Top Ten Heaviest Thrash Metal Albums


The Top Ten

1 Reign In Blood - Slayer

Pretty sick

It's fast, brutal, pushed the limits, just all around heavy. When you listen to this album, by the time it's over, you have no idea what just hit you. - ryanrimmel

Heavy but not the heaviest

2 Pleasure to Kill - Kreator

This is was just crushing in its day.

Haha, people say bands like Metallica influenced extreme metal. Metallica are awesome in their own right, but Creeping Death and Pleasure to Kill are to COMPLETELY different sides of thrash. - Brobusky

This should be number one. Reign in Blood is heavy too, but this album is a little bit heavier!

How is Obsessed by Cruelty and Show No Mercy above this? Have people even listened to this?

3 Obsessed by Cruelty - Sodom

Sodom was an influential Black Metal act. Their early work was Black Thrash, scary, crazy, dark music while still being Thrash. - ryanrimmel

4 Black Metal - Venom

It's not even a thrash metal album, only the self titled song is thrash

Created Black Metal... This is 1 hour and 6 minutes of brutal, satanic lyrics and crazy guitar riffs. - ryanrimmel

5 Epidemic of Violence - Demolition Hammer

Can't get heavier thrash than this

6 Tapping the Vein - Sodom

Death-infused thrash. Can't get any heavier than this

7 Schizophrenia - Sepultura

Sepultura was Thrash as Thrash can be, but they had the Death Metal vocals in their music which made them the greatest Brazilian Thrash Band ever. - ryanrimmel

8 Persecution Mania - Sodom
9 Seven Churches - Possessed

Possessed is credited with being the first band to use Death Metal vocals, although they are still pure thrash from the Bay Area scene. - ryanrimmel

10 Beneath the Remains - Sepultura

The Contenders

11 Spectrum of Death - Morbid Saint
12 Show No Mercy - Slayer

Isn't this Slayer's softest album? - Alkadikce

Slayer's debut scared everyone! About 30 years later, they are still as brutal as ever. - ryanrimmel

13 Darkness Descends - Dark Angel
14 Tortured Existence - Demolition Hammer
15 Welcome to Hell - Venom

Heavy/Speed Metal, Not Thrash

Venom's debut is crazy. They aren't actually satanic, but people did not know that back then, they were scared of Venom - ryanrimmel

16 Arise - Sepultura
17 Agent Orange - Sodom
18 Illusions - Sadus
19 Hell Awaits - Slayer

Join us!

20 Far Beyond Driven - Pantera

This groove metal

21 Kill 'Em All - Metallica

Heavy for Metallica standards, but not as heavy as the very heavy thrash albums. - Userguy44

22 M-16 - Sodom

If you didn't vote for this you must not have heard it.

23 Coma of Souls - Kreator
24 Christ Illusion - Slayer
25 Speak English or Die - Stormtroopers of Death

Now this is heavy! Well it's almost a hardcore punk album, but it's still classified as crossover thrash/thrash metal, so...

26 God Hates Us All - Slayer

Drop B tuned... 5 tracks on 7 Strings... Heaviest no doupt

27 World Painted Blood - Slayer
28 ...And Justice for All - Metallica

Not exactly “heavy” in typical terms, especially because of the absence of bass, but still a very sharp, precise, thick, and complex album. One of the best.

29 Enemy of God - Kreator
30 Ironbound - Overkill
31 Game Over - Nuclear Assault
32 Metallica: Ride The Lightning

More like the softest. Half of the songs aren't even thrash - Alkadikce

This makes Master of Puppets cry like a little girl!

33 The New Order - Testament

That Album puts "heavy" on a new Level in the Thrash Genre!
Attention! Your Neck could break

34 The Great Southern Trend Kill - Pantera

Pantera thrash? I thought it was groove metal? - Userguy44

35 So Far, So Good... So What! - Megadeth

A great heavy, chaotic, fast, and almost atmospheric thrash album. Eerie production on the original mix of the album, and pretty cool effects used with L-R panning and added reverb/echo, etc. make it sound full and interesting, maybe not the heaviest but still pretty thick sounding, especially for it’s time.

36 Eternal Devastation - Destruction
37 Hordes of Chaos - Kreator
38 Chaos A.D. - Sepultura
39 Extreme Hatred - Hypnosia

This destroys most things on this list.

40 Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? - Megadeth

The title track isn’t even thrash. - Userguy44

41 Terminal Redux - Vektor

Heavier than most of the thrash on here

42 Violent Restitution - Razor
43 Bonded by Blood - Exodus
44 The Legacy - Testament
45 Practice What You Preach - Testament
46 The Gathering - Testament
47 Dark Roots of Earth - Testament
48 Morbid Visions - Sepultura
49 Endgame - Megadeth
50 Constricting Rage of the Merciless - Goatwhore

Why is this the heaviest thrash album? Because it isn't pure thrash. It is a visceral mix of Blackened Death and Thrash. Love this album, love Goatwhore. Definitely heavier than Reign in Blood, lmao people pure thrash isn't very heavy. Like it or not Thrash, especially 80s thrash, is very soft. - shoulderboythemetalhead

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Top Remixes (4)

1. Pleasure to Kill - Kreator
2. Reign In Blood - Slayer
3. Tapping the Vein - Sodom
1. Persecution Mania - Sodom
2. Reign In Blood - Slayer
3. Agent Orange - Sodom
1. Reign In Blood - Slayer
2. Black Metal - Venom
3. Obsessed by Cruelty - Sodom

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