9. Trouble – The Skull
A Doom Metal album in 1985, the era of Thrash, surely there’s been some mistake?
Mournful and at times sloth-like and lethargic, Trouble’s brand of crushing Doom could still surprise when they quickened the pace; “Fear No Evil” is surprisingly energetic and a thrilling counterpoint to its gloriously gloomy surroundings.
Swimming, slowly it must be said, against the tide, Trouble bought the elephantine riffs of Doom back to the masses, a risky venture but one that resulted in a stunning tour-de-force of Black Sabbath inspired Heavy F*ckin’ Metal.
8. Watchtower – Energetic Disassembly
Technical Progressive Thrash written by a band so far ahead of their time they probably knew how Avatar 3 is going to end, Energetic Disassembly borders on impossible to describe…but we’ll give it a go anyway.
Overflowing with complexity, neck-shredding tempos and banshee solos, Energetic Disassembly is a consistently impressive listen but one let down by a tinny, sub-standard production.
Production woes aside, Watchtower set the bar so high on this release that they probably spilt their drinks and any fan of Progressive Metal unfamiliar with Energetic Disassembly‘s riches are encouraged to seek it out; greatness beckons.
7. Overkill – Feel The Fire
Overkill’s full length debut was an instantly satisfying fix for those Thrash fans looking for an East-Coast band to rival the Bay Area’s dominance.
Feel The Fire is an absolute classic from a band who have spent 30 years defiantly Thrashing their guts out for the Metal masses; consistency and Overkill literally go hand in hand.
“Rotten To The Core”, “Hammerhead” and “Kill At Command” thrill with wild abandonment and earth-shaking riffs buffered by Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth’s shrill vocals. If Overkill had only released this record they still would be revered as Thrash pioneers, as it turns out we have a further 16 records to relish as well!