Most Important Albums in Thrash Metal Historychristangrant Without these albums Thrash Metal wouldn't be as popular as it would be today.
The Top Ten
It's simple - no thrash without this album (1981). - Metal_Treasure
Thrash metal before Metallica!
This is how thrash metal got going. One of the best.
Objectively, this album inspired so much of what thrash metal is. But I think that this shaped all future thrash metal. I'd say second most important is Peace Sells.
One of the albums that defines Overkill!
This should be #1
Some of Bobby Gustafson's best guitar work!
Dimebag owned this album. He was impressed with Terry Date's production work on it that Pantera decided to hire him to produce "Cowboys From Hell".V 10 Comments
You can't leave "Reign In Blood" out of a list like this. It was heavily influential for, not only thrash metal, but a certain amount of genres such as extreme metal, death metal, black metal and grindcore.
"Kill 'Em All" and "Welcome To Hell" are great albums, but this one's far more important.
Important because it was one of Roadrunner's best-selling records.
Supposedly this is what inspired Mustaine to make Rust in Peace. He even asked Jeff Watters to join Megadeth in '89 after hearing this record.
Metallica's last album with Cliff Burton
This was the album that broke Metallica into large-ish mainstream audiences.
This album remains a very strong influence to at least two scenes of the mid-to-late 80's: the Bay Area thrash metal scene (Testament, Death Angel, Forbidden, Vio-Lence, Heathen, etc.) and then then-upcoming genre death metal (Death, Possessed, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Bolt Thrower, Deicide, etc.)
"Bonded By Blood" was somewhat more important than anything the "Big 4" had released up to that point (1985). Like the first two Metallica albums ("Kill 'Em All" and "Ride The Lightning"), "Bonded By Blood" inspired so much of what the Bay Area thrash metal scene is all about. Most people say that if the album had been released immediately after its completion in the summer of 1984, it would've been remembered just as much as "Kill 'Em All" or received credit for launching the thrash metal scene.
This is one of the thrash metal albums that influenced the death metal genre.
Why isn't this album in the top 10 yet?
One of the "Unholy Trinity" of 1986!
Kreator's finest hour!V 1 Comment
Not only was this Testament's first album to enter the top 100 on the charts, but it also helped build the band's status as one of thrash metal's finest bands. Thanks to the considerable amount airplay of "Practice What You Preach" and "The Ballad", the album has sold more than 450,000 copies in the years since its release despite never achieving Gold Certification.
When this album dropped in '89, Testament was already becoming one of the hottest thrash metal bands.
Their first two albums are great, but I agree how important this album was.
Supposedly, Randy Burns' production on this album inspired Kreator to work him as the producer for "Extreme Aggression".
The album that introduced the mighty Gene Hoglan!
After a period of transitioning, from glam (as heard on "Metal Magic", "Projects In The Jungle" and "I Am The Night") to metal (as heard on "Power Metal"), Pantera finally got not only their biggest break yet, but reputation as one of the world's biggest metal bands with their fifth album "Cowboys From Hell". It was the time of that album's release in 1990 that many thrash metal bands (including "The Big Four" aka Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, as well as others like Testament, Overkill and Exodus) were at their creative peak. The success of "Cowboys From Hell" also allowed Pantera to embark on their first-ever tour, opening for up Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus in America and for Judas Priest on the "Painkiller" tour in Europe.
This album not only changed the metal scene of the 90's, but influenced lots of groove metal, alternative metal and even thrash metal bands.
Rob Halford became a huge Pantera fan after hearing this album. He even joined them on stage when Pantera opened for Judas Priest and did a collaboration with them on his solo song "Light Comes Out Of Black". And more importantly, Rob's love for Pantera inspired him to form the band Fight, one of the bands he was in during his hiatus from Priest.
Supposedly, Randy Burns' production work on Dark Angel's "Darkness Descends" inspired Kreator to work with him as the producer of this album. This makes sense as Kreator and Dark Angel are good friends, and Gene Hoglan even mentioned "Extreme Aggression" as his personal favorite Kreator album in one interview.
Probably the second best Kreator album, behind "Pleasure To Kill".
Not only was this Kreator's major label debut, but the album that finally broke the band in America, thanks to the airplay of their video for "Betrayer" on MTV's Headbangers Ball.
Important because, by the time this album was released in '89, Sepultura was starting to build a following.
This was the album that broke Sepultura outside of their home country Brazil.
Technical thrash metal classic!
There are a lot of badass songs on this album!
This was the first thrash metal album to enter the German charts!
This was Brett Eriksen's band before he replaced Jim Durkin as the guitarist of Dark Angel and played on their "Time Does Not Heal" record.
The only album F&J did with Jason Newsted before he went on to replace Cliff in Metallica.
Wargasm 3 piece monsters they are so under rated
How is this iconic album not in the top ten?... at the very least the top 20
Criminally underrated Danish thrash metal band!
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