Best Technical Thrash Metal Albums


The Top Ten

1 Alice In Hell - Annihilator

Agree, this album is a masterpiece from start to finish and deserves to be #1.
Annihilator brought more metal to the thrash sound and respectively, reduced the punk simplicity (thrash is a mix of speed metal and hardcore punk, and proportions may vary).
Alice In Hell was extremely influential - it's known that this album inspired Megadeth's Rust In Peace, which sounds very progressive/technical, too.

In fact, Alice In Hell strongly influenced all thrash bands and changed the thrash sound forever. All typical thrash bands became more technically sophisticated and their albums after Alice In Hell included relevant changes:

Anthrax - Persistence of Time (1990). Their more technical side came out - better solos and drumming, less punk and more metal.
Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss (1990). More complex guitar riffs.
Dark Angel - Time Does Not Heal (1991). More complex songs, best drumming from Gene Hoglan with this band.

Also: Testament's Souls of Black, ...more - Metal_Treasure

2 Punishment for Decadence - Coroner

Masked Jackal and Arc-Lite are my favorite songs from this album.
This is my favorite Coroner album but I have to admit Mental Vortex is technically better (their best). The reason for liking more the Punishment for Decadence is: I'm a thrash person and in Mental Vortex the ratio is changed - there's more prog and less thrash. - Metal_Treasure

3 Never Neverland - Annihilator

Songs - Phantasmagoria, Imperiled Eyes, The Fun Palace, Sixes and Sevens.

Metallica's Black album (1991) was initially titled Never Neverland (there's a line in Enter Sandman). But they learned about the Annihilator's thrash album with the same name (1990) and Metallica left their album with no name. - Metal_Treasure

4 Outer Isolation - Vektor
5 Mental Vortex - Coroner
6 Lurking Fear - Mekong Delta
7 Coroner - R.I.P.

This was the most technical of its time. Yes, Artillery, Dark Angel, and Watchtower all released albums before this, but they weren't nearly as technical. Anyway, this is a near - perfect album with the gem "Nosferatu" on it. It should really be in the top ten with Outer Isolation and Mental Vortex. Also, where's No More Color and why is King of the Kill on here? It's not thrash.

8 King of the Kill - Annihilator
9 Terminal Redux - Vektor

One of the best thrash albums in general. Even though it came out way after the 1980s. - Caleb9000

10 Dead Brain Cells - Dead Brain Cells

The Contenders

11 Dimension Hatross - Voivod

This masterpiece of an album is the best hing I’ve ever heard in my entire life - BossDj0

12 Nothingface - Voivod
13 Voivod - Killing Technology
14 Black Future - Vektor
15 No More Color - Coroner
16 Control and Resistance - Watchtower
17 For Whose Advantage? - Xentrix
18 By Inheritance - Artillery


19 Killing Technology - Voivod
20 Waking the Fury - Annihilator

2002. I personally like this album a bit more than 'King of the Kill'. 'Ultra-Motion' is one of my most favorite songs - it's very fast and with cool drumming from Randy Black in the middle of the song.
Ultra-Motion, Prime-Time Killing, Cold Blooded, The Blackest Day.

Vocals are not Annihilator's priority and I was OK with all their 6 singers but I like Joe Comeau vocals on this album (Joe is an ex-Overkill guitarist). - Metal_Treasure

21 Universe - Dead Brain Cells

This was their second album and it was more progressive/technical than their debut.
Songs: The Genesis Explosion, Estuary, Exit the Giants - Metal_Treasure

22 Endless War - Realm
23 Grin - Coroner
24 Time Does Not Heal - Dark Angel
25 War and Pain - Voivod
26 Elements of Anger - Sadus
27 Swallowed in Black - Sadus
28 Rrroooaaarrr - Voivod
29 Screams and Whispers - Anacrusis
30 Rust in Peace - Megadeth
31 Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? - Megadeth
32 ... And Justice for All - Metallica
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Top Remixes

1. Alice In Hell - Annihilator
2. Punishment for Decadence - Coroner
3. Mental Vortex - Coroner
1. Alice In Hell - Annihilator
2. Punishment for Decadence - Coroner
3. Never Neverland - Annihilator


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