Thrash Metal

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Thrash Metal (sometimes referred to simply as Thrash) is a subgenre of Heavy Metal music. Thrash is at the more Extreme Metal end of the Heavy Metal spectrum and can be characterised by high speed and aggressive Guitar riffs, that also feature fast, percussive and low-register sounds, overlaid with shredding-style lead work. Thrash metal lyrics also often deal with social issues using visceral and blunt language, an approach which partially overlaps with the hardcore genre. A lot of times the vocals are clean cut. The “Big Four” are easy examples and very good examples of the genre, they are Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, and Anthrax, these are the 4 that simultaneously created and popularised the genre in the early 1980s.

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The origins of thrash metal are generally traced to the late 1970s and early 1980s, when a number of bands began incorporating the sound of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and the attitude of the punk movement, thus creating a new genre and developing into a separate movement from Punk, Rock and Hardcore. This genre is much more aggressive compared to the genre that's often thought of as its relative, Speed Metal, which would generally be a lot more "technical".

Thrash metal features a number of fast and rapid tempos, low-register, quick, complex guitar riffs, high-register guitar solos, and aggressive vocals. Thrash rhythm guitar playing is characterised by "palm muting" and "staccato" with a heavily distorted tone and tightly controlled riffs to create a “chugging” sound.

Thrash guitar solos are almost exclusively played at high speed, as they are usually characterised by "shredding", and use techniques such as "sweep picking", "legato phrasing", "alternate picking", "string skipping", and "two-hand tapping". Thrash lead guitarists are rooted in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Frantic bass drum use is also common. Thrash drummers often use two bass drums. Some thrash drummers are revered as some of the “best drummers in rock”.

Bassists Techniques

Due to the genre’s high speed, many thrash bassists use a pick to keep up with the other instruments. However, some prominent bassists within thrash used their fingers, including Frank Bello, Greg Christian and Cliff Burton. Several bassists use an overdriven or distorted bass tone, an approach popularised by Burton and Lemmy of Motörhead.

Some Thrash Bands

Not everyone will always agree on what's Thrash and what's not, but this list had a number of artists that would fit into that bracket, as well as probably some others;-

A-E

Absu

Accept

Agent Steel

Agnostic Front

Allegiance

Annihilator

Anthrax

Apollyon Sun

Arch Enemy

At the Gates

Austrian Death Machine

Bad Brains

Bathory

Black Label Society

Body Count

Carnivore

Cavalera Conspiracy

Celtic Frost

Channel Zero

Chimaira

Corrosion of Conformity

Cro-Mags

Dark Funeral

Discharge

Divine Heresy

Down

D.R.I.

Electro Hippies

Evile

Exodus

The Exploited

F-L

Fantômas

Fear Factory

Flotsam and Jetsam

Gama Bomb

Gojira

Gwar

The Haunted

Kremated

Kreator

Lamb of God

Lawnmower Deth

M-P

Madball

Megadeth

Mercyful Fate

Metal Church

Metallica

Ministry

Mnemic

Mortification

M.O.D.

Mordred

Municipal Waste

Mutilator

Nailbomb

Nuclear Assault

Overkill

Pantera

Pestilence

Prong

Q-Z

Rage

Sacred Reich

Sadus

Sepultura

Slayer

Sodom

Soulfly

Static-X

Stormtroopers of Death

Suicidal Tendencies

Sworn Enemy

Terrorizer

Trivium

Venom

Vio-Lence

Vision of Disorder

Voivod

Wasted Youth