The Best Thrash Metal Album

  • Black Fast - Terms Of Surrender
  • Byzantine - To Release Is To Resolve
  • Deathhammer - Evil Power
  • Dew-Scented - Intermination
  • E-Force - Demonikhol
  • Gama Bomb - Untouchable Glory
  • In Malice's Wake - Light Upon The Wicked
  • Lamb Of God - VII: Sturm Und Drang
  • Project Pain - Thrashed To Kill
  • Titans Eve - Chasing The Devil
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    Black Fast - Terms Of Surrender

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    Look, up in the sky! Is it Vektor? Is it Toxik? Is it Voivod? No, wait, it was definitely Vektor. Lancet vocals, chilling riffs, technical sci-fi black metal atmosphere? Who else could it be - unless...
    That's right, it's Black Fast come again from the depths, brandishing this incredible follow-up to their stellar debut. Terms Of Surrender comes tearing and ransacking with nine tracks of barely-contained chaos. It's catchy, it's high-energy, and they're not afraid to get fancy on you.


    Byzantine - To Release Is To Resolve

    While the old geezers like Sl*yer are napping, younger bands such as Byzantine are here to do some bitchslapping. To Release Is To Resolve certainly has its slower moments as they lull you into a false sense of security, then before you know it, the onslaught of rage and groove kicks in harder than ever and you'll be headbanging to all the nut crushing bad-assery.


    Deathhammer - Evil Power

    Following the success of their sophomore album, Deathhammer are back with their old-yet-oddly-fresh style of blackened thrash metal. This Norwegian duo sounds as enthusiastic as ever, turning their sloppiness and stereotypical attributes into an endearing part of their identity. The whole approach feels more mature somehow though, with a more refined sense of songwriting and tighter performance. Don't worry though, Deathhammer remains a deranged party beast with a beer-soaked belly, this time they just drank a glass of water before passing out.


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    Dew-Scented - Intermination

    It's not often that Leif Jensen finds himself in possession of the same line-up for two albums in a row, so Intermination benefits unusually from an experienced crew. Dew-Scented brutally annihilate every obstacle that stands in their way, scorched earth-style, just like they always have; there's absolutely no stopping this maniacal blitzkrieg of unspeakable death-thrash destruction.


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    E-Force - Demonikhol

    Eric Forest of Voivod fame certainly knows what good thrash metal is about, and Demonikhol is just the latest piece of evidence of his mastery. Rather than follow the paths of the earlier Bay Area thrashers or become trendy to be a part of the groove thrash crowd, E-Force forges its own path with its own virulent mix of fast-paced thrash onslaught in a heavy metal spirit and blackened vocals wrapped up in a sinister atmosphere.

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    Gama Bomb - Untouchable Glory

    Gama Bomb is no longer the up-and-coming band they once were, because they are already right up there! Imagine a hazardous mix of Municipal Waste's humour and Testament's riff harmony, then crank up the speed, intensity and power - this is the bomb you need to tear your room up in nuclear fashion.


    In Malice's Wake - Light Upon The Wicked

    Forget about the movie series. The REAL fast and furious is here. Full of blistering riffs of the highest order, Light Upon The Wicked is a neck-breaking affair that is also sharp and deadly infectious. Expect no fillers, just 100% ass-kicking, no more, no less.


    Lamb Of God - VII: Sturm Und Drang

    One thing Lamb Of God has is chops. They've been showing them off for a long time now. That said, it would be reasonable for you to assume that their big-label checks and legal struggles and the boozing and fighting and long bus trips and whatnot would have spoiled those chops. They haven't. Sturm Und Drang is a good album.


    Project Pain - Thrashed To Kill

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    Thrashed To Kill represents a nice step forward for Project Pain. It's still thrash, with all the various elements you expect, nay, DEMAND from your thrash. Riffs, riffs, riffs. Plenty of e-string chugging and galloping coupled with single note runs. Lots of shredding and soli. The big thing is the riffs feel tighter. And better. They took what they did with I Have Sinned, worship of the '80s thrash of their glory years, and refined it. Instead of rusty hatchet thrash fury, you now get razor-sharp thrash fury. This album has more barn-burners than Amsterdam has "coffee houses."


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    Titans Eve - Chasing The Devil

    Here's your quick fix of quality melodic thrash metal. The vocals bring a distinct hardcore flavour to Titans Eve, then the riffs kick in, and you'll realise this is the breath of fresh air you didn't even know existed within thrash metal. In fact, most nipples will go hard, and if yours don't, you get a free cookie to make up for your ear and / or nipple problems.


    Write-in votes

    Act Of Defiance - Birth And The Burial
    Angelus Apatrida - Hidden Evolution
    Annihilator - Suicide Society
    Bio-cancer - Tormenting The Innocent
    Bliksem - Gruesome Masterpiece
    Bring Me The Horizon - That's The Spirit
    Comaniac - Return To The Wasteland
    Conflicted - Under Bio-lence
    Diablo - Silvër Horizon
    Distillator - Revolutionary Cells
    Dr. Living Dead! - Crush The Sublime Gods
    Harlott - Prolifiration
    Hatchet - Fear Beyond Lunacy
    Mörti Viventi - The Day The Dead Returned…
    Macbeth - Imperium
    Manic Depression - Technocracy
    Metal Allegiance - Metal Allegiance
    Mortal Infinity - Final Death Denied
    Noisem - Blossoming Decay
    Nylithia - Hyperthrash
    Ouroboros - Emanations
    Red Death - Permanent Exile
    Rochenrol - De Mysteriis Dom Chiriţă
    Sacral Rage - Illusions in infinite void
    Sadistic Ritual - Edge Of The Knife
    Scythian - Hubris In Excelsis
    Slayer - Repentless
    Sylosis - Dormant Heart
    Thrash Or Die - Melting Your Skull
    Trials - This Ruined World
    Ultra-Violence - Deflect The Flow
    Viking - No Child Left Behind