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The 5 Albums That Changed The Shape Of Thrash!

Game-changers, each and every one of 'em!

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There’s been an incredible number of world-beating thrash albums released over the past three decades but these five, genre-defining works, were the albums that changed the shape of thrash indefinitely….

Metallica – Kill ‘Em All (1983)

Metallica‘s debut needs little introduction. Alongside Slayer’s Show No Mercy and Metal Church’s self-titled debut, Kill ‘Em All introduced the world to a new breed of precociously talented musicians hungry for success and dedicated to destroying the hair/glam metal bands that ruled the airwaves.

This was a groundbreaking statement of intent from a band with nothing to fear. Here was a new sound that fused meticulous musicianship with the heavy-as-hell riffs of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal and the speed and snarling belligerence of hardcore punk.

“Whiplash”, “Hit The Lights” and “Seek And Destroy” were all white-knuckle bursts of unparalleled power and fury while “The Four Horsemen” demonstrated compositional skill and a maturity that belied Metallica’s tender years (even if Dave Mustaine’s stamp was still all over it)!

In one fell swoop, Metallica defined thrash as a sub-genre in its own right and announced a wholesale change in metal. Pretty boy metal bands weren’t metal, Kill ‘Em All was metal and Metallica were the ugly, brash and ridiculously talented young oiks who were ushering in a new era for heavy metal.

Changed the shape of thrash? Kill ‘Em all gave birth to it!

About Chris Jennings (1258 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/

2 Comments on The 5 Albums That Changed The Shape Of Thrash!

  1. Don’t know how some of you consider Megadeth thrash ….not fast at all, just slow and boring with a whiny singer. Should’ve went to Darkness Descends, The Legacy, or Forward to Termination.

    • Chris Jennings // June 8, 2018 at 8:13 am // Reply

      Megadeth not thrash? Are you mad? Dave Mustaine invented thrash! Also, we certainly would never describe “Tornado Of Souls”, “Hanger 18” and “Holy Wars” as slow and boring!

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