Top Ten Best Technical Thrash Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Coroner 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 .

No Guitarist is better than Tommy Baron.

Megadeth's work influenced technical thrash. It should be:

1. Megadeth
2. Coroner
3. Annihilator
4. Viovod

Album by Alum comparison (Using the toptens list on top ten Annihilator albums becaue they did more than Coroner):
RIP < AiH
PfD < NNL
NmC > StWoF
MV > KotK
Grin > CfaBW

I think Corner is better. As far as how experimental they were vs Annihilator, compare Grin to anything by Annihilator. Love them both, though.

2 Annihilator 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.

I love this list and agree with you on the bands order.
Technical Thrash is probably my #1 metal subgenre.
Annihilator is a great band. Jeff Waters is a guitar virtuoso but also a genius songwriter. His songs are technical, fast and intricate, yet melodic. He knows how to put the right doses of these components. - Metal_Treasure

Annihilator hands down. The speed and complexity alone sell it, but the fact that everything is played so clean and precisely, make annihilator a cut above the rest.

3 Vektor Vektor

Their new album is mint

4 Voivod 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.
5 Dead Brain Cells Dead Brain Cells Dead Brain Cells are a Canadian thrash metal band from the late 1980s. Called DBC for short, the band started in 1985 in Montreal as a small project named Final Chapter by guitar players Eddie Shahini and Gerry Ouellette, who put an ad in a magazine looking for a drummer.

The prog side of their sound was influenced by Pink Floyd.
My favorite song is Root Of All Evil, but these are also very cool:
The Genesis Explosion, Negative Reinforcement, Terrorist Mind, Estuary, Monument, Exit The Giants, Waste Not Want More. - Metal_Treasure

6 Watchtower Watchtower Watchtower is an American progressive metal band based in Austin, Texas. The band was influenced by late 1970s progressive rock acts, such as Rush and U.K., as well as the burgeoning new wave of British heavy metal scene.

Their first album was pretty technical, but had poor production. I know that normally with thrash, that's a plus, but with prog stuff you really need a clean production. They got that on their second album, which was leaps and bound better than their first. Their new "Concepts of Math" has some elements that sound like late 80's Voivod and Vektor, but also blending that with some of their classic Watchtower sound. Overall, despite the small output compared with Voivod, Watchtower is better. After all, Voivod never did anything mind - blowing after '89.

7 Megadeth Megadeth Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California. The group was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. They have released 15 studio albums, and their biggest hits are Symphony of Destruction, Holy ...read more.

Megadeth has a serious technical edge. Listen to Endgame, Dystopia, Peace Sells, and obviously Rust in Peace.

8 Mekong Delta Mekong Delta
9 Blind Illusion Blind Illusion Blind Illusion is an American progressive thrash metal band from Richmond, California. Formed in 1978 by lead guitarist and main songwriter Marc Biedermann, the band had an extremely unstable lineup and went through several stylistic changes during their time.

Great job on this list Ryan. Nice to see a very obscure band that released only one album - The Sane Asylum (1988).
Their sound was influenced by Yes (for the prog side).
Guitar solos anywhere possible. Cool bass by Les Claypool - the future PRIMUS bassist. - Metal_Treasure

10 Invocator Invocator Invocator are a Danish technical thrash metal band featuring Esbjerg-based guitarist/singer Jacob Hansen, founder of the band.

The Contenders

11 Artillery Artillery Artillery is a Danish thrash metal band. They participated in the early development of the genre, and their highly energetic, riff-centric and often fast-paced music is similar in style to that of Voivod, Coroner, Megadeth and Sabbat from the same era.

Artillery owns a top 5 spot by inheritance, if you get me.

12 Sadus Sadus Sadus is an American thrash metal trio from Antioch, California known for the unique, borderline death/black metal growling of vocalist Darren Travis, and speeding up thrash metal to levels previously unheard of with the help of bassist Steve DiGiorgio whose bass lines truly pushed the limits of the ...read more.

Sadus is one of the first bands to have blast beats in thrash/ death metal.

Sadus started with a death/thrash sound on DTP and Illusions. Thy started to include some technical elements on Swallowed in Black, whoch is their best album, and ramped up the technicality on Vision of Misery and Elements of Anger.

13 Toxik Toxik Toxik is an American thrash metal band originally from Peekskill, New York. Initially active from 1985 to 1992, in 2013 it was announced that Toxik would reform again and start work on its third album.
14 Suspiria
15 Dark Angel 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 ...read more.

They where among the first in develop thrash, speed and the now loved technical, just lend a ear to merciless death, black prophecies or the death of innocence; underrated and forgotten... they should be in top 5!

16 Xentrix
17 Black Fast Black Fast
18 Intruder Intruder "Intruder" is an American thrash metal band from Nashville, Tennessee. Formerly known as "Transgresser", the group began as a four-piece cover band.
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3. Vektor
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