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6 Under-Appreciated Classics Of American Thrash (Pt.3)

6 more overlooked classics of U.S Thrash Metal that thrashed as hard - if not harder - than The Big 4!

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Picking up where Parts 1 and 2 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 4 & 5 (and maybe more) over the coming months!

If there’s a particular Thrash classic you feel has been lost to the annals of time then pop it in the comments below and we’ll look to include it in future articles.

Let’s get Thrashed! \m/

Aftermath – Eyes Of Tomorrow (1994)

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Reissued last month in a remastered format, the timing couldn’t be better to get your hands on this mid 90’s Technical Thrash masterwork.

Aftermath may have first turned heads with the Thrash assault of their speed-of-light, full-throttle demo Killing The Future (also due for a remastered, first time release on CD this month) but it’s their only full length album to date that showcased this undervalued bands full potential and proved to be a total reinvention of their sound.

Eyes Of Tomorrow is Progressive Thrash incarnate. Off kilter rhythms and mind-boggling complexity jostling with  infectious melody, ingenious hooks and heads-down Thrashing. Creatively eccentric, it’s the likes of “Being” and the epic “Experience” that still surprise the most. Filled with fluid leads, accomplished solos and dark ambience, the technicality and progressive nature of Eyes Of Tomorrow is clear to hear and stands as the perfect counterpoint to the moments of up-tempo Thrash and staccato riffing that remind the listener that this is still a Thrash record after all.

While Kyriakos Charlie Tsiolis’ vocals may prove to be an acquired taste – although we challenge anyone to try spitting out lyrics at a pace that matches the frenzied patterns Aftermath conjure – the borderline spoken word nature of his delivery is actually the perfect fit for the schizophrenic aural battery his words accompany. Conventional structure be damned! When music is this undeniably accomplished and genuinely thrilling, the tried and tested formula’s seem relatively passé; the technicality and individuality of Aftermath proving infinitely more rewarding than the meat ‘n’ potatoes thrash trotted out by far too many bands in the early 90’s.

If the likes of Heathen, Anacrusis, Coroner and Voivod float your boat then Aftermath are your next port of call….if you haven’t discovered them already of course!

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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/

8 Comments on 6 Under-Appreciated Classics Of American Thrash (Pt.3)

  1. Love your lists and in-depth analysis!

  2. I still have my original Exhorder Get Rude demo from 1986 where most of the songs from Slaughter In The Vatican came from and it is the most raw and brutal examples of how the songs came together for Slaughter in the Vatican.

  3. I love Exhorder. But I like the Law a lot more than Slaughter in the Vatican. I think the Law was revolutionary and is what influenced Phil Anselmo to take Pantera to that ‘groove metal’ direction that got Pantera all of the credit. But Exhorder should be the ones that get all the credit.

    • Chris Jennings // October 4, 2015 at 9:57 am // Reply

      The Law is yet another underrated classic but leans a little too heavy on the groove to qualify for a list like this I feel. Slaughter In The Vatican is a thrash album with groove elements, The Law is a groove metal album with thrash elements but the fact that Exhorder deserve way more credit is undisputed! Thanks for reading and commenting Paul \m/

      • Mike Reseigh // October 4, 2015 at 5:53 pm // Reply

        I like the law very much. Chris Nail actually played my drum set when we opened for them at Blondie’s in Detroit. But I think as much as they influenced pantera, They were being influenced by pantera for the law. Like it had switched around because of pantera’s popularity. Those guys were really cool dudes and played very well. Chris is a super cool dude and great drummer. it was an honor to have him jam on my stuff. I do like Slaughter better. I like the Scott Burns production better and it’s faster and more aggressive. But both albums are killer so it’s all good

        • Chris Jennings // October 4, 2015 at 6:53 pm // Reply

          Couldn’t agree more Mike. The Law is a beast of an album but Slaughter – from production to songwriting – is the superior record. Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂 \m/

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