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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!

Defiance – Beyond Recognition (1992)

Beyond Recognition – a technical thrash masterclass from the Bay Area’s Defiance  – proved to be a fitting swansong to thrash’s heyday!

At this stage in their career, Defiance were now trying to out ‘heavy’ the likes of Testament (by way of fellow Bay Area brethren Heathen) and found themselves forging ahead in an ever more progressive thrash direction….and they were damn good at it too!

“Inside Looking Out” entertained a decidedly warped take on typical chugging riffs (and featured vocal contributions from aforementioned Heathen frontman David White) and the heady thrash-fest of “Promised Afterlife” rivalled Justice-era Metallica for complexity, while remaining staunchly ‘heavy’. The remainder of Beyond Recognition’s tracks offered diversity, complexity and enough ideas to fill a further three albums!

Beyond Recognition is Defiance’s greatest achievement and one of the most impressive moments in 90’s thrash, even though it remains ironically unrecognised by those clearly not ‘in the know’. Of course, the rest of us recognise the moment when Defiance excelled themselves and if thrash hadn’t died on its arse in the 90’s, this outstanding album surely would have sent Defiance stratospheric!

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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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