Metal Luminaries from Megadeth, Metallica, and More Share Their Favorite Thrash Records

Writing a top 10 list vacillates between easy and hard faster than the questions in a typical Trivia Crack game. Sometimes, the lists flow right out and you nail it. Others, though, you stew on and cross off items on the list, add them back, and cross them off again as the little voice in the back of your head reminds you constantly about every argument you can think of as to why the list is wrong.  This week's cover story, The Ten Best Thrash Metal Records of All-Time, explores a storied genre and posits what list would be complete without the input of a few veterans of the scene.

So we asked them. Here are some of the responses we got. 

Jason Newsted, ex-Flotsam & Jetsam, Metallica, Voivod

Motorhead - Overkill, Bomber, Ace of Spades
Voivod - Voivod, Killing Technology, Nothingface
Venom - Welcome to Hell
Exodus - Bonded by Blood
Sepultura - Beneath the Remains, Chaos A.D., Roots 
Slayer - Show No Mercy, Reign in Blood
Metallica - Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets
Megadeth - Killing Is My Business . . . And Business Is Good, Peace Sells . . . But Who's Buying?
Vio-lence - Eternal Nightmare
Death Angel - The Ultra Violence
Sacred Reich - Ignorance
Anthrax - Fist Full of Metal
Cro Mags - Age of Quarrel
Metal Church - Metal Church
Corrosion of Conformity - Eye for an Eye

Phil Rind, Sacred Reich

1. Slayer -Reign in Blood
2. Metallica - Master of Puppets
3. Slayer - Hell Awaits
4. Metallica - And Justice for All
5. Metallica - Kill 'Em All
6. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
7. Megadeth - Killing Is My Business . . .  And Business Is Good
8. Corrosion of Conformity - Animosity
9. Exodus - Bonded by Blood
10. Sepultura - Arise
11. DRI - Dealing With It
12. Corrosion of Conformity - Blind
13. Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power
14. Sepultura - Beneath the Remains
15. Voivod - Killing Technology
16. Dark Angel - Darkness Descends
17. Destruction - Eternal Devastation
18. S.O.D. - Speak English or Die
19. Venom - Black Metal
20. Forbidden - Forbidden Evil

Phil Rind speaks: 
Metallica and Slayer are on a different level than everyone else. Slayer gets the top nod due to Reign's sheer pummeling aggression. Metallica are the better band, but Slayer makes me want to punch people in the face.

The Megadeth and Exodus records were big early influences when we started Sacred Reich (in addition to the main two, see above). Corrosion of Conformity and D.R.I. were big influences early on, too, especially lyrically.

The Sepultura records are just brutal and have an intensity that is Slayeresque. Vulgar is a heavy record for something more "recent." 

Voivod, Death Angel, Destruction, SOD, and Venom were early favorites.

We toured with Forbidden very early on and I saw firsthand what a great band the were.

Danko Jones

1. Metallica - Master of Puppets
2. Slayer - Reign in Blood
3. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
4. Anthrax - Among the Living
5. Death Angel - The Ultra-Violence
6. Exodus - Bonded By Blood
7. Megadeth - Peace Sells . . . But Who’s Buying?
8. S.O.D. - Speak English or Die
9. Voivod - Dimension Hatross
10. Annihilator - Never Neverland
11. Testament - The New Order
12. Sepultura - Beneath the Remains
13. Overkill - Taking Over
14. Suicidal Tendencies - Join the Army
15. Sacred Reich - Ignorance
16. Sacrifice - Forward to Termination
17. Kreator - Terrible Certainty
18. Voivod - Killing Technology
19. Forbidden - Twisted Into Form
20. Razor - Shotgun Justice

Danko Jones speaks:
This list is one-quarter Canadian. Yes, I’m Canadian, but Canada had a lot of great metal.
With the exception of S.O.D. and Suicidal Tendencies, I kept it to strictly heavy metal bands.

1) Dave Carlo (Razor) is an overlooked metal riff maestro
2) I would’ve included Age of Quarrel by Cro-Mags, but it’s a crossover album
3) Maybe switch Reign in Blood with Master of Puppets?  Nah, leave ’em like that. No, switch ’em. No, leave ’em.
4) I should’ve included Vio-lence.