The 5 Albums That Changed The Shape Of Thrash!
Game-changers, each and every one of 'em!
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!
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.
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!