Best Thrash Metal Albums


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261 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.

262 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.

263 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.

264 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.

265 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.

266 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'.

267 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.

268 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.

269 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.

270 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.

271 Raging Steel - Deathrow

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

272 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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273 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.

274 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.

275 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.

276 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.

277 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.

278 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.

279 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.

280 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.

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