Ten Best Thrash Metal bands who have put out great material in recent years | Metaljesus Magazine

Thrash Metal is one of the most popular genres to be recognised in the Metal music spectrum not only from a standpoint of metalheads in general but also in mainstream media and rightly so. With bands like the Big Four of Thrash popularising the genre in the 80s followed by the Teutonic Thrash bands, and many of the other Bay Area and East Coast Bands. The genre saw a decline in the 90s as the Grunge scene took over and quite a few of the bands who pioneered the genre in the first place either went with the flow and experimented with their sounds (Metallica, Anthrax, etc.) or the sales of most of the thrash metal bands was severely affected in some way or the other. However, at the turn of the century, Thrash Metal scene was witnessing a resurgence of sorts with bands like Slayer returning with an album like God Hates Us. All after a few detours into the Nu Metal waters with albums like Diabolus in Musica and Anthrax returning with a more Thrash tinged album in the form of their record We’ve Come For You All and while the classic bands were trying to return to their old form, new bands formed like Vektor, Havok, Evile, etc. who released some of the very best records this genre has to offer in this century. 2016, was a year where a metalhead could safely say that it was the year of thrash with not only the legends but also the modern bands coming out with some of the best, most potent albums in the genre which was brought back to life from the brink of obsolescence.

The following list of Ten Best Thrash Metal bands who have put out great material in recent years and are still going strong despite the odds being stacked up against them. We have included Thrash Metal bands from both the old school and new school category.

10. Overkill – Spearheaded by Bobby Blitz and D.D. Verni, Overkill, though one of the oldest bands in the Thrash Metal scenario (formed in 1980), they were always the lesser known band in comparison to the bay area bands and their east coast contemporaries as well. However, they never compromised on their playing and style and churned one phenomenal album after the other. With a vile blend of Punk and NWOBHM elements incorporated together, their brand of thrash always stood apart. Their latest offering ‘The Grinding Wheel‘ is once again the Overkill brand of Thrash Metal and the unrelenting speed and brutality is never a tiresome journey and we hope that the mammoths of Thrash continue to make great records for years to come.

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9. Exumer – These German mammoths who reformed in 2001 briefly and then again in 2008 have been going strong. Two powerful records in the 21st century and it doesn’t seem like the band has any plans to look back. Their latest release ‘The Raging Tides‘ was a monster of an album and one which could easily put most of the new Thrash Metal bands to shame.

8. Anthrax – The most underrated of the Big 4 of Thrash, their 2003 record ‘We’ve Come For You All‘ was a record which redeemed the band in a way as it was a record which was a return to the more heavier spectrum of metal with a pinch of Thrash following their previous releases under the John Bush era but, it was not until 2011’s ‘Worship Music‘ which was the first album featuring Joey Belladona  that the band really shifted its gears and put out a record which is arguably their best in a long time featuring some thrashers like Fight Em Till You Can’t, The Giant and more. Their latest release ‘For All Kings‘ was a more focused and cohesive offering which was a well balanced mix of some mid-tempo Thrashers like ‘You Gotta Believe‘ and ‘Evil Twin‘ to some of the more heavier tracks (Also featuring ‘Blood Eagle Wings‘ which is the bands biggest song in their entire discography) and a balls out finisher ‘Zero Tolerance‘ which could might as well be one of their fastest track alongside Gung Ho.

7. Havok – One of the bands which formed in the 21st Century. Havok plays a vile blend of thrash in the veins of Bay Area mammoths Exodus while adding its own unique touch. The band has put out some very strong releases the most critically acclaimed of which happens to be their sophomore effort titled, ‘Time is Up‘. That album paired alongside their debut full-length release ‘Burn‘ are some of the best thrash metal releases in the modern era. Their last offering ‘Unnatural Selection‘ was a more mid-tempo thrasher, it still was a very powerful record. The band is now gearing up for their 4th album titled ‘Conformicide‘ which is set to release in March this year.

6. Kreator – One of the most well known bands from the German thrash metal scene, Kreator has consistently been putting out records worthy of accolades with some of the best albums in this century like ‘Phantom Antichrist‘ and their latest Record ‘Gods of Violence‘ with the latter featuring some new elements (albeit very little) and it looks like Kreator is not going to stop the Thrash Metal madness anytime soon!

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5. Death Angel – Ever since the band reformed in 2001, Death Angel has been releasing some quality albums each better than the last. With easily distinguishable vocals of Mark Osegueda and the phenomenal instrumentation, Death Angel had always been a band overlooked in the 80s, however, their revival was more than enough to create a buzz. Their latest offering titled ‘Evil Divide‘ is one of the best the band has made and it stands on par with with their classics. It also features Andreas Kisser from Sepultura in one of their tracks and it would be surprising if this band still does not get the respect it deserves.

4. Voivod – The most underrated band of its time, Voivod is the band which still releases quality Thrash. Their EP ‘Post Society‘ which was released in 2016 is a proof. The band released their full-length titled ‘Target Earth‘ in 2013 which was essentially the first to not feature Piggy (RIP) on guitars and even though the legend passed away years ago yet, the band has soldiered on bravely and it seems they are not keen on pulling the plug anytime soon.

3. Exodus – While Exodus had been existing even before most Thrash Metal bands, they never got their due as much as the Big 4 did, possibly because line-up changes and bad marketing decisions but that hasn’t stopped them from making some of the best Thrash Metal  albums in this century and the last. With the the return of Steve Souza (his third outing with the band) and their first record with him (also their tenth full-length record) since ‘Tempo of the Damned‘ album titled  ‘Blood in, Blood Out‘ which was released in 2014, was a breath of fresh air with more compact and relatively shorter tracks full of energy and piercing vocals Steve has always been known for and while Rob Dukes was handling the vocal department really well for the band, Steve was the vocalist for Exodus for the majority of the band’s fans. The band is working on their next full-length currently and it looks like this record will also be a blistering assault of thrash and brutality. Read our old interview with Steve from Exodus here.

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2. VektorVektor really upped their game by releasing possibly one of the best thrash metal albums in this decade titled ‘Terminal Redux‘. As of now, the only member left is the vocalist and guitarist Dave DiSanto but the three full-length albums the band has released are absolute gems and the very mix of thrash with progressive elements (something Voivod is also known for) and the Chuck Schuldiner-like vocals by DiSanto make this band stand apart from the sea of other thrash bands which have come to exist in recent times. While the future of the band now seems uncertain but the mark they have made is one which will stay for generations to come.

1. Testament – One of the most famous bands who were not part of the Big 4, the bay area legends have been on a roll since they released ‘Formation of Damnation‘ in 2008. The follow up to that release, ‘Dark Roots of Earth‘ was a step up from the predecessor as well containing some really great tracks and also consists of Alex Skolnick‘s most memorable solos in the song ‘True American Hate‘ and their recent release ‘Brotherhood of the Snake‘ just seems a step up from both the albums that Testament has released in the 21st century. The band has released some earth shattering albums, one after the other and each more cohesive than the other. While the band never made it as big as its bay area contemporaries in the Thrash Metal heydays, it’s Testament who are now coming out with the strongest old-school Thrash Metal material and hope so will continue to do so.

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Honourable Mentions : Metallica, Slayer, Onslaught, Annihilator, Anvil, Destruction.

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Anirudh Gollapudi (Metaljesus Magazine)

[EXCLUSIVE INDIAN PREMIERE] Nightbringer- Misrule (Single)

American Black Metal overlords NIGHTBRINGER are all set to release their brand new album entitled ‘Terra Damnata‘ via Season of Mist; have unleashed a brand new single upon the black mass, Misrule. The new album is out for release worldwide on April 14th, 2017.

The band known for primarily using melodies in their brand of Black Metal in the darkest and unholiest form have struck with this new track called Misrule. Enchanting melodies that create a mesmerising atmosphere paralleled with afflicting guitar and drum work. Powered by roaring vocals, the band has added a commanding flavor to it.

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The Grand Mammoth Festival 2017: What is the line up?

The Grand Mammoth Festival is a series of Metal shows that started back in 2012 in New Bombay. Organised by Moonlight Entertainments, the festival carries a rich history and has also featured ‘big names’ in their line ups so far. Putting up metal gigs in New Bombay has always been a big challenge. The Salt Water Creek Festival in 2012 was the biggest that featured 16 odd bands from all over the country but the chain of consequences faced by the promoter was tremendous. From handling the logistics, financials, handling the ground work with limited resources was a huge task but this hasn’t stopped anything from happening in the main camp.

The Grand Mammoth Festival returns in 2017 with a one of a kind line up, featuring two Bombay based bands and three out station bands. So what makes this edition special? Promoter Jeff Dani says, “It all started back in 2012, when I set out a music academy & jamming studio and soon in 2013 organised ‘The salt water creek Festival’, the biggest Rock/Metal Festival that Navi Mumbai had ever witnessed, had 16 bands from all across India. After this gig, faced a mad storm and didn’t really realise that it was actually coming my way. It took a toll and made me financially unstable. So, I had no option but to join some company that paid me good. That’s how Sutherland came into the picture & took an oath to myself to not to return to this madness of organising gigs.” He also adds about TGMF, stating that, “TGMF came into being in 2013 with some mad line-up and it went on till 2015. Organised 4 edition of TGMF one after the other. 2016 was like a full stop, my dad went through a major illness & other responsibilities to handle. Later, when I could actually breathe, I thought of putting up one more for the last time. One fine day, I got a call from Anchal ( Elemental) in October last year and he asked me to organize one and denied for the same & discussed with Hebzy & she was like “Why NOT?, WE CAN DO IT’’. And I called up Naresh & discussed. Many changes in the line-up, venue, the dates but yes, finally it’s happening on 26th March at Anitisocial, Khar.

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[EXCLUSIVE INDIAN PREMIERE] DEMONIC RESURRECTION: Kurma- The Tortoise (Official Lyric Video)

Indian Extreme Metal veterans Demonic Resurrection have dropped their second single off their latest and fifth outing ‘Dashavatar‘, titled ‘Kurma- The Tortoise‘. This also marks the band’s first album post the departure of their long term keyboardist Mephisto. The artworks done by Visual Amnesia has raised the expectation levels!

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The track opens with hypnotising riffs that paves way into heavy-duty blast beats and a monstrous vocal passage. The track is also packed with an enchanting aura that is brought forth with the help of keyboards played by Demonstealer. The bass lines are clear and is culminating in every way! Thanks to the production. The quick solos played in between are a welcome sign. The sound is new and fresh unlike the band’s previous releases. The band has definitely embarked upon a new journey with this album; that is both melodic and aggressive which compliments each other in the best possible way. I liked the clean vocal passages contributed by Pratika. It has surely given the track a different outlook.

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BEYOND CREATION: New Play-Through video!

BEYOND CREATION have released a new play-through video for the track “Abstrait Dialog” taken from the band’s latest album ‘Earthborn Evolution‘. Guitarist and vocalist Simon Girard demonstrates his burgeoning talent for the benefit of aspiring string artists.

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BEYOND CREATION are working on more live dates in support of their acclaimed latest full-length ‘Earthborn Evolution’ (2014), which was preceded by the Canadian’s stunning debut full-length ‘The Aura’ (2011, re-issued by Season of Mist in 2013). Feel the onrush of sweeping arpeggios, crushing waves of fretless bass, complex rhythmical patterns and erupting scales peppered with jazzy feeling and masterful execution under the mark of ‘Earthborn Evolution’, which names the sophomore full-length of BEYOND CREATION. The French part of Canada is home to a vibrant culture of technical Death Metal fostered by outstanding acts such as GORGUTS, CRYPTOPSY, MARTYR, and NEURAXIS. This illustrious family tree has produced many sprouts in the past, yet none of them are as brilliant as Quebec’s new amazing scion: BEYOND CREATION! Founded in the Olympic city of Montreal in the year 2005, the band worked hard to gain technical expertise before putting out their only demo in 2010. The immediate buzz resonated within and beyond technical Death Metal circles and was followed up by a self-release of “The Aura” (2011), which was re-issued by Season of Mist in 2013. With their debut album, BEYOND CREATION delivered a ferocious blend of technicality, melody, and brutality aided by fang-filled growls, which was interwoven with beautiful progressive interludes. Yet this was just the beginning as ‘Earthborn Evolution‘ proves beyond doubt. Their next step now catapults the Canadians into the top league of their genre, right among such giants as ATHEIST, DEATH or early CYNIC. There can be no doubt, BEYOND CREATION are leading proponents of the lightning evolution of the progressive technical death metal revolution!

Current line-up-
Simon Girard: vocals, 8-string guitars
Kevin Chartré: 8-string guitars
Hugo Doyon-Karout: 6-string fretless bass
Philippe Boucher: drums

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[EXCLUSIVE INDIAN PREMIERE] NECROWRETCH-Satanic Slavery

French Extreme Metal band NECROWRETCH have unleashed a breathtaking single from their new record titled ‘Satanic Slavery‘. The title track released in the form of an animated video, displays some mesmerising visuals that will keep you hooked through out. The album titled ‘Satanic Slavery‘ is all set to release via Season of Mist on April 14th, 2017.

Guitarist and singer Vlad states on behalf of NECROWRETCH We are proud to unleash the title-track of our new album ‘Satanic Slavery’. A dreadful incantation to hell containing all the elements of our defiled universe. This song will drown you in a lake of fire for the next one thousand years! In this animated video by Hexxagram the NECROWRETCH beast comes to live for the first time and it is out to get you!”

This gargantuan track is noted for it’s top notch blast beats granted by IImar. The rich tone of the drums and the Black Metal influenced play style is exemplary. The atmospheric guitar work is solid and the skilled tremolo picking and the vigorous rhythm sections are red-blooded. It definitely makes the track pierce through your ears in it’s entirety. In just over four minutes and thirty seconds the chorus and the vocals have added an impeccable old school touch to it; all thanks to their song writing and production!

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[EXCLUSIVE INDIAN PREMIERE]Replacire- Horsestance

Boston based Technical Death Metal hordes REPLACIRE have released their next track off their upcoming full length ‘Do Not Deviate‘. The album is set to release via March 17th under Season Of Mist.

The track punches with complex riffs and drum sections and a distinct vocal pattern. The chorus is moody and stands ground that supports the overall track’s reception. The band somehow reminds me of giants such as Decripit Birth, Necrophagist, Cryptopsy, to name a few. It’s unique nonetheless. I look forward to how this album would sound on a whole.

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