Best Thrash Metal Albums


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121 Chemical Exposure - Sadus

My goodness, what an album. Equal parts 'Reign In Blood' and 'Pleasure to Kill'. Music to...sheesh?...cut your leg off with a butter knife. ) Brutal thrash album.

122 Crossover - D.R.I.

Excellent band who still maintained their punk politics but moving with the times as well. Much respected band.

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123 Four of a Kind - D.R.I. V 1 Comment
124 Speak English or Die! - S.O.D.

Hey, 'Reign in Blood' fans, how do you feel about this beast?

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125 Game Over - Nuclear Assault
126 Through the Ashes of Empires - Machine Head

Imperium is epic, and despite some uncomfortable nu-metal elements, it's a pretty good record.

127 The More Things Change... - Machine Head
128 Living Sacrifice - Living Sacrifice V 1 Comment
129 Carnivore - Carnivore
130 Better Off Dead - Sodom

Not the most popular release by this band, but my 2nd favourite after Agent Orange. Deserves a spot on the list.

131 The System Has Failed - Megadeth

By the time Metallica are thru destroying their immense legacy, and by the time Megadeth are finished building there's, there will be very little to divide the two. I'd take Metallica's first 5 over Megadeth's any day of the week, but I'd take Megadeth's more recent releases over Metallica's any day of the week.

This is a true return of Megadeth. It contains great solos ("Kick The Chair" for an example), great riffs ("The Scorpion" is good example) and awesome energy ("Back In The Day" is just great).

You sort of sense that Mustaine knows that Metallica have been struggling for decades, and the great, though eccentric, man knows that now is his time. Hey, music is his pride and passion, so why wouldn't he strike while the iron's hot?

132 The Crusade - Trivium

A bit of an identity crisis here, but you can't deny their talent. Just part of their evolution to excellence. 7/10 album for me.

133 Slaughter In the Vatican - Exhorder

It is claimed that Pantera stole their sound, but why wouldn't you? Their style of brutal thrash is definitely worth a listen.

Very brutal and aggressive twin-guitars shredding fast riffs along to Kyle Thomas's furious and loud-yelling in-ya'-face-vocal. Another musically highlight on this album, must be the sick & brilliant drumming by the jazz-inspired drummer,Chris Nail, which makes this album a complete thrashfest/blast listening to it.
Verdict? -Pure aggressive awesomeness with some extra brutal hot sauce on it!
Best tracks: "Desecrator", "Death in vain", "Homicide", Exhorder"

134 Stop the Bleeding - Tourniquet

The track 'Every Tried A Tampon? ' rules.

135 Executioner - Mantic Ritual
136 City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold
137 Victims of Deception - Heathen

Yes, fantastic Bay Area thrash. The vocals can be polarising, but I haven't heard riffs like this since Artillery.

How come is this masterpiece so low?

It easily kicks any Metallica album. I mean easily! Just listen to morbid curiosity and first two tracks: Monsters of thrash! Masters of puppets in the second place? Snoozfest comparing to this one!

Speaking of throwing covers on great albums...

138 Scream Aim Fire - Bullet for My Valentine

I habitually buy everything they own because I know that I'm getting a high-quality album, no matter what. I also buy everything of Trivium because you have no idea what you'll get. Bullet For My Valentine are what Trivium could be, if they had the confidence of Bullet For My Valentine.

A guilty pleasure. I should know better, but I love all their stuff.

139 Reload - Metallica

The Greatest Trash Album of all time! Oops! I didn't mean Trash, I meant Trash. Damn it. One of the letters on my keyboard is stuffed.

This album is so poor that it makes Load sound like Puppets. It's their Steal This Album, except you have to pay top dollar for this Reload of Crap.

Damn you! Remove this aberration!

Is this that piece of crap that has 'Mama Said' on it? If I ever hear that song again I'm going to gouge out my own eyeballs with a spoon.

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140 Omega Wave - Forbidden

Seriously, buy/steal/borrow this album. Forbidden have never sounded better. Trust me.

Come on! 'Dragging the Casket' makes you want to bulldoze buildings.

They saved their best till last. It is aggressive, immense, emotive, and intelligent. The lyrics to 'Dragging My Casket' and 'Hopenosis' are sublime, and the vocals are impeccable. RIP Forbidden.

Mighty Bay Area thrash.

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1. Reign in Blood - Slayer
2. Kill 'Em All - Metallica
3. Rust in Peace - Megadeth
1. Ride The Lightning - Metallica
2. Master of Puppets - Metallica
3. Rust in Peace - Megadeth
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2. Schizophrenia - Sepultura
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