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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.
If Metallica are only famous for their first 4 albums, then so is Megadeth. Countdown To Extinction is for Megadeth what the Black Album is for Metallica. - Adrian_4
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Just listen trust or peace sells so your hooked!
Fastest and heaviest thrash metal band on earth!
Trust and Peace Sells aren't even thrash. Their fastest songs are Rattlehead and Good Mourning / Black Friday. - Alkadikce
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
Megadeth for the win! Come on guys Metallica is getting close!
I love both bands equally but I think Megadeth deserves this spot.
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.
Real Godfathers of Thrash. They have started it all, nothing more to say.
Sick. There is no other word to describe Metallica. They simply have the best singer, the best drummer, the best guitarists, pretty legendary should be number one
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 sleeping201 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
Such mixed responses: the bottom line is all four bands in the top 4 right now are all number 1 best thrash metal band - germshep24
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
Its between Slayer and Megadeth in my opinion but I find I listen to Slayer more so they get the vote. Sepultura is great too!
SLAYER! They really do reign in blood!162 Comments
Certainly deserves to be one of the Big 4.
There is an interesting phenomena in thrash metal.
Group A: Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, Exodus, Coroner, Dark Angel, Sepultura
Group B: Anthrax, Overkill, Kreator, Destruction, Death Angel, Annihilator, Flotsam and Jetsam
Fans of group A bands constantly feel the need to bash all the other bands in group A trying to promote the one they prefer, while they usually don't care about group B at all. Group B fans usually like all of the group B bands and only care about the band they're listening to at the moment. - Alkadikce
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 ...more34 Comments
Most influential thrash metal band
The kings of Thrash.
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.
Enemy of god is legend48 Comments
I grew up with the trash movement and experienced the birth of speed. I still buy every new release by the Big Four and their (supposed) little brothers; Testament, Exodus and Overkill. However, Overkill wins on pure consistency. While the others were breaking up, taking a long hiatus or releasing steaming piles of St. Anger, Overkill weathered the storm and continually produced quality thrash albums. While the next generations were paying ridiculous prices to go watch Linkin Park lip sync, I was paying twenty bucks a ticket to watch Bobby Blitz scream his balls off. They never disappoint. Overkill is the true thrash band in every sense of the genre. - Relixx599
I love metallica for more then 20 years, but when you talk about trash, Overkill and Exodus comes first!
"better than Metallica"
the comment section on YouTube/TheTopTens for every thrash song/album, ever. - Alkadikce
There are no bad Overkill albums, You can listen to their discography for years without getting bored!54 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
I'm not a huge thrash fan. I find all the bands sound the same and repetitive but anthrax is my one exception. Joey is probably my favourite metal vocalist and Frank Bello is an amazing bassist. I've migrated to other metal genres now and I've left behind most of thrash but Anthrax remains to be one of my favourites. Among the Living and Spreading the disease are classic albums and Indians is my all time favourite Anthrax song.
This is definitely my favorite band from the Big Four. They guys write really run, thrashy songs that aren't afraid to be melodic from Joey's soaring vocals
Most underrated thrash band easily54 Comments
Exodus are the greatest Thrash band, better than Metallica or Slayer, they're just.. Metal in its Purest Form!
Way too low on this list.
I think Exodus should be above Overkill. - DKmen
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.19 Comments
8) Death Angel
I love how the "big 4" are in the top four. But Sepultura deserves AT LEAST to be in the top ten - Wopwop
It is fun looking at this list in the future because on three of the big 4 on in the top 5 - germshep24
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!20 Comments
One of the heaviest Thrash band of all time. Even heavier than Slayer. - DarkBoi-X
Demolition Hammer is probably heavier than both, although heaviness in thrash has very little relevance to quality in my opinion. The heaviest thrash bands are often monotonic and heavy for the sake of being heavy, and they would get sub-par if we would take some of the heaviness away (this applies for Sodom as well). If I want heavier music than regular thrash I will listen to death metal instead. - Alkadikce
The best band on the long run.
Sodom is awesome! Both their early black/thrash and their late thrash stuff. So heavy.
Sodom fans drops dueces all over metallica fans17 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
Pantera is a great metal band but most definitely not Thrash - germshep24
Technically they are because Groove Metal is really just slow Thrash - DarkBoi-X
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
If you listen to some of their lesser known songs and even some of their well known songs youll see or rather hear thrash metal45 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.
Slayer should be number 1 and Death Angel should be much higher in this list12 Comments
Metallica is my too 1 but this band need some recognition
My personal top 5
9- death angel
Awesome band Jeff Waters is definitely one of best Guitarist in metal
I can' t find a more consistent quality band
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 matter13 Comments
Easily the best thrash metal band to come out of Canada. Give their album Violent Restitution (their best work) a listen and you'll see why.
Love the guitar in this band
Thrash Til Death
Greatest riffs in this planet
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!7 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!
Very overlooked band, even though everyone who knows them loves what they accomplished over their five album run. They are essentially the Rush of thrash metal. Very progressive and we'll structured music. Their older material is very neoclassical speed/thrash metal but each album became more progressive than the last.7 Comments
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.
Wow! These guys blow me away. defiantly sound like old school crap and not over produced... I LOVE IT! These guys are fantastic.17 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...
Not exactly thrash.
Surprised to see them this high.
Terminal redux was better then metallica's black album and I dare to say master of puppets
just go listen to charging the void
and guys I know what I am talking about I have a metallica and megadeth and slayer when I listened to terminal redux I threw them all
I love Vektor
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.1 Comment
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...
Everyone above Venom has stated their influence, Metallica did tons of Venom covers back in the day5 Comments
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.
Underworld is a really good song.3 Comments
Trash not thrash
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 though2 Comments
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.
Trivium sucks! Take this off the top ten list for god sakes!
Matt Heafy has a good voice & can sing unlike Dave Mustaine & many other so called heavy metal legends.5 Comments
NUKE THE CROSS - DarkBoi-X
Dude, this band is AWESOME.
Haha very funny maybe its prank
dark angel 27? and anthrax 6? t
this is ridiculus
dark angel deserve 4 anthrax 40
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 ten3 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.1 Comment
Very underrated, them, overkill, dark angel, testament, exodus, kreator, sodom... Glad to see them on the list but they should be higher
Handle with care is a masterpiece of thrash metal
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 11-12, it s a great band though - Deako1 Comment
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.
These guys have to be on Top 10
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.
Doomsday For the Deciever is one of the greatest thrash metal albums of all time but unfortunately is very unappreciated.
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
Black metal not thrash metal
Not really a thrash band.
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.
They are not thrash!
Not really thrash, but they're good1 Comment
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.
Best band ever. Very underrated. - PureMayhem4 Comments
Simply awesome. Should be in the top 5 in my honest opinion, amazing riffs and great vocals. This band is technically very gifted.
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 thrash5 Comments
One of my favorite bands of all time. I checked them out years ago. first I listened to zombie Attack and I absolutely loved it. then I listened to the whole discography and all I could say at the moment was : Holy Thrash! they are amazing. they don't take themselves too seriously. they are all about beers and fun and speed. they are awesome! - MoeinTPS
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!1 Comment
Machine Head is Thrash metal, with Bluesy slower Thrash Metal. Better known as Groove Metal. - vidkid13
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?5 Comments
Early albums speed metal, later albums power metal with secondary Symphonic metal elements.
Nothing about them I would consider Thrash - germshep24
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
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
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
Groove metal is a sun genre for thrash metal. Pantera should be in the big 5 even. - Sabbath5 Comments
Speak English or die!
It's not pure thrash. It's punk thrash (or crossover thrash)
Basically when Anthrax sounded more like Slayer
Woe To The Vanquished!
Living in a whirl wind
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!
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 me1 Comment
Its cross over thrash but I guess they belong on this list lol.
I see DRI and SOD but why isn't Suicidal Tendencies on here? The greatest crossover thrash there is and like fifth greatest thrash band.
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come on1 Comment
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!
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