Sure, The Big 4 released some of the greatest thrash metal albums ever recorded but what of those albums that fell by the wayside, those albums largely forgotten in favour of Metallica, Megadeth etc and even passed over in favour of second wave acts such as Testament and Death Angel?!
With that in mind, Worship Metal has selected 25 of the most under-appreciated albums in US thrash that deserve to be as highly regarded as their more ‘mainstream’ peers.
Abomination – Tragedy Strikes (1991)
Paul Speckmann may be revered as one of the Godfather’s of death metal but the great man also turned his attention to thrash in the early 90’s and while Abomination‘s debut was solid, its follow up, Tragedy Strikes, was a different beast altogether.
Raw, real and utterly remorseless, Tragedy Strikes cut deep with political diatribes, powerful compositions and a sincerity rarely head in thrash.
Abomination’s hate, bile and utter contempt for the world as they saw it bleeds profusely through album highlights “Pull The Plug“, “Will They Bleed” and the corrosive “Blood For Oil”; the meaning of this one shouldn’t come as a surprise for those who remember the first Gulf War!
Thrash rarely comes loaded with this much gravitas and while Tragedy Strikes may not be friendly, it’ll sure as hell earn your respect.