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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.
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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
MEGADETH RULES!V 216 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.
HOW THE HELL DID MEGADETH BEAT METALLICA IN ANYTHING? whatV 175 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 plays the same song over and over, u are the biggest idiot alive bar none.V 136 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
Along with Overkill those guys are best of the best. Period!V 27 Comments
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.
Great songwriting... From endless pain to Phantom Antichrist. For me the best!
A better version of Slayer, as far as I'm concerned. Better guitarwork and vocals.V 37 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.
When I think thrash, I think Anthrax.V 41 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..
Overkill is the most authentic thrash metal band ever and feel the fire and the years of decay their best albums
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.V 43 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 Big Four should be expanded to the Big Five with the addition of Exodus. - mhroblakV 15 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!
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.V 18 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
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.
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
Nobody Shreds Like DimeV 35 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!
Meh. Alice In Hell is awesome, but that's about it really.V 8 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 'Till Death!V 2 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
Not exactly thrash.
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.
Best thrash of the 21st centuryV 13 Comments
Surprised to see them this high.
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