Best Thrash Metal Albums


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261 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'.

262 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.

263 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.

264 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.

265 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.

266 Raging Steel - Deathrow

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

267 Some Gave All - Billy Ray Cyrus

Because 'Achy Breaky Heart' was one of the best country songs from a guy with a mullet since Hetfield appeared in a country song in the back seat of a car in 'Mama Said'. All Hail Mullet Metal!

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268 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.

269 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.

270 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.

271 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.

272 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.

273 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.

274 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.

275 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.

276 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.

277 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...

278 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.

279 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'.

280 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...

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