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
Sold out, obviously. They are here because of their early albums like Kill 'em All, Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning etc.
I really hate the way how they are mixing hard rock elements in their music! I want to listen to the old good Metallica again!
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 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.
Jeez... Am I the only one around here who likes old AND new Metallica without complaining about then "selling out? " Metallica are an all around great group and their music from their old thrash times and their later years is great altogether. Why is no one satisfied?
The best Thrash Metal band the world has ever listened to.
Technical, influential and awesome.
In my opinion, way better than Metallica. Metallica are just more successful and more popular, and that's how they came to be more influential. Megadeth has a higher degree of skill and ingenuity.
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
Megadeth's founder Dave Mustaine contributed greatly to the starting of Metallica, writing quite a few tracks (most of those tracks are considered the best in the album) in their debut album, Kill Em All.
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!
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.
Seriously? Megadeth above Slayer? If it wasn't for slayer there would have been no extreme metal. Metallica on the other hand influenced people like Kid rock.
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.
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.
Another lesson in violence.. Hardest live album
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 dis band... Awesome work GARY HOLT is d heart of dis band... Bonded by blood is d best album they gave :D m//m//
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.
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!
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
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
Can't believe that Annihilator isn't in the top 10, definitely underrated
One of the pioneers of technical thrash. They've been putting out great albums for 25 years.
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.
These guys formed in 1981 and always stayed consistent awesome band
They formed in 1980 not 1981.
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.
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
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