7. Flotsam and Jetsam – Flotsam and Jetsam
What a return to form this was! Flotsam and Jetsam had no mis-fires, no weak links, just track after track of modern thrash/speed metal mayhem powered by outstanding across-the-board performances and a multitude of stunning ideas.
Not really a comeback – they never really went away – Flotsam and Jetsam was nevertheless an overwhelming and surprising success, rejuvenating the career of a band seemingly lost in the wilderness who’ve finally found their way home!
You need to hear: “Seventh Seal”, a precise power-thrashing that comes with laced with typical ‘Flotz’ melody.
6. Death Angel – The Evil Divide
Another classic thrash band in full flow, Death Angel’s The Evil Divide proved to be a super-catchy thrash masterclass to rival 2008’s riff-bible Killing Season.
Ever since they kick-started the thrash renaissance we’re still currently enjoying, Death Angel have proved themselves worthy of constant adulation, releasing album after album of quality melodic thrash and, if possible, bettering all of their material post-millennium with The Evil Divides.
And, in truth, if we had to choose one thrash song about a moth in 2016, it’d be Death Angel’s stomping “The Moth” over ‘tallica’s “Moth Into Flame” any day!
You need to hear: “Cause for Alarm”, a vintage Bay Area thrasher that stops and starts as often as a tour bus. Staccato mayhem!
5. Deströyer 666 – Wildfire
A blackened thrash masterclass from Destroyer 666, Wildfire reeked of the old-school and galloped harder than a thousand horses fleeing a glue factory!
Frankly, Wildfire was akin to stumbling across the early-doors recordings of teutonic terrors Destruction and Sodom fed through Lemmy’s Rickenbacker….a maddening, speed-obsessed, completely unhinged thrash attack that’s clearly in love with the sheer adrenaline of playing this type of heavy fuckin’ metal.
Remember when thrash sounded dangerous? Wildfire rekindled that feeling!
You need to hear: “Die You Fucking Pig”….with a title like that how can you not check this shit out?!