Best Thrash Metal Debut Albums


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

I bought the original 1985 cd of KIMB and was not impressed at all. Mostly because I couldn't hear anything. It just sounded like muddled up garbage as a result of poor production sound quality. The 2002 remastered version really cleared up the sound so you could actually hear all the ridiculous Mustaine riffs on display. The 2018 is even better and shows you how unbelievable Gar Samuelson was.

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

Heavy, raw, and brutal. It features their drummer singing which is very unique, and it's just a complete riff-fest. It's certainly better than Show No Mercy, which still has lots of NWOBHM influences, whereas Endless Pain is pure, heavy thrash.

8 A Fistful of Metal - Anthrax
9 Feel the Fire - Overkill
10 Fast Loud Death - Lost Society

The Contenders

11 R.I.P. - Coroner
12 Welcome to Hell - Venom
13 The Ultra-Violence - Death Angel

There is no better debut album and more being teenagers

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 Forbidden Evil - Forbidden
23 Scream Bloody Gore - Death
24 Time Is Up - Havok

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

Not a debut.

25 Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses

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

26 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.

27 Do or Die - Viking
28 The Fear - Acid Reign
29 Product of Society - Defiance
30 Morbid Visions - Sepultura
31 Uncertain Future - Forced Entry
32 Socialized Hate - Atrophy
33 Possessed by Fire - Exumer
34 Obsessed by Cruelty - Sodom
35 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.

36 Suicidal Tendencies - Suicidal Tendencies

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

37 Seven Churches - Possessed
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Top Remixes (10)

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

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