Best Thrash Metal Bands of the '80s, '90s, '00smichaelhughes All of the bands below have careers that span these decades.
The Top Ten
Megadeth and Metallica... Definitelly two best thrash metal bands in history.
But my vote goes to megadeth. I think they are more fitting to thrash metal
Genre. Metallica has its great song : "One" is my favourite in all metal genre, "Unforgiven", "Fade To Black", "Ride The Lightning", "Seek And Destroy", "Phantom Lord", "Sad But True", "Enter Sandman" and finally "Master Of Puppets" are also great...
But Megadeth has much more of great songs. They're first 6 albums are awesome... "Th1rt3en" also is great in my opinion.
My decision is an effect of listen to "Rattlehead", "Killing Is My Business... And My Business Is Good", "Mechanix", "Wake Up Dead", "Conjouring", "Peace Sells", "My Last Words", "In My Darkest Hour",
"Holy Wars... The Punishment Due", "Hangar 18", "Five Magics", "Poison Was The Cure", "Lucretia", "Tornado Of Souls", "Rust In Peace... Polaris"
, "Symphony Of Destruction", "Skin Of My Teeth", "Train Of Consequences", "A Tout Le Monde", "Elisian ...more
Both bands lost their way in the mid 90's (Load, re-load from Metallica and Megadeths Youthanasia is simply cringe worthy! ) but are epic 80s metal bands. Metallica has 3 albums that would make my top ten list (Ride, Puppets, Justice) but I just love Megadeths attitude and anger that come out in their songs. Rust in Peace (1990) is better than anything Metallica have done, and Peace Sells definitely rivals them too. While they haven't put out any albums of this magnitude again all albums since have masterpiece tracks and they just shade Metallica as the best. And for all those people who say that they wish Dave hadn't left Metallica and all that garbage, there's no way that would have worked. Lars and Mustaine have massive ego's that was always destined to create fireworks.
Stoked to see Exodus as 4th, Bonded by Blood is the best thrash metal debut album released
everytime I hear their music.. , it rocks the hell out of me.. and of course, because of dave mustaine's ability to rock their listeners. keep rocking megadeth
True Metal fans know that Dave Never Sold Out!V 7 Comments
Metallica= GODS OF METAL! Megadeth is good to, but this should definitely be number 1! I love Megadeth and Metallica, but come on, Metallica is defintely better! They've got a lot of really good songs!
Metallica was the greatest thrash metal band In the 80s hands down. Every metal band knew that - Sabbath
WTH? 'tallica should't be in 9th. At least 3rd. Slayer in 2nd. Megadeth 1st! But Metallica is one of the BIG 4! - joaocarvalho
There is no reason why they aren't better than megadethV 9 Comments
Slayer are the defonition of thrash. They're dark, fast, brutal & just make every band explode. Tom, Kerry, Jeff & Dave are the Kings of thrash. My opinion
Best band of ALL TIME! Slayer has been my favorite band sing I can remember and I own every album from them. Love their music more than any other band out there.
Definitely. The best metal band on here where is pantera? Seen slayer live best mosh pit out of all the bands there
Kerry King its awesome man. Slayer is double awesome! Raining blood is very cool songsV 3 Comments
Does Pantera count because their "real debut" was in 1990? And their last album was '00?
They should be number one for sure they blow Metallica away in the 90's best metal.
Groove metal, not thrash metal. Idiots.
They should be way higher
The H-Team line-up of Holt & Hunolt, they are the "riff masters" of thrash. Holt & Altus / Hunolt & Altus, all the combos equal a full-on blitzkrieg of thrash brutality in it's finest form. No matter what Exodus album it is... It's 100% pure, aggressive, violent, hostile, ass-kicking thrash! For those of you who don't know, that's what thrash is supposed to be.
Bonded by Blood is easily one of my favourite thrash metal albums. - IronSabbathPriest
You do know than Pantera are not thrash, right?
Exodus: Guaranteed Overnight Destruction!
Overkill at #7 is way too low on this list. They are simply amazing - they didn't sell out to mainstream so that's why they don't get enough recognition. Blitz and D.D. have kept this band going strong with all the guitarist and drummer changes thru the years. Pick any Overkill album from any decade and you'll be banging your head!
Overkill is definitely the greatest thrash band of all.
Thrash Metal = Overkill.
They define the genre. - IronSabbathPriest
Yeah, sure they're older then Megadeth. Megadeth was formed by Mustaine after he wrote Metallica's first album. And Sodom started as a venom copy-cat.
Sodom is very hard. Sodom is older than megadeth and really harder and better. I hope the best for the band sodom
SDOM are kings of trash metal
Who can argue that these guys were some of the hardest thrashers of all time?!V 2 Comments
I love anthrax, they're so underrated. Spreading the Disease, Among the Living, State of Euphoria and Persistence of Time are thrash classics. Worship Music is one of the best metal albums released in the past decade. Fistful of Metal, The Attack of the Killer B's (excluding Bring the Noise), Sound of the White Noise and We've come for You all are awesome albums as well and often overlooked. Except for 2 albums (Stomp 442 and Volume 8), everything they've done so far in their career has been epic. Incredibly underrated band. - fidelcanojr
Ridiculously underrated. Anthrax can rival some of the best thrash metal bands and their discography is pretty consistently amazing. If only their new album wasn't trash, but hey, every old thrash band is putting out trash nowadays anyway.
Most underrated of the big 4. But I think it is because of their more raw sound. It makes it a bit less easy-listening for the normal metal fan than Slayer, Metallica or Megadeth.
Why r they so low :(V 1 Comment
Although people don't take Gwar seriously because they have a sense of humor, their sense of humor makes them very influencial in style.
I think they deserve to be on a list for a change. - michaelhughes
They are underrated and amazing. - gemcloben
Annilihator the band to get me in to thrash metal they should be on every list along with Judas Priest
They were playing death-thrash before Sepultura and Slayer, much love, but you aren't brutal. Kreator proves it.
Kreator is so underrated. In my opinion, they are better than slayer
Heaviest thrash metal. They make Slayer look like Metallica.
They are like slayer. But heavier. - gemclobenV 1 Comment
I've always thought of them as more of a groove metal band. Either way they are amazing. - IronSabbathPriest
Sepultura as a thrash metal band ended in 1996.
The Ultra Violence is a classic. It's even more impressive when you consider the ages of the band members when it was recorded
Act 3 is better than the Ultra Violence, if not next to it.
Act 3 was simply one of the best thrash albums of all time.
I'm not sure if they count.V 2 Comments
The American way was a great album, except for the last song 31 flavors. Ignorance and surf Nicaragua were awesome too
Yes! This one better get a few votes. - michaelhughes
I know this band does not succeed to the calibur of Megadeth or Metallica, I still love this band due to the ability to perform a satire along with some great music. It is also a side project from one of the greatest metal bands, 'As I Lay Dying'. This band takes away the seriousness of the typical thrash genre and offers something new and bold. Definitely has my respect, and vote - mickeyG94
Some of the most technical and interesting thrash metal ever heard. Best thrash band for solos if that's your thing.
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