Best Thrash Metal Debut Albums

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The Top Ten

1 Kill 'em All - Metallica

I wouldn't call Kill 'em All "garbage". It's a very good album that helped popularize thrash metal. But I agree that Alice In Hell by Annihilator (1989) is a better album than Kill 'em All (1983). For 6 years thrash evolved a lot. Even Metallica themselves got better on their next albums. - Metal_Treasure

Oh, please, Alice In Hell by Annihilator DESTROYS Kill 'em All, even Killing is My Business is better than this garbage, please, Seek and Destroy is a terrible and boring song, the solos are boring and the only good songs are Phantom Lord and The Four Horsement. I can't believe that people thing this is a good album, as I said before, Annihilator firsts 2 albums are 100 times better than this overrated garbage, and The Legacy and Bonded by Blood are better too.

2 Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! - Megadeth

Megadeth, even with this initial lineup, are superior to Metallica for one reason: Dave Mustaine. The riffs on this album are not generic, repetitive, simple power chords like kill Em all. They are complex, intricate, and most importantly, groundbreaking. Nobody was writing like Dave. His riffs hooks and melodies set the foundation for thrash metal, period. - Mike777

Heck of a lot better than KeA.

3 Alice In Hell - Annihilator

Apparently this was one of the albums that inspired Megadeth to make "Rust In Peace". Dave Mustaine was so impressed with "Alice In Hell" that he even asked Jeff Waters to join Megadeth during this period, but Jeff declined as he wanted to stay in Annihilator.

I think this is one of the three bests thrash metal albums with Rust In Peace and Reign In Blood, just listen to Crystal Ann/Alison Hell and Human Insecticide.

Come on, this is better than Kill 'em All and Killing is my Business.

Kill 'em All is the best, but this should go second. Killing Is My Business... and Business is Good should be 3rd.

4 The Legacy - Testament

Most people will vote for an album because it's their favorite band, but not me. Personally, my favorite band on this list is Metallica, but The Legacy is just better than Kill 'Em All, as good as it may be - dlbk03

5 Bonded by Blood - Exodus

The album that launched the Bay Area thrash metal scene!

6 Show No Mercy - Slayer
7 Endless Pain - Kreator
8 A Fistful of Metal - Anthrax
9 Feel the Fire - Overkill
10 R.I.P. - Coroner

The Contenders

11 Welcome to Hell - Venom
12 Fast Loud Death - Lost Society
13 The Ultra-Violence - Death Angel
14 Ignorance - Sacred Reich
15 Black Future - Vektor
16 Doomsday for the Deceiver - Flotsam and Jetsam
17 Enter the Grave - Evile
18 Game Over - Nuclear Assault
19 Annihilation of Civilization - Evildead

Criminally underrated thrash debut!

20 Eternal Nightmare - Vio-Lence
21 We Have Arrived - Dark Angel
22 Time Is Up - Havok

It's their 2nd album, the debut is Burn. - Metal_Treasure

Not a debut.

23 Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses

WHY is this on the list this album isn't even Metal let alone Thrash Metal - christangrant

24 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera

This is their fifth album not first

People need to do some research before adding false information. Pantera actually had four albums before "Cowboys From Hell", when they were a glam band, so therefore "Metal Magic" was their debut album not "Cowboys From Hell".

Oh, and by the way, Pantera was never a thrash metal band.

25 Do or Die - Viking
26 The Fear - Acid Reign
27 Product of Society - Defiance
28 Morbid Visions - Sepultura
29 Uncertain Future - Forced Entry
30 Socialized Hate - Atrophy
31 Possessed by Fire - Exumer
32 Obsessed by Cruelty - Sodom
33 Speak English or Die - Stormtroopers of Death

In my opinion, one of the best thrash metal albums of the mid 80's. Still has awesome riffs that just drive those chords right through your speakers and form your fist crashing into the air with each riff rocked.

34 Suicidal Tendencies - Suicidal Tendencies

A classic debut album. "Institutionalized", "Subliminal" and "I Saw Your Mommy" are classic thrash metal songs.

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Top Remixes (10)

1. Bonded by Blood - Exodus
2. Kill 'em All - Metallica
3. Alice In Hell - Annihilator
christangrant
1. Show No Mercy - Slayer
2. Doomsday for the Deceiver - Flotsam and Jetsam
3. R.I.P. - Coroner
KobraKid
1. Kill 'em All - Metallica
2. Show No Mercy - Slayer
3. Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! - Megadeth
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