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OFFICIAL Thrash Metal Index

This list is meant to help you. You can use this list for an easy reference point if you are getting into the genre or wanting to discover new bands. Enjoy.
1Metallica
Ride the Lightning


Their early music was thrash. The leading thrash act based on popularity and success and a member of the Big Four..
2Slayer
Reign in Blood


Unholy trio member number 1. The most "extreme" member of the Big Four.
3Megadeth
Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?


The most technical of the Big Four and the second most successful thrash act.
4Anthrax
Spreading the Disease


The often overlooked member of the Big Four but the most melodic with gang shouts.
5Testament
The New Order


Often looked at as a runner-up for the Big "Five," a fifth member of the Big Four. They ventured into death metal-tinged territory around the mid 90's.
6Exodus
Bonded by Blood


Probably best thrash debut ever. Checked Another Lesson In Violence for an updated live version of this album.
7Overkill
The Years of Decay


Another common runner up of the Big Five. One of the first thrash acts and among the longest running.
8Kreator
Pleasure to Kill


Unholy trio member number 2. The biggest thrash act from Germany.
9Sodom
M-16


Started off as black metal then ventured into thrash territory and toyed with death metal (check Tapping The Vein).
10Destruction
The Antichrist


Part of the Teutonic thrash acts from Germany.
11Exumer
Possessed by Fire


An overlooked German act with an incredible debut.
12Mekong Delta
The Music of Erich Zann


Germany brings forth a band that blends technicality with odd-time signatures and melody.
13Toxik
Think This


A leading act and album in melodic tech-thrash.
14Morbid Saint
Spectrum of Death


Only album from them but is a true gem of the genre.
15Demolition Hammer
Epidemic of Violence


This is perhaps the closest to death metal the genre ever got (without being death metal).
16Flotsam and Jetsam
Doomsday for the Deceiver


Among the first groups of the second wave with a long lasting career and an experimental direction during the 90's.
17Anacrusis
Manic Impressions


Schizoid tech-thrash at its finest.
18Coroner
Mental Vortex


A leading act in tech-thrash with odd-time signatures, songs stuffed with 10,000 riffs, introspective lyrics, and an experimental edge.
19Voivod
Killing Technology


Their early music was thrash. Sci-fi lyrics and odd-time signatures.
20Heathen
Victims of Deception


This is what AJFA wanted to sound like production-wise. The last true pinnacle of the genre.
21Artillery
By Inheritance


A tour de force in melodic tech-thrash.
22Dark Angel
Darkness Descends


Unholy trio member number 3. Fastest thrash album of its time.
23Death Angel
The Ultra-Violence


Once known as "the grunts" of the genre due to their young(er) ages compared to other acts. Excellent debut.
24Deathrow
Deception Ignored


A leading act in progressive thrash metal.
25Depressive Age
First Depression


Reminds me of Voivod. Prog. thrash.
26Realm
Endless War


Some of the best melodic vocals of the genre and impressive songwriters. Tech-thrash.
27Tourniquet
Psycho Surgery


Christian thrash.
28Nuclear Assault
Game Over


One of the leading acts that blended hardcore and punk with their thrash.
29Metal Church
Metal Church


These guys cross over into other genres too, making them among the more diverse and interesting bands of the genre.
30Forbidden
Forbidden Evil


Fun fact: These guys' original name was Forbidden Evil but they changed it to avoid being classified as death metal.
31Hatriot
Heroes of Origin


A newer thrash act.
32Havok
Time Is Up


One of the leading acts of the new wave of modern thrash metal.
33Tenet
Sovereign


Steve "Retro" Souza lead this group's only album.
34Fear Factory
Demanufacture


Not a pure thrash band, but they incorporate thrash-styled percussion, song structures, and some songs that are categorical as thrash.
35Lamb of God
Ashes of the Wake


More of a groove metal band but same reason as Fear Factory.
36Pantera
Cowboys from Hell


See 34 and 36. The leading act of 90's metal.
37Razor
Violent Restitution


One of the genre's most massive guitar tones of the time. The music was equally fast too.
38Sepultura
Beneath the Remains


One of the leading thrash groups to wear the death metal label and have made a big impact in the uprise and style of 90's metal (Check Chaos AD and beyond for that statement). Originally started off as black metal.
39Stone
No Anaesthesia!


Melodic tech-thrash with growls.
40Vio-Lence
Oppressing the Masses


Among the faster non-death tinged thrashers of the final wave of the 80's.
41Watchtower
Control and Resistance


Leading pioneers of tech-thrash.
42Annihilator
Never, Neverland


Most successful thrash act from Canada.
43Aspid
Extravasation


Very technical for its time.
44Carnivore
Retaliation


Memorable, twisted lyrics here.
45D.R.I.
Dealing with It!


Hardcore, crossover thrash, punk
46Exhorder
Slaughter in the Vatican


The true pioneer of groove metal before Pantera took the idea for themselves and ran with it. Check the noticeable similarities with each band's sound.
47Sadus
Swallowed in Black


Thrash riffs with death tempos and vocals.
48Ripping Corpse
Dreaming With the Dead


Death metal meets thrash metal in perfect harmony.
49Tankard
Zombie Attack


Teutonic thrash from Germany and pioneers of alcohol metal.
50Holy Moses
Finished with the Dogs


death-tinged thrash fronted by a female vocalist.
51Sarcofago
I.N.R.I.


A thrash act blending death metal and black metal.
52HellHammer
Satanic Rites


Very early extreme metal paving the way for thrash metal, death metal, black metal, and other extreme metal.
53Venom
Welcome to Hell


Check HellHammer.
54Celtic Frost
To Mega Therion


Check 52 and 53.
55Cavalera Conspiracy
Inflikted


Fronted by original Sepultura vocalist.
56Meshuggah
Destroy Erase Improve


Experimental prog. thrash and a leader in modern metal.
57Blood Tsunami
Grand Feast For Vultures


Part of the new wave of modern thrash.
58Soulfly
Dark Ages


Check Cavalera Conspiracy.
59Ektomorf
Redemption


Hardcore thrash with nu-metal elements.
60Zimmer's Hole
Legion of Flames


A Canadian thrash act with a sense of humor.
61Cryptic Slaughter
Convicted


Hardcore thrash.
62Municipal Waste
The Art of Partying


A leader in new wave thrash that riffs out for the sake of party.
63Suicidal Tendencies
Suicidal Tendencies


The "fathers of crossover thrash."
64S.O.D.
Speak English or Die


Brought up by Anthrax's rhythm guitarist Scott Ian. A humorous take on crossover thrash.
65Cro-Mags
Best Wishes


Crossover thrash.
66Vektor
Black Future


Leaders of the new wave of thrash metal. Voivod-like songwriting with complex song structures and sci-fi lyrics mixed with black metal vocals.
67Believer
Dimensions


Prog. thrash with death metal.
68Pestilence
Consuming Impulse


Starting off as thrash metal but making death metal more and more prevalent in their music. An excellent starting point for those looking to move from thrash to death or vise versa.
69Blind Illusion
The Sane Asylum


Made one album some people may know.
70Possessed
Seven Churches


Very influential in early death metal.
71Invocator
Excursion Demise


Death-tinged thrash.
72Machine Head
Burn My Eyes


Not pure thrash but adds thrash with groove and other stuff.
73Nevermore
Dreaming Neon Black


Prog. thrash appealing to grungers.
74Sanctuary
Into the Mirror Black


Prog. thrash with a hint of power metal.
75Devastation
Idolatry


death/thrash anyone?
76Malevolent Creation
The Ten Commandments
77Sabbat
Dreamweaver


technical and progressive thrash metal.
78Joey Belladonna
Belladonna


Vocalist of Anthrax.
79Onslaught
The Force


The force of riffs.
80Wayne
Metal Church


Check Metal Church the band.
81Warbringer
Waking into Nightmares


A leading act of new wave thrash.
82Violator
Chemical Assault


Check Warbringer and Havok.
83Lost Society
Fast Loud Death


A solid revival thrash act.
84Toxic Holocaust
Evil Never Dies


Great throwback thrash group.
85Sacred Reich
Ignorance


Some good ol' school thrash.
86Evildead
Annihilation of Civilization


Satirical, fast, melodic, great old school thrash.
87Sacrifice
Forward to Termination


A pioneering Canadian thrash act.
88Slaughter (CAN)
Strappado


Early Canadian thrash.
89Assassin
The Upcoming Terror


Made an impact on German hardcore.
90Violent Force
Malevolent Assault of Tomorrow


German thrash.
91Whiplash
Power and Pain


New Jersey thrashers.
92Mortal Sin
Mayhemic Destruction


Australian thrash act.
93Hobbs' Angel of Death
Hobbs' Angel of Death


Pays homage to Slayer.
94Protector
Golem


Death and thrash give each other a big hug here.
95Machine Head
Bloodstone and Diamonds


Not pure thrash but was formed by Vio-lence/Forbidden guitarist Robb Flynn. Check Lamb of God and Pantera.
96Judas Priest
Painkiller


This may seem odd to have here, but Judas Priest's brand of metal back in the 70's and early 80's proved influential for the foundation of speed metal which was then adopted by the likes of Venom and Hellhammer. Painkiller sees Judas Priest rising out of mediocrity of their mid/late 80's ventures and entering into speed metal/thrash metal territory, the most common categorizations of the record. This is Priest's only thrash-like statement, but their influence (and this album's) is noteworthy and may be a decent place to start for more bloodthirsty thrash.
97Shadows Fall
The War Within


A noteworthy thrash group of modern times. Death metal-like growls over some serious instrumental rampage.
98Xentrix
Shattered Existence


British thrashers.
99Laaz Rockit
Annihilation Principle


One of the earliest groups to form.
100Exciter
Violence and Force


One of the earliest speed metal groups posing a big influence on thrash while doing thrashy stuff themselves.
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