18. Onslaught – Power From Hell
Power From Hell was the debut of the UK’s greatest Thrash Metal export and at this point in their career they had barely escaped the confines of Hardcore Punk and Venom’s Black Thrash racket.
Guitarist Nige Rockett handled the lions share of the songwriting and his cacophony of abrasive and antagonistic sounds signalled the early stages of Death Metal, no more so than on the fiery “Death Metal” and “Witch Hunt” .
Coincidentally, on the other side of the Atlantic, Possessed (more on them later) were forging ahead with a similar approach, both bands naming a song on their debut “Death Metal” and both bands forewarning the world of the extremity to come.
Onslaught’s impact on Thrash and Death Metal should not be underestimated.
17. Blitzkrieg – A Time Of Changes
Blitzkrieg’s debut album may have arrived on the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene a little later than expected, dulling it’s impact as a result, but it’s fist-pumping anthems are heaven for anyone remotely interested in infallible Heavy Metal.
Unfairly ignored due to Thrash’s supremacy, A Time Of Changes was an ironically accurate title. While Metal fans turned their attention to the new breed of Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth etc, bands like Blitzkrieg found themselves cruelly cast aside; the innovators becoming old-hat almost over night.
“Inferno”, “Pull The Trigger”, “Armageddon” and the blistering “Blitzkrieg” itself should have been sure-fire hits, check ’em out now if they passed you by the first time around.
16. Kreator – Endless Pain
One listen to Endless Pain and you’ll know that pain was more than just a prerequisite, it was damned near essential!
Motörhead meets Venom in an endless parade of pile-driving riffs with little deviation from the standard verse-chorus-bridge school of songwriting for dummies. Not that this is a negative; this was the early days of Thrash and all-out-assault was the norm, experimentation would come later.
Like a feral animal taking bloody chunks out of it’s prey, tracks such as “Total Death” and “Flag Of Hate” are raw, animalistic and utterly unforgiving.
Endless Pain practically defines Thrash in all it’s gory glory; essential doesn’t quite cut it.