Best Thrash Metal Albums

The Top Ten

1 Rust in Peace - Megadeth

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.

Nothing comes close to Rust In Peace, a true masterpiece, peace sells is 2nd - benreidy100

2 Master of Puppets - Metallica

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.

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!

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.

First, Metallica have written 5 of the greatest thrash albums ever made - and you then move onto Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Tesrament etc. James Hetfield and co. Were regarded as the greatest metal musicians and vocalist on the planet from 'Ride The Lightning' on, because no-one knew what on Earth was going on when they released 'Kill 'em All'. If this thread is an opinion piece, fine, so be it. But Metallica at their best (a decade) were the founders of the greatest metal genre of all time, and no-one has surpassed their first 5 albums. This is simply a fact, and if you think differently, you're younger than 40. Master of Puppets shall never be equalled, and thrash cannot be re-invented, because Metallica already invented it. It's as simple as that.

3 Reign in Blood - Slayer

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.

I'm a bigger Metallica fan than I am a slayer fan but come on just listen to it, probably the most heavy thrash album its intense and out right scary.

4 Ride The Lightning - Metallica

Ride The Lightning is a Metal masterpiece in a few ways. For Whom the Bell Tolls does everything right. Incredible intro, great riff that,s memorable and vocals from Hetfield that gives you goosebumps every time. The structure of songs throughout the album is very solid, fast and slow tracks that sound equally great. Ride the Lightning opening riff is literally close to perfect and the song in general works so well. Megadeath does have some great songs, Symphony of Destruction, Peace sells and many others but no Megadeath album comes close to Ride The Lightning. Ride The Lightning is so good that there is no reason to skip any song on that album, full through any time. The actual complexity of Metallica generally, lyrically, instrumentally is the best of the best. This Album is one of the best Metallica ones and for sure the best Thrash album. - Metalhead83927

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.

5 Kill 'Em All - Metallica

Better thrash album than Ride the Lightning and probably even Master of Puppets

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

It's a good album, but honestly, does it deserve to be above Justice, Among the Living, and Pleasure to Kill?

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.

6 Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? - Megadeth

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.

Thrash metal masterpiece. This album is the gold standard for the genre.

7 Bonded by Blood - Exodus

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.

Timeless classic of thrash metal. Easily the best thrash metal debut of all time. Deserves to be in the same league as Reign in Blood and Rust in Peace.

8 ...And Justice for All - Metallica

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

My favorite album of all time!
Personal top 5
2- RIP
3- MOP
4-Raining Blood
5-Bonded by Blood
Honorable Mention to Vulgar Display of Power (arguably thrash)

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

9 Among the Living - Anthrax

Unique compared to other thrash metal albums with a punk vibe

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!

10 Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer

Their last iconic album and definitely their best album. I wouldn't go as far as to say they haven't had any good albums since like the guest below, they have had several good albums since, just none of them have a full album of good songs - germshep24

'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!

The Contenders

11 Beneath the Remains - Sepultura

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.

Sepultura one best classic and thrash masterpiece

12 The New Order - Testament

Master of Puppets, Among the Living and Kill 'Em All being in the top ten is a joke. They can be influential thrash albums, but not the best. Master of Puppets has about three true thrash songs. Now, Among the Living, do I really have to explain why? It's Anthrax.. Kill 'Em All, again, barely sounds thrash. Sounds punkish. And Peace Sells... But Who's Buying is overrated and I hate the vocals and some of the lyrics on Bonded By Blood that seem like a young teen who's just getting into the genre would say. Other than that I agree with the remaining albums being in the top ten. Finally, this album by Testament, which I believe is their best, should be in the top top. The guitar, lyrics, production, it's what thrash should be defined as! All killer no filler, except that cover by Aerosmith which is the only song I don't like from this album.

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.

13 The Years of Decay - Overkill

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.

Overkill is better than metallica, I don't know how people say they are the best band, I mean they have released many albums, and just like 4 good ones

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

14 Pleasure To Kill - Kreator

"the heaviest album of 1986"
"even more brutal and crushing than Slayer's Reign in Blood"
"so fast and heavy... best album ever"

I get it. It's heavy. No denying, it is. But what else is there to say about this album? Where are the standout riffs, solos, basslines or the creative song structures? It's all about heaviness only. - Alkadikce

Raw, intense and crushing guitars, that rears its chaotic sound like a wall into a new dimension of violence - a necessary experience in the eighties.

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.

15 Alice in Hell - Annihilator

Excellent technical thrash - fast, technical and sophisticated riffs and solos. - 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 song

16 Extreme Aggression - Kreator

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.

One toughiest thrash metal album in history, what is ever made

17 Handle With Care - Nuclear Assault

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.

I'm not a fan, but Lilker is a beast.

18 Release From Agony - Destruction

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.

19 Enemy of God - Kreator

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

20 Schizophrenia - Sepultura

This is way better than Arise.

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. - 17MaCarollo

Underrated Sepultura thrash album. 'Troops of Doom', 'Escape to the Void' etc. All kill it.

21 Agent Orange - Sodom

I'm surprised how underrated the European big 4 is all four of the bands were just as good as the American big 4 and personally believe the European Big 4 is more consistent than the American Big 4 - germshep24

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.

22 Horrorscope - Overkill

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.

23 The Legacy - Testament

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. - JordanFireStar

24 Arise - Sepultura

Definitely my second favorite album of Sepultura after Schizophrenia.
This album had the problem where it was hyped as more brutal than Reign in Blood - germshep24

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

25 Darkness Descends - Dark Angel

A flawless album and one of the heaviest thrash albums ever. A top 10 material for me. - Metal_Treasure

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...

26 Ultra Violence - Death Angel

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.

Great album!

27 Show No Mercy - Slayer

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.

Why does everyone have to hate one the new album, there are definitely songs from the newer albums with having in your collection if your a Slayer fan - germshep24

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.

28 Coma Of Souls - Kreator

Top ten material easy. Kreator takes the insanity of Pleasure to Kill along with the memorable riffs from Extreme Aggression and meld them into a thrash masterpiece. At least listen to this before mindlessly voting for Master of Puppets.

Should be in the top 3 in my opinion.

Kreator at their peak.


29 Metallica - Metallica

Great album but it barely has in thrash metal songs, it's a good hard rock album though - germshep24

'Enter Sandman', 'Sad but True', 'Wherever I May Roam', 'Don't Tread On Me', 'The Unforgiven', 'Nothing Else Matters', 'Of Wolf And Man', 'The God That Failed' 'Misery Loves Company' and 'The Struggle Within' are what's awaiting the listener. I almost listed the entire album, and should have, but I want to listen to it now. People think they sold-out on this one, but they just don't have quality stereos and volume buttons. Epic album!

Way too low on the list. It is probably the most accessible thrash album ever made, and it doesn't compromise in any way. Everyone thinks Hetfield as a drunken boor, but he was, in his time, thrash's greatest poet and rhythm guitarist. Sit down with his lyric sheet and you'll know what I'm on about. On 'Sanitarium' he critiques Psychiatry with the marvellous line, 'They see it right, they see it well, but they think that saves us from our hell'. Profound, no?

Yeah, why not? Finally, the production they deserved. Plus Hetfield's lyrics ( bar the albums opener), are poetic and delivered with fury and venom. This is actually one of my favourites, despite what was inevitably to come after it.

30 Mental Vortex - Coroner

Fantastic album. My first Coroner album. I've been hooked since.

Coroner are very very good. - Metal_Treasure

31 From This Day Forward - Obliveon

Perhaps the best tech-thrash album ever made. Hail Canada!

32 Hell Awaits - Slayer

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

Although I see RiB as more aggressive and faster, this album has a sinister, hellish aura to it. With tracks such as Crypts of Eternity and At Dawn They Sleep being as progressive as Slayer ever got, this album is unlike anything Slayer ever released. When they say Slayer influenced Death Metal, it is this album they are referring to.

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.

33 Tortured Existence - Demolition Hammer
34 Spreading the Disease - Anthrax

HOW IS SPREADING THE DISEASE 34Tth! This is the greatest thrash metal album ever recorded and its not even in top 10?! How is and justice for all in top ten but not spreading the disease?

One of the first thrash albums I ever heard, and still my favourite Anthrax album. A mix of speed metal, with enough of a commercial edge to propel them into an MTV playlist. It's easy to see why they became part of the big four.

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.

35 South of Heaven - Slayer

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.

Slayer fans (me included), can you think of a more brutal thrash song than 'Silent Scream? ' You'll have to dust off 'Reign In Blood' to try, but I'll save you time. No, they have never written a thrash song quite like it.

36 Thrash Zone - D.R.I.

I listened to this. I was very underwhelmed.

37 God Hates Us All - Slayer

Yes, he does. And if I get to listen to Slayer for an eternity whilst being occasionally pitch forked by some horned freak and overheated after I die, then I'm pretty well prepared, because that's what a Slayer concert is anyway.

38 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera

Because of the title track, 'Primal Concrete Sledge', 'Cemetery Gates' and the list goes on...the album that launched metal's best response to the Seattle Punk/Grunge movement.

39 Roots - Sepultura

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.

40 Ignorance - Sacred Reich

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.

41 Never, Neverland - Annihilator

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!

42 Fistful of Metal - Anthrax

Very far from their best in my opinion.

So raw

Anthrasx s best album hands down

43 Return to the Apocalyptic City - Testament

Just for Chuck Billy's rendition of Reign of Terror. Steve Souza's version owns it, but, for the collectors, an ep worth owning...

44 Tempo of the Damned - Exodus

Thanks for the heads up on this one. It arrived 2-days ago and hasn't left my player since. Pretty reminiscent of 'Impact is Imminent', but is more aggressive. Triple-A thrash.

Talk about anger issues. This album is a big middle-finger up at almost every institution you can think of. Venomous thrash album. There's a reason Exodus' live shows were the most violent in the 80's. This is Exodus winding back the clock. Zetro rules!

I've heard this one, but will have to research it more. I this Steve de Souza appears on it, so I'll have to grab it.

I shared it via email to my grandma. She thrashes, but that's because she's not well.

45 Torment In Fire - Sacrifice

They are still active for god sake release a new album! the other records are the true holy ark of thrash none compare this music!

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...

46 No Place for Disgrace - Flotsam and Jetsam

First, you have a vocalist that matches Halford. Second, you compose songs like No Place For Disgrace, Dteams of Death, Escape From Within, Hard On You, Misguided Fortune etc. Third, you write your best album without Newstead even in the band. The only spoiler is the cover, but, Metallica aside, many great thrash bands were annoyingly participating in this on their best releases. Still a 10/10 to this day, and the 2014 remake isn't far behind it, either.

If you don't own the original, or its 2014 remake, then you don't own one of the greatest speed metal albums ever made. It's that simple.

Simply sublime. The original and the remake are incredible, for differing reasons. A.K's vocals were incredible back on the original, but the production suffered. The reverse is true of the 2014 remake. The original is where it's at though. Post-Newstead, this album is mighty.

47 Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera

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.

48 Divine Intervention - Slayer

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.

This album has pretty disappointing though there are a couple good songs on it - germshep24

For me this is the best Slayer's album is pure masterpeace

49 Infernal Overkill - Destruction

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.

50 Countdown to Extinction - Megadeth

This is not a thrash album. High speed dirt and Skin O' my teeth had some speed to it but the rest of the album was hard rock/ metal - Sabbath

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.

Countdown to Extinction is not thrash metal. It is HEAVY metal. - Shyrtex

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 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

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