It’s high time Worship Metal selected our greatest thrash metal albums of all time and while there will be many familiar faces included, that’s because this is a breakdown of the 10 greatest thrash metal albums of all time…..and this is hardly a new concept!
We’re not interested in the best underground thrash albums – nor the most under-appreciated albums in thrash (we’ve covered that subject numerous times!) – so you will get a sense of deja vu but these are our picks for the 10 greatest thrash metal albums of all time……and we’re standing by ’em!
Suffice to say, tough choices led to some true thrash classics falling victim to the cull but the comments section is available for you to right any perceived wrongs.
On with the show!
10. Vio-Lence – Eternal Nightmare (1988)
Quite simply one of the most fearless, ferocious and downright feral thrash albums ever recorded, Vio-Lence‘s debut, Eternal Nightmare, is the thrash connoisseur’s album of choice and ranks as high in both the aggression and sheer insanity stakes as Slayer’s Reign In Blood, Exodus’ Bonded By Blood and Dark Angel’s Darkness Descends!
Originally home to Machine Head men Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel (but you knew that already), just 7 tracks of thrash perfection was all it took to announce that a new breed of thrash maniacs were in town – that ‘town’ being, of course, San Francisco’s Bay Area – and with the likes of “Kill On Command”, “Bodies On Bodies” and “Calling In The Coroner” in their arsenal, Vio-Lence were on a collision course with underground notoriety and unending acclaim.
Sean Killian’s vocals remain an acquired taste but those ‘in the know’ understand that without him, Vio-Lence were nowhere near as unique nor as thrilling a prospect.
As great thrash debuts go, Eternal Nightmare still takes some beating!