Theme Thursday – A Decade of Thrash

What is your opinion of the standard thrash recipe?  Do you think thrash as become weak over the years, stayed the same, got better, or a little bit of everything?  Does thrash make you want to puke or snap your fingers…snap your neck?  The theme for this week is going to focus on thrash from 2001-2010.  Not so much the bands themselves, but the songs that define the music.  I will cover the last 10 years with a few words on what’s out in 2011 already. Part II of this theme is that all the songs I talk about fit onto one CD-R.  If you like the tunes I picked it makes for a great mix.  I  will let the playlist do the talking and by all means feel free to comment.

 This is not designed to highlight one song per year, but a collection of songs throughout the decade.  Some years have multiple songs.

2001 – SLIPKNOT – Disasterpiece; off the album Iowa

Slipknot will probably never be one of my top 10 bands, but it is hard to deny the ferocity in many of their songs.  I do like them and would love to see a live show.  Disasterpiece in particular is probably one of my favorites from the Iowa thrashers.

2002 – KILLSWITCH ENGAGE – Life to Lifeless; off the album Alive or Just Breathing

There isn’t one particular album from Killswitch that I can say I love from start to finish, but when they get it right they can be just as heavy as any other band out there.  Life to Lifeless is one of the first songs I heard from them and still rocks nearly a decade later.

2003 – CHILDREN OF BODOM – You’re Better Off Dead; off the album Hate Crew Death Roll

I think there is a class of Bodom fans that either like the newer Bodom or the older Bodom.  I like a little bit of both, but I only got into Bodom in the more recent years of their career.  Like Killswitch, I don’t particularly like a Bodom album from start to finish, but when they get it right their songs can really shred.  You’re Better Off Dead is one of those thrash songs that doesn’t let up.

2003 – DEVLDRIVER – I Could Care Less; off the album DevilDriver

When I hear this song I want to throw a chair.  I am not the type to actually do it, but I feel it during this song.  DevilDriver is not the type of band to really let up at all.  They have no ballads or very many short melodic guitar breaks.  DevilDriver pretty much has been shredding since the beginning.  If DevilDriver did make a ballads of sorts, do you think it would be good?  Did you like Dez’s old band Coal Chamber?

2004 – LAMB OF GOD – Now You’ve Got Something To Die For; off the album Ashes of the Wake

I can honestly say I don’t like Lamb of God that much, but a lot of people do. I managed to catch them three times in concert so I saw first hand what a Lamb of God pit can be like.  They just seem too intense for me and their music is a bit all over the place.  I like a more steady flow of the instruments (See Overkill).  Lamb of God is Fierce, yes!  And I do like a handful of songs such as Now You’ve Got Something To Die For.  Of all that bands on my list, this one is my overall least favorite.  However, they do have a few songs that make for good mosh pits.

2005 – ARCH ENEMY – Nemesis; off the album Doomsday Machine

This was the song that got me into Arch Enemy.   So it is obvious why my fanship with the band is of the newer generation.  I also liked Carcass and I do hear Amott’s trademark sounds in Arch Enemy as I heard them in Carcass many moons ago.  I think Angela Gassow has a pretty harsh voice for the female type.  I have backtracked a bit with Arch Enemy, but never listened to anything with the former male vocalist.  We are halfway through the decade and there is still so much more thrash to talk about.

2006 – HATEBREED – Defeatist; off the album Supremacy

Defeatist is another chair throwing song and is my favorite song from Hatebreed.  Overall, Hatebreed is bit intense for my taste, but when they hit, they hit hard.  I do like Jasta’s new band Kingdom of Sorrow which is a Hatebreed/Crowbar mix.  I actually hear both bands intertwined in Kingdom of Sorrow and they are pretty good.  Defeatist makes for a fast paced, angry, mosh pit-type song.  Definitely worth of being on this list.

2007 MACHINE HEAD – Seasons Wither; off the album Through The Ashes of Empires

I love Machine Head so this part of the post might be a bit biased.  Honestly, I wouldn’t change anything about this song.  It has all the elements of thrash, speed, and melody.  IMO is one of Machine Head’s best songs.  In a Machine Head top 10 list, Seasons Wither is top 3 in my book.  Through the Ashes of Empires is an excellent Machine Head album.

2008 EVILE – Thrasher; off the album Enter The Grave

In 2008 I had no idea who Evile was, but thanks to living in England I have been exposed to more UK and also Euro-Scandinavian metal and folk-metal.  Evile reminds me of the old days of thrash.  They have a certain purity in their music that leads me to believe these guys are going to make a name for themselves internationally.  Evile is probably the most lesser known bands on this list.  Although new to me, this is a fantastic no frills thrash song.

2008 TRIVIUM – Insurrection; off the album Shogun

Trivium, a little more well-known than Evile is a thrash band that makes me feel the legacy of Metallic and Megadeth will live on well into the future.  I like these guys a lot and Insurrection is a no-holds barred ass-kicking thrash song.  Insurrection is great to work out to and a great opening track for a live show.  New Trivium in 2011…I can’t wait.

2009 CHIMAIRA – The Disappearing Sun; off the album The Infection

It took me a while to get into Chimaira.  I think their first couple albums seemed more Nu-metal that the thrash band they have become.  Chimaira is an excellent live band and if you haven’t seen any footage from Coming Alive you should check it out.  The Disappearing Sun is just plain bone-crushing metal.  It’s just so damn heavy you have to hear it for yourself.  One thing I like is the double bass drum in the beginning that changes speeds.  It’s a bit subtle, but if you listen you can hear it…I imagine that technique is tough to do while keeping time.   Since Chimaira lost their bassist, I am curious to hear if their sound will change much.

2009 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – Dying Breed; off the album War Is The Answer

It took me a minute to absorb FFDP.  I like their aggressive nature and also the melody they infuse within.  Because of that you might think they were a Scandinavian band, but they are American, except for lead guitarist Zoltan Bathory…who is from Norway.  That explains a lot of things.  I have some respect for the guys who stopped at US bases overseas to play some shows for the GIs.  Thank you, although they didn’t come to my base…at least they took some time out for my military bretheren in Germany.  FFDP is great live.  I think they are on to something with their sound and I look forward to future efforts from this US/EURO infused thrash band.

2009 MEGADETH – This Day We Fight; off the album Endgame

This is the best Megadeth I have heard in years.  Chris Broderick really brought something to the table when he joined Dave and Co.  Of course, Megadeth is #1 for me and has been for years…but all bias aside, if you even remotely like Megadeth I think you will be impressed with Endgame.  This Day We Fight is also pretty brutal in Megadeth terms.

2010 DEATH ANGEL – Truce; off the album Relentless Retribution

The Bay Area thrashers really made a name for themselves in the early 90’s.  After an unfortunate bus accident the band broke up until a few years ago.  New and improved (so to speak) Death Angel’s Relentless Retribution is a solid thrash album.  Their two previous (come back) albums were pretty good, but this latest edition to the Death Angel repertoire is solid thrash.

2010 NEVERMORE – The Obsidian Conspiracy; off the album The Obsidian Conspiracy

I was introduced to Nevermore when this album was released and I was immediately impressed.  Warrel Dane’s voice is unlike any other and I think that really separates this band from other thrash bands.  Nevermore has been around a while and it’s no surprise.  Their recipe for thrash is unique and heavy.  If you haven’t had a chance to check them out, what are you waiting for?

2010 – SOULFLY – Bloodbath and Beyond; off the album Omen

Soulfly definitely has their moments.  When they are heavy they are heavy.  I can’t say that I love any particular Soulfly album through and through, but a few songs off each album can make for a great CD mix or a live show setlist.  Bloodbath and Beyond is nothing less than brutal thrash metal that you would expect from Max Cavalera.

Presented for you was the last decade of thrash…at least what can fit on one CD.  Do you think this is a good representation of the decade?  After seeing this list how would you rate the last 10 years?  Personally, I don’t think thrash in general has let up.  It’s getting better like a fine wine.  There may be some weaknesses here and there, but as a whole thrash is still brutal, always was, and will always will be.  Why do I predict that?  I have two more songs from 2011 that will also fit on this part II theme CD we talked about.

2011 AMON AMARTH – Destroyer of the Universe; off the album Surter Rising

2011 CAVALERA CONSPIRACY – Killing Inside; off the album Blunt Force Trauma

Need I say more? I think the future of thrash is in good hands.  What do you think?


About Reggie

Just a dude writing a heavy metal blog and always on the prowl for a cool metal show. I am also a family man...first and foremost!

Posted on June 15, 2011, in Theme Thursday and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. In the past years thrash metal is a different beast. It seems to me it has gotten a bit heavier and the guitarists are using a lot of different tones than the standard “thrash tone” that was usually present in just about every thrash album in the 80’s and 90’s. Nowadays it seems that thrash is a base ingredient in the more complex metal recipes that are around today, and I’m totally cool with that. I do dig when newer bands do keep the classic core thrash sound truer, like Evile and Havok. I dig where bands like Machine Head have taken their thrash roots and have become a beast on its own. But for me the best thrash was from the 80’s with Anthrax, Sacred Reich, Exodus, and Overkill.

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