Best Thrash Metal BandsMetalman37
The Top Ten
Metallica are only only famous for their first 4 albums, how can they be the best Thrash band if they can't even keep true to their own genre? Megadeth's Mustaine has some extremely creative stuff and is a beast on the guitar. James, Dave, Lars, and Cliff. If this line up had existed, It would be out of the question.
99 ways to vote this to best
Just listen trust or peace sells so your hooked!
Fastest and heaviest thrash metal band on earth!
Good to see the best thrash metal band at its place. Slayer should get second place, though. Dave is a genius and stayed true to his music. - danuprankalayanamit
Best of the BestV 236 Comments
Their first four albums are amazing. They weren't as awesome after that, but those first four are enough for me to say Metallica is my favorite metal band.
Wow, Metallica are only famous for their first four albums? What about The Black Album, which has sold as many copies as every Megadeth album combined? And Dave stayed true to his music? You're joking, right? What about Youthanasia, Cryptic Writings, and Risk, huh? Metallica are sellouts, and Megadeth aren't? That's weird, because Dave Mustaine himself has stated that Risk was supposed to be Megadeth's breakthrough in the commercial rock scene, and that it was intended to be a #1 album. And in any case, Megadeth aren't even truly thrash metal, they are closer to speed metal because they aren't very heavy. And whoever says Metallica isn't heavy, listen to the opening riff of Fight Fire with Fire then try and tell me they aren't.
At least Megadeth had a better and more metal comeback with the 'system has failed' in 2004! Metallica is still sleeping
Metallica and Mustaine invented thrash. Metallica's first 5 releases are the gold standard, but you must acknowledge 'Peace Sells...' greatness, plus most other Megadeth's early releases greatness. 'So far...', 'Rust in Piece', 'Countdown to Extinction' etc. Yes, Hetfield was the superior lyricist and vocalist, but that was 15-years ago. He used to sing with venom and fury, but he just talks his songs out now. Megadeth is essentially a solo project, and Mustaine must be given due credit for his output. Megadeth are now superior to Metallica both live and in studio, whereas that wasn't the case way back when. Metallica at 1, Megadeth at 2, case closed.
This is pure thrashV 184 Comments
Metallica please stay out of this for once and fans actually vote for music that's actually GOOD not just cause its Metallica. First 4 albums were spectacular now there total garbage. Slayer never disappoints their music is amazing Start to Finish there the best there will ever be
Yeah, well Slayer plays the same song over and over for the most part.
I think Slayer is the best thrash metal band because they uphold the best qualities of the genre-lightning speed, raging aggression, full on rebellion and lyrical themes involving apocalypse, religion and war!
Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer together all changed the world, lead the revolution and spawned some of the most explosive and electrifying music ever but Slayer takes the crown because not only did thrash provide much needed adrenaline and power into music but Slayer injected a lethal dose of wickedness and intensity into the genre
Whoever said Megadeth is the heaviest and fastest Thrash Metal band is WRONG! Slayer is the heaviest and fastest Thrash Metal band. Ever heard Chemical Warfare, Flesh Storm, Dittohead, Hallowed Point, Born Of Fire, Consfearacy, Hate Worldwide, Payback, Necrophobic, Jesus Saves, Killing Fields, Snuff?
Slayer was and is by far the best period.V 144 Comments
Testament is one if the greatest thrash metal bands ever. Disputably the best vocalist, Chuck Billy, and best lead guitarist, Alex Skolnick, in thrash. Kick ass from The Legacy to Dark Roots of Earth and forever. Chuck Billy beat heart cancer and still maintains a great voice. Plus the only selling out they've done was experimenting with death metal.
Testament are easily the best thrash band ever considering their longevity, consistency and their stick to their roots (except their more commercial phase 1989-1992 Practice-Souls-Ritual). I find great albums in Exodus, Kreator, Destruction and Dark Angel discography, but from all of these bands I can name two up to maximum three albums I like. These bands are really good, I also found a good album among Death Angel and Flotsam and Jetsam recordings. Speaking about the big four hype I can easily skip the whole Metallica and Slayer (whatever they produced), however, I like some old Anthrax stuff (Disease, Living, Time). But same as for Megadeth (I absolutely love the Rust played live in LA Palladium, some tracks from Countdown and Dystopia) they both do not play the real thrash but more-less heavy metal mixed with NWOBHM/punk influences with some thrash flavor on top of it (sometimes more (from Killing to profoundly at Rust, Endgame and Dystopia), sometimes less ("ACDC"-rockish ...more
Testament, metal gods that have put out solid albums year after year rock on! Hell look at m name... Skolnick is their guitarist - alexskolnick13
Your Big 4:
in that order. Big 5 would include Anthrax - mhroblak
Nowadays, Kreator is in my opinion the leader of the thrash metal. Their music is brutal and fast, yet it also comprises a lot of melodic stuff.
Kreator always stay true to their roots. And are still making great albums today. The big 4 have always lived off their former glories. Kreator deserve to be top of the tree. Phantom Antichrist is a masterpiece.
Why is Metallica first place? Metallica WAS a really great band with awesome Songs, yeah, but they aren't Thrash anymore. Kreator also had his ups and downs, but they were Thrash, they are Thrash and they will be Thrash for all times.
I think this List should look like that:
3. Megadeth (also no more real thrash, but more than Metallica
6. Sacred Reich ( one of the most underrated bands
And for the end only one question:
Who put Venom, Machine Head, Suicidal Tendencies and Soulfly on this list? Also great bands, but no Thrash.
I had a real trouble to choose between KREATOR and DESTRUCTION- these two bands are the greatests in Whole World Thrash. But eventually I picked KREATOR cause they play more diversely.V 43 Comments
Anthrax is one of the big four of Thrash - D2Demon
Great addition to the comments, it really enhances my perception of Anthrax as a band - dubsinthetubs
Thrash Metal is my favourite music genre and I think that pretty much every band included in it has an incredible ability to compose music. but to my ears Anthrax, Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and Testament have something that differenciates them from every other band; something that elevates them. Anthrax has one of the best vocalists ever and also afforded to combine Thrash Metal with Rap. Slayer has incredible speed and heaviness, Metallica has wonderful melodies, solos and some of the best lyrics in the history of music. I also liked his "experimentations" (Load, ReLoad and St. Anger). Megadeth is technically invincible and has lots of divine solos. Testament is basically a band that takes every peculiarity of a typical Thrash Metal band and brings them to a whole new level. These are the bands that I think should be in the top 5 (I don't mind the order) so I vote for Anthrax because they don't deserve to be any number below 5 in the list.
Metallic and Megadeth might be better but not by a lot. Anthrax's songs are full of kickass riffs and solos, the drumming in every song is superb and the singing... It's amazing. Such an underrated band. One of the best metal bands of all time for sure.
Megadeth is probably my favorite but Anthrax is in my top three.V 45 Comments
There are no bad Overkill albums, You can listen to their discography for years without getting bored!
I grew up being a huge Megadeth fan, and still is. But when I first heard Overkill, not too long ago by the way, I was blown away. All their albums are rooted in thrash but very different from each other. In my opinion, they have only gotten better over the years. There last 2 albums are some of my favorite thrash metal I have heard in a long time. Megadeth did some good stuff in the early 2000's and Anthrax's newest album was quite good, but everything Overkill does is great..
A much overrated band. Bobby Blitz is a monster of a vocalist. The other bands here are great (some of them) but for me these are number 1, partly because they are painfully underrated
And I have to get it off my chest: could ya stop worrying about wether its's thrash or not? Thrash is just a bloody name they gave the bands from a certain period with common aspects, who cares if they deviated from the style? Bands can evolve, and just being a thrash band doesn't make you great Kerry
Overkill is overrated and their albums and songs sound like the same music with different terrible vocals. - SabbathV 48 Comments
Most Brutal Concerts. Just listen to Bonded by Blood. Every song on there is great. Love all the other bands in the top ten too, but for me Exodus defines Thrash.
Alongside Anthrax, and to an extent Metallica, Exodus is one of the most influential heavy metal bands out there. They, along with Metallica, are the earlier documented band of the thrash metal movement, being formed in 1980. Not only did they help get the thrash movement out of the Bay Area, but some of Exodus's members would go on to do bands such as Possesed, which is the first death metal band, meaning that Exodus started thrash, death, and to an extent, black metal.
I didn't like their old stuff, and I couldn't believe after listening their newer works that I missed this amazing band. The re-released bonded by blood named "Let there be blood" was one of the most amazing albums I've ever heard. Their new songs kick-ass, insane riffs, amazing solos. Away megadeth - exodus!
The bestV 16 Comments
I love how the "big 4" are in the top four. But Sepultura deserves AT LEAST to be in the top ten - Wopwop
Many think that the band died when Max left, but the band has good songs of this era like Convicted in Life - rock2metal
Sepultura always had been the best band. While Slayer still brings the same old to us, and Anthrax is not that good already, Sepultura still kicks our asses with new innovative elements like they always did this. Hell, music must be developing over time, it should never stay in the same old thrash metal traditions! We want something innovative!
They are a great Thrash Metal band actually one of my favorite metal bands period and I enjoy their tribal influence on songs like Roots Bloody RootsV 19 Comments
One of the greatest thrash bands of all time. Listen to agent orange, tapping the vein, nuclear winter and m-16 and tell me they aren't up there with the rest of them
Sodom is that kind of band that makes you wanna brutally murder everything around you. Killer guitar riffs and war lyrics take you to the battlefield where you can unleash your ultimate rage. They deserve a much higher spot on this list and are probably the greatest european thrash metal band. (Look, Kreator is great, but is nowhere near the aggression and wrath that Sodom delivers.) - sodomized
Sodom is so much more powerful than any other Thrash Band. Thrash is about aggression, and Sodom is the most aggressive band there is. I'm a little angry they are this low.
German Slayer but betterV 13 Comments
Phil Anselmo is a better singer than James Hetfield
Dimebag is a better guitar player than Hetfield and Kirk Hammett combined.
Vinnie Paul is a better drummer than Lars Ulrich.
Pantera are better than Metallica in every aspect.
Exactly, metallica is more emotional, that's all they got on Pantera really. - EliHbk
They did something nobody except Metallica could do... Get a number 1 cd. And they even did something that nobody at all could do, stop grunge dead in it's tracks. Walk is one of the greatest songs of all time, if not the best. I would even dare to say that they eclipsed every other thrash band in history. Including the one's who influenced them. R.I.P. dimebag
These guys, especially Dimebag with his soloing, made thrash popular throughout the 90s. They should be a lot higher, in the top 4 most definitely. - petrucci75hammet
Not thrash metal. Although its influeced by thrash - DisturbedpotatoV 39 Comments
Personally my favorite thrash band, although I see a lot of bands on this list that aren't thrash, so I guess voting for what fits the list doesn't matter
Jeff Waters has got to be the greatest thrash metal guitarist of all time. Listen to the albums Alice in Hell and Never Neverland if you're not convinced.
Just Listen To Fun Palace! This Is One Of The Best Thrash Metal Bands Ever!
Alice in hell. Period. - GreenDayFan21V 9 Comments
Absolutely great thrash band the ultra violence is one of the only proper all the way through thrash albums! And is way better than anything metalica a have put out as a whole piece. Plus there are too many bands on the wrong list and too many missing. Log, machine head, voivod etc where's dark angel!
Their first three releases were remarkable, varied, and of the highest calibre. Yes, disaster struck at the height of their powers, but they could have been anything.
Not saying this should be top (that spot rightfully belongs to Megadeth, Metallica and Slayer) but Death Angel should be higher.
Love this band! First off, they have insane talent, their first album was recorded when they were very young. Their former drummer, Andy Galeon, was only 14 at that time!
I also love the topics that they explore aside from the standard thrash metal topics. They go into relationships in some of their later work, and they also have good humor. I like that they leave a slight ambiguity to their lyrics so you can apply your own meaning to the song to some extent. Probably my favorite thrash band, next to Metallica.
Destruction is the perfect band of Thrash. Metallica can't be compared with Destruction. Destruction is the best of Thrash.
Wow, Slipknot and LOG is just above this, sad to see the direction our youth are going. Anyway, they're not thrash!
True Thrash Metal, should be in the top 10.
Thrash Til DeathV 6 Comments
If you take the best songs from each one of the other bands in this list and the from that compilation you take only the best songs, you'd would only get fillers compared to what Coroner has to offer.
I can't even express how happy I am just to see this band even featured within the top 100, let alone 13th!
Criminally underrated! Arguably one of the most underrated bands, that term is overused but Coroner is honestly the epitome of the word. Not to mention they are a trio on top of all; if you like Rush and thrash metal, this is the band for you.
Amazing how their aggressive impetious music is so sophisticated at the same time. Despite the fact that their career was just about 7 years long, they evolved from being just thrash metal band to very high level of musicality. Just check their albums Mental Vortex and Grin, compare them to Metallica 90's sloppy stuff, and you'll make sure who's the boss here!
Vastly underrated band. Definitely one of the best thrash band ever...V 7 Comments
So low here? I guess no one listens to UV... It's not just thrash, It's Progressive/Blackened/Folk Metal/Metalcore Inspired Thrash with experimental touches on later cd's... Can any of the so vault big 4 say they have this kind of technical quality as songs such as RFID, Spawn of Madness, Gullible spawn of deception, etc? I didn't think so... UV may be mostly a solo project but the music UV wrote was sick... It was extreme, loud, technical, experimental, and it had lots of touches of different kinds of music thrown in, not all of that music being metal... It makes this band/project sound a lot more unique... I don't listen to thrash much, but this does it for me. Absolutely no other thrash band sounds exactly like this one...
I absolutely love Metallica, but they are getting old, and you've got to keep up with the times, man. Havok is the future of thrash metal. They are wicked fast, insanely heavy and they have AMAZING guitar solos. My vote goes to Havok, simply because of the fact that, as much as I hate to say it, Metallica is no longer thrash metal. Just heavy metal.
Please, get these guys to the top 10. There is no modern thrash band that plays with half the intensity and energy as Havok. Listen to Time is Up and you'll understand - ryanrimmel
Havok is a great band, and all those other thrash metal bands are lame. This band is so angry, it makes me want to break stuff. Havok makes havoc.
Gotta get Havok to the top tenV 17 Comments
Not exactly thrash.
Surprised to see them this high.
Masters of thrash man. These Satanic slayers are truly awesome, and should totally be in the top 5. The guitar work, bass, and drumming paired with the lyrical themes are stunning, fun, and exhilarating.
Easily one of the most influential bands in all of metal. Their first 3 albums were a big influence on thrash, black and death metal.
Should be in Top 5 at least...
Not Thrash. Too Evil And Heavy to be Thrash. Baybe death. Actually no, these guys are black Metal. Too evil and awesome to be anything else. - GreenDayFan21V 5 Comments
My favourite band after megadeth. but they aren't thrash metal band. they are progressive, thrash, heavy, speed metal together. sorry for my bad English
Nevermore has plenty of thrash elements in their music to be on this list. - Sabbath
One of my favorite bands, Jeff Loomis, enough said, not thrash though
Nevermore is thrash - SabbathV 1 Comment
Best new wave of thrash band. Should absolutely be top 10 at least, they're in my top 3. Vektor IS the future. The way they transcend the line between thrash and death, death and black, black and thrash, all with progression is beautiful. Not to mention it's all very sci-fi feeling. Terminal Redux was the best album of 2016 by far. This band is amazing and you should absolutely check them out. This band lets me be both a prog snob and a 4/4 pleb (no that's not a band thing) at the same time, and I love it for that. - Derrick_Fox
Best Thrash band formed outside the 80s. If you've never heard them before check out "Fast Paced Society" and "Hunger for Violence" once you're assimilated from these go buy Black Future and Outer Isolation because they're 2 of the best thrash albums ever made.
I know Metallica, mega, slayer, and anthrax are legendary, but you gotta give it up for this new generation thrash metal beasts!
I think the song cult is my favourite song
Just listen to Skull to revitalize your faith in modern thrash metal. It's epic.
My favorite band of all timeV 3 Comments
The first record kicks ass from start to end, crank it up and rip the knob off!
'The Dark' is an incredible album, and the late David Wayne's vocals on this and their debut prove that he is one of metal's greatest ever talents.
These guys are number two in my opinion just under Metallica. The Dark is my fifth favorite album of all time.
They definitely deserve more attention than they get. The songwriting and performance on an album like "Hanging in the Balance" is complex throughout and creates a Pink-Floydian album arc. Mike Howe gets my vote for 2nd best vocalist in this genre... after Michael Kiske.V 1 Comment
Definitely one of the flat-out SCARIEST thrash bands out there. Incredibly unsettling, and that's what we like about it.
Love these guys. If you are a fan of Slayer and Metallica pre-Master of Puppets, you should check out this band.
Time does Not Heal is a masterpiece, they should be at least in the top ten
Speedist thrash metal band ever. Darkness descendsV 2 Comments
Dude, this band is AWESOME.
Machine head have never let me down, even with Burning Red and Supercharger. They set an example to the bands that played post-thrash music such as Evile and Soulfly.
There's no limit to Machine Heads talent according to me. The wide use of vocal ranges I rare within metal, and the speed and heaviness of the guitars creates a mind altering experience. In other words: Machine head rocks!
Just listen to Burn my Eyes, The More things change... Yeah basically every album except Supercharger and The Burning Red, except if you're into Nu metal
Around for years and keep getting stronger. Last three albums stack against anything out there. Heavy, technical and great. Add to that Burn my Eyes and what more do you want?
Machine Head is Thrash metal, with Bluesy slower Thrash Metal. Better known as Groove Metal. - vidkid13V 5 Comments
Beer metal, awesome, heavy and fun, also good THRASH, another great band from Germany!
Seriously guys? 20? I mean, Die with a beer in your hand, Zombie Attack, Empty Tankard, Need Money For beer
Absolutely Thrash to the core...good positive kick ass Thrash!
This are from the teutonic 4. Why aren't they at least at 10?
All the djent bands are copying them nowadays, these guys are true original talent and push metal forward with everything they release. They deserve to be up there with Metallica and Iron Maiden.
Not really thrash, but they're good
Not really a thrash band.
NOT THRASH.V 1 Comment
Nuclear Assault Should Be higher and at least in the top 10, they are not my favourite thrash band but they are up there in my favourites! With great songs like Fight to be free, Brainwashed and Critical Mass. Pantera is not thrash, its groove metal still an awesome band though but in the wrong category.
Should be in top 5!
Danny Lilker is one of the most awesome bassists ever. And undoubtedly Nuclear Assault beats Anthrax any day.
Don't agree? Just listen to their albums 'Game Over' or 'Handle With Care' for some very special Thrash! - Nord666
Should be 11-12, it s a great band though - Deako
Why is this band not on top 15? We are talking about thrash here... Get wasted
Most of their songs don't cross 2 minutes but, they are amazing.
Hazardous Mutation is one sexy album. Had to put them in my top 10 even though they're relatively new compared to the other bands in this list.
As I'm reading this, this band is the 49th on the list. And the list title is "Best Thrash Metal Bands" so there might be a mistake. I'd say 5th or 6th position is fair enough.
amazing band! Crossover-thrash has to be the best sub-genre of thrash!V 4 Comments
It's not pure thrash. It's punk thrash (or crossover thrash)
Basically when Anthrax sounded more like Slayer
Great band, great albums, feel bit sorry for them, deserved better recognition.
They are very underrated - Sabbath
Most underrated metal band ever. Their music is awesome I think they are top 10 thrash metal easy
Victims of Deception is almost as good as Ride the Lightning and Rust in Peace.
OK, the only reason I picked this one is so that I can say... What? Lamb of god is groove and metalcore, not close to thrash, I can understand pantera but these guys should not be on this list at all! Theyve never played thrash at all. Who ever made this list doesn't have a clue about thrash.
This band KICKS ASS... But they are not thrash.
Lamb of god should be in top 2
Metallica is the only band on LOGs level, or vice versa shall we say.V 5 Comments
Many of their early songs touch on thrash but for me they aren't thrash. Their first albums of the 80s were thrashy speed metal - pretty heavy, fast and aggressive but I wouldn't call them thrash. Almost thrash but not thrash. - Metal_Treasure
Blind Guardian is Power Metal!
Why there are on no 25? - Dendo
It's kind of sickening that this band isn't on this list already, yet Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, As I Lay Dying, and Slipknot are extremely overrated, let alone on this list at all.
Artillery should be in the top 15, perhaps top 10. They're the Iron Maiden of Thrash Metal.
It saddens me to see pioneers of thrash being forgotten and rated so low in this list. There are too many bands listed that firstly shouldn't be because of their style, and secondly commercially overrated. Same as for Metallica; the black album was their point of no return when they decided going mainstream... What a pity.
What the hell! I'm disgusted seeing pantera bullet for my valentine trivium and other non thrash bands. How the hell can a true thrash metal fan not like artillery. All albums are kickass. Seriously it's a must as they are pure thrash
Very underrated.V 4 Comments
Amazing and diverse band. Along with Annihilator they are pioneers of techno thrash. They were influenced not only by punk and metall, but also by some progressive rock bands like Pink Floyd and King Crimson, and they do sound quite proggy and sophisticated. If you're open-minded music lover I should advice you to listen to their albums Dimension Hatross and Nothingface - pure masterpieces!
Most underrated thrash ever. Killing Technology, Dimension Hattross and Nothingface are classics, as well as many other songs from throughout their career.
My favorite Thrash band. I love the no-classical elements in their music. They are way better than slayer and anthrax and can even stand up up to the very best of Metallica, Megadeth, and Testament.
Despite being Christian, they are an amazing band. Look at the drums and their latest release, Where Moth and Rust Destroy. Marty Friedman's playing is amazing on it!
Even Though they're Christian, they still stand up to the big four. - thedying12
Seriously, 57th, here are my five favorites
I didn't put Slayer here on purpose for reasons
Very under rated thrash band
'No Place For Disgrace' is the greatest speed-metal album ever made, and is widely held in this regard. This album is the gold standard.
Listen to Hammerhead, N.E. terror or No place for Disgrace. One of the greatest Thrash out there
I'm my opinion Anvil are not a thrash band. I do believe they invented thrash though. In 1982 Anvil gave us "Metal on Metal". This album was mostly traditional Heavy Metal except for the last track "666". This song was definitely a thrash song. There is no doubt in my mind that the big four were listening. One year later Slayer, Metallica, and Anthrax were born. Megadeth followed soon after the Metallica split. Anvil created that sound. They ventured into thrash many times, but always stayed loyal to classic Metal. I think Anvil has been denied this truth for too long. They started the thrash movement.
Should be in top 10 these guys are the pioneers of thrash metal!
Living in a whirl wind
Woe To The Vanquished!
COME ON GUYS
forget all the overrated bands and headbang to warbringer listen to iv empires collapse YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED
pure energetic aggressive THRAAASH
Gwar should be higher. Gwar is an awesome Thrash band, listen to Gor-Gor, Bring Back The Bomb, and Metal Metal Land - ryanrimmel
Rest In Peace Oderus!
American way was pure thrash at its best!
It's a joke that Trivium are on this list at all. They, along with Bullet For My Valentine Slipknot and As I Lay Dying, are all just different kinds of metal"core". Whiny lyrics with occasional growls over boring riffs and by the book solos.
Trivium ignore all pigeonholes, and with 'Vengeance Falls' have become a classy modern metal band. They're not the best of the best, but they have countless influences to draw upon. The longer metal evolves, the less you will be able to label anyone. They're a thrash band, and a damn good one.
Matt Heafy has a good voice & can sing unlike Dave Mustaine & many other so called heavy metal legends.
NOT THRASHV 5 Comments
These guys slay! Some of the fastest and darkest riffs of the classic thrash era, criminally underrated.
Forbidden is in the top 10. By far the most underrated thrash band in history.
'Twisted Into Form' and 'Omega Wave' are monstrous Bay Area thrash albums.
How these guys are only #42 baffles meV 1 Comment
Related ListsMost Influential Thrash Metal Bands Best New Wave Thrash Metal Bands Bands to Make the Big Four of Thrash Metal the Big Five Top Ten American Thrash Metal Bands Top Ten Most Underrated Thrash Metal Bands
9 years, 346 days old
Top Remixes (92)
View All 92