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German Thrash: The 10 Greatest Old-School Albums

Thrash! The German way!

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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/

About Chris Jennings (1396 Articles)
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/

29 Comments on German Thrash: The 10 Greatest Old-School Albums

    • Chris Jennings // February 13, 2015 at 4:40 pm // Reply

      The Upcoming Terror is included in the worthwhile mentions at the end but yeah, no Assassin. Sorry dude \m/

  1. G.Zs.v. Pfalz // February 13, 2015 at 6:26 pm // Reply

    Great list and could agree with most of ’em but as for myself, i would definitely put Deathrow ahead of Accu§er and Violent Force. Not to forget about Vendetta with albums like “Go and Live… Stay and Die” (’87) or “Brain Damage” (’88)! Vendetta is just easily more than worthy of a mention and actually could also take its place on this Top 10 list!

    • Chris Jennings // February 14, 2015 at 9:11 am // Reply

      Omitting Deathrow was a difficult decision, consider them at No.11! I need to go back and listen to Vendetta again, they never really did anything for me but I’ll give ’em another go \m/

  2. Great list. I only know the more popular german bands so this will help me find some new(old) music.

    • Chris Jennings // February 14, 2015 at 8:05 am // Reply

      Thanks Michael, I was aiming for a balance between The Teutonic 4’s well known albums and a few more obscure titles. Thank for reading and commenting \m/

  3. This list fucking sucks!

  4. i miss Living Death – Vengeance Of Hell, Eunning Wild – Gates To Purgatory and Gravedigger – Heavy-Metal Breakdown

    • Chris Jennings // February 15, 2015 at 6:55 am // Reply

      I’ve always considered Running Wild and Grave Digger to be Power Metal/Speed Metal and not Thrash. Living Death are a good shout though \m/

  5. My list of greatests german thrash albums:
    1. Destruction – Eternal devastation 1986
    2. Assassin – Interstellar experience 1988
    3. Sodom – Persecution mania 1987
    4. Kreator – Terrible certainty 1987
    5. Mekong Delta – The music of Erich Zann 1988
    6. Tankard – Zombie attack 1986
    7. Darkness – Death squad 1987
    8. Protector – Golem 1988
    9. Living Death – Protected from reality 1987
    10. Vendetta – Brain damage 1988

    • Chris Jennings // February 15, 2015 at 6:57 am // Reply

      Great list. Can’t argue with it at all and just goes to prove the sheer number of awesome Thrash records coming out of Germany in the mid to late 80’s! \m/

    • GUSTAVO RIOS AUTRAN // April 7, 2015 at 11:27 pm // Reply

      I agree. This list is a little better than the Mr.Jennings’ one.

  6. Yes, ofcourse, i agree with you. it´s just about point of view and personal preference of everyone. but in fact, german thrash scene was really great. and still is.

  7. great lists .. all of ’em! keep up the good work …

  8. I’m also missing ASSASSIN in the list. Back in the days my band had our rehearsal-room next to that of ASSASSIN in our hometown Düsseldorf. They were nice guys but while we were busy drinking and partying they really worked their ass off. Great underrated band.

    • Chris Jennings // April 12, 2015 at 9:51 am // Reply

      A great band, no doubt. The Upcoming Terror is included in the worthwhile mentions at the end but perhaps an underrated German Thrash article, including Assassin, is required! Thanks for reading and commenting \m/

  9. Brendan Carter // July 4, 2015 at 1:21 am // Reply

    Kreator, definitely number one, take your pick from 4 or 5 of the early offerings of Kreator, over every other band worldwide. Another well compiled list, some all time thrash classics, the `Germans` out-thrash everyone.

  10. Drachensturm // July 27, 2015 at 7:08 pm // Reply

    Great list! Only Darkness’ Death Squad and Vendetta’s Brain Damage are missing for me for it to be perfect. There can be only 10 and of course, it’s your opinion. I was still pleased to see Darkness in the honourable mentions.

    • Chris Jennings // July 27, 2015 at 7:15 pm // Reply

      Thanks! Check out Darkness’ new EP, great stuff! You’re probably right about Vendetta…look for it in a future article \m/

  11. Did You never had a listen to Dances of Death from Mekong Delta ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8OS1lUnhIo

  12. Vendetta!

    If you thrash fans haven’t read the Kreator biography yet, it’s available right here:

  13. Johannes De Corte // April 15, 2018 at 6:06 pm // Reply

    PARADOX’ “Heresy”-album is missing.

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