Best Thrash Metal Albums

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281 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.

282 The Great Misdirect - Between the Buried and Me

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

283 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.

284 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.

285 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.

286 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 Drive...top metal album.

287 Return of the Vampire - Mercyful Fate
288 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.

289 Live Undead - Slayer
290 Flag of Hate - Kreator

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

291 Fever - Bullet for My Valentine

Because, if you have a good stereo, the opening 3 tracks of this album are Bullet For My Valentine at their very best. The rest is a little hit and miss, but you will forgive it all just because of the opening 3. Grab the lyric sheet, too. Spectacular.

292 Attack of the Killer B's - Anthrax

A 12-track ep from their best line-up, which contains Bring The Noise, Startin' Up A Posse, and a fair few oddities and rarities. For the fans only...

293 Return to the Apocalyptic City - Testament

Just for Chuck Billy's rendition of Reign of Terror. Steve Souza's version owns it, but, for the collectors, an ep worth owning...

294 I'm the Man - Anthrax

Just for the title track, plus a killer rendition of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Short but sweet...

295 From Death to Destiny - Asking Alexandria

A post-hardcore metal act on their earlier releases, this album is their most mature, and the last to feature Worsnop on vocals. Self-described as Slipknot meets Motley Crüe, this is more like heavy Stone Sour. There are a number of excellent, insightful tracks on this one which include Don't Pray For Me, Killing You, The Death of Me, Creature along with a few others. Give it a spin and see what you think, because this album is a very different beast than their earlier material. Classy metal.

296 House of Gold and Bones - Stone Sour

It's not balls out thrash, but these guys rightly ignore 7-string guitars, and despite some rock and lighter moments, there's a fair bit of stand and deliver metal on this one - and no stupid bloody masks either.

297 The Great Southern Trendkill - Pantera

Not their best - perhaps their worst (if you ignore their horrendous 80's material) - the title track and Floods are quality, plus a couple of decent mid-tempi tracks offer something at-least. I think Dimebag had run out of riffs, basically. Still, it's decent.

298 Churn - Shihad

New Zealand band Shihad (named Pascifier overseas) alternative rockers actually started life as a metal band, and if memory serves me correct, they actually won a number of awards for this top metal album. Weird.

299 Elite - Within the Ruins

My personal favourite from these technical deathcore maestros. Check out the ease at which the guitarist effortlessly prances around the fretboard on his YouTube channel. Very talented band.

300 We Are One - The Bloodline

A great combination of melodic Bullet For My Valentine and the no-nonsense stand and deliver of a heavy Stone Sour. There's no reason to not own this album. It is all class.

Pretty aggressive metal from the former Divine Heresy frontman.

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