The Best Thrash Metal Album

1.  Overkill - White Devil Armory 169
2.  Exodus - Blood In Blood Out 161
3.  Revocation - Deathless 97
4.  Goatwhore - Constricting Rage Of The Merciless 93
5.  Exmortus - Slave To The Sword 42
6.  Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly 34
7.  Rigor Mortis - Slaves To The Grave 29
8.  Machine Head - Bloodstone & Diamonds (write-in vote) 26
9.  Prong - Ruining Lives 22
10.  Ghoul - Hang Ten 10
11.  Hatriot - Dawn Of The New Centurion 8
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Exmortus - Slave To The Sword

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Is there anything better than proper old school thrash? If you just said yes, then you obviously haven't experienced the face-melting and gut-wrenching style of Exmortus. Slave To The Sword has it all: thrash, thrash, and most importantly, more thrash. This is some truly rock out with your cock out material - a throwback for the Old Guard that sounds fresher than that Prince of Bel-Air.

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Exodus - Blood In Blood Out

If you were hoping for a twin album to Tempo Of The Damned, look no further than Blood In Blood Out, yet another helping of classic thrash tunes delivered in the way only Exodus knows how: fast. The return of Zetro is undoubtedly a successful one, and his musicians make sure they live up to the band's legacy with some impeccable solos and ultimately fun, catchy songs while maintaining a sense of professionalism that has become commonplace among the majority of veteran metal acts.

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Ghoul - Hang Ten

You could say Hang Ten won't be enjoyed by everyone, but that's not to say that it isn't the best collection of surfy or surf-themed metal this side of, say, Wehrmacht, Sacred Reich and Wadge. Which is to say it's best thing Ghoul's done yet. That is to say it's pretty damn good.

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Goatwhore - Constricting Rage Of The Merciless

Constricting Rage Of The Merciless is without doubt the best Goatwhore album to date. The band has flawlessly perfected their unique brand of filthy and catchy black/death/thrash assault, to the point they can even slow the tempo once or craft some beautiful melodies (in the fantastic "Shadenfreude"). Now grab your friends and packs of beer, it's Satan's thrash party time!

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Hatriot - Dawn Of The New Centurion

In case one Exodus album wasn't enough for you this year, Zetro's other project has released its own take on Tempo Of The Damned-style thrashing. Zetro and company (which includes his two sons) unleash a powerful wave of fine-tuned, crisp, and to-the-point thrash. Dawn Of The New Centurion is chock-full of powerful tunes, and "The Fear Within" just might be the best example of dark, emotional thrash you'll find in the archives of 2014 - perhaps anywhere.

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Mekong Delta - In A Mirror Darkly

Mekong Delta's progressive brand of thrash remains true to itself with In A Mirror Darkly. Their clever transitions between technical riffs and melodic sections make the songs flow seamlessly, intertwined in an appealing orchestration of tempos. In A Mirror Darkly is sophisticated, allowing for poignant acoustic moments and compelling lyrics to penetrate as well. Mekong Delta is in its own parallel universe and this album has the whole package to be the perfect headbanging experience.



Overkill - White Devil Armory

The wrecking crew is back to wreck your neck again. Overkill, like many other magnificent veterans, have been enjoying something of a revival as of late, and White Devil Armory continues the streak of revitalization begun with Ironbound and perpetuated by The Electric Age. With songs like "King Of The Rat Bastards" and "Where There's Smoke" that could only be described as nothing less than classic Overkill, this is yet another album from the kings of the East Coast thrash scene that doesn't disappoint.

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Prong - Ruining Lives

After the already excellent Carved In Stone, Prong returned in 2014 with an album that's sure to remind fans of their 90's golden era. But it's not a trip along nostalgia lane, it's nowadays Prong at its very best, with fast, infectiously catchy, groovy and invigorating songs magnified by a top-notch production. So... all killer, no filler? Hell yeah!

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Revocation - Deathless

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As may be implied in the title, and quickly following up on 2013's self-titled release, Revocation's latest exercise in Deathless is more of an energised circumvention of their devilish death metal, as a thrashing tenacity moves with brisk technicality about its solidification in death. He finds himself here because he's too rebellious for our death metal category.

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Rigor Mortis - Slaves To The Grave

Slaves To The Grave is, most unfortunately, the last Rigor Mortis album; the late, great Mike Scaccia left a legacy to be proud of, though, and this final testament to his brilliance is dripping with virtuosic musicianship. All four members, after a remarkably long hiatus, have done their absolute damnedest to make Slaves To The Grave one salty, technical magic show of a thrash album - and the dedication, talent, and keen musical intellect of this magnificent band have truly paid off.

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