Most Talented Thrash Metal Bands

The Top Ten

1 Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums to date, and have gone through many lineup changes, with Dave more.

This list are placed by personal taste not for real knowledge, Nick Menza way above that the unskilled lars, Lombardo win for 1 stick, Ellefson is two picks better than Araya but is obviously beyond skilled than trujillo, Friedman it's the only one who can bang heads with Mustaine and is overwhelming the difference between them and the couple of kirkfield... sorry hetfield, Hanneman was the skilled but with King there are no more aggressive players in the history of thrash!

The battle will continue against Petrozza/Ventor or Urbinati/Watss/Rico/Pynn make a constructive contribution not vote by taste!

The combo of Mustaine and Friedman was great, plus Nick Menza on drums, just great lineup. - ryanrimmel

Megadeth is thrash metal, thrash metal is megadeth

Yeahhh, megadeth

2 Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. more.

Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King on guitar, Tom Araya on vocals/bass, and Dave Lombardo (best thrash drummer ever). - ryanrimmel

Being honest Lombardo it's more than a virtuous in the drums, Hanneman was a wizard when combining evil melodies with thrash, king is a wild animal composing and Araya it's the perfect match in the bass/voice anybody knows something better? no... only Slayer!

3 Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

Their early lineup is better;
James Hetfield
Dave Mustaine
Lars Ulrich
Cliff Burton

-Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo are great too. - ryanrimmel

4 Annihilator Annihilator is a Canadian thrash metal band founded in 1984 by vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, engineer, producer, mixer and mastering engineer Jeff Waters and former vocalist John Bates.

OK then, lets make the names of the key players familiar (it's fast technical thrash so guitars and drums are most important):

Jeff Waters - guitar virtuoso, one of the 3 best lead G players in thrash, riffmaster, primary songwriter, primary lyricist and ... lead singer on 3-4 albums! Overall, one of the multi-talented metal musicians;

Mike Mangini - played drums on 25% of the band's songs. His name became familiar when joined Dream Theater (2011). It's strange how popularity works - Mangini was a great drummer 10, 15 and 25 years ago but he got attention when joined a very popular band;

Randy Black - played drums on 45% of the band's songs. He is awesome, too, but unlike Mike Mangini, he joined another underrated band - Primal Fear. So he will be underrated but I swear Randy Black is a better drummer than Nick Menza and Lars. - Metal_Treasure

The names may be unfamiliar, but the have a very good technical sound that not a lot of bands can compete with. - ryanrimmel

5 Testament Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, the band consists of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Gene Hoglan.

Alex Skolnick not listed? I love him.
Jeff Waters, Marty Friedman and Alex Skolnick - the best lead G players in thrash. - Metal_Treasure

Dave Lombardo, Steve DiGiorgio, Eric Peterson... Pretty great - ryanrimmel

no words

6 Sepultura Sepultura is a Brazilian heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte. Their first album, Morbid Visions presented a proto-black metal sound with Wagner Lamounier of Sarcófago. Sepultura's sound varies by the album, from thrash metal, groove metal, and even death metal.

The Cavalera brothers were an excellent duo, Igor is one of the best thrash drummers ever and Max is an amazing bassist/vocalist. - ryanrimmel

7 Kreator Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen. Their style of music is similar to that of their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard; along with those three bands, Kreator has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Teutonic thrash metal, and they are often credited with helping pioneer more.

They have one of the fastest sounds ever, which is present in Pleasure to Kill. Not many bands can match their speed without being completely awful - ryanrimmel

Kreator are best thrash metal Band today...

8 Havok Havok is an American thrash metal band from Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2004, their members currently consist of David Sanchez, Nick Schendzielos, Pete Webber, and Reece Scruggs.

Agree, Pete Webber is one of the good drummers from the new generation. Havok are good and yes - underrated. - Metal_Treasure

Pete Webber is one of the best metal drummers ever, and he is in an extremely underrated band (Havok) - ryanrimmel

9 Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

Scott Ian on guitar, Frank Bello on bass, and Charlie Benante on drums - ryanrimmel

10 Dark Angel Dark Angel is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1981. Their over-the-top style (extremely fast, heavy and lengthy songs with lots of tempo changes, lyrics and extended instrumental parts) earned them the nickname "the L.A. Caffeine Machine". Although Dark Angel had more.

Gene Hoglan is one of the best drummer ever, he brought Dark Angel's musical sound up so much. - ryanrimmel

Agree - Gene Hoglan is a beast, Force Of Nature! Dark Angel is amazing - fast and heavy. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Sodom Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member.
12 Coroner Coroner is a Swiss thrash metal band from Zürich, formed in the early 80s. They have been called "the Rush of thrash metal" for their increasingly complex style of progressive rock-infused thrash. They garnered relatively little attention outside Europe .

In general, technical thrash requires more talent than regular thrash because technical thrash also has prog elements - Coroner, Annihilator, Voivod. - Metal_Treasure

13 Exodus Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 37 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members.
14 Revocation Revocation is an American technical death metal band from Boston, Massachusetts founded by guitarist and vocalist David Davidson, bassist and vocalist Anthony Buda and drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne in 2000.
15 Voivod Voivod is a Canadian heavy metal band from Jonquière, Québec. Their musical style has changed several times since the band's origin in the early 1980s. The band's current line-up consists of Denis "Snake" Bélanger, Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain, Dominique "Rocky" Laroche and Michel "Away" Langevin.
16 Trivium Trivium is an American Heavy Metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. Their frontman, Matt Heafy, lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu and Bassist Paulo Gregoletto are the band's most consistent members and have appeared in every album since. more.
17 Vektor Vektor is an American progressive thrash metal band from Tempe, Arizona. The band was formed under the name Locrian around June 2003, but changed their name to Vektor in 2004.

One of the most innovative Thrash Metal band of modern times

18 Overkill Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, with singer Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and bassist D.D.
19 Heathen Heathen is an American thrash metal band originating from the San Francisco Bay Area , founded in 1984 by guitarist Lee Altus and drummer Carl Sacco.
20 Venom Venom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.
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