The Once and Future Thrash: Top 30 Thrash Albums of 2014

AK-47 ShellsLast year was the first year I took the massive amounts of thrash music that smothers my inbox and credit card statements and ranked it into a top thirty list. It was a grueling endeavor that consumed most of my time in the latter part of November and early December, but I was able to sift through a ton of material to give you, oh dear readers of The Metal Observer, a sort of snap shot of the year. 2014 was no different.

 

Just under 200 full-length albums sat on my listening queue for the better part of six weeks as I went back and gave a quick listen to the moshing staples of the year. This year’s list (like last year’s list) is something of a mixed bag of classic bands, new bands, and underrated bands. This year however, there seemed to be surge of sophomore records that massively jumped in quality and lifted many bands (who just missed the cut in years past) to make it. There are also a few of the outliers in the list of bands that may not be fully thrash, but had enough of a thrash foundation or influence to make the list. As a whole though, thrash this year was a mixed bag and while many of the diligent acts showcased their best there were definitely some disappointments to be found too.

 

So without further ado, here is my official cuts for Top 30 Thrash Albums of 2014!

 

Morti Viventi - The Day the Dead Returnted Cover

30. Morti Viventi – The Day the Dead Return…

Random Revenge - Justice of Chaos

29. Random Revenge – Justice of Chaos

Exodia - Hellbringer Cover

28. Exodia – Hellbringer

Witchaven - Blood Sacrifice Cover

27. Witchaven – Blood Sacrifice

Cavalera Conspiracy - Pandemonium

26. Cavalera Conspiracy – Pandemonium

Atomic Head - March of the Urban Zombies Cover

25. Atomic Head – March of the Urban Zombies

Prematory - Corrupting Influence Cover

24. Prematory – Corrupting Influence

Nocturnal Breed - Napalm Nights

23. Nocturnal Breed – Napalm Nights

Lost Society - Terror Hungry

22. Lost Society – Terror Hungry

Tormenter - Propehtic Deceiver

21. Tormenter – Prophetic Deceiver

Necrodeath - The 7 Deadly Sins

20. Necrodeath – The 7 Deadly Sins

Iron Reagan - The Tyranny of Will

19. Iron Reagan – The Tyranny of Will

Reactory - High on Radiation

18. Reactory – High on Radiation

Chronosphere - Embracing Oblivion

17. Chronosphere – Embracing Oblivion

Dust Bolt - Awake the Riot

16. Dust Bolt – Awake the Riot

Overkill - White Devil Armory

15. Overkill – White Devil Armory

Revocation - Deathless

14. Revocation – Deathless

Insanity Alert - Insanity Alert Cover

13. Insanity Alert – Insanity Alert

Dismemberment - Embrace the Dark

12. Dismemberment – Embrace the Dark

Rigor Mortis - Slaves to the Grave

11. Rigor Mortis – Slaves to the Grave

Goatwhore - Constricting Rage of the Merciless

10. Goatwhore – Constricting Rage of the Merciless

Burning Nitrum - Molotov

09. Burning Nitrum – Molotov

Hirax - Immortal Legacy

08. Hirax – Immortal Legacy

Game Over - Burst into the Quiet

07. Game Over – Burst into the Quiet

Shrapnel - The Virus Conspires

06. Shrapnel – The Virus Conspires

Legion of the Damned - Ravenous Plague

05. Legion of the Damned – Ravenous Plague

The Haunted - Exit Wounds

04. The Haunted – Exit Wounds

Exmortus - Slaves to the Sword

03. Exmortus – Slave to the Sword

Exodus - Blood In Blood Out

02. Exodus – Blood In Blood Out

Killer Be Killed - Killer Be Killed

01. Killer Be Killed – Killer Be Killed

 

Just for shits and giggles, here is my top five biggest thrash disappointments of the year too.

BIGGEST THRASH DISAPPOINTMENTS:

 

  1. One Machine – The Distortion of Lies and the Overdriven Truth
  2. Sanctuary – The Year the Sun Died
  3. Nervosa – Victim of Yourself
  4. Iced Earth – Plagues of Babylon
  5. Hatriot – Dawn of a New Centurion

 

 

What do you thrashers think? There is only so much time in the year for me to hunt down and listen to so much thrash, but was there a few releases I missed? You should dump some toxic waste and let me know if there is something I missed or should have rated differently!

Also, if you are a thrash band looking for a place for your album to be reviewed and/or considered for this year end list – feel free to email us over at [email protected]!

9 thoughts on “The Once and Future Thrash: Top 30 Thrash Albums of 2014

  1. I'm really glad to see my band Atomic Head on this ranking 🙂 in your face, Cavalera brothers ( haha , J/k ). I thought Exodus' album was the best thrash thing of the year, but I'll certainly check Killer be Killed out, if that album is better than Blood in Blood Out, then it's a piece of art !

  2. and if you haven't heard the new album in december 2014 from MENTALLY DEFILED from GREECE i'm sure that the 2 first places would belong to these bands , BATTERY from DENMARK and MENTALLY DEFILED from GREECE

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