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The 5 Albums That Changed The Shape Of Thrash!

Game-changers, each and every one of 'em!

Slayer – Reign In Blood (1986)

Source // www.musicradar.com

29 frantic minutes, 10 blistering tracks.

This peak of thrash perfection was created by a band who epitomised the scene like no other. Dave Lombardo’s aggressive and revolutionary drumming, Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman’s piercing, puncturing riffs and Tom Araya’s growling bass and vocals, somehow merged to create extreme metal which transcended genre and solidified their position among the thrash elite.

Slayer played harder than anyone else , they played faster than anyone else and Reign In Blood was more ruthless and more clinically effective than any thrash album that had come before it. And, while it may be no easy listen, Reign In Blood remains an endlessly rewarding experience and its insistent and incendiary nature never fails to surprise.

Backed up by Rick Rubin’s (Metallica/System Of A Down/Slipknot) pristine, significantly ahead of its time production, Slayer crafted an album that has arguably never been equaled in ferocity – although Dark Angel’s shockingly savage Darkness Descends and Kreator’s Pleasure To Kill came damn close!

Reign In Blood changed the shape of thrash overnight…..and even Slayer themselves couldn’t surpass it!

About Chris Jennings (1978 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/

2 Comments on The 5 Albums That Changed The Shape Of Thrash!

  1. 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.

    • Chris Jennings // June 8, 2018 at 8:13 am // Reply

      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!

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