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Thrash Metal Masterpieces

C. Lee
 
Beneath the Remains
Beneath the Remains
"Not as well known as Chaos AD or Roots but certainly the Brazilian's breakthrough album.  In my opinion their heaviest and most dynamic album, bursting with galloping riffs and manacing vocals."
Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver
"Without a shadow of a doubt the greatest British thrash metal album!  This wonderful concept album was superbly crafted, atmospheric and really unleashed the full lyrical brilliance of Martin Walkyier"
Bonded By Blood
Bonded By Blood
"The least known of the Bay Area thrash titans, dwarfed by Metallica and Megadeth.  This album has real power and songcraft."
Master Of Puppets
Master Of Puppets
"THE definitive thrash album, proving that the genre wasn't simply blood and thunder (plenty of that with Battery) by showcasing a more eclectic side (Orion, etc)."
The Legacy
The Legacy
"Testament never really lived up to the promise of this sophisticated and bruising early work, shame really."
In Search of Sanity
In Search of Sanity
"I doubt you could get this for love nor money now but it was one of the only truly good British thrash albums, a worthy effort."
Reign in Blood
Reign in Blood
"So heavy it shattered all preconceptions, how could human beings play this fast?  Still utterly compelling and crushingly brutal today."
How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today
How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today
"I never can decide if they were really thrash or not but they had a really heavy and challenging groove that demands a listen, storming title track."
Surf Nicaragua
Surf Nicaragua
"Probably doesn't deserve to get in here on merit, but as an eclectic choice it works and it had a great cover!"
Never, Neverland (Reissue)
Never, Neverland (Reissue)
"Bizarrely overlooked for the more overwrought first album, this was more stripped down, more to the point and if you could write the riff on Stonewall you'd be smiling like a Cheshire Cat!"
Coma Of Souls
Coma Of Souls
"Got to have a Kreator album, but which one?  I can't choose so I'll pick my personal favourite."
Fuck You And Then Some / Feel The Fire
Fuck You And Then Some / Feel The Fire
"Deliberately offensive?  Yes.  Crass? Perhaps.  Heavy and driving with a really cool riff?  Absolutely!"
Handle With Care
Handle With Care
"Never in the top league, but tried hard and here they are with green tendencies."
Among The Living
Among The Living
"A really tough one this, which Anthrax?  Their earlier albums had great songs but fluff and later they produced more rounded works without the truly great tracks.  Can't argue with I Am The Law."
The Best.The Rest.The Rare
The Best.The Rest.The Rare
"Goes against the grain to pick a 'best of' but this has all the good stuff and none of the unfortunate dross which marred much of their output.  They really were good before Pink Bubbles Go Ape!"
Speak English Or Die
Speak English Or Die
"A great antidote to all the snobbery around thrash.  Proved it could be fun, even if it did little to improve the perception that it wasn't a politically correct genre!"
Rust In Peace
Rust In Peace
"Nearly forgot them!  I loved this Megadeth lineup best, Marty Friedman could play and then some!  Quite incredible upping of the thrash ante with these riffs."