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a definitive thrash top 25

if you disagree idk what to tell you gonna stick with one album per band
1Demolition Hammer
Epidemic of Violence


This album is pretty much known for how unequivocally heavy it is. Pretty much the apex of thrash, with the killer vocals which lie somewhere between death metal and thrash metal, the fattest kick drum in existence, vicious riffs, varied tempos and killer solos. It's the top of the pile.
2Coroner
Mental Vortex


Technical thrash's finest hour, Mental Vortex is the perfect marriage of technical skill, progressive influences, and cleanly put together metal music. Every track is pretty much a masterclass in the genre, but personal favourites include Pale Sister, Metamorphosis and the brilliant opener Divine Step. Easily one of the most accomplished metal albums ever.
3Slayer
Reign in Blood


I think this album is probably the one most popularly identified as the best thrash metal album, and for good reason. People often describe it as a monolithic blur of evil, lightning fast thrash, but I think it would be more accurate to describe it as monolithic only in tone. The tempos and approach to a lot of the tracks vary significantly: the legendary opener and closer, Angel of Death and Raining Blood, take a dynamic approach, switching from some of the fastest tempos of the entire album to some eerie harmonies. Add the monstrous chunkiness of tracks like Piece by Piece and Postmortem, and you honestly have the best album to come from the big 4, and a well recognized classic.
4Voivod
Killing Technology


Killing Technology is probably inadvertently one of the most important metal albums of all time, but of itself it's still absolutely killer. The heightened punk influences compared to Dimension Hatross give it an aggressive edge and crustiness that make the wild, dissonant chord work all the more vicious. It's also quite subtly catchy on tracks like Overreaction and This Is Not An Exercise, which helps to balance out the sheer swirling shrapnel vortex elsewhere. Truly amazing, and utterly unique.
5Megadeth
Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?


Rust In Peace is obviously amazing but this album slightly edges it out in my opinion, due to the more consistent songwriting quality and a proliferation of standout moments. The structure to the songs feels extremely unorthodox a lot of the time, and the heaviest moments of tracks like The Conjuring and Wake Up Dead are well and truly pulverizing. Add to that the exceptional leads and bass, and Mustaine's talent for mixing in plenty of catchy, often bluesy riffs into the churning thrash, and you have a winner.
6Artillery
By Inheritance


Technical thrash usually falls into the trap of not necessarily providing too much flash and not enough actual content, but despite a differing approach from the genre masters, Coroner, Artillery found an excellent balance on By Inheritance. Yes, the leads and soaring vocals are great, but what really catapults it into the next level is the band's talent for hooky choruses and bridges on tracks like the supreme Bombfood. The prominence of lead and harmony sections overlaying the riffs also exceeds that of other thrash albums, with tracks such as Life in Bondage and the opener Khomaniac really going above and beyond.
7Annihilator
Alice in Hell


Whilst there's not much in it between this album and Never, Neverland, Alice in Hell just has some little wonder moments that propel it past its successor. Technical, but in a way that just feels tighter and cleaner than most contemporaries, Annihilator really found some exceptional tricks with the spiraling riffs at the end of Word Salad, the speed-metal catchiness of Human Insecticide, and the phenomenal guitar solos on every track.
8Sepultura
Beneath the Remains


One of the best rounded thrash albums, neatly falling into a middle ground between the catchier styles of the Big 4 and the extremity of your Exhorders and Dark Angels. There's a certain confidence and immediacy present that seems to link every track. Between the great closer Primitive Future and other highlights like Mass Hypnosis, this one is pretty much the highlight of Sepultura's whole career, and is an easily in the top-tier of thrash albums.
9Exhorder
Slaughter in the Vatican


Occasionally called the heaviest album in existence, Slaughter in the Vatican is essentially Pantera without the dumb groove riffs. The truly special thing about this album is that the insanely intense high-tempo sections don't overshadow the slower, riffier parts of songs like Homicide, Death in Vain, The Tragic Period. There's also a lot of neat finesse and catchiness to the riffs which exceeds that of most other thrash, due to pervasive southern influences. A wild ride.
10Sodom
Agent Orange


Sodom delivered easily the most polished effort of the big 4 German thrash bands with Agent Orange, which manages to switch between catchy and melodic thrash on Remember the Fallen to much faster and more aggressive tracks like Incest and Exhibition Bout. The instrumental performance is tight, the overall tone is varied, but Sodom accomplish it all very easily. Certainly one of the best thrash albums ever.
11Anacrusis
Manic Impressions


Somewhat inconsistent, probably by design, Manic Impressions weird mix of somewhat melodic thrash metal and post-punk atmospherics results in one of the most characterful albums out there. Between the New Model Army cover which doesn't even sound very different from the rest of the tracks, the meatheaded riffs on Something Real, and the numerous clean sections through Paint a Picture and Still Black, Anacrusis manage to weave a complex web of elements into an unquestionably effective package.
12Devastation
Idolatry


This album doesn't mess around at all, sounding like a more death-metally version of Slaughter in the Vatican. Fast, but with some absolutely brutal moments when it chooses to slow down, such as on the opener Deliver the Suffering and on Souls of Sacrifice. It's no one trick pony, though, as the great Legacy of Faith proves with its higher register riffs and extremely catchy second half.
13Anthrax
Spreading the Disease


Anthrax hit on a pretty unique model with this album. Somewhere between NWOBHM and the thrash metal of their peers, Spreading the Disease scores big on melodies and, importantly, fun. There are neat details in there besides the pervasive catchiness, such as the leads on The Enemy and the stop start dynamics on Medusa.
14Protector
A Shedding of Skin


This album is probably the most evil thing ever created. The vocals are some other level unmatched by other thrash bands, the title track is honestly my favourite thrash track ever, and the thick, lumbering production is among the best out there. Sadly, not every track keeps the standard up, but Thy Will Be Done and Unleashed Terror are up there.
15Metallica
Ride the Lightning


Finding the middle ground between the raw aggression of Kill Em All and the extended songwriting of Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning is where Metallica hit upon a winning formula, and most of their better songs. The title track, Creeping Death and For Whom the Bell Tolls are the obvious highlights, but even tracks like Escape and Trapped Under Ice that are often considered weaker are pretty great. The right balance of heaviness and progression.
16Exodus
Fabulous Disaster


Fabulous Disaster always stuck out to me in the Exodus discography as just being a bit different. Consistently catchy, not necessarily always amazing (Open Season), but always slightly more polished than their later, more elongated albums and tighter than Bonded By Blood, it's their best album. Album highlights like Verbal Razors, the title track, and of course The Toxic Waltz are pretty much unquestionably atop the band's pile.
17Toxik
Think This


Progressive thrash received a new hero very briefly when Toxik produced this excellent album. Featuring maybe the only good thrash ballad ever (besides that one by Cyclone Temple I guess), and a huge variety of songwriting tricks, Think This gets a huge amount right. The tracks intros are pretty annoying, but the actual music is ace. Personal favourites include WIr NJnB/In God, and Out On the Tiles.
18Kreator
Extreme Aggression


Much like Beneath the Remains, Extreme Aggression finds the middle ground between the extreme thrash of their earlier work and tighter, smarter thrash. The title track is an obvious early highlight, but Betrayer, Some Pain Will Last, and Stream of Consciousness are the real winners here. Just a really great album all round.
19Depressive Age
Lying in Wait


This is a weird one, but one that reaches excellence. Where the progressive elements of this succeed compared to, say, Thought Industry, is that they build their mood more methodically, and the approach to the heavier tracks feels a little more orthodox. Simpler tracks like Where also works pretty fantastically, whilst Way Out reaches heights of bands like Coroner.
20Overkill
The Years of Decay


Despite suffering issues with pacing at times, The Years of Decay features plenty of pretty legendary tracks by the band. Time to Kill is catchy enough to start with but it soon reaches an evil, lumbering drive that few other tracks manage so menacingly. Other obvious highlights like Evil Never Dies and Elimination are great too, cementing this album as being among the band's best.
21Testament
The New Order


Testament managed to find a pretty excellent balance between melody and meatheaded thrash on The New Order. A bit better produced than The Legacy (not saying much), and containing several band signatures like Into the Pit, Disciples of the Watch, and The Preacher, it's the best of Testament's output. Chuck Billy's vocals are typically superb and always forceful, whilst Alex Skolnick's solos are on another level.
22Morbid Saint
Spectrum of Death


Meaty, fast as hell, and relentlessly angry. Dunno how else to describe it honestly, but certainly one of the most extreme thrash metal albums, with some real blazers like Burned at the Stake (no pun intended there), and Beyond the Gates of Hell. The vocals deserve a shout for their banshee-esque power.
23Aspid
Extravasation


People have described this album as though it's the craziest thing on planet earth, but truthfully it is a very good thrash metal album, just not as wildly original and exceptional as they say. There are tonnes of amazing riffs and interesting tempo changes throughout, such as on the opener It Came (Aspid), but the obvious highlight is the closing title track, with some phenomenal riffs and some of the best thought bass works out there. A great album from an obscure band.
24Razor
Violent Restitution


Angry as hell, fast as lightning, and with some of the best riffs in the business, Violent Restitution is practically the epitome of thrash metal. There's a bit of inconsistency with track quality, but the good tracks are REALLY good. The title track thrashes out of this world, but tracks like Edge of the Razor can bring the tempo down and stay menacing and heavy.
25Pestilence
Malleus Maleficarum


Before becoming a straight-ahead death metal band, Pestilence released this magnificent slab of death-thrash. Whilst not as calculating as the superb Consuming Impulse, Malleus Maleficarum rushes in with tonnes of fast and sinister riffs and wild, Slayer esque leads. Not particularly original or unique, but a great effort by a band destined for even better not long after.
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