Best Thrash Metal Albums


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221 Impact Is Imminent - Exodus

Steve Zetro Souza fronting your album is always a good thing. Take a listen to his original version of Testament's 'Reign of Terror' and see for yourself. Exodus' last classic from their halcyon days.

222 I - Meshuggah

Apologies. Is an album? Is it a single? Is it an EP? I don't think even Meshuggah know themselves. They don't even know how they made this 20-minute epic, and don't even know how to play it! Confused? Same here. But, whatever they did, it is a monster.

223 Silence In the Snow - Trivium

Yes! It's a modern metal killer. Another diverse album from a mature band at the peak of their powers, and Heafy delivers his finest vocal performance yet. The new drummer fills the void with ease.

A few listens in, and it's a grower. They never do the same thing twice, which frustrates some, but not me. Class metal.

Shared! Nice site, too. More people should be posting. They must be morons!

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224 Awakened - As I Lay Dying

Lambesis is in prison, the Metalcore community have disowned them for liking strippers - and execution orders aside - this album is an ode to As I Lay Dying's love of thrash. It is swift, it is aggressive, it has immense breakdowns, and any band that can cover Slayer songs like they can (Decas) deserve membership into the thrash community. This album is melodic and skull-crushing. Long live beer and strippers!

225 Disco Volante - MR Bungle

Hey, it's your show, but Patton and Trey go from Zappa to Slayer and back in a heartbeat. Magic album, even if it gets removed.

It's not thrash, though it certainly is at times. Just a stark bonkers album.

226 Live S***: Binge and Purge - Metallica

At $70, how can you go wrong with 2 immense shows and 3 live cds? Great value, and certainly welcome because very few bands on here released live thrash on VHS or DVD etc.

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227 The Real Thing - Faith No More

FNM best at their best, with their best guitarist. Is it thrash? 'Zombie Eaters', 'The Real Thing', 'Surprise, You're Dead' and 'War Pigs' mount a strong case. Over to you...

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228 Angel Dust - Faith No More

Regarded as their best album, and I had the pleasure of seeing them tour with it. Yes, it's commercial at times, but Martin ensures that it's still metal. 'King for a Day' was good, but Martin was sorely missed afterwards.

FNM at their best, with their best guitarist. Is it thrash? 'Caffeine', 'Malpractice', 'Jizzlobber' claim a strong case. Over to you...

229 King for a Day - Faith No More

FNM with Bungle's Spruance taking over guitar duties. Is it thrash? 'Digging the Grave', 'Cuckoo for Caca! And others provide a strong case. Over to you...

230 Focus - Cynic

Before Between The Buried And Me came along and wrecked the joint, this was the best prog/death album for decades.

A prog/ death classic from the...dunno? Late 80's or early 90's? Classic, either way.

231 Tomorrow We Die Alive - Born of Osiris

I'm seeing and hearing so much great metal from up and coming acts that I don't even care whether Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax or Megadeth are the best anymore. When bands like Born of Osiris, Sylosis, Within The Ruins, Trials, Between The Buried and Me, and god knows whoever else are out there, I'm too busy and broke to care anymore - and that's a good thing, because metal hasn't been great for a while now, but it's getting there at long last.

I just found out about this technical deathcore outfit, and it's a beast of an album. These guys match Within The Ruins, that's how progressive they are. Do yourself a favour...

232 Suicide Society (Deluxe) - Annihilator

We all know Jeff Waters shreds, but he takes on vocal duties on this 2 cd set, and is pretty good. But it's his shredding that matters, and whilst it this album isn't as frenetic as 'Feast' and 'Annihilator', it's still pretty solid. And for the purists, he re-records some old classics. Any fan of solid metal/thrash will like it.

233 Bleed the Fifth - Divine Heresy

Pretty brutal debut from Dino and co. There's a different vocalist than on 'Bringer of Plagues', and he's not as good, but he is still bloody good.

234 Recreation Day - Evergrey

The Swede's excellent follow-up to 'In Search of Truth'. Chugging riffs, plenty of hooks, and bluesy vocals abound in this classy release.

235 All Hope is Gone - Slipknot

Builds upon the excellent 'Subliminal Verses', this one demonstrates their intelligence and skill. Many prefer their first two albums, but it's the latter two that are superior in my 'always right' opinion.

It's a good album but its not thrash

236 Melissa - Mercyful Fate

More influenced by the NWOBHM than thrash, Mercyful Fate were often thrown in among the thrash heap for their heaviness and Satanic imagery. A classic either way.

237 Don't Break the Oath - Mercyful Fate

Hey, who suggested that this was thrash? Oh, it was me. You've been subjected to almost my entire catalogue. Is it thrash? I don't even know what that word means anymore, but this is a classic. Cheers!

238 S&M - Metallica

An interesting release from the once mighty greats, both on cd and dvd, this orchestral collaboration throws in 2-discs of a pretty solid song selection, but the highlights are 2 new tracks, with.'No Leaf Clover' being the standout. Not all of it works, but most of it does - particularly the extra dynamics on 'Call of Cthulhu'. Probably Hetfield's last decent recorded vocal outing before he started talking us to death.

239 Low - Testament

Regarded as a pretty depressing album, this one is actually a high calibre thrash record which had Obituary's James Murphy on guitar duties, and the results are good. My memory is a bit rusty, but 'PC' and the manga-based instrumental 'Urotsukidoshi' were standouts, along with a classy ballad thrown in there as well. I can't think if many mediocre releases from Testament.

240 Abigail - King Diamond

A theatrical concept album from the prince of darkness' solo effort is regarded as a progressive metal classic, thanks largely to the great guitar work from the mighty Andy La Roche.

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