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 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.

They don't know how to slow down and are very technical.

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2 Dark Angel 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.

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

Gene Hoglan's original band, Dark Angel. had a short stint in the 80s and 90s and was reformed in 2013. Very very good - ryanrimmel

3 Annihilator 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

I’ve been meaning to check them out, - CostcoHotDogs

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4 Living Sacrifice

Gets downplayed because they're Christians.

5 Onslaught 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.

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6 Havok 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?

7 Coroner 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.

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.

8 Flotsam and Jetsam 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

9 Intruder 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 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.

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

Defiantly underrated and revolutionary - gemcloben

When Venom are called thrash, the writer must be completely wasted!?

No, the reader never listened to"Black Metal" or "Welcome to Hell" - ryanrimmel

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The Contenders

11 Sylosis
12 Bonded by Blood 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

13 Vio-Lence 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

14 Razor 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

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

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.

Underrated... Forgotten... and oversighted, do you want to be a true headbanger? put togheter Agent orange, M-16, Into the skies of war, Tracing the victim... and many more and you will see that Sodom has not aged!

17 Darkness 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 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 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

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