3. Anthrax – Spreading The Disease
Spreading The Disease is an undeniable Thrash classic, sophisticated and controlled, yet bouncy and energetic enough to get any mosh-pit jumping.
It was on this album that Anthrax found their melodic yet crunching sound and it catapulted them to the forefront of the then fledgeling Thrash Metal scene.
Benefitting from Joey Belladonna’s unique-to-Thrash singing style, Spreading The Disease is home to some of Anthrax’s greatest tracks with “A.I.R”, “Madhouse”, “Medusa” and “Gung Ho” still registering high on the Thrash richter scale.
If 1985 was renowned for anything it was for Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth making their mark on the Thrash scene…Metallica had some serious competition to contend with and The Big 4 were upon us.
2. Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion
Beyond influential, To Mega Therion heralds the end of days with brute force, bombastic power and fire and brimstone glee, guitarist and vocalist Tom G Warrior evidently relishing his role as judge, jury and executioner.
“The Usurper”, “Dawn Of Megiddo” and “Circle Of The Tyrants” are a showing of strength and any band confident enough to throw timpani, a horn section and operatic female vocals in to the mix were not lacking in backbone and brawn.
1. Exodus – Bonded By Blood
Exodus should have had it all; the fame, the fortune and their fair share of Thrash Metal’s spoils. As it turned out, one of Thrash Metals most legendary albums comes from a band who hovered on the periphery of The Big 4 without ever making that leap into the big league.
A bullsh*t situation, quite frankly.
It’s fairly common knowledge that Bonded By Blood was actually recorded in 1984, but was held back for a ridiculous 9 months due to record label wrangling and that lost time proved to be more than just significant.
Instead of spearheading the scene they helped to create, Exodus found themselves endlessly playing catch up and they simply ran out of puff; forever chasing the pack and never actually gaining ground.
The title-track, “A Lesson In Violence”, “And Then There Were None”, “Piranha”, and “Strike Of The Beast” are all Thrash gold, tarnished by bad timing but true treasures in Thrash’s lock-up.
Bonded By Blood was the greatest album to be released in 1985 and 30 years later the band are still going strong.
2014’s Blood In, Blood Out was a crushing ode to the old school and it was clear that Exodus main-man Gary Holt sh*ts albums quicker than Metallica can string together one riff these days. The band are clearly still bursting with ideas and more than capable of delivering head-smashing, nose-breaking, Thrashers deep into a 30 year career.