Best Thrash Metal Albums


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161 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.

162 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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163 Interstellar Experience

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

164 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.

165 Strappado

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

166 Killer Be Killed

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

167 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.

168 In Search of Truth

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

169 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.

170 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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171 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.

172 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.

173 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.

174 Unsafe - Channel Zero

Check out 'Suck My Energy', 'Lonely', 'As A Boy' and 'Man on the Edge' from this mighty metal record. The only reason they weren't immense is because they were Belgian and not many new about them. They toured here, and 30 people showed up. It was sad to see.

Belgiums heaviest deliver their most aggressive album to date. Its groovy, heavy, angry, and fantastic on all fronts. A classy band that didn't go far enough, success-wise.

175 Stigmatized for Life - Channel Zero

If you like the 'Cowboys from Hell' production, then this is the next best thing to that album. Channel Zero's second-best album delivers on most fronts.

176 Volition - Protest the Hero

A hard band to pin down, but they are heavy, very technical, and a major talent in modern metal.

177 The Parallax II: Future Sequence - Between the Buried and Me

Deranged, frenetic, talented, and heavy as hell. The Mr. Bungle of thrash. Triple A band whose catalogue is flawless.

My copy of 'The Anatomy Of' arrived today, and whilst it's all covers, BTBAM versions of 'Blackened', 'Jizzlobber' and 'Cemetery Gates' are good. It's not an essential purchase like their other stuff, but interesting.

178 Genexus - Fear Factory

They fixed the problems with 'Industrialist' (though the drum machine was part of the industrial concept), brought in Hoglan and delivered an excellent metal album.

Fear Factory's latest is the best album they've made since 'Demanufacture'. Hoglan and Dino are machines.

179 $5.98 Ep - Metallica

Because 'The Wait' is on it - provided you didn't buy the edition that didn't contain it. No-one owns covers like Metallica.

Yeah, it's an ep, but have you ever heard covers like this before. Metallica own them.

180 Art In Motion - Secrecy

Technical German thrash that mostly went unheard.

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