The Top Thrash Metal Albums Nobody Listens To
Anihilated – The Ultimate Desecration (1989)
This thrash outfit hails from the UK. Most people don’t even know there ever was a thrash metal scene in the UK. Well, I didn’t anyway, but it’s true, and Anihilated is considered to be among the first and best.
Coven 6669 – Blessed is the Black (1988)
This band was originally known as Coven (not to be confused with the psychedelic rock band that ended up forcing them to change their name), and they came from Seattle, Washington — perhaps one of the lesser explored thrash scenes in the USA, but nevertheless, it exists.
Artillery – By Inheritance (1990)
Seemingly like some others, I’m not a huge fan of this band’s music. I’ve listened to Fear of Tomorrow and Terror Squad and neither is really that good. It’s just all mediocre stuff at best in my opinion.
Just out of interest’s sake, Terror Squad has some of the worst cover art for any album ever made, and there are likely many contenders for the title of worst ever.
Forbidden – Twisted Into Form (1990)
Along with fellow semi-greats Testament and Exodus (sometimes referred to as the medium two), Forbidden was one of the more successful thrash metal bands to hail from the bay area. They were going to call themselves “Forbidden Evil”, but thought this sounded too much like a Black Metal band, and opted to drop the “evil” part.
Possessor – City Built With Skulls (2012)
Just to show that this article isn’t all geared towards thrash metal from the 1980’s and the early 1990’s, here’s a band that is very new by comparison.
Exodus – Pleasures of the Flesh (1987)
Whenever somebody mentions Exodus, they immediately think of one album, and that is Bonded by Blood – and for good reason. It certainly is one of the best thrash metal albums ever made, there’s no denying that.
Megadeth – So Far, So Good… So What? (1988)
It may seem quite strange listing a big four album in here, but what I found hardest was deciding on whether or not to list this or Killing is My Business…and Business is Good. But in the end I went with this one, and I’ll explain why.
D.A.M. – Inside Out (1991)
Towards the early 90’s, thrash metal was starting to die out, and there were a few good albums that were all part of the last hurrah for the subgenre before a more mainstream and easy listening sound became the order of the day.
Beowulf – Beowulf (1986)
While this is primarily a list for thrash metal bands, Beowulf is more crossover thrash. Other bands on this list like Anihilated might also fit into this category, or at least they did at one point. Crossover thrash borrows from several genres and subgenres like punk rock, hardcore, speed metal and thrash metal.
Witchhammer – 1487 (1990)
This band didn’t really get the recognition it deserved, at least not worldwide like bands out of Germany did. There were two reasons for this: firstly, they came from Norway – not a place typically associated with thrash metal and secondly, they got into the scene quite late, releasing this particular album in 1990, when thrash was on the way out.