peace Sells...is a belter of a record. It has conscience to burn, and every song is balls out metal - without any covers or gimmicks. 9/10.
Symphony Of Destruction, Foreclosure of a dream, Skin o' my teeth and Sweating Bullets are the best
This isn't a thrash album - SabbathV 11 Comments
Come on guys! this must be between Hell Awaits and Pleasure to Kill, I never heard a sound so clean with the intention of HellHammer!
I must agree with all the comments below... This 1984 record must claim the true sound of thrash metal to the world!
The finest thrash sound of all time and is in 196? Turn in your grave... the song is a sample of the brutal sound, technical level of each one of this virtuous musicians, you can't say you love thrash if Sacrifice it's not like a god...
At last! Seems true thrashers are voting with a sense of justice, this brutal and amazing record will need to be in the top ten... That someone put here Forward to termination there are equally earbleeding!V 3 Comments
Aside from the low budget production. This record has a quality different from their other records. The guitars are intricate and incisive, and the whole album has a sinister atmosphere all of its own. Standout tracks are The Ritual and the brilliant Bestial Invasion.
Mike delivers one of the best rhythm and lead displays the mid 80's had to offer. Production aside, Destruction's finest.
I lived 'Bestial Invasion', 'Death Trap', and co. Destruction were the business.
Very far from their best in my opinion.V 2 Comments
Yes, the album that should have sent this mob into the stratosphere, not little clubs. Yes, disaster struck, but this album is timeless.
Ok, it smacks you in the face with 'Seemingly Endless Time', 'Stop', then introduces one of the greatest ballads of metal history in 'Veil of Deception' and I could go on to 'Disturbing The Peace' etc. But this entire album is Death Angel at their most creative and talented time in their career, and to not have a 'Death Angel: Live at Wembley' dvd is a shame. They could have ruled the world back in the day. 9/10.
This was Cowboys meets Henry Rollins, and apart from one dud track, is a thrash classic. The opening riff is Dimebag's tribute to the videogame Doom, then it pulverises you with Walk, F****** Hostile, This Love, Regular People, By Demons Be Driven, and contains one of the greatest ballads in metal, Hollow. If you own the bonus track Piss, fine, but even without it this album, along with Chaos AD, was thrash metal's middle finger to Cobain and nu-metal. 10/10.
Fear Factory use pro-tools for their tightness, whereas these guys used pro-skills to sound so tight on this one. Probably the tightest band in metal.
Pantera at their tightest, most furious, and venomous. It is so unremitting in its delivery that the title says it all.
Also, don't think 'Cowboys From Hell' was their debut, either. This mob were a glam/power metal act in the late 80's. The silence is deafening.V 2 Comments
I bought this one out of curiosity the other day, as I'm a lapsed Slayer fan and haven't purchased anything of theirs since Seasons In The Abyss. Guess what? It's boring.V 1 Comment
Yes, another great release. From 'Sepulchral Voice' to this release is quite an achievement.V 1 Comment
Motorhead's best live album, from memory.V 1 Comment
Masterpiece best riffs ever...Malicious intent and violent restitution are awesome too
Voted for this because this one should be much higher. - somekindofaguy
My first Razor album. I was blown away.
Brilliant album from the Cannucks. Stand out tracks are the title track and cut throat. Stacy Maclaren singing is on form on this album. The only minus is the sound of the snare drum which is a bit flat, but other than that a great record.
Man, there's so much good stuff on this thread. Is Jon's palm muting even human? Where's 'Horror Show? '
I'd put this excellent album 2nd, behind 'Horror Show'. Those two are their best, in my not so humble opinion.
Not my favourite Sepultura, due to the nu-metal influence, but it deserves its spot on here because of its great line-up and a handful of classics.
A true classic and a gem, the song "Roots Bloody Roots" is a timeless classic known by millions.
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