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10 Incredible Thrash Albums Already Turning 5 Years Old in 2022!

5 years old already!

Condor – Unstoppable Power [Norway]

Condor – Unstoppable Power (2017, Deep Purple, Vinyl) - Discogs

Recalling the ferocity of Kreator’s genre-defining Pleasure To Kill, Condor’s Unstoppable Power embraced evil like it was an old friend and smacked us all round the chops with its high energy blackened thrash attack!

Charging forth with reckless abandon, Condor swooped through a bevy of ultra fast workouts without once taking breath. It was fucking relentless, thundering forth on blast-beats, bestial vocals and the finest tremolo/thrash riffs this side of Norway…..which should come as no surprise, these lads come from Norway!

Like being glassed in the face in a shocking burst of violence, Condor left us all stunned and savaged with this bout of supreme nihilism, no wonder Fenriz gave ’em two blackened thumbs up.

Unstoppable!


Terrifier – Weapons Of Thrash Destruction [Canada]

Terrifier - Weapons of Thrash Destruction | Releases | Discogs

No mere pastiche or nostalgic piss take, Canada’s Terrifier lovingly crafted a pure thrash metal album that made you want to dig out your white hi-tops and wedge yourself into your old skin tight jeans!

Proving itself to be an apt title, this ripper of an album contained enough WMD’s to shame the majority of bands operating under the guise of old school thrash. Raw, vicious and full of taut muscular riffing – and a drum attack that left you gasping for clean air – this truly great album may have lacked variety but who gives a fuck when they’re thrashin’ this hard and this fast!

With definite dofts of the (baseball) cap to the likes of Kreator and Exodus, this lightning bolt of an album was one of 2017’s finest releases and should have seen Terrifier take another major leap forward with their career…..except we’re yet to receive a follow-up!


Sepultura – Machine Messiah [Brazil]

Sepultura - Machine Messiah | Releases | Discogs

Was this really a Sepultura album worth caring about?

Abso-fucking-lutely!

Machine Messiah was the best Sepultura album since Dante XII and solidified the Seps position as elder statesman of thrash, fully capable of still delivering the goods after all these years!

With Andreas Kisser still delivering ball-crushing riffs – just check out that opening of “Phantom Self” and the quick-fire rapidity of the hardcore punk-esque “I Am The Enemy” – the man’s fire and passion remains undiminished….and that’s a description that aptly suits the entire band.

Fully unshackled from their tumultous past, there were tracks on Machine Messiah which both stunned and surprised with their originality as Sepultura appeared to be born again. While much of Machine Messiah was progressive – and we expect many to bemoan its inclusion in a ‘best of thrash’ list – one spin of the ultra thrashy and decidedly vicious “Silent Violence” and “Vandals Nest” should counteract any fear that the ‘Seps’ had abandoned their roots (sic) entirely.


Power Trip – Nightmare Logic [USA]

POWER TRIP "Nightmare Logic" LP - Evil Greed

Power Trip’s Nightmare Logic was one mean mutha of an album, hyped up on hardcore’s rancour and thrash metal’s speed and precision and it was simply a joy to behold. Frankly, we thought album’s like this would not (could not) materialise this late in the game…..how wrong we were!

Opening up with the S.O.D-esque stomp of “Soul Sacrifice”, Riley Gales’ (RIP) feral howl brought everything to life as Power Trip unleashed merry hell in the name of crossover thrash! Frankly, each track crushed all in its path, never dipping in intensity, never delivering anything but the most spine-splintering selection of chugging riffs and Kerry King inspired solos.

Power Trip are a serious enterprise and this album had something to say, with hefty weight behind both the music and the message. Fashioning some sense of logic out of the nightmarish world of conformity and nanny-state politics we’re currently living in, Nightmare Logic tried to makes sense of this fever dream known as reality and came out the other side, bruised, battered but belligerently in control of our own destiny. That’s an alternative manifest right there!

Speaking of alternative manifest’s….Power Trip’s debut, Manifest Decimation, was fuckin’ great but Nightmare Logic was absolutely outstanding.

Crossover thrash has found its new leaders in the formidable shape of Power Trip!


Harlott – Extinction [Australia]

Harlott – Extinction (2017, Green, Vinyl) - Discogs

With Extinction, Australian’s number one thrash act entered the thrash big leagues. This blistering album appeared effortless, conjuring images of thrash’s glorious past with each measured assault and offering up enough variations on Slayer’s blueprint to keep attention focused directly on them….and neck muscles strained to absolute breaking point!

This beast was relentless (ironically more so than Slayer’s last release) and stood shoulder to shoulder with anything released and lauded within the last decade. “Extinction”, “Parasite”, “The Penitent”, “Violent Conspirator” and the deliciously experimental “And Darkness Brings the Light” were all killer, drawing on the defining work of Exodus (and the aforementioned Slayer) and yet fashioning something, new, fresh and exciting with each and every pummelling riff.

As already identified, 2017 was a year that thrashed hard but Harlott delivered something above and beyond, they delivered an extinction level event in the thrash world! To put it bluntly, all other modern thrash bands faced total annihilation in Harlott’s wake because Extinction was the finest 2017 thrash release and proved to be modern thrash perfection.

Honourable mentions: Dr. Living Dead! – Cosmic Conqueror / Chaos – All Against All / The Haunted – Strength In Numbers / Overkill – The Grinding Wheel / Jenner – To Live Is To Suffer / Game Over – Claiming Supremacy / Tankard – One Foot In The Grave / Iron Reagan – Crossover Ministry / Impalers – The Celestial Dictator / Antichrist – Sinful Birth / Craven Idol – The Shackles Of Mammon / Urn – The Burning / National Suicide – Massacre Elite / Municipal Waste – Slime And Punishment / Vampire – With Primeval Force / Distillator – Summoning The Malicious / Desecrator– To The Gallows…..2017 was a bloody good year for THRASH!

About Chris Jennings (1778 Articles)
I love 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/

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