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All the bands I used to like are going down the drain
What the hell has happened here, have they gone insane?
I used to think that heavy bands ignored the current trends
But once you've been in rolling stone you learn about your friends

-- Razor - Stabbed In The Back

When Metallica's Kill 'em All and Slayer's Show No Mercy were released in 1983, a new groundbreaking sub genre of heavy metal was born. Drawing its inspiration from the new wave of British heavy metal and hardcore punk, thrash metal became the most uncompromising form of metal music up to that point. In the mid-to-late 1980s the original thrash metal scene took a steep rise into public recognition, reached its peak in popularity by the end of the 1980s, and then gradually faded out of view.

This site is dedicated to reviews of old school thrash metal albums, with an emphasis on classic bands from the period when the genre was at its peak. Featuring 1244 albums from 722 bands at the moment, this collection is meant to give an occasional visitor at least a fair idea of the extent of the traditional thrash metal scene, and hopefully provide information about many obscure releases from the old days. If you are new to this site then be sure to read the info page before anything else.

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In Memoriam: JEFF HANNEMAN (SLAYER) January 31, 1964 - May 2, 2013

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