Best Thrash Metal Albums


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261 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.

262 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.

263 The Anatomy of - Between the Buried and Me

A bunch of covers from one of the best going round includes 'Blackened', 'Malpractice', 'Cemetery Gates', 'Kickstart My Heart' etc. All in good fun.

264 Dark Saga - Iced Earth

I haven't dusted this one off for a while, but I recall it being one of their best. They are a hit and miss band, but this one had 'Violate', 'Vengeance Is Mine'...Also, McFarlane's artwork is great.

265 Burnt Offerings - Iced Earth

This is an interesting release. It has a very flat, 'Arise'-type production, and the solos aren't far removed from Andreas Kisser's, but it is a very heavy album for these guys. The title track is menacing, as is 'Last December', and you can't forget the 16-minute epic 'Dante's Inferno' which, if you've seen live, is epic. They're not my favourite band, but if they released a triple cd 'Best Of' box set, then you'd have a quality collection.

266 The Fragile - Nin

It's a bloated 2-disc industrial metal album that is one of the most rewarding albums I own. There is a lot of heavy on this one - particularly the album opener, 'Somewhat Damaged' - plus a fair bit of ambience, instrumentals etc. I'll leave it up to you whether you think it should be on here...

Because Somewhat Damaged, We're In This Together, Starf$&kers Inc., No, You Don't and the epic instrumental on this classic will blow your hair back.

267 Antichrist Superstar - Marilyn Manson

Now this one is certainly a crossover metal/industrial album, and the guitar sound is enormous on 'Beautiful People' and 'Torniquet', but as with NIN, they can be thrashy, but generally aren't. It's your show...

268 Souls of Black - Testament

Quality Testsment - again. The only album I'm not that fond of is Demonic, but apart from that little experiment these guys have always been good.

269 Aenima - Tool

It's not thrash, but it is the greatest and heaviest progressive rock/metal album ever made. It stands out from their other releases because it's so heavy. Too many highlights to mention.

Ok, it's here. It was regarded as the best metal album of 1996, if memory serves me correct, but it's not really metal. That said, 'Stinkfist', 'Forty Six and Two', 'Hooker With A Penis', 'Jimmy', 'My Third Eye' and the rest are heavier than most bands can dream of, and is probably the most intelligent album ever made. This band and release are the closest someone has come to toppling Metallica and 'Master of Puppets'.

270 The Ritual - Testament

Often referred to as their 'Black Album' there is some quality mid-tempo tracks that are still classy and heavy, but have a lot of melody. I'll have to get back to you on what the standout tracks are, as I'll have to dust it off...

271 Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs - Ministry

Al Jourgensen always was a great guitarist, and on this, the heaviest and best of Ministry's albums, he is on fire. It's been a while, but 'Jesus Built My Hotrod' and the title track were immense. They used a lot of sampling and industrial aspects, but that only complemented this album's heaviness.

272 At War With Satan - Venom
273 Double Brutal - Austrian Death Machine

As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis pulling off the most hilarious Arnie impersonation you can think of, and despite the hilarity, it is very heavy.

274 Still Cyco After All These Years - Suicidal Tendencies

I own this, but haven't researched it enough to know whether it is remake 'Best Of' or a remake from their debut. Either way, it is a quality remake from their best line-up with Institutionalised, War Inside My Head (must be a best of, as this was on Join The Army) and Memories of Tomorrow all given a polish. To hear Institutionalised played in this heavy a fashion is quality listening.

275 Infected Nations - Evile

This was my second Evile record, and I think it's their second album. It's not as tight as Five Serpents Teeth, but you get a feel for their evolution on this. It's a step up in quality from their debut, but my advice to newcomers is to start with Skull and work your way back. 7/10.

276 Understanding What We've Grown to Be - We Came As Romans

This could be taken as a joke, but it's not. Yes, they are sickeningly positive about life. Yes, they are a sickening boy band of the metalcore scene, and yes, I hate myself for it. But put this disc in the tray and all that dissipates when you find out how brutal and heavy and technical and catchy they are. There is filler on this one, but for the 5 or 6 tracks they get right, they are memorable. Sad but true.

277 Awaken - The Empire Shall Fall

Jesse Leech sings on this curious, but very heavy, djent-based metal release. It takes a while to get your head round it, but if you do then it's good. If not, you'll put it down like an old dog.

278 Resolution - Lamb of God

I can't claim to be their biggest fan, but I do own this one and it's pretty good for what it is. Others will appreciate it a lot more than I will.

279 One - Tesseract

Yes, a djent band. But unlike Altered State', this contains their original vocalist and is extremely heavy and melodic, that it almost resembles Meshuggah at times. An excellent progressive metal album, and a great journey to be taken on.

280 arc'tan'gent - Earthtone9

Deftones were heavily influenced by these British giants, and this album is their best. Probably a progressive metalcore release, but it contains a lot of ambience and subtlety to their heavy outbursts. This is their best album.

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