|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.
Ride the Lightning
Their early music was thrash. The leading thrash act based on popularity and success and a member of the Big Four..
Reign in Blood
Unholy trio member number 1. The most "extreme" member of the Big Four.
Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
The most technical of the Big Four and the second most successful thrash act.
Spreading the Disease
The often overlooked member of the Big Four but the most melodic with gang shouts.
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.
Bonded by Blood
Probably best thrash debut ever. Checked Another Lesson In Violence for an updated live version of this album.
The Years of Decay
Another common runner up of the Big Five. One of the first thrash acts and among the longest running.
Pleasure to Kill
Unholy trio member number 2. The biggest thrash act from Germany.
Started off as black metal then ventured into thrash territory and toyed with death metal (check Tapping The Vein).
Part of the Teutonic thrash acts from Germany.
Possessed by Fire
An overlooked German act with an incredible debut.
The Music of Erich Zann
Germany brings forth a band that blends technicality with odd-time signatures and melody.
A leading act and album in melodic tech-thrash.
Spectrum of Death
Only album from them but is a true gem of the genre.
Epidemic of Violence
This is perhaps the closest to death metal the genre ever got (without being death metal).
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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.
Schizoid tech-thrash at its finest.
A leading act in tech-thrash with odd-time signatures, songs stuffed with 10,000 riffs, introspective lyrics, and an experimental edge.
Their early music was thrash. Sci-fi lyrics and odd-time signatures.
Victims of Deception
This is what AJFA wanted to sound like production-wise. The last true pinnacle of the genre.
A tour de force in melodic tech-thrash.
Unholy trio member number 3. Fastest thrash album of its time.
Once known as "the grunts" of the genre due to their young(er) ages compared to other acts. Excellent debut.
A leading act in progressive thrash metal.
Reminds me of Voivod. Prog. thrash.
Some of the best melodic vocals of the genre and impressive songwriters. Tech-thrash.
One of the leading acts that blended hardcore and punk with their thrash.
These guys cross over into other genres too, making them among the more diverse and interesting bands of the genre.
Fun fact: These guys' original name was Forbidden Evil but they changed it to avoid being classified as death metal.
Heroes of Origin
A newer thrash act.
Time Is Up
One of the leading acts of the new wave of modern thrash metal.
Steve "Retro" Souza lead this group's only album.
Not a pure thrash band, but they incorporate thrash-styled percussion, song structures, and some songs that are categorical as thrash.
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Ashes of the Wake
More of a groove metal band but same reason as Fear Factory.
Cowboys from Hell
See 34 and 36. The leading act of 90's metal.
One of the genre's most massive guitar tones of the time. The music was equally fast too.
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.
Melodic tech-thrash with growls.
Oppressing the Masses
Among the faster non-death tinged thrashers of the final wave of the 80's.
Control and Resistance
Leading pioneers of tech-thrash.
Most successful thrash act from Canada.
Very technical for its time.
Memorable, twisted lyrics here.
Dealing with It!
Hardcore, crossover thrash, punk
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.
Swallowed in Black
Thrash riffs with death tempos and vocals.
Dreaming With the Dead
Death metal meets thrash metal in perfect harmony.
Teutonic thrash from Germany and pioneers of alcohol metal.
Finished with the Dogs
death-tinged thrash fronted by a female vocalist.
A thrash act blending death metal and black metal.
Very early extreme metal paving the way for thrash metal, death metal, black metal, and other extreme metal.
Welcome to Hell
To Mega Therion
Check 52 and 53.
Fronted by original Sepultura vocalist.
Destroy Erase Improve
Experimental prog. thrash and a leader in modern metal.
Grand Feast For Vultures
Part of the new wave of modern thrash.
Check Cavalera Conspiracy.
Hardcore thrash with nu-metal elements.
Legion of Flames
A Canadian thrash act with a sense of humor.
The Art of Partying
A leader in new wave thrash that riffs out for the sake of party.
The "fathers of crossover thrash."
Speak English or Die
Brought up by Anthrax's rhythm guitarist Scott Ian. A humorous take on crossover thrash.
Leaders of the new wave of thrash metal. Voivod-like songwriting with complex song structures and sci-fi lyrics mixed with black metal vocals.
Prog. thrash with death metal.
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.
The Sane Asylum
Made one album some people may know.
Very influential in early death metal.
Burn My Eyes
Not pure thrash but adds thrash with groove and other stuff.
Dreaming Neon Black
Prog. thrash appealing to grungers.
Into the Mirror Black
Prog. thrash with a hint of power metal.
The Ten Commandments
technical and progressive thrash metal.
Vocalist of Anthrax.
The force of riffs.
Check Metal Church the band.
Waking into Nightmares
A leading act of new wave thrash.
Check Warbringer and Havok.
Fast Loud Death
A solid revival thrash act.
Evil Never Dies
Great throwback thrash group.
Some good ol' school thrash.
Annihilation of Civilization
Satirical, fast, melodic, great old school thrash.
Forward to Termination
A pioneering Canadian thrash act.
Early Canadian thrash.
The Upcoming Terror
Made an impact on German hardcore.
Malevolent Assault of Tomorrow
Power and Pain
New Jersey thrashers.
Australian thrash act.
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Hobbs' Angel of Death
Pays homage to Slayer.
Death and thrash give each other a big hug here.
Bloodstone and Diamonds
Not pure thrash but was formed by Vio-lence/Forbidden guitarist Robb Flynn. Check Lamb of God and Pantera.
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.
The War Within
A noteworthy thrash group of modern times. Death metal-like growls over some serious instrumental rampage.
One of the earliest groups to form.
Violence and Force
One of the earliest speed metal groups posing a big influence on thrash while doing thrashy stuff themselves.