Continuing in the vein of our British thrash feature, Worship Metal casts its critical eye over the 10 Greatest Old-School Thrash Albums from the only country to truly rival the U.S in the thrash stakes; Germany.
Predominantly an American phenomenon, thrash metal spewed out a slew of solid bands throughout Europe, Australia and South America but positively erupted in Germany. The sheer number of considerably skilled Teutonic thrashers arriving on the scene in the mid 80’s was astonishing and mounted a serious challenge to America’s dominance.
Mixing a furious blend of skin-strippingly raw and bloodied riffs with unhinged, snarling vocals and breakneck speed, Germanic thrash bands had a sound all of their own. While the Americans were preoccupied with showmanship and lengthy compositions, the Germans concentrated on the most ugly, twisted and animalistic thrash imaginable.
After all, why bother with refinement and composure when you can simply thrash harder, faster and with more venom than the rest!
The sheer number of worthy albums which were considered for this feature was extraordinary, the Teutonic scene delivering quality release after quality release for the majority of the mid to late 80’s. With that in mind, a one album per band mantra has been adopted to allow for diversity. If we’ve forgotten your favourite old-school album, leave a comment below and let’s banter!
Let the Teutonic terror begin \m/