Top 30 Thrash Albums of 2015

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Another year down, not enough moshing accomplished. This is the same issue I have every year and at this point, I’m not sure how much moshing is enough moshing. However, I did roll out and rank my top 30 thrash albums of the year to try and help out any other individuals that are suffering from the same lack of moshing that I found myself in throughout 2015. There are some interesting mixtures to be found here, some newer bands clawed their way onto the list – including a rip roaring debut from Skeleton Pit, but a lot of the list is made up of more seasoned bands with multiple albums under their belt now like In Malice’s Wake or the ultra-fun punk spunk of Dr. Living Dead. There are even some “classic” bands throwing their hats into the ring like The Crown or Slayer, so there is plenty of variety for all kinds of thrashers here. Not to mention plenty of different styles of thrash that stretch from death metal influences all the way into the industrial arena and into the all too overlooked groove department.

Now I didn’t get to listen to every thrash release of the year, but it was well close to 200 through various links, promotional copies, and personal purchases that were considered for this list. If you are in a thrash band or know a thrash band that would like to be considered for their release next year, feel free to send an email with links, downloads, or just an FYI to The Metal Observer. Hopefully I can get through some more stuff next year and get that ‘moshing to not moshing’ ratio fixed.

 

THIRTY

Eradikator – Edge of Humanity

 

Eradikator

 

TWENTY NINE

Fog of War – Here Lies Humanity

 

Fog of War

 

TWENTY EIGHT

Black Mass – Ancient Scriptures

 

BLACK MASS

 

TWENTY SEVEN

Eradicator – Slavery

 

ERADICATOR

 

TWENTY SIX

Dr. Living Dead – Crush the Sublime Gods

 

DR LIVING DEAD

 

TWENTY FIVE

Zafakon – Release

 

ZAFAKON

 

TWENTY FOUR

Hatesphere – New Hell

 

HATESPHERE

 

TWENTY THREE

Slayer – Repentless

 

SLAYER

 

TWENTY TWO

Deathhammer – Evil Power

 

DEATHHAMMER

 

TWENTY ONE

Extinction A.D. – Faithkiller

 

EXTINCTION AD

 

TWENTY

Evil Invaders – Pulses of Pleasure

 

EVIL INVADERS

 

NINETEEN

Distillator – Revolutionary Cells

 

DISTILLATOR

 

EIGHTEEN

In Malice’s Wake – Light Upon the Wicked

 

IN MALICES WAKE

 

SEVENTEEN

Witchgrinder – Haunted

 

WITCHGRINDER

 

SIXTEEN

Dew-Scented – Intermination

 

 DEW SCENTED

 

FIFTEEN

Dekapited – Nacidos Del Odio

 

DEKAPITED

 

FOURTEEN

Bio-Cancer – Tormenting the Innocent

 

BIO CANCER

 

THIRTEEN

Criptofonia – Hazlo o Muere

 

CRIPTOFONIA

 

TWELVE

Impalers – God from the Machine

 

IMPALERS

 

ELEVEN

Harlott – Proliferation

 

HARLOTT

 

TEN

Skeleton Pit – Chaos at the Mosh Reactor

 

SKELETON PIT

 

NINE

Frosthelm – The Endless Winter

 

FROSTHELM

 

EIGHT

Hatchet – Fear Beyond Lunacy

 

HATCHET

 

SEVEN

The Crown – Death is Not Dead

 

THE CROWN

 

SIX

Lamb of God – VII: Sturm und Drang

 

LAMB OF GOD

 

FIVE

Alcoholator – Escape from Reality

 

ALCOHOLATOR

 

FOUR

Ultra-Violence – Deflect the Flow

 

ULTRA VIOLENCE

 

THREE

Gama Bomb – Untouchable Glory

 

GAMA BOMB

 

TWO

Venom – From the Very Depths

 

VENOM

 

ONE

Angelus Apatrida – Hidden Evolution

 

ANGELUS APATRIDA

 

 

And just for shits and giggles, I thought I would throw on my Top 5 Biggest Disappointments in Thrash on this list as well. Just for conversation.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS:

  1. Essence – Prime
  2. One Machine – The Final Cull
  3. Reign of Fury – Death by Thy Shepherd
  4. Soulfly – Archangel
  5. Bloodrocuted – Disaster Strikes Back

How do you think I did? Did I miss something? Was the ranking wrong? Spit some bullets below about what you think the best thrash metal albums of the year was!

3 thoughts on “Top 30 Thrash Albums of 2015

  1. Good list, I chuckled at the two bands with similar names Eradikator/Eradicator. The Angelus Apatrida was my #2 thrash album. Here's a couple I think you missed (or should listen to again: Ranger "Where Evil Dwells" (my #1), and Shallow Ground "Embrace the Fury" (my #4).

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