Best Thrash Metal Albums


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281 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.

282 At War With Satan - Venom
283 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.

284 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.

285 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.

286 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.

287 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.

288 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.

289 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.

290 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.

291 Solitude Dominance Tragedy - Evergrey

Classy sophomore release from the Swedish greats, tracks like Solitude Within, Nosferstu, She Speaks To The Dead, Words Mean Nothing etc. Are all excellent, and I think the great Andy La Roche produced their first few albums.

292 The Great Misdirect - Between the Buried and Me

It is smooth, jazzy, psychedelic, and brutal death/thrash metal from these freaks of nature. Insane!

293 The Great Cold Distance - Katatonia

These guys started life as a death metal band, I think, then developed into a progressive metal/rock band. I know Tool were instrumental in their change, but these guys don't really sound much like them. This is a fantastic heavy, moody album that features Leaders, Soil's Song, My Twin, Increase, and the epic July. 9/10.

294 Fear of Tomorrow - Artillery

Their debut is not my favourite - in fact I don't like it - but many regard it as one of the top 100 thrash albums ever. I may have to give it another spin.

295 The Beginning - Mercyful Fate

Perhaps one of the greatest ep's ever made - and under common vernacular goes by the 'Nuns Have No Fun' ep - this remarkable version I own has 9 tracks, so it's almost an album. Anyway, Doomed By The Living Dead, A Corpse Without Soul, Nuns Have No Fun, Devil Eyes, and Black Masses are every bit as good as Melissa and Don't Break The Oath and is blasphemous as all get up.

296 Around the Fur - Deftones

This, along with their debut Adrenaline, were excellent metal releases. There's barely a hint of metalcore (was there ever? ) and standouts are the aggressive album opener My Own Summer, Ihabia, Msscara, Be Quiet And metal album.

297 Return of the Vampire - Mercyful Fate
298 Them - King Diamond

I have a man crush on Andy La Roche's sublime classical solos and beautiful riffs. If he had breasts, I'd do him.

299 Live Undead - Slayer
300 Flag of Hate - Kreator

3-track bulldozer that contains the amazing Awakening of the Gods.

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