Best Thrash Metal Albums


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241 The Powerless Rise - As I Lay Dying

Yes, they're technically metalcore, but they've always been as thrashy as Slayer, and this one is no different.

242 Bloodstone & Diamonds - Machine Head
243 Blood In, Blood Out - Exodus

It's no 'Tempo of the Damned' but I change my mind more than a woman. Apologies, women, but you do own too many pairs of shoes.

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244 A Night to Remember - Evergrey

A double-live cd (and dvd) that captures Evergrey at the height of their powers. All of the tracks are album-perfect and at this is, quite simply, my favourite live metal album - and the dvd is even better.

245 Hymns for the Broken - Evergrey

Their best line-up reunite and deliver an album that is like Queensryche on steroids. Personally, I don't think it's their best, but if you're a fan then you'll purchase it for the opening track alone.

246 Surf Nicaragua - Sacred Reich

A politically-charged ep made when Sacred Reich were at their best. The re-release has bonus tracks, so fleshes it out a bit.

247 Black Fuel - Channel Zero

Many think this is their best, though I disagree. It was their last album before they split-up and reformed many years later and features their best line-up.

248 Silent Machine - Twelve Foot Ninja

Do you like Mike Patton-style vocals? Do you like djent heavy riffs? Do you like melody? Do you like Mr. Bungle and Faith No More? Well listen to one of Australia's finest bands. Is it thrash? I don't even know what that means anymore, but it is definitely heavy.

249 How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today - Suicidal Tendencies

Because of Rocky George, that's why. Their punk output was great, their crossover stuff was great, and their metal stuff was great, because they were great.

250 Swallowed In Black - Sadus

There's no band quite like early Sadus. I'm not suggesting they're the greatest, but their first two albums went toe-to-toe with 'Pleasure to Kill' and 'Reign in Blood'.

251 Hobbs' Angel of Death - Hobbs' Angel of Death

The name says it all, but these guys were one of Australia's best thrash bands way back when, despite their obvious influence. They aren't the greatest, but they're not the worst.

252 The Saviours Slain - Truth Corroded

One of the most hard working and aggressive thrash bands going round in Australia. This album is particularly brutal, and is probably their best. I think it features Forbidden and Malevolent a Creation guest appearances.

253 The Ten Commandments - Malevolent Creation

This is the only album I own of theirs, and, yes, technically a death metal album, but, from memory, it had the brutality and aggression of early Slayer and Kreator. I don't know how kind time has been to it, but it was good back in the day.

254 Synchronicity - Mutiny Within

You can only grab their 2nd album from iTunes and the like, but it's just as good, if not better than their debut. Excellent melodic thrash metal from a classy band.

255 Raging Steel - Deathrow

Full on technical thrash from these incredibly gifted musicians. Only the vocals make it or break it for the fans.

256 Channel Zero - Channel Zero

Belgium's best deliver a pretty traditional technical thrash album as a debut, and along with their following 3 albums, rounds out a pretty heavy and diverse range of metal albums.

257 IV: Constitution of Treason - God Forbid

Yes, technically it's metalcore, but it is one of the heaviest albums you can think of. The guitar sound is immense, there is a ton of thrashy palm-muting going on, plus technical time signatures, incredible double kick syncopated drums, and in all honesty, bosses most thrash bands around like a cheap hooker. Listen to the opening track and prepare to be pulverised by some of the best musos going round. It's a beast of a record.

258 The All Star Sessions - Roadrunner United

An unprecedented collaboration of many of metal's finest churning out a truckload of new material. It features Heafy, Flynn, Cazarres...and the list goes on. I think there's a dvd with this one somewhere, but I don't own that version. The cd is priceless, though.

259 Far Beyond Driven - Pantera

I even forgot this one. 'Strength Beyond Strength', '5-minutes Alone', 'Slaughtered' and 'Shedding Skin' are the standouts on this slightly patchy thrash beast.

260 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.

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