Considering the UK invented heavy metal, it’s always frustrating to reflect on how seemingly unsuccessful we were at thrash metal!
Predominantly an American phenomenon (although the Teutonic trio of Destruction, Kreator and Sodom were equally as accomplished), British thrash caused a few waves over the years but this was nothing compared to the Tsunami caused by Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel, Overkill, Exodus etc.
Fast forward to the present day and a number of modern bands are still flying the flag for British thrash, with Evile, Gama Bomb, Solitary and original hell-raisers Onslaught, Acid Reign, Anihilated, Virus and Lawnmower Deth holding their own against the big guns, it’s unfortunately business as usual when it comes to popularity….with the U.S still leading the way.
In retrospect, British thrash bands actually had much to offer, album sales and general exposure may have been significantly lower than desired but the talent and musicianship was clear to see. Largely forgotten over the years, it’s time to re-address the balance and take a look at the British thrash albums that really mattered.
A one album per band mantra has been adopted to allow for diversity. If we’ve forgotten your favourite, leave a comment below….let’s get some chatter going!