Most Influential Thrash Metal BandsAfter the legendary Heavy Metal bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden etc defined and popularized the genre in 70's, Thrash Metal was innovated in early 80's mostly influenced by NWOBHM.
This is a list containing the most influential Thrash Metal bands to define the genre and to influence other bands.
The Top Ten
You could argue validly that Megadeth has been better band for longer, and I would agree with that. But dang, Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets have more great (not good, but great) songs than Megadeth's entire song list. That's not taking anything away from Megadeth and I love their music, but for the entirety of the 80s and you could argue the early 90s, Metallica was THE band. Their first four albums were on a different universe.
If the question was who is the better band overall, I might go with Megadeth in a toss-up, but this question was who was more influential?
The answer to that is clearly Metallica simply because of their first four albums.
I think and metallica and megadeath were both the most influential bands in thrash skin... But I vote metallica cause many bands in late 80s and early 90s try to copy the style and sound of master and justice because of being aggresive fast and maimstream. For example listen to heathen's victims of diception and see that they try to be as technical as metallica's justice
Also megadeth couldn't be copied at 80's... They were far ahaid in their quality and difficulty of their music in contrast of many KNOWN bands in that decade... Bands that want to have thrash style want to have aggresive dirty and fast synthesis not technical
I hate new Metallica, I do, but come on! They created the first truly thrash metal album Kill 'em All, Dave Mustaine was a founding member, and they've inspired every single metal band since after time. Chuck Billy of Testament even stated in an interview with Revolver, "It's amazing to me that we all didn't just copy Metallica. Every single human alive today knows who Metallica is.
The original thrash band. James Hetfield created thrash with Hit the Lights. Megadeth comes in close second. Metallica did not sell out! They simply did something many bands are too afraid to do: they changed. They experimented, altering their sound. Think before you blindly hate!
Actually, it was Queen who " invented" thrash with "Stone Cold Crazy".
Without Megadeth there wouldn't be 90s Pantera and without 90s Pantera, God only knows how the genre would look like today.
Don't get me wrong, I voted for Slayer too, I think that those two bands deserve top 2 spots on this list. Metallica is successful, but via turning away from thrash to more pop-oriented sound, so their impact for developing the genre is not that big as people might think.
Metallica's debut album has tracks written by DAVE MUSTAINE, the GOD OF METAL. So obviously Kill 'em All is good, but consider that Megadeth is way superior, they're just another level of thrash metal. No other band can probably come close to them. Definitely not Metallica ( the most overrated metal band in the world
I vote for Megadeth. Yes, Must-allica mostly invented thrash, along with exodus. However, Dave Mustiaine' guitar playing an singing has influenced every thrash band after him. And if you listen to Sepultura, Havok, and other "younger" thrash bands, you can hear a big influence.
Megadeth is not just a band... It's the purest form of thrash metal itself... Mustaine can drive anyone crazy with his riffs... Kirk hammet can not touch dave mustaine.. Megadeth fans for life... Long live megadeth... Make divine music
Seriously why is Megadeth above Slayer!? This is a list for influence not best overall. Slayer has influenced all of extreme metal. Metallica are definitely the most successful metal band so they make a case for influence, but Megadeth no matter how good they are, are nothing more than Metallica's violent offspring. Rust in Peace is the best album of all time though.
Slayer made a change with Chemical warfare, it's up to the fans to put in the right place... Nobody's invented thrash metal all the undergrounds bands made it! the most influential band is clear, all want the place of Megadeth but nobody can play like them, so all want to be next Slayer... That is a real influence!
I don't like them but when it comes to influence... Slayer changed a lot in metal. They proposed the fully aggressive-oriented metal and countless bands followed in that direction.
Slayer fans, sorry to say, but Slayer was a very small influence on extreme metal. Kreator, Destruction, Venom, Holy Moses influenced extreme metal WAY more than Slayer.
Kreator is Pure THRASH. I do not consider Metallica as thrash metal except few songs. Sorry. They do not belong to this list. Their Thrash songs are not good either. Kreator rules! Go to the concert, feel the energy.
The king of the kings of tutonic thrash metal along with Sodom & Destruction.
Just listen to their album Pleasure To Kill and you will become a fan of this awesome band!
The vocals of Death Metal come from Mile's voice.
What Kreator, is more thrash than the big 4
They moved away from the aggression and brutality, tried to be different. It's amazing how fast they shred! Joey is one of the greatest vocalists ever! And Charlie IS the one who invented the blast beats! Anthrax are the ones who came up with the term THRASH METAL.
Anthrax should be 4 or 3.
Why do Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax get more attention and Exodus doesn't? Come on, not only did Exodus do a lot for thrash metal in the 80's, but they reign as the ultimate thrash metal band of all time.
Exodus were influential on the early Death Metal scene, Possessed cited them as an influence, which Jeff used high-pitched screamings in Seven Churches LP.
I like this band... Awesome work GARY HOLT is the heart of this band... Bonded by blood is the best album they gave.
Another lesson in violence.. Hardest live album
Apart from the fact that Venom actually basically created thrash metal... EVERY band on this list was influenced by them and most of the artists influenced by members of this particular list ALSO list Venom... It's only logical that they were the most influential thrash band (and possibly heavy metal band. ) of the 80s.
I laugh at the morons who believe Slayer created death metal, Slayer's first material to be considered SIMILAR to Death metal was "reign in blood" (1986)... more than 2 years after Death Metal's creation (Mantas "death by metal" (1984) Possessed "Death metal" (1984).
Also I'll point out that both DEATH and POSSESSED denied that Slayer were one of their influences... where as both bands credited Venom as their MAJOR influence.
What was the point of this rant, this isn't a list on death metal influences, it is Thrash Metal influences and why rant on the 1% of Slayer fans that think Slayer is anything more than Thrash/speed metal
Venom, Welcome to Hell, Black Metal, need I say more, those albums laid the blueprint of thrash, speed, death, and they did it all tongue in cheek, not the greatest musicians granted but they deserve a place in anyone's top ten for how influential they really where.
UH HELLO they created Created Thrash Metal so they should be number 1
In my opinion, Testament is the uncrowned Kings of Thrash. With ferocious textbook style rhythm's, face-melting guitar solo's, and the greatest thrash power ballad's to demonstrate versatility, they've remained my favorite thrash metal band ever. Chuck Billy's vocals alone ooze Thrash Metal with his low range melodic style and baritone roars. The band has consistently stayed true to the genre. Metallica is great, but have experienced too much outside of the genre to be considered. Bands like Slayer, Kreator, Sodom and Sepultura are borderline Speed Metal more than true Thrash. An argument could be made for Megadeth, Overkill, Exodus and Anthrax but again Testaments consistency, dedication to stay relative to the genre, and Chucks thrash vocal work really seals the deal as far as I'm concerned.
Testament, Dark Angel, Overkill, Kreator - these four are the most consistent thrash bands in their entire discography (save Kreator’s 90s’ industrial experiments)... and the rest.
Slayer = hardcore crap with overrated RIB, except decent Abyss, Megadeth & Metallica are NOT pure thrash bands (nowadays it is hard rock (Collider), heavy, speed metal). Anyway consistent & mature heavy Puppets, technical Rust, catchy Countdown, surprising Endgame = three of these four albums can be considered more or less (case by case, with the exception of poppy Countdown (Ashes being the extremely satisfying end) as THRASH as well together with obvious Kill & Ride releases that started it ALL.
I forgot Anthrax (Living, Disease and last quite good rocky Worship). I don't like vocals in Exodus, otherwise I respect them (B is one of the seminal records, but for me Darkness Descends works way better! ). I like Forbidden (Twisted, Omega), Death Angel (shame that Onsegueda's vocals are really ...more
Pretty much under-rated among the Thrash giants... No doubt they deserved to be in the Big four of thrash... Even their last album- The dark Roots of Earth is amazing..
Chuck Billy one of the greatest Thrash Metal vocals!
A talented brazilian band, but sold out.
It is a shame that they do not make albums like Morbid Visions, Schizophrenia, Beneath the Remains,
Arise, Chaos A.D. oR Roots anymore!
Beneath the remains was awesome
They were very influential because their colleagues from the thrash genre listened to them carefully and learned certain things from them. Annihilator are known for their fast and technical riffs and solos (because Jeff Waters is a guitar god). I read somewhere that Annihilator’s debut album Alice In Hell (1989) influenced Megadeth’s Rust In Peace (1990). Annihilator just set the bar higher in certain areas and almost all thrash bands became more technical and sophisticated.
One of the pioneers of technical thrash. They've been putting out great albums for 25 years.
Can't believe that Annihilator isn't in the top 10, definitely underrated
1st REAL thrash metal metal band( yes... even older than Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, 'thrax)... and maybe because of that they never left the genre, dwelling amisdt a lot of variations of it throughout the decades
Real force that pushed trash metal to its highlight and peak of popularity. If there wasnt overkill there probably wouldn't be big 4. Boby blitz is just awesome and his vocals are great.
These guys formed in 1981 and always stayed consistent awesome band
They formed in 1980 not 1981.
One of the hardest Thrash metal bands of all time, when I first heard them back in 1987 (God I'm old) they blew me away! I can't believe they are classed in the same genre as Metallica (even though I'm a fan) Persicution Mania is pure genius
Sodom is very good and older and harder than megadeth. Megadeth is good too
In some alternate universe pantera never made cowboys from hell and just stayed with hair metal... That's a god awful thought
The pioneers of groove oriented thrash metal, have influenced the NWOAHM movement, directly.
Darkness descends is the most violent and aggressive thrash metal ever written. It's Reign in Blood pushed further honestly.
They took thrash metal to a new level. The lyrics are thought provoking, sound has intense energy, Rob Flynn is a great singer and show man and the band members are creative, fluid and technically tight.
They brought thrash back to the modern era. So underrated
This list is made of fanatical kids that not know the true roots of thrash or metal. Possessed is the root of practically everything! even now in 2016 there is no record or band that match the ghastly sound and the cacophony in their riffs, Possessed is Alma Matter of thrash and death metal...
Kings of crossover not best but most influential