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25 Of The Most Under-Appreciated Albums In US Thrash History!

Forget The Big 4.....this is what you should be listening to!

Exhorder – Slaughter In The Vatican (1990)

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Exhorder were not only a huge inspiration on the world-conquering Pantera (a ‘you’ve heard it all before’ story that we cannot be arsed to go into!) but they also delivered two exceptional albums in the early 90’s.

1992’s The Law remains a stone-cold, mid-tempo groove monster but its Slaughter In The Vatican and its furious thrash and groove-metal establishing credentials that rank it as an absolute thrash classic….even if it is perennially under-appreciated.

Stripped down to the raw basics, Slaughter In The Vatican‘s 8 tracks never once come up for air. The low-end rumble, buzzsaw riffing and Kyle Thomas’ ravaged vocals culminating in a primal thrash experience that comes perilously close to utter perfection. One of the most unique thrash albums in existence, Slaughter should be revered as a landmark in metal. At the very least it should be spoken about with the same reverential tones reserved for Pantera’s Vulgar Display Of Power (an ironic yet unfortunately necessary comparison and not, we repeat not, a thrash album!)

Alternating between fast and slow tempos (the true ‘groove’ element of their sound), Slaughter In The Vatican still makes the majority of thrash bands sound utterly lost at sea and, as a non-stop thrash assault, it’s up there with the likes of Dark Angel’s Darkness Descends, Slayer‘s Reign In Blood and Razor’s Shotgun Justice! 

Those in the know, will have noticed that Exhorder recently reunited and are touring again….dare we hope for album number 3? Oh, we fuckin’ dare alright! Bring it Exhorder, we’re ready for ya!!!

About Chris Jennings (1396 Articles)
I love Heavy Metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about Metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' Metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

24 Comments on 25 Of The Most Under-Appreciated Albums In US Thrash History!

  1. Peter Tsiolis // January 28, 2018 at 9:11 pm // Reply

    Worship Metal – thanks for the inclusion oh Aftermath

  2. Whiplash ‘Power and Pain’

  3. Johnny Blackout // February 2, 2018 at 9:27 pm // Reply

    Vendetta – Brain Damage.
    Every song has great thrash beats and machine gun speedy riffs. Two guitarist and both sing.

  4. Toxik’s ‘World circus’. Great list by the way, many discoveries to check out (same remark for the german list).

  5. OMG !! GREAT LIST …but you guys have seemed to forget…Blind Illusion’s The Sane Asylum…Hands down (in my humble opinion!!) the most UNDERATED album EVER !! in any GENRE even !! If you havent heard it go online & LISTEN …a THRASH MASTERCLASS from the warped mind of MARK BIEDERMANN Les Calypool & Larry Lalonde !!

    • Chris Jennings // February 8, 2018 at 8:36 pm // Reply

      Thank you kindly…..look out for Blind Illusion in a follow-up feature….there’s loads more under-appreciated US albums we want to shout about! \m/

  6. Sacrilege bc’s “Party With God” this is one of the all time underrated Thrash LP’s crossover that quite possibly started the blackned thrash movement.

  7. Mike Mellinger // February 21, 2018 at 3:47 am // Reply

    Great list! Honored to have Intrinsic on there.

  8. Scott Wesley // April 23, 2018 at 3:16 am // Reply

    Forbidden.DBC,Sabbat,Cyclone,Violence and Cyclone Temple to name a few more! 🙂

  9. Scott Wesley // April 26, 2018 at 2:05 am // Reply

    Uncle Slam,Pissing Razors and Wrath. Or is Pissing Razors from Mexico?

    • Chris Jennings // April 26, 2018 at 7:13 am // Reply

      Pissing Razors are from Texas I think, but always considered them to be groove metal. Sub-genres causing problems as always!! haha

      Great shout when it comes to Uncle Slam and particularly Wrath….a follow-up feature is in the works and these could both be included 🙂 \m/

  10. demolition hammer – epidemic of violence is one of the most brutal and relentless thrash albums of all time, it deserves a spot there imo

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