Best Thrash Metal Bands
The Top Ten
I like Metallica and all but some of the fans are really pissing me off. First of all Metallicas last album was lulu not death magnetic. You can't judge a band by the last album it released, if you did megadeth would still be far better. Metallica has 4 good albums (first 4) 2 mediocre albums (death magnetic and black) and 4 bad albums (load reload st anger lulu). Megadeth has (in my opinion) 8 good albums (killing is my business peace sells RIP countdown the system has failed united abominations endgame 13) 4 mediocre (so far so good youthanasia cryptic writings the world needs a hero) and 2 bad (risk supercollider). And while both bands sold out at one point megadeth went back to their roots and proved they're a still a force to be reckoned with Metallica made one decent but generic album then sunk even lower than before. I'm glad there's at least one list one this site, nevermind on the internet that don't mindlessly bow down to Metallica. Metallica doesn't even deserve to be on ...more
Megadeth is a good thrash metal band for the simple reason, they actually are in that genre I hear people fighting and winning about Metallica and I think, DUDE Metallica ain't THRASH, Metallica is a heavy metal band which is very different from thrash. Now to all you megadeth haters, come on admit defeat, Metallica just isn't a thrash metal band, they got a ton of good songs but there just not good in this genre. Now for Slaye, thing is slayer just doesn't cut it at times, I'm not saying megadeth is perfect cause well they ain't, the messed up in too many albums like risk and cryptic wings, but they a heck of a lot better job than slayer.
And as for Anthrax, you guys are kidding anthrax is like speed metal, or something down those roads it ain't thrash
Personally I think Megadeth are rightfully first on this list and I wouldn't be complaining if Slayer were first either. But I don't think Metallica should be 2nd because I think Metallica only have one thrash album which is Kill Em All, on their next 3 albums they have a few thrash songs but they are not a thrash metal band they are a Heavy Metal band where as Megadeth, Slayer and even Anthrax have stayed more true to the formula of writing thrash music! I'm not bagging on Metallica because I love their music but Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax are better thrash metal bands!
I chose these because Metallica isn't thrash any more and four albums don't compare even though I thought 2 of those 4 weren't as good as people say they are, Slayer songs all sound pretty much the same as well and Anthrax haven't made anywhere near as good songs. These were also unbelievably good live which is more an I can say about most of the others. All of their songs have pretty much different sounds whereas every Slayer song sounds the same. Metallica also only had 2 extremely good thrash metal albums, and 20 songs give or take can not compare to Megadeth.
I grew up listening to Metallica religiously. I even liked their later stuff. In my opinion Metallica > Megadeth. I never really enjoyed Megadeth as much.
I'm tired of Metallica fans and Megadeth fans going against each other. They're both amazing bands. They both have bad albums, and they both have amazing albums.
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.
Although in my opinion, Metallica are the greatest rock n roll band of all time as they have perfected thrash metal (my favorite genre) with their first 4 albums and most notably master of puppets, heavy metal with numerous other albums most significantly the self - titled album and they have also created fantastic hard rock albums like load which is an underrated rock n roll masterpiece.
However in terms of thrash metal, SLAYER are pure brilliance. From classic sounding "show no mercy" and the riff pulsating "hell awaits" they would've been great if they set those albums as their bar. However the holy trinity of "reign in blood" "south of heaven" and "seasons in the abyss" are all absolutely stunning thrash masterpieces and as slayer have also made every single album thrash masterpieces (excluding the mediocre diabolus in musica) afterwards. They are the best thrash metal band ever.
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
Slayer hasn't changed their sound so much like Metallica or Anthrax, They're still doing fast paces and angry lyrics. Megadeth's music is still fast paced and angry, but their lyrics aren't as violent as Slayer. But Megadeth and Slayer are the 2 best Thrash Metal bands over all. And I'm not saying Anthrax and Metallica suck, It's just they're more Alternative Metal than Thrash Metal in this day and age.
Slayer NEVER made a ballad, So They're the most Thrash Metal. M/
The most evil and aggressive of the big 4. amazing guitar work, tom is an awesome vocalist dave was by FAR the best drummer in metal. everything about Slayer is just better
This may not be my favourite thrash band ever, nor a band that produced the greatest thrash album of all time. But it gets my vote for being the only band I know that has no terrible album in its discography. I recently listened to their 2020 release and again, beats my expectations as always...
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.
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
amazing riffs, solos and drumming. You can actually hear the bass (not like some other thrash bands) and also Chuck has an unique eargasmic way of singing
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've chosen them because they are for me the best thrash metal band right now: Enemy of God, Chordes of Chaos and Phantom Antichrist are awesome, and Enemy of God is the best thrash album I've ever heared, it's just great. They have their own style and they are keeping it. Drums are extraordinary good, and Petrozza has really good voice. Was on their concert and they blew up my mind at the very first song)
And I think they're much better now then ANY of big 4 band
Their earlier stuff was brutal and heavy and awesome. Their newer stuff keeps the brutality but adds in melody. And unlike the big four, they didn't get weaker over time. If anything, they're getting better. Every second of Gods of Violence was a MASTERPIECE!
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.
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.
When compareing Overkills catalog of albums to the bands in the big 4 or other classic thrash acts such as exodus, testament, death angel, dark angel, etc. what's the one thing do you notice? Well if you don't then I'll tell you, it's there ability to constantly put out good albums. There first 5, classics, masterpieces. Same goes for the other bands to an extent with there albums. Exodus and testament do have a couple of duds, Metallica isn't what they use to be, megadeth and slayer are some what of a bore. Anthrax are decent with there recent albums but the 90s album still bad. But overkill? Is there really a bad album? There's some that aren't a single great as the rest of their catalog but bad? underwhelming? Nah, overkill kills it, and they bring on the pain better with each release and live show than anybody else.
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
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..
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.
"Shouldn't be in the big 4" my ass. First 3 albums kick ass and they have good stuff spread around nowadays, definitely the least accessible of the big 4 but very interesting.
Personally my favorite band of the Big Four because they have the sound that comes to mind when the words “thrash metal” are brought up. They helped shape my tastes in modern party and crossover-thrash such as Municipal Waste and Violator. I much prefer their first four albums than the first four albums of the other bands in the Big Four. Without them I would not have gotten into the harder and heavier thrash bands with similar styles Overkill, Exodus, and Destruction. I love the chanty brotherhood-style backup vocals that Anthrax has with their more street hardcore sound. They spoke to me as they reminded me of the streets I grew up on. True thrash with street and adolescent themes.
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.
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.
Thrash metal is known of speed and agression, and exodus shows it perfectly with any of their singers(zetro being my favorite). Metallica used to be good but after the black album they dropped and still haven't come back with anything good. Megadeth did do the same thing but at least they came back to the thrash genre. Slayers pretty much made the same song over again, but at least they stayed with thrash the whole time. But exodus has been through 3 lead singers and each one had their own style making a variety but still keeping thrash
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 band that made me fall in love with the Thrash sub genre.
Exodus is just amazing.
I'm personally a huge fan of Paul (RIP), but Rob is doing an okay job too.
Gary is just amazing. Probably one of the best thrash guitarists out there.
I love the Big 4. They got me into metal in the first place. But it's Sepultura that has had a longer staying power for me, and is Sepultura that has had a deeper "Prime Time," so to speak. For example, Metallica's prime time went from Kill 'Em All to AJFA, or even The Black Album if you think it's absolutely amazing. Slayer had SNM-SITA. Megadeth: Killing is my business-Rust in Peace, maybe countdown. Anthrax: Fistful of Metal-Persistence. but Sepultura had Morbid Visions through Chaos A.D., potentially even Roots, with longer albums overall, which has given me plenty of more material to drown in.
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!
I'd probably put them at 11 because they only did four or five thrash albums, as great as they were. Plus, they've done worse then Metallica by embracing nu metal.
May be not on guitar solos they are as good as Metallica or megadeth.. But igor cavalera is the best drummer.. Way better than lars and vinnie
Top 3 thrash bands ever, their demos are 10 times heavier and rawer than Venom but made during the same time. In the Sign of Evil is a pure masterpiece, their early stuff kicks ass and their new melodic-thrash stuff is incredible as well.
Persecution mania and agent orange are pure classics and tapping the vein is one of the most underrated thrash albums in existance.
Persecution Mania, Agent Orange, and M16 are all bona fide trash classics. Tapping the Vein, Code Red, In War and Pieces and their Self-Titled Album aren't too far behind. Their worst albums are infinitely better than the Big 4's worst albums. While many major thrash bands were busy playing radio rock in the 90s, Sodom continued to experiment with different blends of thrash, speed and extreme metal. They also had a huge influence on the emerging Black and Death metal scene. For my money, they are the embodiment of what thrash metal is all about.
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.)
Pantera is the best out of all ten of these bands due to the unique and original style of music. Phil Anselmo kicks ass, Vinnie Paul kicks too much ass on drums, Rex Brown is one of my favorite bass players. And last but not least Dimebag Darrell is my favorite guitar player his style is perfect for Pantera's fusion of groove metal, thrash metal, and heavy metal. R.I.P. dimebag
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
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.
Every single one of their albums are amazing, they were the second thrash band I had listened to (metlalica the first, of course) and every other thrash band I listened to just couldn't compare to pantera. Each member is incredibly talented.
Perhaps the most accessible thrash metal band ever with Paradox, even above Metallica and Testament. Not something negative at all
The old albums are great but so are the new ones. The Dream calls for Blood, The evil Divide and Humanicide kick ass. Plus they're one of the best and most intense live bands
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.
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!
These guys should be in the top 5. The fact that they're even this low is enough to let me know that these people aren't listening to their music. Listen to their songs Allison Hell, Phantasmagoria, Annihilator, Human Insecticide, imperiled eyes, Schizos are never alone, set the world of fire, king of the kill, warbird, etc. and tell me they aren't deserving of a much higher spot.
This Band is just so awesome
I've never seen a Band that Plays their Songs so toght live
Sure it isn't that cool that ist only Jeffs band but he's just pro
Listen to Alison Hell, King Of The Kill, The Fun Palace, Set The World On Fire and The Trend.
If you're Areal Thrasher you will have to like one of These tracks
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.
I am absolutely sure this guy is the greatest CANADIAN guitarist exept for me. That is what my dad says.
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!
Good back then. Still good. They are the gods of thrash (maybe next to Exodus... maybe)
I just want to say that they are Thrashier than everyone else on the list
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
Good as hell
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
Best thrash these days. you can hear a lot of old thrash in their riffs. Very slayer / exodus influenced. If you haven't checked them out do yourself a favor and do it you won't be sorry!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When all thrash metal bands dead.. Trivium will be the last one live.. Trivium is all thrash metal band in one. ! Speed riffs, fast drumming, distorted bass-wah solo, killer, fast, technical guitar solo! Trivium is a good symbol of modern Thrash Metal
Trivium has the best hardest and most melodic guitar riffs.. And their sing and scream voices are great..
Surprised to see them this high.
Nevermore is way more creative and talented than Slayer and Anthrax put together.
Nevermore has plenty of thrash elements in their music to be on this list.
One of my favorite bands, Jeff Loomis, enough said, not thrash though
Nevermore is thrash
For modern thrash, these guys are surprising. Usually modern thrash riffs sound watered down, boring and recycled. These guys' riffs are literally extraterrestial. I hate prog and pizza thrash, but their final album is a 10/10 masterpiece. Give it a listen.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Everyone above Venom has stated their influence, Metallica did tons of Venom covers back in the day
I know Metallica, mega, slayer, and anthrax are legendary, but you gotta give it up for this new generation thrash metal beasts!
Just listen to Skull to revitalize your faith in modern thrash metal. It's epic.
I think the song cult is my favourite song
Unberleavable new (ish) band, shame this sort of music & talent doesn't get you paid anymore.