Top Ten Best Technical Thrash Metal Bands

The Top Ten Best Technical Thrash Metal Bands

1 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):
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 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.

Their new album is mint

3 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.

4 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.
5 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.

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

6 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

7 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.

Heavily influenced by Rush

8 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

9 Mekong Delta Mekong Delta is a German technical thrash metal band, formed in 1985. All of the band members used pseudonyms until 1990.

Especially with albums like Dances of Death and Kaleidoscope, this band is too unkown for what they released

10 Black Fast

You must listen to Terms of surrender!

The Contenders

11 Invocator Invocator are a Danish technical thrash metal band featuring Esbjerg-based guitarist/singer Jacob Hansen, founder of the band.
12 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.

13 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.

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!

14 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 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.

15 Flotsam and Jetsam Flotsam and Jetsam is a thrash metal band that formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1981. The band currently consists of vocalist Eric A.
16 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.
17 Suspiria
18 Xentrix
19 Intruder "Intruder" is an American thrash metal band from Nashville, Tennessee. Formerly known as "Transgresser", the group began as a four-piece cover band.
20 Realm

Their album "Endless War" is a masterpiece

21 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.

They are not exactly technical thrash metal, but you can really hear the prog/tech influence on certain albums like "The Years Of Decay" and "Horrorscope".

22 Anacrusis
23 Arsis Arsis is an American extreme metal band from Virginia Beach, Virginia, formed in 2000. The band is currently signed to Nuclear Blast.
24 Confessor
25 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.
26 Psicóptico Psycroptic is an Australian technical death metal band formed in Hobart in 1999. Mainstay members are Dave Haley on drums, his brother Joe Haley on guitar, and Cameron Grant on bass guitar.
27 Deathrow
28 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.

Come on guys, all of these bands are great, but 3 words demolishes this list: Victims of Deception

29 Forbidden Forbidden was a thrash metal band from the San Francisco Bay Area. Formed in 1985 as Forbidden Evil, the group was founded by Russ Anderson and Craig Locicero, who were both ever-present members.
30 Lost Society Lost Society is a thrash metal band from Finland, formed in 2010. Lost Society released their debut album in 2013 when band members were teens aged 17, 18, 19, and 19.
31 Defiance

Technical thrash metal from California their first album features Jeff waters on lead guitars. Every track has technical abilities that it's hard to hear from the 1980s. Bands like megadeth and annihilator are one of the only technical thrash metal bands that can play with that style in the 80s but when metal has evolved later on now you can find thousands of bands like these

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