Top Ten Most Underrated Thrash Metal Bands

Thrash bands that are amazing, but don't get the credit they deserve.

The Top Ten

1 Death Angel Death Angel is an American thrash metal band from Daly City, California, initially active from 1982 to 1991 and again since 2001. Death Angel has released seven studio albums, two demo tapes, one box set and two live albums.

This band is incredibly underrated. Their debut album is the best debut album from any thrash band, including the big 4. Act 3 is a master piece. Frolic through the park, Dream calls for blood and Relentless Retribution are also awesome albums. Need much more recognition than they have.

If you like Eastern thrash metal bands like Anthrax or Overkill - you'll love Death Angel. Listen to Act 3 or The Dream Calls For Blood and you'll be hooked - RustyNail

It's so sad that these guys get so little recognition. Mark osegueda always delivers fantastic and angry vocals, the instruments are all played super aggressively in a way you can't resist head banging to, and they have one of the best if not the best, debut albums of any thrash metal band ever.

One of the first thrash bands ever! They are a great contender for top 10 thrash bands of all time! - ryanrimmel

2 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.

Better than Death Angel

Darkness Descends is right up there with BBB and RiB

Most aggressive thrash metal ever!

The fastest thrash band of the 80s.

Black Prophecies is one of the best thrash songs I've ever heard. - Metal_Treasure

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.

Thanks to internet and sites like The Top Tens Annihilator are getting more attention because people can share info faster and one can hear song samples to be convinced.

But they were underrated in the 90s, and still are, as compared to other thrash bands.

On the other hand, there are bands even more underrated than Annihilator. - Metal_Treasure

Annihilator gets a lot of recognition among metalheads, at least compared to bands like Onslaught and Overdose. They shouldn't be in the top 10 - ryanrimmel

Really melodic hrash no one ever talks about them have very unique and technical riffs listen to never neverland


4 Living Sacrifice

First album was very similar to early Slayer. The band was still forming their own identity with the next two albums, which were darker and more death metal than thrash. However beginning with the 4th album, "Reborn," they really became a powerhouse of sonic brutality. They've been impressive ever since and show no signs of letting up.

Gets downplayed because they're Christians.

5 Onslaught Onslaught are an English thrash metal band from Bristol, England. Initially active from 1983 to 1991, they reformed in 2004. The band initially drew influence from second wave hardcore punk bands such as Discharge and The Exploited, and then adopted a straight forward thrash metal sound.

Onslaught also coined the term "Death Metal". They have literally nothing to do with death metal, but its interesting how they helped name a major subgenre - ryanrimmel

Another early thrash metal band! Their album "The Force" Blew me away! - ryanrimmel

These guys should be #2. They are amazing. First 2 albums, beautiful and even though I'm not that big a fan of In Search of Sanity, still a great album. Still rocking with awesome albums like sound of violence and VI.

I have the force as my backpatch

6 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 .

Listen to Arc-Lite. It sounds like Beethoven metal! Extremely technical thrash metal band from Sweden. Each album is an evolution of the last. It's a shame they stopped making new albums since the 90s.

Incredible band. It’s a shame they never took off in the U.S.

They are from Switzerland and not Sweden but I agree with the rest written by somebody before me. - Metal_Treasure

Listen to GRIN. the entire album. it's an amazing set of wonderful songs, all tracks are played with a mastery skill and absolutely great too.

7 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.

Great band. And it's actually underrated. On the best thrash bands list, it's like, #36.

Formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1981. Jason Newsted's first band. - Metal_Treasure

8 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.

In my opinion the best New Wave Thrash band. Most so called "thrashers" would have no idea who Havok was if you told them about Havok. - ryanrimmel

Very good modern thrash metal along with warbringer

Way better than 5-8 why is this 10?

9 Intruder "Intruder" is an American thrash metal band from Nashville, Tennessee. Formerly known as "Transgresser", the group began as a four-piece cover band.

A Higher Form of Killing is a fantastic album. Only released 4 albums, but they are most definitely worth a listen - ryanrimmel

10 Venom Venom are an English extreme metal band formed in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne. Coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom's first two albums—Welcome to Hell and Black Metal—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general.

One of the most influential bands out there. Mantas, Abaddon, and Cronos did a great thing with their music.

Venom is a very well known band, however, it seems like people are too scared to listen to Venom. Venom is actually a thrash band that influenced Slayer and coined the term "Black Metal". Doesn't seem underrated, but they are almost never credited as a thrash band, which they are. - ryanrimmel

Absolutely most influential of all the thrash metal bands in existence. Call them black metal,speed or just plain sloppy their influence cannot be denied!

Defiantly underrated and revolutionary - gemcloben

The Contenders

11 Vio-Lence Vio-lence was an American thrash metal band formed in 1985 in the San Francisco Bay Area. They released demo tapes, one EP and 3 LPs between 1985 and 1993. Their most stable line-up was Phil Demmel and Robb Flynn on guitars, Deen Dell on bass, Perry Strickland on drums and Sean Killian on vocals.

Eternal Nightmare is one of the most chaotic, if not, the most chaotic thrash albums ever to exist. Destructive vocals, demented lyrics, face melting riffs, frantic drumming... Come on, why weren't they on this list before

12 Sylosis
13 Razor Razor is a Canadian thrash metal band formed in 1984 at Guelph, Ontario. The group shot music videos for songs such as "Evil Invaders", "Shotgun Justice", "American Luck", and "Sucker for Punishment".

Canadian thrash band from 1984 on! If only they could've kept their original lineup. - ryanrimmel

14 Bonded by Blood Bonded by Blood is an American thrash metal band, named after Exodus' debut album Bonded by Blood. Like its labelmates Evile, Gama Bomb, and Municipal Waste, Bonded by Blood is part of the thrash metal revival movement.

Named after the Exodus album. They have a similar sound to Exodus, and gives you the Exodus vibe. - ryanrimmel

15 Dead Brain Cells (D.B.C.) 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.

Regular 80s thrash and thrash with lots of progressive elements/technical thrash.
Songs: Negative Reinforcement, The Genesis Explosion, Terrorist Mind. - Metal_Treasure

16 Sodom Sodom is a German thrash metal band from Gelsenkirchen, formed in 1981. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist vocalist Tom Angelripper as the only constant member.

You shoot em down

Persecution Mania and Tapping the Vein is the best thrash metal albums!

Listen to Agent Orange and you'll see

Since 1982 where were these guys when Metallica/Slayer/Megadeth Overrated.The Best Thrash Band.Maybe Because Of The Band Name.Sadly Never Got The Publicity Media They Deserve.

17 Darkness

This band thrashed through the 80s with crazy albums like Death Squad. They don't even have a wikipedia page! - ryanrimmel

18 Municipal Waste Municipal Waste is a crossover thrash band from Richmond, Virginia. They performed at the UK's Download Festival on June 15, 2008. They also joined At the Gates on their "Suicidal Final Tour" along with Darkest Hour, Toxic Holocaust and Repulsion.

Great New Wave band as well! - ryanrimmel

Wish they knew how good they are

19 Lääz Rockit Lääz Rockit is a thrash metal band formed in San Francisco, California in 1982. Although one of the lesser-known groups of the Bay Area thrash metal scene, each album in their career has received high critical marks. One of their signature elements were Ibanez guitars adorned with elaborate airbrushed more.

"Lääz Rockit is a thrash metal band formed in San Francisco, California in 1982. Although one of the lesser-known groups of the Bay Area thrash metal scene, each album in their history has received high critical marks. " (that was copy-paste from Wiki)

My personal impression: surprisingly amazing singer, great speed, great solos.
Try: In the Name of the Father and Gun, Fire In The Hole, Curiosity Kills, Leatherface, Holiday in Cambodia.

For great vox, try an awesome speed metal song: Most Dangerous Game. - Metal_Treasure

Underrated. Great band.

20 Slaughter Slaughter is an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada by lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum.
21 Testament Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1983 under the name Legacy, the band consists of vocalist Chuck Billy, guitarists Eric Peterson and Alex Skolnick, bassist Steve DiGiorgio and drummer Gene Hoglan.

As far as talent goes they are looking the overrated "Big Four" in the rear view mirror.
Chuck Billy - From songs like Rise Up and The Formation Of Damnation to ballads like The Legacy and Return To Serenity the most versatile and talented vocalist.
Eric Peterson - Great guitarist, compliments their music really good
But this where they give other bands a run for money

GENE HOGLAN - best of the best drummers in metal
ALEX SKOLNICK - One of the best shredders of all time really
Still in doubt listen to
The Legacy
The Formation Of Damnation
Rise Up
Souls Of Black
Dark Roots Of The Earth
True American Hate
Practice What You Preach

TESTAMENT = Heaviest Thrash Metal Band

It is not the heaviest thrash band (Dark Angel and Kreator are much heavier) and they are not underrated. If anything, slightly overrated.

What does heaviness have to do with how good it is? If I want to listen to the heaviest music I will shake clips locked in a box - Alkadikce

22 Evile Evile are an English thrash metal band from Huddersfield, formed in 2004. The band's debut album, Enter the Grave, was produced by Flemming Rasmussen at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark and was released worldwide in 2007 by Earache Records to critical acclaim by fans and critics alike.

My favorite band...easily the best of the new wave thrash bands, all of their albums are similar and different from each other in a lot of good ways. Just listen to Skull and tell me this band isn't criminally underrated.

23 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.

The best thrash metal from across the pond in Europe. Beats every German thrash band in my opinion, yet gets very little recognition.

By Inheritance is the greatest thrash album of all time.

They are one of the most criminally underrated bands, not in just thrash scene, in metal overall. they are so awesome and great. they where there in 80's rocking, and now they are kicking ass again! awesome band - MoeinTPS

24 Nuclear Assault Nuclear Assault is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed after bassist Dan Lilker left Anthrax in 1984. After releasing five full-length albums and touring relentlessly throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Nuclear Assault split up in 1995. They briefly reunited in 1997 and again more.

One of the best thrash bands ever!

25 Angel Dust Angel Dust are a German heavy metal band. Initially active from 1984 to 1990 as speed and thrash metal band, they dropped their thrash roots in favor of a power/progressive metal sound upon reforming in 1998.

Very underrated.

26 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.

Best musical progression of ALL metal. an almost perfect discography

27 Metal Church Metal Church is an American heavy metal band. They originally formed in San Francisco, California in 1980 before relocating to Aberdeen, Washington the following year and briefly using the name Shrapnel.

How this band isn’t considered on par with groups such as Exodus, Overkill, Testament, et. Al. I will never understand.

You know a band's underrated when it's #36 on the Underrated thrash list!

28 Gama Bomb Gama Bomb is a thrash metal band based in Northern Ireland. Their 2009 album Tales from the Grave in Space was one of the first albums ever released as a completely free download while signed to a record label.
29 Sacred Reich

Sacred Reich is an awesome thrash band who had a bit of groove and tightness in their sound and a whole lot of sick guitar riffs and justice fueled lyrics - heavyheavy

30 Kreator Kreator is a German thrash metal band from Essen. Their style of music is similar to that of their compatriots Destruction, Sodom and Tankard; along with those three bands, Kreator has been referred to as one of the "big four" of Teutonic thrash metal, and they are often credited with helping pioneer more.

Every bit as good as the Big 4...listen to Slayer's Show No Mercy and then Kreator's Pleasure to Kill... You will definitely have received your dose of thrash!

It's not underrated, but it doesn't get the credit it deserves. Most thrashers listen to a bit of it.

Greatest thrash band on the planet!

31 Xentrix

So underrated, I only found them because I wanted to find a thrash band that started with x and was blown away by the quality

So underrated!

32 Sabbat

1st 2 albums are the greatest!

33 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.

Incredible band. And where tf is overkill? Best thrash band for sure

Why wasn't this on the list but Annihilator at no. 3?

34 Destruction Destruction is a German thrash metal band. They are considered one of the "The Big Four" of the German thrash metal scene, the others being Kreator, Sodom and Tankard.
35 Whiplash Whiplash is an American thrash metal band. The band was founded in 1984 in Passaic, New Jersey by the three Tonys: Tony Portaro, Tony Scaglione and Tony Bono.

The underrated band - blackdroid

36 Overdose Overdose was a Brazilian thrash metal band that was active from 1983-1995. Although the band never gained a huge following, they are considered the forerunners of the Brazilian thrash metal scene, and are cited as Sepultura's biggest influence.

Overdose is known as sepultura's biggest influence. They were the first Brazilian thrash band. - ryanrimmel

37 Mortal Sin

Mortal Sin were a totally awesome thrash metal band from down under - heavyheavy

Sick band

38 Demolition Hammer Demolition Hammer is a thrash metal band from the Bronx, New York. The band formed in 1986 and released three full-length albums between 1990 and 1994. Century Media Records made a complete anthology available in 2008.

Definitely one of the best.

39 Trivium Trivium is an American Heavy Metal band from Orlando, Florida, formed in 1999. Their frontman, Matt Heafy, lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu and Bassist Paulo Gregoletto are the band's most consistent members and have appeared in every album since. more.

More of a metalcore band than thrash - ryanrimmel

Not a thrash band. Kiddy metal

40 Diamond Head Diamond Head are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, England. The band is recognised as one of the leading members of the new wave of British heavy metal and is acknowledged by thrash metal bands such as Metallica and Megadeth as an important early influence.

One of the main inspirations for Metallica. I must get one of their albums. - IronSabbathPriest

Diamond head is an amazing band, but they are not thrash, they are traditional metal - ryanrimmel

41 Savage Messiah
42 Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.

I'm a fan but they aren't underrated. - Metal_Treasure

Metallica is underrated... Said nobody EVER. - AngryByrd

I take it this is a piss take

Ok, whoever put this on here must have been high, drunk, and sleepwalking.

43 Exumer Exumer is a thrash metal band from Frankfurt, Germany. It consisted of Mem Von Stein, Ray Mensh, Matthias Kassner, Anthony Schiavo, Bernie Siedler, Paul Arakaki, Syke Bornetto, Holger Kolb, J P Rapp, and more, and was founded in 1985.

Just listen to "Possessed by Fire"...

44 Anthrax Anthrax is an American thrash metal band from New York City, formed in 1981 by guitarist Scott Ian and bassist Dan Lilker.

They're like the black sheep of the big 4


Too many people hate this band, and I have no idea why. Vocals are great, riffs are awesome, and they're fun as hell to listen to. - MetalMan

45 Exodus Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1979 in Richmond, California. Spanning a career of 37 years, Exodus has gone through numerous lineup changes, two extended hiatuses, and the deaths of two former band members.
46 Toxic Holocaust Toxic Holocaust is an American black/thrash metal band from Portland, Oregon, formed in 1999. The band has gained notoriety among the thrash metal community, and is arguably one of the most popular modern thrash metal bands. Toxic Holocaust also gained attention when their song "Bitch" was featured more.
47 Aura Noir Aura Noir is a Norwegian black/thrash metal band from Oslo, Norway, formed in 1993. Aura Noir is heavily influenced by early thrash bands such as Voivod, Slayer, Sodom and Kreator, to the latter they have also dedicated some of their songs. The band's main lyrical themes focus on blasphemy, death, and more.
48 Hypnosia
49 Devastation
50 Revocation Revocation is an American technical death metal band from Boston, Massachusetts founded by guitarist and vocalist David Davidson, bassist and vocalist Anthony Buda and drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne in 2000.
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