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Top 45 Thrash Metal Albums


Thrash was one of the first metal genres I got into around 2005. I discovered Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, etc through Kerrang! magazine and their albums quickly became my favourites at the time. Now, I've discovered many more such as Vektor, Testament and Nevermore thanks to MS.

So here are my favourites of the genre with my rating, its sub-genre and release year:

(Score is an average of each album's song ratings, full list located here)

If you discovered any new albums or like the same sort of thrash metal, be sure to give this list a thumbs-up and leave a comment so more people can find these amazing bands!

My other lists:
Top 500 Albums (ordered & rated)
Top 25 EPs (also ordered & rated)
Top 200 Overlooked Albums (with genres)
Top 200 Overrated Albums (trigger warning)
So I Heard You Like Wintersun... (Time II find new bands)

Created by: nonZero | 04.03.2024



1. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
10/10 · Thrash Metal · 1986
2. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
9.88/10 · Thrash Metal · 1984
3. Metallica - ...And Justice For All
9.78/10 · Thrash Metal · 1988
4. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
9.69/10 · Progressive Thrash Metal · 1998
5. Slayer - Reign In Blood
9.65/10 · Thrash Metal · 1986
6. Vektor - Terminal Redux
9.44/10 · Technical Thrash Metal · 2016
7. Testament - The New Order
9.39/10 (excluding track 8) · Thrash Metal · 1988
8. Vektor - Black Future
9.33/10 · Technical Thrash Metal · 2009
9. Nevermore - Dead Heart In A Dead World
9.27/10 · Progressive Thrash Metal · 2000
10. Testament - The Gathering
9.23/10 · Thrash Metal · 1999
11. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
9.22/10 · Thrash Metal · 1990
12. Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
9.20/10 · Thrash Metal · 1990
13. Anthrax - Among The Living
9.11/10 · Thrash Metal · 1987
14. Sepultura - Arise
9.11/10 · Thrash Metal · 1991
15. Coroner - Punishment For Decadence
9.06/10 (excluding track 10) · Technical Thrash Metal · 1988
16. Wrathchild America - 3-D
9.05/10 · Technical Thrash Metal · 1991
17. Coroner - No More Color
9.00/10 · Technical Thrash Metal · 1989
18. Slayer - South Of Heaven
9.00/10 · Thrash Metal · 1988
19. Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor
8.95/10 · Progressive Thrash Metal · 2005
20. Toxik - Think This
8.95/10 · Technical Thrash Metal · 1989
21. Meshuggah - ObZen
8.94/10 · Progressive Thrash Metal · 2008
22. Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
8.93/10 (excluding track 7) · Thrash Metal · 1986
23. Death Angel - The Ultra-Violence
8.88/10 · Thrash Metal · 1987
24. Kreator - Terrible Certainty
8.88/10 · Thrash Metal · 1987
25. Artillery - By Inheritance
8.88/10 (excluding track 9) · Thrash Metal · 1990
26. The Haunted - REVOLVEr
8.86/10 · Thrash Metal · 2004
27. Toxik - World Circus
8.85/10 · Technical Thrash Metal · 1987
28. Exodus - Tempo Of The Damned
8.80/10 · Thrash Metal · 2004
29. Kreator - Enemy Of God
8.79/10 · Thrash Metal · 2005
30. Coroner - Mental Vortex
8.79/10 (excluding track 8) · Technical Thrash Metal · 1991
31. Sylosis - Conclusion Of An Age
8.75/10 · Progressive Thrash Metal · 2008
32. Kreator - Coma Of Souls
8.75/10 · Thrash Metal · 1990
33. Forbidden - Forbidden Evil
8.75/10 · Thrash Metal · 1988
34. Annihilator - Alice In Hell
8.75/10 · Thrash Metal · 1989
35. Anthrax - Spreading The Disease
8.72/10 · Thrash Metal · 1985
36. Deathrow - Deception Ignored
8.71/10 · Technical Thrash Metal · 1989
37. Kenn Nardi - Dancing With The Past
8.70/10 · Progressive Thrash Metal · 2014
38. Vektor - Outer Isolation
8.69/10 · Technical Thrash Metal · 2011
39. Demolition Hammer - Epidemic Of Violence
8.69/10 · Thrash Metal · 1992
40. Skeletonwitch - Beyond The Permafrost
8.63/10 · Thrash Metal · 2007
41. Sodom - Persecution Mania
8.63/10 (excluding track 3) · Thrash Metal · 1987
42. Sodom - Agent Orange
8.63/10 · Thrash Metal · 1989
43. Testament - The Legacy
8.61/10 · Thrash Metal · 1987
44. The Haunted - Strength In Numbers
8.61/10 · Thrash Metal · 2017
45. Power Trip - Nightmare Logic
8.56/10 · Thrash Metal · 2017



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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04.03.2024 - 10:36
nonZero
Are there any must-listens I'm missing here?

I've listened to The Years Of Decay by Overkill, Bonded By Blood by Exodus and Extreme Aggression by Kreator - all fantastic albums but I didn't enjoy them quite enough to be in my top 40.

Honourable Mentions
Flotsam And Jetsam - No Place For Disgrace
Overkill - Horrorscope
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04.03.2024 - 10:42
JoHn Doe
The only Meshuggah that fits under thrash is their debut album which is a great album IMO.

Nice list, I like quite a few albums here. A few are in my thrash list as well. (Sorry for bumping my list here)
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04.03.2024 - 10:52
AndyMetalFreak
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Great list! I'd probably be in the minority here but I personally rate RTL over MOP, both are exceptional albums though so I don't blame you for having them both so high in the list. It's also great to see Skeletonwitch make your list
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04.03.2024 - 11:42
nonZero
Written by JoHn Doe on 04.03.2024 at 10:42

The only Meshuggah that fits under thrash is their debut album which is a great album IMO.

Nice list, I like quite a few albums here. A few are in my thrash list as well. (Sorry for bumping my list here)

I've got a few genre lists coming up but it was a challenge to work out where Meshuggah sit best - in the end I went with Thrash as it seemed more suitable than Progressive or any others. I haven't heard their debut yet though, I'll be sure to check it out! And no problem with promoting yours, it is also a great list which I've already given thumbs-up to

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 04.03.2024 at 10:52

Great list! I'd probably be in the minority here but I personally rate RTL over MOP, both are exceptional albums though so I don't blame you for having them both so high in the list. It's also great to see Skeletonwitch make your list

Yeah they are tricky to rate - for me 'Escape' is the song that brings down RTL VERY slightly below MOP. Some days I prefer one over the other but there really isn't much between them! And Skeletonwitch are awesome, especially this album
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04.03.2024 - 12:16
JoHn Doe
Written by nonZero on 04.03.2024 at 11:42

Written by JoHn Doe on 04.03.2024 at 10:42

The only Meshuggah that fits under thrash is their debut album which is a great album IMO.

Nice list, I like quite a few albums here. A few are in my thrash list as well. (Sorry for bumping my list here)

I've got a few genre lists coming up but it was a challenge to work out where Meshuggah sit best - in the end I went with Thrash as it seemed more suitable than Progressive or any others. I haven't heard their debut yet though, I'll be sure to check it out! And no problem with promoting yours, it is also a great list which I've already given thumbs-up to


Oh yeah, I forgot. Thanks!
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05.03.2024 - 04:01
Roman Doez
Hallucigenia
I'd like to mention Mekong Delta, Sabbat (JPN) and Absu as personal favorites, but there are some really solid picks in there
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05.03.2024 - 16:13
nonZero
Written by Roman Doez on 05.03.2024 at 04:01

I'd like to mention Mekong Delta, Sabbat (JPN) and Absu as personal favorites, but there are some really solid picks in there

Mekong Delta and Absu I've both heard and enjoyed. Sabbat (JPN) I haven't heard yet but will add them to the to-listen list!
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05.03.2024 - 23:02
Guib
Thrash Talker
Absolutely amazing picks. Some of my all-time favourite thrash is in there... That's good. I won't suggest though for that one lol, I think it would get out of hand.
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06.03.2024 - 00:17
nonZero
Written by Guib on 05.03.2024 at 23:02

Absolutely amazing picks. Some of my all-time favourite thrash is in there... That's good. I won't suggest though for that one lol, I think it would get out of hand.

Go on. Give me your top five not featured on this list.
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06.03.2024 - 01:40
Guib
Thrash Talker
Written by nonZero on 06.03.2024 at 00:17

Written by Guib on 05.03.2024 at 23:02

Absolutely amazing picks. Some of my all-time favourite thrash is in there... That's good. I won't suggest though for that one lol, I think it would get out of hand.

Go on. Give me your top five not featured on this list.


Fuck... Tall order, this is gonna be hard. I'm not sure if its my actual top 5 not featured on your list but here's a few that come quickly to mind that I personally love and listen to regularly.

1. Municipal Waste - The Art Of Partying
2. Havok - Time Is Up
3. Alien Weaponry - TÅ«
4. Forbidden - Twisted Into Form
5. Witheria - Infernal Maze

There would be more but I have to behave.
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06.03.2024 - 10:28
nonZero
Written by Guib on 06.03.2024 at 01:40

Written by nonZero on 06.03.2024 at 00:17

Written by Guib on 05.03.2024 at 23:02

Absolutely amazing picks. Some of my all-time favourite thrash is in there... That's good. I won't suggest though for that one lol, I think it would get out of hand.

Go on. Give me your top five not featured on this list.


Fuck... Tall order, this is gonna be hard. I'm not sure if its my actual top 5 not featured on your list but here's a few that come quickly to mind that I personally love and listen to regularly.

1. Municipal Waste - The Art Of Partying
2. Havok - Time Is Up
3. Alien Weaponry - TÅ«
4. Forbidden - Twisted Into Form
5. Witheria - Infernal Maze

There would be more but I have to behave.

Thanks! I've added them to the to-listen list
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06.03.2024 - 10:30
JoHn Doe
Written by Guib on 06.03.2024 at 01:40

Forbidden - Twisted Into Form


This one is a must-listen album definitely.
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10.03.2024 - 01:51
Metal God
contributor
Written by JoHn Doe on 06.03.2024 at 10:30

Written by Guib on 06.03.2024 at 01:40

Forbidden - Twisted Into Form


This one is a must-listen album definitely.


Yes! I agree!
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10.03.2024 - 01:58
Metal God
contributor
Check out these albums/bands - in case you haven't yet - if any of the "big four" or Bay Area bands are what floats your boat:
Atrophy - both Socialized Hate and Violent By Nature
Dark Angel - Darkness Descends, Leave Scars and Time Does Not Heal
Evildead - Annihilation of Civilization
Forced Entry - both Uncertain Future and As Above, So Below
Infernäl Mäjesty - None Shall Defy
Nuclear Assault - Game Over, Survive and Handle With Care
Realm - both Endless Pain and Suiciety
Sacred Reich - Ignorance, Surf Nicaragua and The American Way
Sacrifice - Torment in Fire, Forward to Termination and Soldiers of Misfortune
Viking - both Do or Die and Man of Straw
Watchtower - Control and Resistance
Xentrix - both Shattered Existence and For Whose Advantage?
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10.03.2024 - 18:47
I'm sad I see no mention of Power Trip on this page.

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10.03.2024 - 23:16
nonZero
Written by Metal God on 10.03.2024 at 01:58

Check out these albums/bands - in case you haven't yet - if any of the "big four" or Bay Area bands are what floats your boat:
Atrophy - both Socialized Hate and Violent By Nature
Dark Angel - Darkness Descends, Leave Scars and Time Does Not Heal
Evildead - Annihilation of Civilization
Forced Entry - both Uncertain Future and As Above, So Below
Infernäl Mäjesty - None Shall Defy
Nuclear Assault - Game Over, Survive and Handle With Care
Realm - both Endless Pain and Suiciety
Sacred Reich - Ignorance, Surf Nicaragua and The American Way
Sacrifice - Torment in Fire, Forward to Termination and Soldiers of Misfortune
Viking - both Do or Die and Man of Straw
Watchtower - Control and Resistance
Xentrix - both Shattered Existence and For Whose Advantage?

Awesome, thanks for the suggestions!

Written by A Real Mönkey on 10.03.2024 at 18:47

I'm sad I see no mention of Power Trip on this page.

Nightmare Logic is actually on my to-rate list so it may be coming to this one at some point!
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14.03.2024 - 16:32
qlacs
"The Quaker"
Difficult to make any recommendation because of how much I agree with the records that area already here. Big overlap in our tastes I guess

At least for a future recommendation I'd like to shout out Outworld (self-titled), Morbid Saint ("Spectrum of Death") and Sindrome ("Resurrection"). Outworld is often labelled power metal but that's only because there are synths, and Sindrome's a compilation record of demos that were remastered and released as this short and sweet compilation album. I think their second demo is criminally overlooked.
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15.03.2024 - 11:46
nonZero
Written by qlacs on 14.03.2024 at 16:32

Difficult to make any recommendation because of how much I agree with the records that area already here. Big overlap in our tastes I guess

At least for a future recommendation I'd like to shout out Outworld (self-titled), Morbid Saint ("Spectrum of Death") and Sindrome ("Resurrection"). Outworld is often labelled power metal but that's only because there are synths, and Sindrome's a compilation record of demos that were remastered and released as this short and sweet compilation album. I think their second demo is criminally overlooked.

Thanks! Spectrum of Death is a good album. I'll check out the others
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19.03.2024 - 21:28
qlacs
"The Quaker"
Written by nonZero on 15.03.2024 at 11:46

Thanks! Spectrum of Death is a good album. I'll check out the others

Also given how high you've rated Death's last, I think you'll enjoy Exence's debut, Hystrionic a lot
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20.03.2024 - 14:36
Daniell
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You put in quite a bit of work while you could instead just say "Metallica are my favourite thrash band".
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20.03.2024 - 16:19
nonZero
Written by Daniell on 20.03.2024 at 14:36

You put in quite a bit of work while you could instead just say "Metallica are my favourite thrash band".

Thanks! Lists are definitely one of the best features on MS. I would put Slayer, Vektor and Testament up there with them too but Metallica definitely have a lot of my favourites!
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