15. Megadeth – Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good!
Miraculously, a rejected genius with a spiralling drug addiction, and a mouth that refused to stay shut, led to auspicious beginnings. Dave Mustaine’s Megadeth were a recipe for disaster but the result gave us one of the most technically gifted Thrash bands on the planet.
Killing Is My Business… is undoubtedly Megadeth at their most unrefined and unrestrained with “Rattlehead” and “Mechanic” particularly endearing the band to slathering Thrash fans.
This may be lacking the precision pummelling of later releases but any short comings are balanced by boundless energy and a determination like no other; Metallica’s loss was the world’s gain.
14. Motley Crue – Theatre Of Pain
Sandwiched between the Crue’s more popular albums, Shout at the Devil and Girls, Girls, Girls, Theatre Of Pain maintains the band’s sleazy attitude but embraces a shameless pop-aesthetic.
“Smokin’ In The Boy’s Room” and “Home Sweet Home”, a syrupy, sickly sweet 80’s ballad if ever there was one, are the most well known tracks but the album has much more to offer.
“Louder Than Hell” and “Fight For Your Rights” are the tracks to savour, fully embracing their notorious past and recalling their finest moments from Too Fast For Love and Shout At The Devil.
Motley Crue were the 80’s and Theatre Of Pain is as 80’s as it gets!
13. Razor – Evil Invaders
Canada’s Razor released 2 albums in 1985 but Evil Invaders just edges Executioner’s Song as the better of the 2, with its sharp riffing and bone-crushing songs.
Thrash Metal doesn’t come Thrashier, or more Metallic for that matter, than this auditory assault on the senses that can literally strip skin from bone (or endo-skeleton, if the cover art is anything to go by).
“Tortured Skull” and “Instant Death” are the highlights but the whole album hits warp speed for the majority of its running time so you may as well just sit back, crack open a beer and consume it all (beer and album)!