Best Thrash Metal Albums


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141 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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142 The Fall of Ideals - All That Remains

This, my friends, is where it's at. I could go to great length as to how great this album is, but I won't. Do know this: it is regarded as one of the greatest metalcore albums ever made (though they're not metalcore, they're thrash), and if you like classical solos, immense riffs, and an album that is all killer no filler, buy it! 5-Star album.

Metalcore? Nope! Insane thrash album with some of the greatest musicians on the planet? Most definitely! Incredible solos, vocals, songs, and just modern thrash at its best. Beast!

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143 No Place for Disgrace - Flotsam and Jetsam

First, you have a vocalist that matches Halford. Second, you compose songs like No Place For Disgrace, Dteams of Death, Escape From Within, Hard On You, Misguided Fortune etc. Third, you write your best album without Newstead even in the band. The only spoiler is the cover, but, Metallica aside, many great thrash bands were annoyingly participating in this on their best releases. Still a 10/10 to this day, and the 2014 remake isn't far behind it, either.

If you don't own the original, or its 2014 remake, then you don't own one of the greatest speed metal albums ever made. It's that simple.

Simply sublime. The original and the remake are incredible, for differing reasons. A.K's vocals were incredible back on the original, but the production suffered. The reverse is true of the 2014 remake. The original is where it's at though. Post-Newstead, this album is mighty.

144 Mutiny Within - Mutiny Within

Ok, these guys got signed to a major label so fast they were that good. This album is barely on anyone's player due to the hopeless marketing, but thanks to the internet, I can tell you that the vocals are melodic and heavy - not unlike a young Chuck Billy - the musicianship is immense, and they could have been anything. They easily match Trivium, All That Remains. Evile etc. And other modern masters. Do yourself and the band a favour and but it. Door to door salesman - out!

Superb modern thrash. Check it out, along with its follow-up 'Synchronicity'.

145 Pleasures of the Flesh - Exodus

Exodus' finest hour. Technical as hell, and de Souza's Bon Scott-style vocals hit the sweet spot. 'Fabulous Disaster' is good too. I just couldn't be bothered.

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146 Bringer of Plagues - Divine Heresy

Tim Yeung had to literally prove that he could actually play drums like he does on this album, so do yourself a favour and have a look at not only how he plays it, but how effortlessly he does it. Mind melting thrash.

My goodness! Dino on fire! Great vocals, great songs, and Tim on the kit can't possibly be human.

I think this is the best Fear Factory album never made. 'Denanufacture' aside, this is a monster. YouTube the track 'Facebreaker' and see how good this album is.

147 Dormant Heart - Sylosis

If you don't own this album, and you enjoy brutal, technical thrash, then your metal collection is incomplete. It is the best and most original thrash albums released in years.

I've voted for my own album 3-times and it is still at 0%? Do you want me to post you a copy? It's essentially thrash.

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148 Deception Ignored - Deathrow

Ultra-technical German thrash that is borderline literature as far as thrash albums go. So many brutal riffs going on on this one. Triple-A stuff.

Even Deathrow themselves said this album was too technical for its own good, but I couldn't disagree more. They went stark bonkers on the instrumentalisation and created one of the best albums I own. Check out the instrumental 'Triochton' and you'll see what I mean. 9/10.

149 Eternal Nightmare

Yes, Rob Flynn could thrash when he wanted, and despite the cheesy vocals, this is a riff-fest of the highest order.

Very underrated. This album is an unrelenting fury of pure thrash. The vocals will grow on you.

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150 Interstellar Experience

A big technical leap over their debut, this was as good as it got way back when.

151 Terror And Submission-Mind War

Politically and institutionally charged, 'Mind Wars' is a venomous thrash album. From 'Judas Reward' to 'Christian Resistance' this album brings it, and the vocal display is emotive, passionate, and downright brutal at times. Production issues aside, one of the best.

Murky production aside, this album is my most played. If given a chance, you will see how great this album is.

152 Strappado

A relic, no doubt, but it was amusing at the time. Thanks in advance for its instant removal.

153 Killer Be Killed

Super-group thrash, with Cavalera at the helm. He looks like a caveman, but plays like a demon - sometimes.

154 The Inner Circle

Queensryche themselves couldn't have written a better progressive album if they tried, and this mob are far heavier. What more could you want from a band?

Yes, it's progressive, but it's as heavy as melodic as most other things on here.

155 In Search of Truth

Regarded as Evergrey's finest, this Swedish masterpiece deserves its place on here.

156 Monday Morning Apocalypse

The last truly great Evergrey is a more straight-forward affair, but there's a lot of skull-crushing riffs on this one.

157 Frolic Through the Park

'Shores of Sin' is a classic. I was learning how to re-heat a quiche while these kids were one of the best metal bands around.

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158 The Dark

The late David Wayne delivers one of the greatest vocal performances of all time. Is it Power metal? Who cares? This album, like Death Angel's best, show that they should have been seen in Arenas, not small clubs. Metal Church's greatest.

159 Mortal Sin - Mayhemic Destruction

Ok, I'll elaborate. They are as good as many of the second tier Bay Area thrash bands on here. That means, back in the day, they were as good as Testament, Exodus, Heathen etc. Classics on this one are 'Lebanon' and the title-track. Australia's best thrash band in their time. Only their follow-up 'Face of Despair' bested it.

Australian Metallica-esque thrash which is only rivalled by their 'Face of Despair' album.

160 Elements of Persuasion - James Labrie

LaBrie genre-hops with his heaviest solo effort. The production is immense, and the guitars are an assault on the ear drums. The album opener 'Crucify' is his love letter to 'Battery', and is essential listening who think Dream Theatre aren't heavy enough.

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