Australian Thrash: The 10 Greatest Old-School Albums!

Our antipodean cousins are hardly renowned for thrash (at least not in the 80’s and early 90’s anyway) but there was some supreme talent lurking down under, steadily feeding the underground a solid collection of old-school classics that remain well worthy of your time. Presented in alphabetical order as opposed to any kind of ranking….. Addictive – Pity Of Man (1989) Australian thrashers Addictive may be no more than a footnote in the history of thrash metal but, for a short time in the late 80’s, these Antipodean anarchists were one of the leading bands in the Aussie scene. Playing hard and fast, it appears that Addictive were influenced by the usual suspects of the era (Metallica, Sacred Reich, Dark Angel, Testament) and a decent attempt at James Hetfield mimicry in the vocal department backs up that assumption. Opener “Get Out Of My Life” took the direct approach and much of Pity of Man subsequently stuck to a similar path; one built around ultimate aggression backed by socio-conscious lyrics. While not quite in the same league as Mortal Sin and Hobbs’ Angel of Death (more on them later), Addictive were still addictive enough (sic) to make a mark on an overcrowded scene … Continue reading Australian Thrash: The 10 Greatest Old-School Albums!