Best Thrash Metal Albums Not Released by the Big Four

Best Thrash Metal albums released by bands that aren't Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, or Anthrax.

The Top Ten

1 Bonded by Blood - Exodus

The riffs are so catchy and the vocals are chaotic and out of tune. Pure thrash at its finest. Had it been released when it was originally going to be it could've been the next Kill 'Em All.

This is the second best trash album right after Reign in Blood. There is just something special with this album and I think that this album is enough to place Exodus in "The Big Four" - Grouse

It's not often when a band's debut album ends up being their best, let alone one of the best of all time. - ryanrimmel

Like reign in blood rust in peace ride the lightning... There is something special here!

2 The Years of Decay - Overkill

Can't believe this is at number 8. This album is beyond great. If you have not heard it than I say you need to - Johnnyt800

I can't get enough of Bobby's vocals. - ryanrimmel

3 Alice In Hell - Annihilator

Jeff Waters has got to be the finest thrash/speed metal guitarist. The riffs are killer and the solos are mesmerizing. As an aspiring guitarist, this is the album I look up to.

This album perfected Technical Thrash Metal. The riffs and solos are fast yet sophisticated. - ryanrimmel

Annihilator's debut album is incredible - so good that every song is awesome but there are 3 masterpieces: Alison Hell, Human Insecticide and Schizos (Are Never Alone). - Metal_Treasure

It's like Slayer but much, much better... Jeff Waters is insane on the guitar.

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4 Pleasure to Kill - Kreator

Off pace drumming, chaotic riffing, extreme vocals, this album is wild!

Fastest and probably craziest album I've ever heard next to Rust in Peace and Reign in Blood - ryanrimmel

5 Beneath the Remains - Sepultura

Sepultura has made too many good albums, Beneath the Remains is amazing. - ryanrimmel

6 Arise - Sepultura

Best Brazilian band of all time by far! This is from when Max was in Sepultura and the band was at their pinnacle. - ryanrimmel

7 The New Order - Testament

If the Big Four was expanded to a Big Five, Testament would be the fourth band. This album is crazy! - ryanrimmel

8 Coma of Souls - Kreator
9 The Legacy - Testament

Testament's debut album is competing with The New Order in my mind. They are both so good it's hard to decide which one is better. - ryanrimmel

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10 Horrorscope - Overkill

While I think The Years of Decay is great, I think this is their best album, and one of the best albums ever made. Every song from front to back is amazing. - Kytotoxic

Their first album with the two new recruited guitarists, Rob Cannavino & Merritt Gant.
An excellent thrash-metal album from start to end. One of their strongest album still to this date.
Best tracks: "thanks for nothing", "Blood Money","Bare bones", "Live young, Die free"

The Newcomers

? Strappado - Slaughter
? Dark Roots of Earth - Testament

The Contenders

11 Darkness Descends - Dark Angel

Great songs: Black Prophecies, Darkness Descends, Merciless Death. - Metal_Treasure

12 Enemy of God - Kreator
13 The Ultra-Violence - Death Angel

Most underrated thrash band of all time. Death Angel is one of the best thrash bands ever in my opinion. - ryanrimmel

14 Fabulous Disaster - Exodus
15 Agent Orange - Sodom

Sodom is a great thrash band. Agent Orange was the one album that gave them commercial success, and the album was actually on the German charts. - ryanrimmel

16 By Inheritance - Artillery

Iron Maiden and Overkill had a baby. They named it Artillery.

Best Danish Album and best thrash album ever made!

This album is amazing, Morten and Michael show their melodic side while they still riff like machines! Flemming's vocals range from melodic to high pitched screaming. The stand out track here is without a doubt, "Khomaniac". It is a awesome thrash song and on my top 20 favorite thrash songs ever! Give this one a listen, this album is a must listen.

Listening to this now. One word, MASTERPIECE!

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17 Time is Up - Havok

Best new wave thrash metal album. - OstrichGuitar

18 Mental Vortex - Coroner

technical thrash - considered as one of the most technical and proficient albums of thrash metal. - Metal_Treasure

19 Doomsday for the Deceiver - Flotsam and Jetsam

Fire in the hole!

20 Practice What You Preach - Testament

The third in a trilogy of classic Testament albums, with "The Legacy" #1 and "The New Order" #2!

21 Phantom Antichrist - Kreator
22 Black Metal - Venom
23 Time Does Not Heal - Dark Angel
24 Enter the Grave - Evile

So awesome, These fast riffs are gonna blow your mind. I really like this band and I think you should try this album. I also like By Inheritance from Artillery, great songs

25 Taking Over - Overkill
26 Leave Scars - Dark Angel
27 The Gathering - Testament
28 Tempo of the Damned - Exodus
29 Welcome to Hell - Venom
30 Survive - Nuclear Assault
31 The Ritual - Testament
32 Eternal Nightmare - Vio-Lence
33 Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera

This isn't thrash. It's groove metal.

34 How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today - Suicidal Tendencies
35 Game Over - Nuclear Assault
36 Blood in, Blood Out - Exodus
37 Serpents Unleashed - Skeletonwitch
38 Forbidden Evil - Forbidden
39 Outer Isolation - Vektor
40 Seven Churches - Possessed
41 The Evil Divide - Death Angel
42 Ironbound - Overkill
43 The Electric Age - Overkill
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Top Remixes (5)

1. Pleasure to Kill - Kreator
2. Bonded by Blood - Exodus
3. Arise - Sepultura
1. Horrorscope - Overkill
2. Fabulous Disaster - Exodus
3. The Years of Decay - Overkill
1. Enemy of God - Kreator
2. Bonded by Blood - Exodus
3. Beneath the Remains - Sepultura

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