Best Thrash Metal Albums


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141 The More Things Change... - Machine Head
142 Living Sacrifice - Living Sacrifice V 1 Comment
143 Carnivore - Carnivore
144 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.

145 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.

146 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"

147 Stop the Bleeding - Tourniquet

The track 'Every Tried A Tampon? ' rules.

148 Executioner - Mantic Ritual
149 No Sleep 'til Hammersmith - Motorhead

Motorhead's best live album, from memory.

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150 City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold
151 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...

152 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.

153 Eternal Devastation - Destruction

Top-shelf album, and the trebly production is an improvement over its predecessor. Tracks like 'United by Hatred' and 'Life without Sense' rule. I must put this disc back in the tray. Mike is a beast.

154 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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155 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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156 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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157 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.

158 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'.

159 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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160 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.

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