Slayer’s “Reign in Blood” turns 30! No ratings yet.

Artist: Slayer Album: Reign in Blood Genre: Thrash Origin: America Year:1986
Artist: Slayer
Album: Reign in Blood
Genre: Thrash
Origin: America
Year:1986

The year was 1986 and the extreme’s of thrash metal were starting to be pushed to higher boundaries. With 2 albums already released, Slayer was already making a huge name for themselves. Though “Hell Awaits” was heavier and darker sounding that its predecessor, the iconic album “Reign in Blood” went even further down the same path, leaving an even bigger, if not the BIGGEST mark on metal history. Though the album is technically considered thrash metal, it should more importantly be considered as an album that hugely influenced the more extreme genres of metal, such as black and death metal. Without the blistering fast chromatic riffs written over lightning speed thrash beat drumming, you could easily see the early stages of death metal.  Given the same compositions, replacing Tom Araya’s thrash screams with some harsher sounding gutteral vocals, maybe even downtune the instruments to add icing on the cake, we would easily have a death metal album. We can use Monstrosity’s cover of Angel of Death for reference.

Beowülf – Beowülf No ratings yet.

Riddle me this, riddle me that, why the fuck did the Metal-Archives remove Beowülf from

Artist: Beowülf Album: Beowülf Year: 1986 Genre: Crossover Thrash Label: Suicidal Records
Artist: Beowülf
Album: Beowülf
Year: 1986
Genre: Crossover Thrash
Label: Suicidal Records

the entries? I mean, they still have Excel and Beyond Possession and those two lay way more on the punk side of crossover. Who the fuck knows with those ass backwards elitist fuckwads that also removed Toxic Narcotic but host numerous amounts of (insert buzzword)-core bands on there. Well we’re not here to discuss the actual amount of metal required in the equation to be considered an element we’re here to talk about Beowülf‘s 1986 debut self titled album.

Signed to Suicidal Records, Beowülf sounds like a mix between Suicidal Tendencies and Cro-Mags. There is something really tight sounding about this album. I feel their follow up album Lost My Head, But I’m Back on the Right Track is better but this is a killer old-school album for crossover thrash enthusiasts.

Check out some Beowülf, you won’t regret it, but , how does it feel? TO TASTE THE STEEL!

    Tracklist

  1. “Took the Jewel” (2:35)
  2. “No Doubt” (2:47)
  3. “Drink, Fight, Fuck” (1:48)
  4. “All I Need” (2:41)
  5. “Shoot Them Down” (2:15)
  6. “Taste the Steel (Extended Fight Version)” (4:02)
  7. “Phuck” (3:16)
  8. “Get the Grind” (3:17)
  9. “Americanizm” (1:51)
  10. “Down ‘Til Dead” (3:07)
  11. “Belligerence” (1:27)
  12. “Don’t Give a Damn” (3:16)
  13. “(My Life) Alcohol” (3:03

Onslaught – The Force No ratings yet.

 

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Artist: Onslaught
Album: The Force
Genre: Thrash
Year: 1986
Origin: U.K.
Label: Under One Flag
Sounds Like: Epic Thrash

Coming from a skullcrushing crust punk sound in their early music, Onslaught’s The Force is a refined, epic, thrash, masterpiece.Onslaught, much like Sacrilege, started off as a hardcore/crusty punk band and evolved into a brilliant thrash band. Unlike their debut album Power From Hell (a very under rated and ripped off constantly album) which was a raw crusty thrash album, Onslaught sewed together elements of the bay area thrash scene and Iron Maiden stylised epic tales of fighting demonic beasts and the mighty forces of metal creating the masterpiece of an album called The Force. There is nothing short of epic on this album. 7 minute riff wars which detail the apocalypse and the mortals that were cursed to fight with the beast!

Thrash from the U.K. has always been a powerful sound. The Force further drives that statement home. The awesome duelling guitars that Onslaught brings on The Force are very signature to the sound of this album. Like I said earlier, each song is like a 7 minute riff war with pounding drums and driving bass. Sy Keeler’s vocals are very dynamic as well ranging from a graspy thrash drawl to a high pitch scream at the drop of a dime.

The most epic track on this album is “Fight With The Beast”

Bearing the mark of a demon from hell the dragon is cast onto the earth
Seeking revenge on the woman of man Satanus unleashes his wrath
Angels of death are the allies of hate the jackals destroying the cross

Fighting with fire the dragon attacks
Burning the cross and unleashing the powers of hell
Cursed are the mortals who dare to fight with the beast

Demons of hell bear the mark of the beast the sons of the dragon are born
Summoned to earth armageddon is here to slaughter the christian hordes
Destroying the temples Jehova has lost the nazarene will fester in hell

Fighting with fire the dragon attacks
Burning the cross and unleashing the powers of hell
Cursed are the mortals who dare to fight with the beast

A wrathful attack upon the christian faith the legions of Satan make war
Replacing the cross with the mark of the beast the kingdoms of Jesu have fell
Demons of hell armageddon is here preventing the coming of christ
relinquish your god now that satan is king the nazarene will never arise

Bearing the mark of a demon from hell the dragon is cast onto earth
Seeking revenge on the woman of man Satanus unleashes his wrath
Angels of death are the allies of hate the jackals destroying the cross

Fighting with fire the dragon attacks
Burning the cross and unleashing the powers of hell
Cursed are the mortals who dare to fight with the beast

That my friends is some imagery!

Onslaught’s The Force is an exciting album that all thrash fans need to hear so check it out!

Sepultura – Morbid Visions 5/5 (1)

 

 

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Artist: Sepultura
Album: Morbid Visions
Genre: Black Metal/ Thrash
Origin: Brazil
Year: 1986
Label: Cogumelo Records
Sounds Like: The Troops of Doom Marching

If you claim you are a fan of early Sepultura you need to know Morbid Visions, and everything else before Chaos A.D. Before switching vocalists, before being Nü-Metal, before being “Post-Thrash”, Sepultura was Sepultura. Sepultura is Portuguese for evil, fast, and heavy. There is absolutely no doubt that Arise and Beneath the Remains are thrash while Schizophrenia is an influential death thrash album but what is Morbid Visions? In my opinion.. BLACK FUCKIN’ METAL!

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Oh yes before I forget and we are mildly on topic. If Sep-Ultra is your favorite band you might be an american. It is pronounced Sep Ul Tu Ra. Here is the difference in sentences. “Sepultura’s best album is Beneath the Remains in my opinion” “I don’t know bro I think Sep ultras best album is Roots even though they totally ripped off Korn with how heavy it is you know and like man just Roooooootsssss and like dude can’t forget when Sep-Ultra came out with Chaos A.D. after Roots and when Korn like sold out bro.” In all honesty I’d rather deal with those people than the ones that are like “Soullllflllyyyyy!” “Oh you like Soulfly? What is your favorite Sepultura album?”. “…. Huh…????” and then there are the total opposites that hate Sepultura because they think all they made was bullshit… Well you are all gonna learn today!

Morbid Visions has a sound quality to it that sucks so bad its awesome. It sounds like Sepultura recorded this album in a tin shack somewhere in hell. The reverb on the riffs is so sick sounding. A ton of distortion and echos captured because of shitty recording led to some very evil sounding tracks. Morbid Visions is black metal. There is no doubt about it. This is right there with Bathory, Venom, Celtic Frost, Bulldozer and Hellhammer. Yes there are elements of thrash but ITS SO DAMN EVIL!

Morbid Visions is an album everyone needs to hear, making it a MetalXtreme essential album!

Cro-Mags – The Age of Quarrel 4.75/5 (4)

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Artist: Cro-Mags
Album: The Age of Quarrel
Genre: Hardcore Punk/ Crossover Thrash
Year: 1986
Origin: NYC, NY
Label: Profile Records
Sounds Like: Street Justice

Let’s get one thing clear right now, what the term hardcore means nowadays is so loose. This ain’t no scene kid post-hardcore BULLSHIT, this isn’t a fucking eerie note, breakdown, chug along, slit my wrists album, this is some pure, original, New York hardcore punk that’s all thrashed out, this is the mother fucking CRO-MAGS! and if you don’t know Cro-Mags, well you gotta know!

While hardcore punk existed from the late 70’s starting with the D.C. scene that emerged with the forming of the Bad Brains escalating their sound into something more abrasive and bands like Black Flag following along, hardcore punk escalated into more fierce sounds as it progressed into the future. When the west coast San Francisco bay area and L.A. got a hold of the sound of hardcore punk the sound escalated even more by incorporating more metal influences like solos and what not, i.e. Dead Kennedys. From there two things happened, England’s hardcore punk scene evolved into crust and grindcore, like  Napalm Death and Amebix, while America was putting out crossover thrash, like Suicidal Tendencies and D.R.I. When ’86 hit, hardcore punk was a force to be fucking with! The NYC scene had evolved into being the most vicious, moshing, circle pitting, hardcore motherfuckers out there. 1986 was the year of the Cro-Mag!

Cro-Mags The Age of Quarrel is one mean album! Every song is a thrashy hardcore chant anthem. From We Gotta Know to Signs of the Times, you are subjected to a 32 minute street beat down that leaves you begging for more. This is the album that spawned the idea of metalcore…. Yes, I know that metalcore turned into pure shit later on but what metalcore was in the late 80’s and early 90’s with bands like Integrity, was something much better and different than bullshit like Killswitch Engage.

Cro-Mags had a savage approach to hardcore punk. While a lot of hardcore at the time was very abrasive, raw, and sloppy, Cro-Mags had a more refined sound. With the implementation of thrashy solos and leads, Cro-Mags reinvented what hardcore punk meant while creating a spin off of genres. Check em out!

If you wanna hear a heavier version of We Gotta Know check out Sepultura’s cover