Picking up where Pt.1 of our Under-Appreciated Classics Of American Thrash Metal left off, we have selected another 6 unsung classics of U.S Thrash that are deserving of further praise. As we trawled through the vaults of Thrash history it came as no surprise that the sheer wealth of quality U.S. Thrash releases over the years was simply staggering.
Subsequently, what was set to be a 2 part series will continue, so keep ’em peeled for Parts 3 & 4 (and maybe more) over the coming weeks!
If there’s a particular Thrash classic you feel has been lost to the history books then pop it in the comments below and we’ll look to include it in future articles.
Let’s get Thrashed! \m/
6. Abomination – Tragedy Strikes (1991)
Paul Speckmann may be revered as one of the Godfather’s of Death Metal but the great man also turned his attention to Thrash in the early 90’s and while Abomination’s debut was solid, its follow up, Tragedy Strikes, was a different beast altogether. Raw, real and utterly remorseless, Tragedy Strikes cut deep with political diatribes, powerful compositions and a sincerity rarely head in Thrash.
Abomination’s hate, bile and utter contempt for the world as they saw it bleeds profusely through album highlights Pull The Plug, Will They Bleed and Blood For Oil; the meaning of this one shouldn’t come as a surprise for those who remember the first Gulf War.
Thrash rarely comes loaded with this much gravitas and while Tragedy Strikes may not be friendly, it’ll sure as hell earn your respect.